TFR 2016 will be hosted in Astrakhan

Choosing the city turned out to be a challenging process and took more time than expected.

On behalf of the organizers, we would like to thank you for your participation, suggestions, ideas and help getting together all the information that we needed to make the decision.

Before making the final decision, we took a closer look at and even visited some of the following cities: Ufa, Irkutsk, Kursk, Pyatigorsk, Novosibirsk, Khanty-Mansiysk, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod and Kaliningrad. Unfortunately, we had to give up on the idea of taking the conference to some of these wonderful cities because we couldn’t find a suitable venue. Other factors played a part, such as the cost of flights for organizers and participants which meant we could not take the conference to Irkutsk and Khanty-Mansiysk. On the other hand, we found reliable partners and great venues in Ufa and Kransoyark and will definitely consider them for TFR-2017.

Many participants tell us that TFR gives them the opportunity to travel around Russia. In 2016, we will be adding another vibrant city to the list.

We finally chose hospitable and cozy Astrakhan, a city with a rich history that has a lot to offer. The decision is final: Astrakhan will host Translation Forum Russia 2016.

Astrakhan is on the cross-roads of cultures, civilizations and eras, on the border between Europe and Asia, the East and the West. It has always been famous for its bustling markets, with sellers calling out in all languages and dialects; a place where translators and interpreters have always been in demand. One of the Silk Road routes from China to the Balkan Peninsula passed through Astrakhan. The city has long been the host of the Caspian Forum.

Victoria Tinakina, Teaching Fellow at the Department of Roman Philology at Astrakhan State University cordially invites you to visit Astrakhan:

Astrakhan fish and Astrakhan watermelons! Everyone in Russia and many beyond will have heard of these!

Astrakhan, the pearl of the Caspian is located in the Volga delta, a land of abundance. For some, it’s a place for fishing and hunting; for others, a unique blend of cultures and traditions.

Numerous architectural and cultural landmarks will keep the traveler busy for several days, even if they don’t care much for smoked sturgeon or the blossoming lotus.

Astrakhan is home to a number of peoples that have lived on the Caspian Sea. It is still one of the most multi-national and multi-cultural cities in Russia. Velimir Khlebnikov, the great Russian poet, referred to Astrakhan as ‘a triangle of Christ, Buddha and Mohammed

You will have a chance to hear all about the city’s captivating history in the wonderfully preserved Kremlin that has become one of the cultural centers of the city, including the legends of the Astrakhan khanate, and the story of Stenka Razin and Marina Mnishek… For all the lovers of culture out there, our Opera and Ballet Theatre with its stunning interior and amazingly talented local artists is not to be missed.

Come and see it all for yourselves!’

Translation Forum Russia will take place from 1 to 3 July 2016 in Astrakhan. As always, excursions and translation training will be on offer.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask TFR 201 conference manager Rina Misreli. Email:, tel: +7 (343) 237-03-37 (ext.4), +7 912 666 75 28