Vyksa Hosts National “Book City: Intelligence Architecture” Festival

Vyksa (Nizhniy Novgorod Region) was the fifth and final town this year to host the “Book City: Intelligence Architecture” national book festival sponsored by the United Metallurgical Company (AO OMK, Vyksa being the location of OMK's largest facility Vyksa Steel Works, AO VSW).

The festival was held on September 22 and 23, 2017. It was attended by some 3,500 town residents. Meetings were held at five theme sessions with five famous Russian authors: finalist of the Russian Booker Literary Awards and Russian Government Culture Prize Laureate Zakhar Prilepin, thriller novel co-author Sergey Litvinov, author of several best-selling novels Rinat Valiullin, novelist Ekaterina Villemont, popular children's author and psychologist Anna Goncharova.

Soviet and Russian theatrical actor, movie star, and Russia’s People’s Artist Emmanuel Vitorgan was a special guest at the festival. He conducted an open dictation and together with wife Irina presented a literary and music program “I thank you for everything”.

The festival included lectures and master classes, trivia games and new book presentations, including the Iron Logic of Russia Encyclopedia published by OMK. Money raised from the sale of the book has been donated to the OMK Uchastiye Foundation.

“We thank company management for the festival very much. Rare is the town where thought is given to culture, let alone books and poetry. We are amazed at this place and the people we have already met. We are also pleasantly surprised with the reception and organization. Thank you”, noted Emmanuel and Irina Vitorgan.

“I have traveled a lot around the country and I can say with confidence that Vyksa is one of Russia's prettiest and most well-to-do towns. I have been fortunate to have visited Vyksa Steel Works: impressive, extraordinarily beautiful, hot metal, production facility... You begin to understand colleagues from back in the 1930s when under Maxim Gorky they would stream to factories and plants and collectively compile the chronicles of Soviet manufacturing facilities. You experience a sort of a lift in spirits when you come into contact with this kind of impressive and beautiful production”, shared Sergey Litvinov.


Advanced metal making requires a huge intellectual effort, vast scientific knowledge, and a lot of mental energy. OMK’s 25-th anniversary year is all about intelligent metal making. Books are a primary source of knowledge. Over the past decade, the Company sponsored over 30 different book projects in its areas of operations. These include both collections of works by local writers and poets and history and journalistic writings and publications.

The “Book Town: Intelligence Architecture” book festival is the first one of its kind to be held in the towns where OMK operates: Chusovoy (Perm Territory), Chelyabinsk, Blagoveshchensk (Republic of Bashkortostan), Almetyevskoye (Republic of Tatarstan), and Vyksa (Nizhniy Novgorod Region). The festival is designed to get people more interested in reading and self-improvement, to promote cultural and intellectual growth, to raise awareness of science.

The book “Iron Logic of Russia” was published by OMK in collaboration with the Higher School of Economics design studio. This book presents stories and facts from the history of the nation and the country's metal industry for the past 260 years as well as the history of OMK's facilities. Its pages contain over 1,000 graphics.