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Anastasia Parfeneva is a theatre manager, copywriter, translator and the author of blog ARTANA

ARTANA is, first of all, the way to be closer to the sphere of art and culture that Human being needs when living in the harsh Russian North conditions. In 2015, the first article on this blog came alive, a lot has changed since then. I created a website dedicated to Ivan Arkhipov, the artist from Arkhangelsk, worked a couples of years for Arctic Art Forum, attended closed art events, opening of art exhibitions and theatre performances, met Princess Royal Anne  and extraordinary young (and not only) artists, writers and directors.

This blog is a huge part of me and my life. Wherever my life leads me, I will do all possible to continue blogging on thisplatform.

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Is blog your main job?

No. Besides that, I’m working in the Arkhangelsk Youth Theatre on two big international festivals (“European Spring” and Street Theatre festival). From time to time I do translations, give private lessons of English, create content for companies and do different art and culture projects.

How many foreign languages do you know?

My mother tongue is Russian. I speak fluently English and French.

I understand about 50% of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese thanks to French.

At the moment I’m learning Turkish.

What education do you have?

BA on teaching foreign languages.

Unfinished MA on French philology.

Supplementary education on translation.

How long have you been writing for the blog?

Well, I began blogging in 2010 or earlier. But in 2015 I opened ARTANA.

Why do you write a lot about art, theatre and literature? 

From the very childhood I’ve been connected to culture tightly thanks to my family. So, in high school I understood that I dream to work and live in this sphere — and that is why these topics are the most part of my blog.

Are you studying for art historian?

No. I’m reading the books, watching documentaries and talking with artists and people from art sphere of different countries.

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