Video From RTE  about Russian Festivale 2014

Festival of Russia Culture

A week-long festival in various locations throughout the city of Dublin from 23rd of February to 2nd of March

 Dublin, 5th of February 2014

This year Festival of Russian Culture “Maslenitsa” (Pancake week) is in its 5th year. To celebrate this occasion a week long programme of events has been prepared for all ages and tastes at different locations throughout the city.

Traditional music, dance, children’s activities, lively performances, lectures and talks, informative exhibitions are just some of the events taking place during the week. The highlight of the festival is traditional Family Day, which this year will take place in the Ballsbridge Hotel on Sunday the 2nd of March.

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, Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane, Russian schools and other venues. Following the success of the previous years which saw 7,500 visitors attending the Family Day and many more attending numerous events during the week, the festival has become a traditional feature of vibrant Dublin cultural life.

This year the festival has successfully secured renowned Irish artists Deirdre and Fionnuala Moynihan, Owen Lorigan, Helene Hutchinson and Niall Kinsella, who will be performing in the Hugh Lane Gallery on Sunday the 23rd of February at the official opening of the festival.

Hugh Lane Gallery will also host a lot of events throughout the week, including a film and lectures on Russian Art, coffee mornings and drawing classes for children. Matryoshka-dolls workshop will provide an opportunity to have a first- hand experience of this traditional Russian craft.

The Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies at Trinity College will be holding an Open Day including a guided tour of the College in Russian. It will also host a Gala concert on Russian poetry, and students of the Department will talk about their time in Russia and hold a quiz for Transition Year students on the topic of “How well do you know Russia?”..

A lot of events are planned for the Dublin City libraries. Many branches will be screening a selection of Russian films and film adaptations of Russian novels.  The Central library will host a lecture on Mikhail Lermontov, a famous Russian poet, whose 200th anniversary will be celebrated this year. The lecture will be followed by performance of Dmitry Babichev, a guest singer from the UK, who will present a wide repertoire of traditional Russian songs and ballads.

Rathmines Library will be hosting a talk on contemporary Russian poets and readings by a Wexford-based poet Dermot O’Brien.

Ballymun Library will be hosting a lecture and a simultaneous play with the only Grand Master in Ireland Alexander Baburin. This event has also become one of the highlights of the festival.

A renowned ballet performer Monica Loughman will be hosting ballet master class in her studio in South Dublin. Monica studied ballet in Russia and is a founder of Ballet Ireland.

Week-long activities will include exhibitions of children’s art in the Hugh Lane Gallery and subsequently in the Central Library based on The Goldfish by Alexander Pushkin. A talk on history of Russia – Flicking through the history books and a photographic exhibition is planned for Pearse Street Library.

The business aspect of the festival is aimed at encouraging ongoing trade between Russia and Ireland. Prominent business leaders will attend a forum to discuss the economic possibilities for both countries.

Russian Community Forum is organised by the Russian Embassy to cover different aspects of the community life and to give some practical advices on everyday issues that a facing the Russian people living in Ireland.

The Festival of Russian Culture is organised by the Russian community in Ireland and is supported by the Russian Embassy, Dublin City Council, Dublin City Libraries, Hugh Lane Gallery, Trinity College, Irish Russia Business Association and Nasha Gazeta.

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You can find a selection of photos from last year’s event online here, to give you a sense of how the festival went.