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February 7 will mark the opening of The 4th Maslenitsa Festival at Mariinsky Theatre. According to the theatre’s official press release, the event will pay tribute to three pillars of the Russian music – Sergei Rachmaninoff, Igor Stravinsky and Fyodor Chaliapin. The festival’s premieres include Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat and The Fable of the Fox, the Cock, the Tomcat and the Ram (February 7) staged by Eduard Gaidai, Rachmaninoff’s opera The Miserly Knight, staged by Alexander Maskalin; Michel...

05.02.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

A conference entitled “Unity. Great Power Statehood. Sainthood” kicked off February 4 at Kostroma. The event hosted by the local Club of the Nobility is devoted to the Romanov Dinasty and its impact on Russia’s history, a website sedmitza.ru reports. The forum is the first event marking the 400th anniversary of the Romanov Dinasty and will be followed by a number of other initiatives – exhibitions, concerts, competitions and theatrical events. Thus, March 12 will see the opening of an exhibition of 126...

04.02.2010
Rubric: Region news
Subject: Economics

February 7 Nizhny Novgorod will host the first Language Festival, a website nta-nn.ru reports. The event will comprise open presentations of various languages during which native speakers will give mini-lessons telling the audience about a language history, culture, traditions and the current status of a language. Presentations will also comprise songs, photographs and videos. Visitors of the forum will have a chance to get familiar with over 25 languages including English, French, German, Arabic, Greek, Irish, Gypsy, Spanish,...

04.02.2010
Rubric: Region news
Subject: European Russian Forum

February 19 Vienna will host the 4th Russian Ball, reports Rosbalt news agency. This year the event traditionally conducted in the glittering surroundings of Hofburg Palace is entitled “Russian Ball in Vienna – Already a Tradition”. The event will be attended by the leading Russian musicians, dancers and singers from St. Petersburg, and also by diplomats, businessmen, politicians, cosmonauts etc. The first Russian Ball was organized by the ART PROJECTS company together with the Mariinsky Theatre on January 12, 2007....

04.02.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

January 30 a literary and music salon opened at the Russian Center of the German-Russian Institute of Culture in Dresden. A pianist Olga Bobrovnikova, who lives in Brussels and gives concerts in different countries, told the audience about a composer and teacher of Moscow Conservatory Pavel Pabst (1854–1897), who is little known to the modern audience. Olga Bobrovnikova decided to rescue the composer’s...

03.02.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

Art venues of Chelyabinsk region are to host a number of premiers to mark the 150th anniversary of a world-known Russian writer Anton Chekhov, a news website uralpress.ru reports. Among the plays staged by local theatres are Man in a Suitcase (The Puppet Theatre),The Seagull (The Chamber Theatre), Do you want to be my wife? (The Youth Theatre). This October the region will publish a unified schedule for performances and events dedicated to Chekhov’s 150th anniversary. The first events marking the anniversary of the genius...

03.02.2010
Rubric: Region news
Subject: European Russian Forum

Paris is hosting a premier of Nikita Mikhalkov’s film “12” at a cultural center Forum Des Images. The initiative makes a part of the promotion campaign of the Russian Oscar-winning filmmaker, conducted in the context of The Year of Russia in France, Vesti channel reports. “This film is a reflection of contemporary Russia,” said a representative of Forum Des Images. “This viewpoint, regardless of it’s being subjective, allows the French audience to open Russia and to comprehend it”. ...

03.02.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

Starting from February 1 a Finnish city Kouvola will host the Russian Food Week. The event will run in the context of the cooperation between the twin towns Vologda and Kouvola. Cooking sessions will be conducted by tutors and students of Vologda Cooperative Training College. On the first day students from Vologda will offer their Finnish counterparts a presentation about the traditional Russian food. The following two days will be devoted to cooking, with the food to be offered to visitors of a local restaurant. According to...

03.02.2010
Rubric: Region news
Subject: European Russian Forum

Nearly 300 Russian publishing houses are planning to participate in The 19th International Book Fair in Havana, reports RIA Novosti. Among the books to be presented by Russia will be intellectual prose; reprints and facsimile editions of rare, handwritten and archive books; textbooks and books for teachers, and books devoted to the Russian history and culture. The Russian section of the book fair will also offer a number of exhibitions: “Russia and Cuba: 50 Years Together”, “Cuba-Russia. Archives Tell Their...

03.02.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

Tula region has started to prepare for the celebration of the 630th anniversary of preparations for the Battle of Kulikovo, the website vRossii.ru reports. According to the local officials, the program of the celebrations will include a 14th International Minitary and Historical Festival “Kulikovo Pole”, an exposition of military equipment “Tula – Military Shield of Russia”, an exhibition / competition of arts and crafts “Russia’s Military Fields in Folk Arts” etc. ...

02.02.2010
Rubric: Region news
Subject: European Russian Forum

The Russian State Museum will be in charge of an exhibition in the Louvre entitled the "Holy Russia - Russian art from ancient times to the era of Peter the Great", reports RIA Novosti. The exhibition will take place in Paris between March 5 and May 24. According to Irina Solovieva, head of the Ancient Russian Art section of the Russian Museum, in addition to its own exhibits, the Russian Museum will select and prepare some 130 works from the museums of St. Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast and the North-West Russia...

02.02.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

Anton Chekhov is the only Russian writer, among the top-10 famous writers, whose books are often used as the basis for new films and TV programs, according to Kommersant. Russia's first film, based on a story by Anton Chekhov, was "Romance with a Double Bass" – shot back in the 1911, the first foreign film was the "Superfluous Men" - 1926. The picture "A Hunting Accident" (1978) was nominated for the main prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the movie "Dark Eyes" (1987) - was...

02.02.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

The Russkiy Mir Foundation presented a collection of books to the Center of Further Education of the Russian House in Hurghada at the 42nd Cairo International Book Fair. The books will be used as a basic library of the future Russian Room, which the foundation is planning to open in Hurghada. The ceremony was attended by Director of Regional Programs Division of the Russkiy Mir Foundation Georgy Toloraya, Head of Department...

02.02.2010
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: European Russian Forum

Exhibition of costumes used in Russian opera performances was unveiled in the French town of Moulins, reports the Kultura TV Channel. The exhibition features 130 costumes used in the productions of major operas in such cities as St. Petersburg, Moscow and Paris in the late 19th - early 21st centuries. The National Library of France and the New National Museum of Monaco have also provided a number of exhibits. The exposition consists of two sections. One section contains magnificent attire of...

02.02.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

Head of Russia’s Curling Team Lyudmila Privivkova has been named one of the most beautiful sportswomen of the upcoming Vancouver Games, Vesti television channel reports. The 23-year old sportswoman came sixth in this rating. Sport fans are specifically praising Privivkova remaining unchanged after the 2006 Turin Olympics, and point out that her beauty has only flourished for the past four years. On the top of the list is US freestyle icon Christie Leskinen, who is also internationally known as a model....

02.02.2010 Subject: Space

A Czech company UPS begins broadcasting of a Russia Today channel in the Czech Republic, the website prague-express.cz reports. Russia Today will be included in Standard and Supreme packages of the digital channel. Of note, Czech cable networks stopped broadcasting Russian-language channels in 2006. The English-language Russia Today launched its trial broadcast on September 14, 2005 and switched to official broadcasting in December 2005. The channel aims at promoting Russia’s viewpoint on the international policy and to keep the audience...

02.02.2010 Subject: History

Yuriy Borzakovskiy, gold medalist in the Athens Olympics, started off the 2010 season with a brilliant victory in the German city of Karlsruhe, reports ITAR-TASS. At this first major international competition, this Russian athlete won the 800-meter race – his best event - with the season's best time of 1 minute and 45.94 seconds. In second place came Jakub Halusa from the Czech Republic. Another Russian runner taking part in the race, a countryman and training partner of Yuriy finished fifth - Dmitriy Bogdanov....

02.02.2010 Subject: Space

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