Art / Culture

Art / Culture
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Novaya Opera performing "Prince Igor" by Alexander Borodin

1 - 5 April 2014 - London Coliseum. A rare opportunity to see Borodin’s only opera Prince Igor comes in April 2014, when Moscow based Novaya Opera makes its first visit to the UK bringing this spectacular Russian work to the stage of the London Coliseum. It is a wonderful chance to see the famous Polovtsian Dances performed live as part of the complete opera. The production is part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture and Novaya Opera is the only Russian opera company coming to London as part of the celebrations.

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Rossica Translation Prize 2014

From Pushkin to Pelevin, Mayakovsky to Makanin– literature has always been Russia's calling card and literary translators it’s most important ambassadors.

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The Russian Ballet Icons Gala: “The Story of Russian Ballet” - 9 March

9 March 2014, Sunday


London Coliseum

The special retrospective evening featuring famous excerpts from the classical repertoires of the greatest figures from Russian Ballet’s history and masterpieces by leading contemporary choreographers, will be performed by Russian and international star dancers from the Bolshoi, Mariinsky, Royal Ballet, English National Ballet; including ballets from the Grand Opera Paris, Berlin Staatsoper  and New York City Ballet. The project will include round-table discussion on the history of the Russian ballet and master classes by the leading Russian ballet pedagogues.

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The 5th SLOVO Russian Literature Festival - 8-23 March 2014

SLOVO is returning to London in March 2014 for the fifth time! From Pushkin to Pelevin, Dostoevsky to Bykov, Mayakovsky to Shishkin – literature has always been Russia’s calling card and writers have been its most important ambassadors.

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MASLENITSA Performances on Trafalgar Square on 2 March

Opening Ceremony

The Festival traditionally opens with performances by students from Russian-teaching schools in the UK and by winners of the All-Britain “Stars of Albion” Competition for vocalists and instrumentalists. There will be a traditional Maslenitsa ceremony presenting the mascot of Maslenitsa - the Kostroma Doll - and featuring special Maslenitsa songs and dances.

The State Moscow Music Hall

The State Moscow Music Hall is a cultural institution in Moscow, whose works have a rich history dating back to the Russian traditions at the beginning of the 20th century. 

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Message To Man - Documentary Films – 28 February

Retrospective of the Best Russian Films from the International "Message To Man" Festival at the May Fair Hotel (7.00pm – 9.30pm).


"Yaptik-Hasse" by Edgar Bartenev (2006)

"Inside a Square Circle" by Valery Shevchenko (2011)


"1937" by Svetozar Golovlev (2011)

"Away" by Anna Sarukhanova (2012)

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Rossotrudnichestvo – the Russian Mission in the UK

Two years have passed since Rossotrudnichestvo representative office opened its doors to London's vibrant public and in no time has become a true Russian cultural centre. Located in the heart of Kensington where everyone can find an event that educates and engages in the fascinating world of Russian culture.  Anton Chesnokov, the Director of Rossotrudnichestvo in the UK spoke to RussianMind about their upcoming projects:

Rossotrudnichestvo Priorities:

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Russian Soul: Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra to perform in the UK – Feb 2014

Vladimir Fedoseyev, Vadim Repin and the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra to give two special concerts at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and London’s Royal Festival Hall next February as part of UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014

Russia’s oldest symphony orchestra and its acclaimed Chief Conductor draw on deep experience and shared sense of tradition in works by Borodin, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich

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Moscow Soloists and Yuri Bashmet - 1 Feb 2014

Moscow Soloists and Yuri Bashmet/conductor, viola

Kristine Balanas/violin

1 February 2014 7.30pm

Barbican London, UK

“UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014”

Promoted by Ensemble Productions