Video From RTE about Russian Festival 2014
Festival of Russia Culture
A week-long festival in various locations throughout the city of Dublin from 14rd of February to 22nd of February
Festival of Russian Culture, 14-22 February 2015, Dublin
This year the festival will run a week-long programme from 14th to 22nd of February 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 workshops, children’s activities, lively performances, lectures and talks, exhibitions are just some of the events taking place during the week. The highlight of the festival will be a traditional Family Day in the Red Cow Hotel on Sunday the 22nd of February.
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 and other venues.
The Festival Committee has successfully secured renowned Irish artists Deirdre Moynihan and Fionnuala Moynihan to perform at a concert dedicated to Russian classical music in the Hugh Lane Gallery on Saturday the 14th of February at the official opening of the festival. Following the success of the previous years a second concert of Russian classical music has been booked for Saturday the 21st of February. A renowned Irish pianist Owen Lorigan will perform at the concert along with Helene Hutchinson, Eoin Hynes, David Scott and Siobhan Kilkelly.
Hugh Lane Gallery will also host events throughout the week, including a film and ф lecture on Russian Art.
Moscow puppet theatre will present The Tale of Tsar Saltan in the Russian schools and clubs over the country. All performances will be in Russian.
Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies at Trinity College will be holding an open day, a guided tour of the college in Russian and a Gala concert on the Russian poetry in the evening. Trinity College students will hold a talk on the Russian language and quiz for the Transition Year students called “How well do you know Russia?” This event has become one of the highlights of the festival. Please see www.tcd.ie/Russian
The National Concert Hall will have two concert of Russian classic Music. RTE National Symphony Orchestra will perform Prokofiev’s Symphony No.1 Classical. Violinist Ray Chen will perform pieces from Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Tickets at www.nch.ie
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 workshop on Peter Tchaikovsky, one of the best known Russian composers, whose 175th anniversary will be celebrated next year.
Rathmines Library will be hosting a talk on a famous Russian poet Maxim Gorky and readings with Svetlana Maximova. Svetlana will also have a talk of life and works of Alexander Pushkin, a founder of Russian literary tradition and an author of The Queen of Spades and Eugene Onegin.
Ballyfermot Library will be hosting a talk Russia: Flicking through the history book with Vera Smyth.
The National Gallery of Ireland will host a lecture on Early 20th century Russian Art with Wanda Smolin. Please see www.ngi.ie
The festival will traditionally end with the Family Day, which will be held on Sunday the 22nd of February in the Red Cow Hotel. A full programme is available.
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, National Gallery of Ireland and Trinity College.
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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.