Festival of Russian Culture, 6-13 March 2016, Dublin
This year the festival will run a weeklong programme from 6th to 13th of March in various locations throughout the city of Dublin. The festival has become a traditional feature of vibrant Dublin cultural life.
Concerts, literary talks and readings, children’s art competition, music master class, children’s activities, lively performances, lectures and talks are just some of the events taking place during the week.
The highlight of the festival will be a traditional Family Day in the National Show Centre, Swords, on Sunday the 13th of March with the world famous Moscow State Academic Dance Theatre Gzhel as guest performers.
The festival will encompass a selection of venues across the city, with activities certain to suit all cultural tastes in the Dublin City libraries, Trinity College, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane, Intercultural Centre Lantern and other venues.
The Festival Committee has successfully secured renowned Irish artists to perform at the concert of Russian classical music in the Hugh Lane Gallery on Sunday the 6th of March at the official opening of the festival. Owen Lorigan, Sylvia O’Brien, Helene Hutchinson and Lance Coburn will perform at the concert along with Anna Kiselyova.
Hugh Lane Gallery will also host a guided tour with the Russian interpreter and a film and Russian Art.
Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies at Trinity College will be holding an open day, a guided tour of the college in Russian and an evening of poetry and song Literary Sketches – Women. Trinity College students will hold a talk about their experience of studying Russian and living in Russia, followed by quiz. This event has become one of the highlights of the festival. Please see www.tcd.ie/Russian
The National Concert Hall will have a concert that includes Russian classic Music. RTE National Symphony Orchestra will perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto in C with Denis Kozhukhin, piano. Tickets at www.nch.ie
A few events are planned for the Dublin City libraries. The Central library will host a master class on 125th anniversary of Sergey Prokofiev and 110th anniversary of Dmitry Shostakovich by Olga Lopalo.
Terenure Library will be hosting a talk Russia: Flicking through the history book with Vera Smyth. It is an overview of anniversaries and dates of importance in the Russian History. This talk has become one of regular events of the festival.
Pearse Street Library will be hosting readings of Russian fairy tales for children, translated and presented by Vera Smyth and Olesya Khitrich.
Svetlana Maximova and Georgy Tokarev will be presenting an evening of Russian culture in the Intercultural Centre Lantern. She will have Russian lessons Russian with Fun and sing-along session of Russian songs for children. Svetlana will also talk on the life and works of Alexander Pushkin, the founder of Russian literary tradition and an author of The Queen of Spades and Eugene Onegin. Georgy will have a talk on the painter Vassily Vereshchagin. The evening will conclude with Svetlana’s talk on the writer Alexander Kuprin, his life and works and introduction to his best-known stories The Garnet Bracelet.
The National Gallery of Ireland will host a lecture on Russian Wooden Architecture The Wooden Lives by Maria Kiernan and The Meaning of Holy Icons in the Orthodox Church, a lecture by Fr. Nickolay Ozolin, who will come from Paris. Please see www.ngi.ie
Royal Irish Academy of Music will dedicate one their Coffee Concerts to the Russian classical music. For more information, please see www.riam.ie Also with the support of RIAM a children’s concert performed by the young students of the academy will take place in the Hugh Lane Gallery.
An evening Poetry in Translation: Russian will be hosted by an Irish poet Dermot O’Brian and will present a unique opportunity to experience Russian and Irish poetry read in the original language and in translation. This event will take place in the Intercultural Centre Lantern.
The Irish Russian Songwriters’ Club will present the Russian Songwriters Night in Taylors Three Rock, Rathfarnham. It will be over three hours of live music performed by Russian speaking songwriters from different parts of Ireland, including original compositions as well as popular and folk songs. For more information please see https://www.facebook.com/song.ireland.ru
The Olympus Dance and Music Academy will host an open week offering an extensive range of dance, ballet and other lessons to the wider audience of all ages. For more information, please see www.danceandmusic.ie
The festival will traditionally end with the Family Day, which will be held on Sunday the 13th of March in the National Show Centre, Swords. Moscow State Academic Theatre of Dance Gzhel will perform along with the local dances, singers, traditional Minstrels. There will be food and crafts market, children’s entertainment and much more. A full programme is available.
The Festival of Russian Culture is organised by the Russian community in Ireland and is supported by Dublin City Council, the Russian Embassy, Dublin City Libraries, National Gallery of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy of Music and Trinity College.
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Russian Gzhel conquers Dublin
This year the highlight of the Festival of Russian Culture Maslenitsa will be a magnificent performance by the Gzhel Moscow State Academic Dance Theatre.
The Gzhel Dance Theatre was founded by Prof. Vladimir Zakharov, a People’s Artist and a famous choreographer.
Prof. Zahkarov set himself a task to express the magic beauty of the Russian crafts through dance for the first time ever. The creative direction of the theatre was determined by a desire to tell the audience through art about the phenomena of every day life, traditions and customs, crafts and the richness of people’s spiritual life, creativity and imagination of the Russian craftsmen, their natural sense of beauty. It was no coincidence that the Ghzel was established during the year of the 650th anniversary of the Gzhel ceramics, one the most famous and most recognisable Russian traditional craft.
Unlike other dance groups the Ghzel’s performance is based on the regional traditions and regional specifics of the dance culture and not only on the overall Russian spirit. This has become the theatre’s distinctive feature.
The Ghzel Dance Theatre is one of the leading dance groups in Russia and worldwide. Their repertoire covers different areas of choreography: a folk-stage dance and a classical ballet. The Ghzel is governed by the Moscow Department of Culture and actively tours all over the world, France, India, Greece. Austria, USA, China, Cuba, Mexico, Japan, Germany to name a few. Their performance conquers the hearts of the Russian and the worldwide audience.
Video by Denis Bokov Russian Festival 2015
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Festival of Russia Culture
You can find a selection of photos from last year’s event online here, to give you a sense of how the festival went.[slideshow_deploy id=’70’]