Wikimedia CEE Spring article contest

Weekly focus #10: Bulgaria, Don Region, Tatarstan and Literature

A week before the official end of this year’s Central and Eastern European Spring, we are writing about Bulgaria, Don Region and Tatarstan, and sharing passionate interest in the topic of Literature.


In the middle of the week, on 24 May when Eastern Orthodox Church commemorates the Saints Cyril and Methodius, Bulgaria will be celebrating its traditional Day of Bulgarian Education, Culture and Slavonic Literature. This is a good occasion to check if your language version of Wikipedia contains some of the articles about the medieval Tarnovo Literary School, the folklorists Miladinov brothers or the writers Petko Slaveykov and Aleko Konstantinov.

A special accent in this year’s article list from Bulgaria is the topic of “WikiBotevgrad” – the first wikitown in Bulgaria, in which municipality administration and the local cultural institutions are collaborating with the local wikipedians to create more digital encyclopedic content about the town and the region and link it with physical information plates and multilanguage QR codes. Hence, worth creating are the articles about the town itself, the “Ivan Vazov” Library, the History museum and the town’s symbol – the beautiful clock tower in the centre.

Don Region

Don Region is presented also quite well in terms of literature-related articles in its list of suggestions. While it exists in more than 30 languages, the novel “And Quiet Flows the Don”, for which Mikhail Sholokhov was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1965, is still missing in quite a few CEE languages. Similar is the situation with Anton Chekhov’s signature play … “Uncle Vanya”, currently in 29 Wikipedias. If your language already contains this article, how about writing about Chekhov’s birth house, nowadays functioning as a museum?

Women are also well covered in the article list of Don Region. Among the multiple gymnasts and sportswomen, our attention was especially dragged to the novelist, playwright, and journalist Vera Panova. In addition, it is worth noting also the microbiologist Zinaida Ermoleva, who independently synthesized penicillin for the Soviet military during World War II. For her achievement, she not only was elected a member of the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences, but also eternized in the trilogy “Open Book” as the heroine Tatiana, who popularized microbiology as a possible career among girls in Soviet Union.


Last but not least, the tenth week of the contest is also dedicated to Tatarstan. Make sure to create in your Wikipedia the article about Tatar alphabet and the founder of the modern Tatar literature and language, Ğabdulla Tuqay. Among the other suggestions in Tatar article list are also the writer and playwright Ğäliäsğar Kamal, after whom the leading Tatar theater in Kazan, Russia, has been named. Another interesting article can be the biography of Näqi İsänbät, who was a writer, poet, playwright, folklorist and philologist. Furthermore, he was a fellow encyclopaedist, and the one who had collected and composed defining and phraseological Tatar dictionaries.

Fascinating is also the story about the writer Fatix Ämirxan, who reflected in his writings the problems of Tatar society in the beginning of the 20th century. In the year of his death, 1926, Ämirxan wrote the satiric novel “Uncle Şäfiğulla”, where he criticized the dogmatism and fanaticism of the Bolsheviks. No surprise that this novel was published only in 1991, 65 years later…

Don’t wait so long. Publish your CEE Spring articles today! 🙂


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