Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr. Picture Conor McCabe

   I am delighted to welcome you on the Festival of Russian Culture website.  

The festival has been running in Dublin since 2010 and has become an integral part of the city’s vibrant cultural life. The festival celebrates the end of winter and beginning of spring with the Pancake Week (Maslenitsa) before the long and very strict Orthodox Lent begins.

   The festival provides an opportunity to experience the rich Russian culture. Its programme is packed full of concerts, talks, readings, lectures, master classes, tea parties, Russian lessons with fun, open days in schools and many more. Many Dublin City Council’s venues will host the festival events and the programme looks very exciting.

   I would like to thank the Russian community, the festival committee and volunteers for their hard work in organising the week-long event and would like to invite everybody to have the first hand experience of the Russian culture.

See you at the festival!


Brendan Carr.  Lord Mayor of Dublin


Maxim Peshkov. Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Ireland

Dear friends,

   It is a pleasure for me to welcome you at the official webpage of the Annual Festival of Russian Culture in Dublin. This Festival represents a wonderful opportunity for Dubliners and guests of the Irish capital to feel famous Russian hospitality, to get acquainted with our culture and meet our vast community in Ireland.

   The Russian Festival Committee in collaboration with the Dublin City Council and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Ireland is constantly working on ways to improve the event. By virtue of these joint efforts every year we may see many interesting, exciting and sometimes very emotional performances by Russian and Irish artists. I deeply believe that every next Festival makes our peoples a little bit closer and helps Russian compatriots and our Irish friends to live side by side in mutual tolerance and respect.

   This February I kindly invite everyone to visit different venues of the Festival in Dublin and join us in celebration of the Russian cultural heritage.



Maxim Peshkov

Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Ireland



Adrian McDaid Ambassador of Ireland to the Russian Federation

Adrian McDaid Ambassador of Ireland to the Russian Federation

  Dear friends,


   I want to thank the organisers for offering me the opportunity to send greetings and congratulations on the occasion of the Festival of Russian Culture in Dublin.  

   Cultural links between Ireland and Russia are very strong and longstanding. There is huge interest in Russia, in Irish music, dance, literature and poetry.  The annual Russian Dance Championships and Feis, attracts over 700 participants from across the country. The St Patrick’s Day parade is the highlight of Irish Week in Moscow and we are grateful for the strong support and cooperation of Moscow City Government in making it happen. 

   I am delighted to see that the Annual Festival of Russian Culture in Dublin has also grown in recent years and is becoming a regular feature in the city’s calendar.  The festival provides a great opportunity for the people of Dublin and visitors from abroad to experience the rich and vibrant Russian culture.  This year’s programmes includes a wide variety of events catering for all age groups, such as an art competition for children, Russian traditions and customs, ballet and concerts.


I encourage you to participate and to enjoy this wonderful celebration of Russian culture.


Adrian McDaid

Ambassador of Ireland to the Russian Federation



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