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Anne Lounsbery, associate professor of Russian and Slavic studies at New York University and a fan of works of Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, carried out an interesting studied. Throughout the course of a year she asked Ney York cab drivers whether they had heard of the existence of a certain Russian poet by the name of Alexander Pushkin. Ms. Lounsbery that white tax drivers knew practically nothing about the poet. However, black tax drivers considered Pushkin to be one of their own and called him a poet of African origin. “They know that he was black,” Lounsbery writes in her paper “Bound by Blood to the Race”:...

10.09.2010
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

This summer the Italian director, clown, acrobat and scene designer Daniele Finzi Pasca is traveling between St. Petersburg, Moscow, Lugano and Montreal. St. Petersburg is the first stop on the European tour of Cirque du Soleil’s show Corteo, the second show of the group to come to Russia. Last autumn the troupe brought Varekai to Moscow. Daniele Finzi Pasca came up with the idea for Corteo five years ago. It has already toured to wide acclaim in North American and Japan, and is scheduled to make runs in the Russian cities St. Petersburg, Kazan and Moscow before heading to other European cities.   In Moscow, Daniele Finzi...

02.08.2010
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Culture

Russia’s 2011 state budget will be brought before the State Duma for consideration in October. While it may seem that this event is far off, the draft budget that was circulated a few days ago should concern those working the sphere of culture, where state financing my be cut. We spoke with Duma Deputy Grigory Ivliev, who chairs the Committee on Culture, about the issue of state funding and the 2011 budget. – Is it true that the draft state budget includes major reductions of financing of culture? – That threat does exist. A rich cultural life for the county requires state support, including financial support. And the...

08.06.2010
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Culture

Yaroslavl prepares to celebrate the 1000 anniversary of its founding. And this won’t be an easy task – the city has 100 days left to spend 28 billion rubles allocated by the federal government to set things in order for the event. Municipal official’s summer holidays have been cancelled and construction and restoration work is evident throughout the city. The fruits of these efforts will only be apparent in September, and for now many places in the center resemble construction sites. It is expected the President Dmitry Medvedev will come to Yaroslavl to participate in the celebrations, which are planned for September 10-12....

01.06.2010
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

The Russian pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival held a presentation of the National Film Commission, a new body created to support Russian film production and film promotion. Igor Kallistov, head of the Cinematography Department at the Ministry of Culture, spoke to our correspondent about the aims of this commission. – The idea behind the creation of the National Film Commission is to integrate Russian cinematography into the world film industry, to help make our international relations in this are more substantive and continual and, most importantly, to create an effective platform. The National Film Commission will become a sort...

24.05.2010
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Culture

On April 28, Donatas Banionis turned 86 years old. Banionis lives in Vilnius together with his son and his family.  Last year he was awarded that the Order of Honor by President Dmitry Medvedev for his contribution to the development of theatrical and film arts and his many years of creative work. Our correspondent spoke with this great actor on the eve of his birthday. – Of the hundred or so theatrical roles and over fifty film roles, it seems that on the villain in the Adventures of Prince Florizel was the clearly negative character. And other than the role of the kolkhoz chairman, your heroes have been apolitical. Weren’t...

28.04.2010
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Culture

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