Art / Culture

Art / Culture
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Masterpieces: Russia 10 September

10 September

South Bank Centre

Mariana Haseldine and RACACU Foundation present  a world premiere project and CD launch of Rakhmaninov and Shostakovich music in the new cello and piano edition, authorized by Irina Shostakovich, a widow of the composer.

The MASTERPIECES: RUSSIA honors Russia’s dramatic history of the 20 c and is a thrilling Russian music tribute in commemoration of the 1st World War Centinary.

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Film OUT: the Reality of Being Russian-speakers in Europe

The scenario of the film OUT has been created by 7 young talented Russian-speaking directors/screenwriters, currently living in 7 European countries – United Kingdom, France, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Finland, Greece, Belarus and Russia.

OUT is showcasing 7 truthful stories, unveiling the life of Russian-speaking people abroad. Throughout the film you will find out who are the real Russians, what are their views and beliefs, why do they come to Europe and how do they build in future perspectives.

OUT is definitely not a story about sufferings of toughness immigrants, it is the realistic showcase of the inside world of Russian-speaking people and reflection of Russian cultural heritage valued worldwide.

The main aim of OUT is to deepen the understanding between Russians and Europeans by showing simple people with their small and big joys and sorrows, wins and losses and underline that there are no borders for love and friendship.

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Hermitage Revealed Private Screening – 9 September

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world holding over 3 million treasures and boasting more curators than any other museum.

In 2014, to mark the momentous occasion of its 250th anniversary, the museum opened its doors for the filming of Hermitage Revealed - a cinematic event that is a must for all fans of art, architecture and the culture and history of Russia.

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Russia in Bloom: Documentary Screening and Discussion with Leonid Parfenov – 15 August

Acclaimed Russian journalist and presenter Leonid Parfenov will present his latest documentary, Russia in Bloom (“Tsvet natsii”), dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, a pioneer in colour photography in pre-revolutionary Russia.

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Festival of Love at Southbank Centre 28 June 2014 – 31 August 2014

Over two months, Southbank Centre brings together hundreds of artists, communities and partners to create its Festival of Love. Our festival, which celebrates the Same Sex Couple Act, features an exciting programme of free events, differently-themed weekends, performances, poetry, talks and pop-ups. Our Thames-side site is also being transformed by several large-scale indoor and outdoor installations and artworks.

The Seven Kinds of Love

Festival of Love explores and celebrates the complexity of human relationships in all their forms. All of us hold feelings for others, but these feelings differ according to the people and the circumstance. In the English language there is only one word to describe all of them: LOVE.

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Russian Avant-Garde Photography 9 July - 29 August


On the occasion of the 2014 UK-Russia year of culture, Richard Saltoun Gallery will be presenting a special selection of works by leading practitioners of Russian avant-garde photography, including Alexander Rodchenko and the VKhUTEMAS Workshop.

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“Musica Nova” Russian-British Music Academy Celebrates Its 13th Anniversary - 6 July

“Musica Nova” Russian-British Music Academy is the unique bilingual establishment in the UK that combines the best of British and Russian principles of teaching and offers complete professional music education for children (starting as early as 3,5 years old) and adults (up to advanced professional level), with six categories of classes geared to maximise the potential of the student in musical styles and genres as diverse as classics, jazz, pop, musical theatre and drama. Students from all over the world receive quality music education at the “Musica Nova”.

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Diaghilev Festival of Ballet – 11-12 July

The billions of people watching the Sochi Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies saw tributes to Russia’s icons of literature, music, opera and ballet. This summer at the London Coliseum Les Saisons Russes du XX1 siècle stages a season of legendary works that honour three of the greatest, namely Sergei Diaghilev

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Le Coq D’or (The Golden Cockerel) – 8-10 July

Natalia Sats Moscow Opera and Ballet

Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq D'or

Tue 08 July 2014 - Thu 10 July 2014

London Coliseum

Originally premiered by SERGE DIAGHILEV

Performed by the orchestra, chorus, ballet and soloists from the Natalia Sats Moscow Opera and Ballet Theatre

Orchestra Conductor: Alevtina Ioffe

Performed in Russian with English subtitles

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Tchaikovsky GALA - June 28

Celebrate the music of Russia's most loved composer with this all-Tchaikovsky extravaganza of his greatest works.

Complete with thundering cannon and mortar effects and an indoor firework finale.


Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Christopher Warren-Green conductor

Chloë Hanslip violin

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto Interval