Festival of Russian Culture, 11-21 February 2018, Dublin


The 9th Festival of Russian Culture will run from the 11th to the 21st of February 2018 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 festival in venues across the city.

The festival will commence with Family Day on Sunday the 11th in the National Show Centre, Swords. Dancers, singers, spoon players, choirs along with the guest performers from Moscow will present an unforgettable show. Food and crafts markets, traditional pancakes, children’s entertainment and much more will give an opportunity to experience all things Russian.

This year a Moscow folk group Lubo-Milo (“A Pleasure and Delight”), the winners of numerous Russian and international awards, will present their programme of folk songs and music. Lively and dynamic performance and colourful costumes will capture the viewers’ imagination. The artistic skills of performers spread from singing and dancing to playing all sorts of instruments, including balalaika, accordion, guitar and domra. The group has been touring worldwide including Greece, Montenegro, France, Latvia and Serbia.

Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane will host a guided tour with the Russian interpreting and screening of Battleship Potemkin by Sergey Eisenstein to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the film maker. Following success of the past years young pianists will present their talents at the Emerging Artists at the Hugh Lane concert.

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 18th of February. Gerald Peregrine, Lynda O’Connor, Fionnuala Moynihan, Paul Roe, Deirdre Moynihan, Owen Lorigan, Sylvia O’Brien, Helene Hutchinson, Lance Coburn and Eoin Flood will perform at the concert along with our own Anna Kiselyova.

Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies at Trinity College will be holding a number of events including Utopia Dystopia: From chaos to conformity: anniversary commemoration of the October Revolution in visual arts and films. Please see www.tcd.ie/Russian for details.

The National Concert Hall will present the RTE National Symphony Orchestra joined by a Russian pianist Nicolay Khozyainov, a winner of the Dublin Piano Competition, on Tuesday the 13th of February. On Friday the 16th of February the RTE National Orchestra will perform excepts from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. For tickets please see www.nch.ie

The Central library will host a master class with Anna Kiselyova on the life and work of Dmitry Shostakovich. A Russian Language exchange also takes place as a part of the festival. The exchange is run through the year and everybody with an interest in Russia and the Russian language is welcome to join.

Pearse Street Library will be hosting reading and talk on Alexander Pushkin The Undertaker with Vera Smyth, talk on history of Matryoshka dolls with Valentina Camon. Russian Fairy Tales with Svetlana Maximova will be children’s events

The National Gallery of Ireland will host a lecture Wanda Smolin on Russian icon painting with a focus on examples from the National Gallery collection. Please see www.ngi.ie for details.

A few events will be held in the Dublin City Arts Office the LAB. A She-shaman (Udagan) and a musician Saydyy Kuo will present a workshop on a traditional Sakha Instrument “Khomus”. There will be talks by Yegor Tokarev on Russia in WWI and talk on Tsar Nicolas II, his life and tragic role in the Russian history. Svetlana Maximova will hold a talk on the Russian alphabet, its origin and meaning of Russian symbols.

A Russian play and a tea party for children will take place in the Russian Orthodox Church in Harold’s Cross. Our young actors will perform a short play based on a Russian fairy tale. Join in for a traditional Russian tea party at the samovar!

The Russian Beat presents an evening of songs and ballads at the Murray’s Pub, O’Connell Street. Tickets are €15.

Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane will host film screening of

The Perm Theatre U Mosta will come to Ireland from the heart of Russia to present two plays in the Civic Theatre Tallaght. Marriage by Nicolay Gogol on Tuesday the 20th of February and A Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh on Wednesday the 21st will be performed in Russian with English surtitles. The theatre U Mosta is a winner of numerous Russian and international awards.

The Festival of Russian Culture is organised by the Russian community in Ireland and is supported by Dublin City Council, the Russian Embassy, Moscow City and St. Petersburg City Government, Moscow Department of Culture, National Gallery of Ireland, Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies in Trinity College, Civic Theatre Tallaght.

Full programme of the Festival of Russian culture will be available shortly at www.russianfestial.ie


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