Festival of Russian Culture 2016, 6th – 13nd of March Programme of events

Date Time Event Venue

6th March Sun

12.00 – 13.30

Official Opening and concert of Russian classical music performed by Owen Lorigan, Helene Hutchinson, Sylvia O’Brien, Lance Coburn and Anna Kiselyova

Hugh Lane Gallery

14.00 – 15.00

Guided tour of the Hugh Lane Gallery with Russian translation

Hugh Lane Gallery

15.00 – 16.00

Film on Russian Art

Hugh Lane Gallery

7th March Mon

11:00 – 12:00

Readings of Russian fairy tales in English by Vera Smyth

Pearse Street Library

8th March Tue

16:00 – 17:30

Russian with Fun: Russian lessons and Russian songs for children by Svetlana Maximova

Intercultural Centre Lantern

19:00 – 20:00

Talk on Life and works of Alexander Pushkin by Svetlana Maximova

Intercultural Centre Lantern

20:00 – 21:00

Talk on Russian Painter Vassily Vereshchagin by Georgy Tokarev

Intercultural Centre Lantern

21:00 – 22:00

Talk and readings on Alexander Kuprin, his life and works. Introduction to “The Garnet Bracelet” by Svetlana Maximova

Intercultural Centre Lantern

9th March Wed

18:30 – 19:30

Russia: flicking through the history book, an overview of anniversaries and dates of importance in the Russian history by Vera Smyth

Terenure Library

19:00 – 21:00

Gala concert of poetry and songs by the Department of Slavonic and Russian Studies, Trinity College

Trinity College (Atrium)

10th March Thu

13:00 – 14:00

Master class on 125th anniversary of Sergey Prokofiev and 110th anniversary of Dmitry Shostakovich by Anna Kiselyova

Ilac Library

18.00 – 19.00

Wooden Lives, a talk on Russian wooden architecture by an architect Maria Kiernan

National Gallery

11th March Fri

11:00 – 12:00

The Meaning of the Holy Icons in the Orthodox Church, lecture by Fr.Nickolay Azolin

National Library

11:00 – 12:00

Coffee Concert of Russian classical music in the Royal Irish Academy of Music

Royal Irish Academy of Music

19:30 – 21:00

Poetry in Translation: Russian. Talk and reading of Russian and Irish poets in translation with poet Dermot O’Brien

Intercultural Centre Lantern

20:00 – 22:00

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra – Ó’Riada, Prokofiev, Sibelius. Denis Kozhukhin, piano.

National Concert Hall
Tickets at www.nch.ie

12th March Sat

14.00 – 15.30

Children’s Concert of Russian Classical Music

Hugh Lane Gallery

15.30 – 16.45

Russian/English Conversation Exchange

Ilac Centre Library

20:00 – 23:00

Russian Songwriters Night – live performance by Irish Russian Songwriters Club

Taylors Three Rock, Rathfarnham Admission €5, free parking

13th March Sun

12.00 – 17.00

Family Day

An all-day traditional Russian family entertainment with music, dance, games, guest performers Gzhel Moscow Dance Theatre

Traditional crafts and souvenir market, food and culinary treats

Various children’s events throughout the day

National Show Centre, Swords

Admission €5, free parking

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 

Posted by Kristina Butusova

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.