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Bolshoi Theater opens new 242d season with theatrical concert for kids, RIA Novosti reports. Theatrical guide tour into the world of the symphony orchestra, uniting The Young Person’s Guide by Benjamin Britten and The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens awaits young audience on Sunday, September 24th. The principal conductor of Bolshoi Tugan Sokhiev has noted with pleasure that the performance...

24.09.2017 Subject: European Russian Forum

Russian Oscar Committee has proposed Loveless by Andrey Zvyagintsev to be nominated for Oscars, TASS reports. Film Producer Alexander Rodnyansky has stated that following the secret balloting, Loveless to represent Russia in Los Angeles. Rodnyansky thinks that the the reputation of the filmmaker and the fact that the film has several European awards played the key role in this decision. Let us remind, three years ago...

22.09.2017 Subject: European Russian Forum

Russian Academy of Arts celebrated its 260th anniversary on September 20. Many activities were prepared for the celebration, such as exhibitions, conferences, and series of lectures. They will be devoted to Academy of Arts’ deeds for development of national and world cultures. As per Russian Minster of Culture Vladimir Medinsky, Russian Academy of Arts puts a firm basis for development...

21.09.2017 Subject: Array

Russian festival was held in Sacramento, US, Diasporanews website informs. Its organizers were Orthodox Church of the Holy Ascension. The main task of the festival this year was gathering donations for gilding of domes. They need to be renovated as they were gilded almost a quarter of the century ago. A concert was arranged as a part of the festive programme. Its bill...

20.09.2017 Subject: European Russian Forum

Russian cinema running from Tuesday through Saturday in the French Riviera capital, The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation website reports. The 5th Russian Film days presents new features, old masterpieces and even animations made on the most famous Russian studio Soiuzmultfilm. Gosfilmofond and the city administration manage the event. The festival program...

19.09.2017 Subject: European Russian Forum

The government has approved the budget for three years ahead, RIA Novosti reports. According to Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, the main expenditure items for this period are social and defense sectors, as well as support of national economics. The government plans to allocate 7 billion US dollars for education’s needs. This amount is...

19.09.2017 Subject: European Russian Forum

Celebrated opera singer Zurab Sotkilava has died aged 80 after the extended illness, according to TASS. As per the general director of the Bolshoi Theatre Vladimir Urin, the artist has been struggling with this disease until his last breath. Soviet People’s Artist-to-be was born in Sukhumi. Zurab did not even think of the artist’s...

18.09.2017 Subject: European Russian Forum

From St Gotthard Pass to Baikal exhibition opening ceremony took place in Ticino, southern Switzerland. The event is timed with the annually-commemorated anniversary of Russian army crusade under military general Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov. The opening is dedicated to the Irkutsk governor Ivan Zedler (1777–1853). Cultural attaché of Embassy of the Russian Federation in...

18.09.2017 Subject: European Russian Forum

International Film Festival Message to a Man is held in Saint Petersburg, TASS informs. The gala opening ceremony took place at the historical city center – the Palace square. Visitors could see the reenacted version of the movie by famous director Dziga Vetrov Man With a Movie Camera. Specialists from Holland were reconstructing the movie. The copy presented by Vetrov to...

18.09.2017 Subject: European Russian Forum

Difficulties on the international scene don't affect Russian-French cultural exchange, TASS reports. According to Russian Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky relations between our countries remain at a high level. He has reminded that Russian-French Cross-Year of Cultural Tourism will end this year. National theaters, such as Bolshoi Theater and Maly Theatre...

18.09.2017 Subject: European Russian Forum


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