Ianina Cosari: About ‘Russian World’ in Belgium
A Journalist building cultural bridges
Nowadays quite a number of Russians live in Belgium. Many of them are engaged in active social activity. Ianina Cosari was one of the participants of the Summer Peace Summit in Brussels. She was born in Russian family. Thus, Russian culture is significant for her. Ianina Cosari is a professional journalist and develops authorial internet project. She pays much attention to creating cultural bridge between two close to her countries: Russia and Belgium.
Ianina Cosari - Journalist, author of the web site about Belgian culture, press officer of the International A.S. Pushkin Foundation in Belgium, member of the Board of Directors of the Press Club Brussels
Ianina was born and obtained education in Moldova. She has been working for several years as journalist on ORT TV channel in Mioldova. She was taking interviews, writing and voicing texts for reports. Later, she underwent traineeship in the oldest school of journalistic: in the Missouri School of Journalism, USA. There she not only enhanced her skills as a writing professional but also learned to shoot and mount video herself. Those skills were useful for the development of her own project.
Thirteen years ago, Ianina got married and moved to Belgium. During maternity leave she bought a camera and began shooting video reports as a special correspondent of Moldavian state TV in Brussels. She was accredited in European Parliament and European Commission. Alongside with that, she was preparing reports about exhibitions, plays, concerts, and stories of famous people. Then, she launched a site-blog dedicated to the Belgian culture for Russian audience.
“I often hear from my Russian friends that Belgium is a boring country. That is absolutely not true! I break stereotypes with the help of my project”, says Ianina.
Belgium is a country situated at the intersection of two civilizations: Roman and Anglo-Saxon. That makes it even more complex and interesting. The Belgians inherited l'art de vivre (the art of life) from Francophony. Alongside with that, they are as hardworking as Germans or Dutch. The Belgian culture relies on tradition but it is innovative and aimed at future. It is very interesting to watch the processes in the Belgian culture in the context of European culture. Moreover, cultural institutions have careful attitude towards journalists for whom press reviews and conferences are organised and the doors are almost always open.
Belgium holds many cultural events that are none the worse than European ones in scale and level of organisation. According to Ianina, it is needed to write and speak more about them in mass media.
The country may seem boring only if we don’t know much about it.
Another Ianina’s journalistic direction is related to promoting Russian culture in Belgium. She publishes articles about Russian-speaking artists, plays in Russian-speaking theatres, and events in Russian schools and camps. Much attention is paid to highlighting projects within the framework of Russia-Belgium and Russia-EU cooperation.
Ianina Cosari and her team actively cooperate with the Russian Centre of Culture and Science in Brussels. In August, the organisation will hold a unique contest ‘Emigrant Lyre’ dedicated to the poetry abroad.
Ianina works not only for development of her own project: she also takes an active part in activity of other organisations.
The last lineal descendant of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin along the male line lives in Brussels. For today, he is the only person having the right to bear the second name of his ancestor according to heraldic laws. 20 years ago, he and his wife opened the International A.S. Pushkin Foundation in Belgium. The organisation deals with charity and supporting Russian culture in Europe. Ianina Cosari prepares reports from Foundation’s events, press releases, and report concluding of the events.
The Foundation arranges trips for Belgians to Russia. At the same time, tourists visit not only large famous cities, but also the Russian province. Belgians speak with admiration about Russian nature and hospitality of the citizens. Many stress that such visits completely change their perception of the country.
Ianina Cosari is sure that every journalist has powerful tools for contribution to preserving and developing peace. She sees building cultural bridge between Russia and Belgium, breaking stereotypes about those countries, and popularisation of cultural values as her mission. That is important because the more people know about world and life in different parts of planet the easier it is for them to understand one another and find a common language.
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Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Yan Zarubin