Chords & Words seminar in Kazan was held as a part of the traditional Winter book festival of "Smena" on December 14 – 15. This is one of the UK-Russia Year of Music projects. Chords & Words is a series of ten festivals dedicated to the symbiosis of music and literature.
In Kazan, the famous music critic Alexei Munipov presented his book “Fermata. Conversations with composers”; Mixmag Russia editor-in-chief Ilya Voronin explained how the British rave destroyed the Berlin wall; radio host Lev Gankin talked about his book "Walking on sound" and discussed hierarchies and norms in pop culture; science journalist Ilya Ferapontov gave a lecture "Star music: how the Universe sounds"; finally, he discussed the podcast boom in Russia, and in particular music podcasts, together with the “Polka” project chief editor Yury Saprykin and founder of the “Marshak” bookshop Sergey Karpov. The meetings were moderated by a book critic Konstantin Milchin, one of the curators of the Chords & Words project.
In addition, the staff of the British Embassy talked about the Chevening scholarship program, which covers all the scholars’ expenses for obtaining a master's degree in any field in any UK university.