BEGINNERS’ RUSSIAN SEPTEMBER INTENSIVE COURSE
Sep
20
6:30 PM18:30

BEGINNERS’ RUSSIAN SEPTEMBER INTENSIVE COURSE

Get your Russian off to a flying start with RLC’s September Intensive this Autumn! With 25 hours of tuition over two weeks, you will soon be having short conversations in simple, correct Russian. The course works perfectly as a stand-alone crash course in Russian, or is a great way to prepare for further studies. Group size is restricted to 8 students, making sure everyone gets extensive exposure to the language.

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From the Lives of Planets:  Oleg Nesterov in conversation with Stephen Coates
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

From the Lives of Planets: Oleg Nesterov in conversation with Stephen Coates

Join us for a conversation between Oleg Nesterov and Stephen Coates, discussing Nesterov's important composition ‘From the Life of Planets’ that is being played in London on Saturday. ‘From the Life of Planets’ is a musical tribute to the Russian films of the 1960s that were halted mid-production, due to dramatic changes in the nation’s political climate.

In English and Russian.

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Pushkin House Music Salon:  Forgotten gems of the Silver Age with Betty Makharinsky and Jonathan Powell
Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

Pushkin House Music Salon: Forgotten gems of the Silver Age with Betty Makharinsky and Jonathan Powell

Join us for an evenings of songs and piano music by Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Medtner and their lesser-known contemporaries. Performed by Betty Makharinsky, a British-Russian soprano who has trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Jonathan Powell, a pianist who has strong ties with not only Russian repertoire but also the pianistic tradition associated with it.

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SEVENTEEN MOMENTS OF SPRING: PUSHKIN HOUSE TWO DAY SCREENING MARATHON
Sep
22
to Sep 23

SEVENTEEN MOMENTS OF SPRING: PUSHKIN HOUSE TWO DAY SCREENING MARATHON

Pushkin House is pleased to present a two day screening marathon of the Soviet Cult Classic Seventeen Moments of Spring and accompanied events. The 1972 Soviet espionage TV series 'Seventeen Moments of Spring' with its haunting score and songs are rightly some of the most famous and well loved in Russian cinematic history. Yet inexplicably, they remain virtually unknown outside the Russian community and a small group of cognoscienti in the West. This special weekend at Pushkin House aims to help change that with a series of unique events.

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The Musical Genius of Mikael Tariverdiev: An evening with Vera Tariverdieva
Sep
22
7:00 PM19:00

The Musical Genius of Mikael Tariverdiev: An evening with Vera Tariverdieva

Mikael Tariverdiev, author of the haunting score for Seventeen Moments of Spring was one of the greatest  modern Soviet film composers. The score, which is held to have helped elevate the series to its unprecedented success, remains one of the most popular works of film music. For this very special event, Vera Tariverdieva, Mikael's widow and the guardian of his legacy, will join Alex Kan and Stephen Coates in conversation to provide a rare and intimate glimpse into the life and work of a modern musical genius. This event is part of the Pushkin House Seventeen Moments of Spring Two Day Marathon.

In English.

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ЛЕОНИД АРОНЗОН И АЛЕКСАНДР АЛЬТШУЛЕР: ДИАЛОГ ПОЭТОВ. ЛЕНИНГРАД 1960–1970-х ГОДОВ
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

ЛЕОНИД АРОНЗОН И АЛЕКСАНДР АЛЬТШУЛЕР: ДИАЛОГ ПОЭТОВ. ЛЕНИНГРАД 1960–1970-х ГОДОВ

Наталия Рубинштейн, друг детства Альтшулера, входившая в ближний круг его общения, и Галина Блейх, жена Альтшулера, занимающаяся продвижением его творческого наследия, расскажут о поэтическом диалоге между Аронзоном и Альтшулером и об особой атмосфере ленинградского литературного андеграунда. Вечер является совместным проектом Пушкинского клуба и ARCC .

На русском языке.

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PREMIER SCREENING: KING LEAR, Satirikon Theatre, Moscow
Sep
30
2:00 PM14:00

PREMIER SCREENING: KING LEAR, Satirikon Theatre, Moscow

Yury Butusov's brilliant, award-winning staging of King Lear tells us a story in which the collapse of a family, the collapse of a country, and the collapse of an individual are all connected to each other in Shakespeare's classic work. Lear imagined himself to be God's equal - and so he divided his kingdom between his daughters just to see what would happen. Featuring 4 time Golden Mask Award-winning actor Konstantn Raikin as Lear.

In Russian with English subtitles.

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REMEMBERING THE ROMANOVS: AN EVENING OF THE FAMILY’S OWN WORDS BROUGHT TO LIFE THROUGH LIVE PERFORMANCE
Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

REMEMBERING THE ROMANOVS: AN EVENING OF THE FAMILY’S OWN WORDS BROUGHT TO LIFE THROUGH LIVE PERFORMANCE

Join us for an evening of performed readings from the family’s letters and diaries, as well as correspondence from the people who knew them.  There will also be recitals of Russian poetry (in English and Russian) which capture the spirit of the time. From the team that brought the theatrical production of Anastasia to Pushkin House. (four stars, Evening Standard).  This event is part of our Romanov Season.

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PUSHKIN HOUSE WINE CLUB: RUSSIANS IN ITALY – ITALIAN WINE TASTING
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

PUSHKIN HOUSE WINE CLUB: RUSSIANS IN ITALY – ITALIAN WINE TASTING

Over the centuries, many famous Russians have spent a lot of time in Italy. Dostoyevsky loved Florence, Chekov travelled all over Italy, and Gorky spent many years there, mainly in Capri and Sorrento. During the tasting, we’ll follow in the footsteps of these great people and learn about the wines they used to drink or could have drunk. We’ll talk about the history of Italian wine and taste the styles of wines traditionally produced in the areas popular with Russians, both past and present. This event is devoted to 150th anniversary of the birth of M. Gorky.

In English and Russian.

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Screening of 'Perm-36. Reflexion', documentary film by Sergei Kachkin & panel discussion with Zinovy Zinik and Michael Hunt
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

Screening of 'Perm-36. Reflexion', documentary film by Sergei Kachkin & panel discussion with Zinovy Zinik and Michael Hunt

In this important documentary by Sergei Kachkin, three former political prisoners tell the story of their imprisonment in the “Perm-36” prison camp, one of the last camps to be closed in Soviet times. Years later they return to the camp, that has since become a Museum of the Gulag, to participate in the “Pilorama” Forum. Communist activists zealously rail against Museum and the Forum, at which human rights and the Soviet legacy are discussed. Tensions begin to mount…

Film in Russian with English subtitles. Discussion in English and Russian.

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Human Rights and Art in Russia today - social engagement in the post Soviet world through the eyes of artist Victoria Lomasko
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Human Rights and Art in Russia today - social engagement in the post Soviet world through the eyes of artist Victoria Lomasko

A talk by leading Russian artist specialising in graphic reportage, Victoria Lomasko, about social initiatives that she has documented in her work, including campaigners protecting parks and fighting mass demolitions in Moscow, and long distance lorry drivers protesting their rights. This event is part of the Bloomsbury Festival 2018.

In English.

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Teatr.Doc Performance by Zaudinova and  Kurochkin: Devoted to Mikhail Ugarov and Elena Gremina
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Teatr.Doc Performance by Zaudinova and Kurochkin: Devoted to Mikhail Ugarov and Elena Gremina

Reading of a new play about Mikhail Ugarov and Elena Gremina, the founders of Teatr.doc, the leading Moscow documentary theatre company, that makes plays about current events in Russia, who tragically died earlier this year. The play will be read by two members of the theatre, one of whom wrote the play based on the social media posts of Ugarov and Gremina. This is a joint event with the Anglo-Russian Culture Club. This event is part of the Bloomsbury Festival 2018.

In Russian with English translation.

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Pushkin House Music Salon: In Search of Stravinsky’s Piano Teacher: Leokadiya Kashperova
Oct
21
3:00 PM15:00

Pushkin House Music Salon: In Search of Stravinsky’s Piano Teacher: Leokadiya Kashperova

In keeping with theme of this year's Bloomsbury Festival - Activists and Architects of Change - this innovative lecture-recital invites the audience to consider Igor Stravinsky as an activist and, surprising as it may seem, his piano teacher Leokadiya Kashperova as the architect behind those famously enigmatic compositions for solo piano composed in the 1920s in Stravinsky’s challenging, and beguiling, neoclassical style. This event is part of the Bloomsbury Festival 2018.

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Reading Samizdat: an evening of talk and discussion with Josephine von Zitzewitz
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Reading Samizdat: an evening of talk and discussion with Josephine von Zitzewitz

Samizdat, the circulation of often hand-produced texts outside official channels, was a mass phenomenon during the later decades of the Soviet Union. Based on new survey results, we will learn how and why ‘mere’ readers decided to become (re-)producers and distributors of unofficial literary texts. Most importantly, the survey yielded many human details and stories that would otherwise be lost. This evening will make some of the new survey findings on samizdat available to the public. Part talk and part discussion, the audience, will also be invited to share their experience of reading samizdat. This is a Pushkin Club event.

In English.

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To Free the Romanovs - book presentation with Coryne Hall
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

To Free the Romanovs - book presentation with Coryne Hall

Join author Coryne Hall for a presentation of her latest book, 'To Free The Romanovs: Royal Kinship and Betrayals in Europe 1917 - 1919'. Did the Kaiser do enough? Did George V? When the Tsar’s cousins King Haakon of Norway and King Christian of Denmark heard of Nicholas’s abdication, what did they do? Unpublished diaries of the Tsar’s cousin Grand Duke Dmitri give a new insight to the Romanovs’ feelings about George V’s involvement. This event is part of our Romanov Season.

In English.

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THOMAS, LUCY & ALATAU: THE ATKINSONS’ AMAZING ADVENTURES IN SIBERIA & KAZAKHSTAN: An illustrated TALK BY JOHN MASSEY-STEWART
Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

THOMAS, LUCY & ALATAU: THE ATKINSONS’ AMAZING ADVENTURES IN SIBERIA & KAZAKHSTAN: An illustrated TALK BY JOHN MASSEY-STEWART

John Massey Stewart has written the first full biography of Thomas William Atkinson (1799-1861) - “Thomas, Lucy and Alatau; The Atkinsons’ Adventures in Siberia and Kazakhstan”. Atkinson was an architect, artist, traveller extraordinaire, author – and bigamist. Famous in his lifetime as ‘the Siberian traveller’, but now unjustly forgotten, he spent nearly 7 years travelling nearly 40,000 miles through the Urals, Kazakhstan and Siberia with special authorisation from the Tsar, producing 560 watercolour sketches of the often dramatic scenery and exotic peoples. This is a GB Russia event. Tickets are only available from www.gbrussia.org

In English.

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PUSHKIN HOUSE WINE CLUB: WINES OF EUROPE IN THE TIME OF IVAN TURGENEV
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

PUSHKIN HOUSE WINE CLUB: WINES OF EUROPE IN THE TIME OF IVAN TURGENEV

Join our wine expert Tanya Nesterova for an evening dedicated to the Russian writer Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev, whose love for good food and wine is well documented. You will hear about Turgenev’s travels and taste the styles of wines he could have drunk or served to his friends when he stayed in the great wine regions of Europe and beyond.

In English and Russian.

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ROBERT CHANDLER: FULL DAY TRANSLATION WORKSHOP
Nov
10
11:00 AM11:00

ROBERT CHANDLER: FULL DAY TRANSLATION WORKSHOP

All translators, at any stage of their careers, are welcome to attend this one-day Russian-to-English translation workshop; the only requirement is fluent English and a reading knowledge of Russian.  We encourage a truly collaborative approach, which is helpful and enjoyable.  We will spend at least half of the time looking at a passage from a story by Teffi.

In English (with some Russian).

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Fortress Russia: Conspiracy Theories in the post-Soviet World: Historian Ilya Yablokov in conversation with Sam Greene
Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

Fortress Russia: Conspiracy Theories in the post-Soviet World: Historian Ilya Yablokov in conversation with Sam Greene

Allegations of Russian conspiracies meddling in the affairs of Western countries have been a persistent feature of Western politics since the Cold War, but Russian politics are rife with conspiracies about the West too. Join historian Ilya Yablokov for discussion of his new book with Sam Greene, specialist in Russian politics and social movements.

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Lev Ozerov’s Portraits without Frames Readings
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Lev Ozerov’s Portraits without Frames Readings

Robert Chandler and Boris Dralyuk will read from their recently published translation of Lev Ozerov’s Portraits without Frames. The original, first published in 1999, three years after Ozerov’s death, is one of the most remarkable books of Russian poetry to have been published since the collapse of the Soviet Union - both a moving, intensely personal document and a mini-encyclopedia of Soviet culture. This is a Pushkin Club event.

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Pushkin House Music Salon: Tribute to Tchaikovsky
Nov
22
7:00 PM19:00

Pushkin House Music Salon: Tribute to Tchaikovsky

Please join us for a London Classical Concert Series event, organised by the London Music Foundation, a newly-established charity with the mission to support young talented musicians.
Commemorating the 125 anniversary of the death of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the programme includes various masterpieces by the composer, culminating in the Trio op 50, subtitled ‘In memory of a great artist’, in reference to Nikolai Rubinstein.

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SOLD OUT: THE RACE TO SAVE THE ROMANOVS: Helen Rappaport in Conversation with Frank Althaus
Sep
18
7:00 PM19:00

SOLD OUT: THE RACE TO SAVE THE ROMANOVS: Helen Rappaport in Conversation with Frank Althaus

On 17 July 1918, the Russian Imperial Family was murdered. Published just ahead of the 100-year anniversary of their deaths, Helen Rappaport's The Race to Save the Romanovs is an incredible detective story that uncovers the truth behind the secret plans to rescue Russia’s Imperial family. Join us for an evening of discussion with Helen Rappaport who will be in conversation with Frank Althaus, co-founding partner of Fontanka publishing and founding director of the Russian Language Centre. This event is part of our Romanov Season.

In English.

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RUSSIAN LANGUAGE CENTRE OPEN DAY
Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

RUSSIAN LANGUAGE CENTRE OPEN DAY

Start speaking fluent Russian! Come along and meet the teachers and staff of the Russian Language Centre: find out more about the October term (starting 8th October 2018) and our September Intensive (starting 20th September) browse our unique course materials, learn more about taking a Russian language examination, take a free taster class.

In English.

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RUSSIAN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMME: MAMA I MALYSH STORYTELLING
Sep
8
10:30 AM10:30

RUSSIAN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMME: MAMA I MALYSH STORYTELLING

В программу урока входят пальчиковые игры, развивающие речь песенки, интерактивные сказки в костюмах с игрушками и креативные поделки руками малышей. Дети учатся в процессе и в общении познают себя и окружающий мир. 

In Russian.

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A talk by Paul Caister: “REQUIEM", Five short stories by Anton Chekhov made into a play
Sep
6
6:30 PM18:30

A talk by Paul Caister: “REQUIEM", Five short stories by Anton Chekhov made into a play

Join us for a talk by Paul Caister who dramatised five of Anton Chekhov’s 588 short stories into the play ‘Requiem’ which will be performed in the Upstairs at The Gatehouse from 12 September to 6 October.  This is a GB Russia event. Tickets are only available from www.gbrussia.org

In English.

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PUSHKIN HOUSE MUSIC SALON: ANNA GENIUSHENE IN RECITAL
Sep
2
3:00 PM15:00

PUSHKIN HOUSE MUSIC SALON: ANNA GENIUSHENE IN RECITAL

Pushkin House is thrilled to welcome the critically acclaimed pianist Anna Genuishene. A prizewinner of multiple national and international competitions, Anna is rapidly establishing herself on the European scene. Graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, Anna currently resides in London where she studies at the Royal Academy of Music. Her programme includes Prokofiev's monumental Eights Sonata, finished in 1944 and dedicated to his second wife.

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PUSHKIN HOUSE MUSIC SALON: THE BEST OF RUSSIA’S MUSICAL YOUNG TALENT
Jul
29
3:00 PM15:00

PUSHKIN HOUSE MUSIC SALON: THE BEST OF RUSSIA’S MUSICAL YOUNG TALENT

Flautists-pianists Zoya Vyazovskaya, Timur Jafarov and Mikhail Kaploukhiï are students and graduates of Moscow’s world-famous Gnesin Music School. Prizewinners of multiple national and international competitions, they are making their Pushkin House debut presenting contrasting programme of Russian and Western classics. Over 120 years old, the Gnesin school is one of the keepers of the renown Russian musical school, which is admired by music-lovers across the globe. The programme will feature solo piano compositions and trios by Chopin, Debussy, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Saint-Saens, Taffanel, Vasilenko and Widor.

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ROBERT CHANDLER: FULL DAY TRANSLATION WORKSHOP
Jul
14
11:00 AM11:00

ROBERT CHANDLER: FULL DAY TRANSLATION WORKSHOP

All translators, at any stage of their careers, are welcome to attend this one-day Russian-to-English translation workshop; the only requirement is fluent English and a reading knowledge of Russian.  We encourage a truly collaborative approach, which is helpful and enjoyable.  We will spend at least half of the time looking at a passage from a story by Teffi.

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The Red Atlas: How the Soviet Union Secretly Mapped the World
Jul
11
7:00 PM19:00

The Red Atlas: How the Soviet Union Secretly Mapped the World

After the collapse of the Soviet Union an astonishing treasure trove came to light – hundreds of thousands of maps showing in chilling detail countries and cities throughout the world. Join us for an evening of discussion based on the newly published ‘The Red Atlas: How the Soviet Union Secretly Mapped the World’ with its authors John Davies and Alexander J Kent.

In English.

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THE POLITICAL AESTHETICS OF THE RUSSIAN FAR RIGHT: AN ILLUSTRATED TALK BY PROFESSOR ANDREI ROGATCHEVSKI
Jul
9
7:00 PM19:00

THE POLITICAL AESTHETICS OF THE RUSSIAN FAR RIGHT: AN ILLUSTRATED TALK BY PROFESSOR ANDREI ROGATCHEVSKI

The Russian far right is a varied, little known, and elusive and constantly changing topic of study. Joining us to provide some clarity on the matter is Professor Andrei Rogatchevski, Professor of Russian Culture and Literature at the Arctic University of Norway. Going beyond the usual format of an academic’s talk, Professor Rogatchevski will explore with us, and illustrate, the political aesthetic of Russia’s far right groups, examining the flags, insignia, posters, fictions, and songs that comprise the visual culture and aesthetic of Russia’s far right movements. This is a GB-Russia event.

In English.

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(FULLY BOOKED) Special Screening: The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov
Jul
3
7:00 PM19:00

(FULLY BOOKED) Special Screening: The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov

Join us for a special documentary screening of The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov. Oleg Sentsov is a Ukrainian film director who is serving a twenty-year sentence in a high-security prison camp in the Russian Far North. He has been on hunger strike since May 14th to protest the detention of Ukrainian political prisoners. This is a joint event with ARCC.

In Russian with English subtitles.

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Pushkin the Opera: Marita Phillips in conversation with Sasha Dugdale
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

Pushkin the Opera: Marita Phillips in conversation with Sasha Dugdale

Marita Phillips is the great-great-great granddaughter of both Pushkin and Nicholas I. She has spent many years writing the libretto for Pushkin - The Opera, which will premiere in the UK on July 11th and 12th at Grange Park Opera, with a score by Russian composer Konstantin Boyarsky. Join us to learn the background of the opera in a conversation between Marita Phillips and poet and writer Sasha Dugdale.

In English.

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Screening: The Satirikon Theatre's The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
Jun
24
1:30 PM13:30

Screening: The Satirikon Theatre's The Seagull by Anton Chekhov

Back by popular demand is a screening of the Satirikon Theatre's  production of The Seagull. Anton Chekhov’s first of four major plays dramatizes the romantic and artistic conflicts between its four main characters: Boris Trigorin, a well-known writer, the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, and her son the would-be playwright Konstantin Tréplev.

In Russian (with English subtitles). 

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Exhibition Opening and Artist's talk: Amateur Bird Watching at Passport Control
Jun
21
6:30 PM18:30

Exhibition Opening and Artist's talk: Amateur Bird Watching at Passport Control

Join us for an opening of our new exhibition Amateur Bird Watching at Passport Control by the Belarus-born New-York based artist Alina Bliumis. Curated by Elena Zaytseva this exhibition explores the human relationship with freedom and nature. It is built around a paradox, revealed by Bliumis in her study of the passport covers of nations all over the world: that birds, the ultimate symbol of freedom, are used on documents controlling international movement. Includes artist’s talk and Q&A. RSVP to office@pushkinhouse.org.uk

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VeloNotte Musica in London: If streets could sing!
Jun
16
to Jun 17

VeloNotte Musica in London: If streets could sing!

Join this one-off London musically accompanied nighttime bike tour, with historians and a band. You will explore buildings and sites where great melodies were born - from Handel to Hendrix, from Serge Diaghilev to Freddie Mercury - all the best music that has fled to London since the 1600s.

In English with Russian translation.

NB: this event is NOT taking place at Pushkin House. Please read all relevant event information for details.

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RUSSIAN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMME: MAMA I MALYSH STORYTELLING
Jun
16
10:30 AM10:30

RUSSIAN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMME: MAMA I MALYSH STORYTELLING

В программу урока входят пальчиковые игры, развивающие речь песенки, интерактивные сказки в костюмах с игрушками и креативные поделки руками малышей. Дети учатся в процессе и в общении познают себя и окружающий мир. 

In Russian.

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THROUGH TIMES OF TROUBLE - A TALK ON THE WAR IN EASTERN UKRAINE BY DR. ANNA MATVEEVA
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

THROUGH TIMES OF TROUBLE - A TALK ON THE WAR IN EASTERN UKRAINE BY DR. ANNA MATVEEVA

Join us for an evening with Senior Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College’s Department of War Studies, Dr Anna Matveeva, who will be telling the story of the insurgency in Ukraine’s troubled Donbass region from the perspective of the rebels themselves. Drawing extensively on first-hand research and interviews, Dr Anna Matveeva will share her unique and invaluable insight into what drives the rebels, who is driven to take to arms in Europe’s frozen conflict, and the changes occurring on the battlefield. This is a GB-Russia event.

In English.

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PUSHKIN HOUSE MUSIC SALON: TCHAIKOVSKY AND CHOPIN BY LEEDS COMPETITION WINNER, ANNA TSYBULEVA
Jun
10
4:00 PM16:00

PUSHKIN HOUSE MUSIC SALON: TCHAIKOVSKY AND CHOPIN BY LEEDS COMPETITION WINNER, ANNA TSYBULEVA

We are proud to announce the return of Anna Tsybuleva to Pushkin House, triumphant winner of England’s most prestigious piano competition in 2015. This is a rare opportunity to hear ‘a pianist of a rare gifts’ (International Piano Magazine) in London. In addition to Tchaikovsky’s Seasons, Anna will play a selection of works by Frederic Chopin.

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The War Within: Diaries From the Siege of Leningrad: A Talk by Alexis Peri
Jun
8
7:00 PM19:00

The War Within: Diaries From the Siege of Leningrad: A Talk by Alexis Peri

Pushkin House is delighted to welcome Alexis Peri to give an insightful talk on her book 'The War Within: Diaries From the Siege of Leningrad' which has been shortlisted for the 2018 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize. Drawing on 125 unpublished diaries, author Alexis Peri chronicles the Leningrad blockade from the perspective of those who endured the unendurable. This event is part of the 2018 Pushkin Prize events programme.

In English.

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The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution: A Talk by Yuri Slezkine
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution: A Talk by Yuri Slezkine

Pushkin House welcomes Yuri Slezkine for a compelling talk on his book 'The House of Government', which is shortlisted for the 2018 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize.  Written in the tradition of Tolstoy's ‘War and Peace’, Grossman’s ‘Life and Fate’, and Solzhenitsyn’s ‘The Gulag Archipelago’, Yuri Slezkine tells the true story of the residents of an enormous Moscow apartment building where top Communist officials and their families lived before they were destroyed in Stalin’s purges. This event is part of the 2018 Pushkin Prize events programme.

In English.

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PUSHKIN THROUGH ENGLISH POETS
Jun
5
7:30 PM19:30

PUSHKIN THROUGH ENGLISH POETS

This year Pushkin’s birth is celebrated at Pushkin House with a bilingual reading – a poem for each year of his writing life, from the age of fourteen to thirty-six . A different translator has been chosen for each poem, representing the wide variety  of responses to Pushkin during the twentieth century and the present time: by such as Carol Ann Duffy, Seamus Heaney, Christopher Reid, Elaine Feinstein, Eavan Boland, Michael Frayn and others. This is a Pushkin Club event.

In English and Russian.

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Armageddon and Paranoia: The Nuclear Confrontation: A Talk by Rodric Braithwaite
Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

Armageddon and Paranoia: The Nuclear Confrontation: A Talk by Rodric Braithwaite

Pushkin House welcomes Sir Rodric Braithwaite for a compelling talk on his book 'Armageddon and Paranoia', which is shortlisted for the 2018 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize. In 1945, the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and warfare was never the same again. 'Armageddon and Paranoia' relates how the power of the atom was harnessed to produce weapons capable of destroying human civilisation and considers what this has done to the world. This event is part of the 2018 Pushkin Prize events programme.

In English.

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SASHA ILYUKEVICH & THE HIGHLY SKILLED MIGRANTS. RUSSOPHONE POST PUNK AND FOLK ROCK
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

SASHA ILYUKEVICH & THE HIGHLY SKILLED MIGRANTS. RUSSOPHONE POST PUNK AND FOLK ROCK

2016's BBC Introducing artist Sasha Ilyukevich & the Highly Skilled Migrants create an incomparable brew of post punk electric energy and folk lyricism. Ilyukevich writes songs in Russian to capture the essence of Eastern-Slavic heritage but also translates his lyrics to English to convey the ideas behind his songs and share the nuances of language and emotion. In his songs Sasha fuses Western and Eastern-Slavic sensibilities to bridge a historical divide and engage understanding between two cultures to reverse prejudice between East and West.

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FILM SCREENING: CHRONICLES OF A REVOLUTION THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN BY KONSTANTIN SELIN
May
24
7:00 PM19:00

FILM SCREENING: CHRONICLES OF A REVOLUTION THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN BY KONSTANTIN SELIN

When in November 2015 in Russia a toll system for heavy lorries was imposed on Federal highways, it changed the lives of its long-distance drivers, and rendered their businesses unviable. What started as a peaceful protest by the drivers soon transformed into a strike that lasted for over two months and became a major protest of the Putin era. The film was shown at the "Artdocfest", the largest documentary film festival in Russia. It won an award for Best Debut Film at the "Saratov Sufferings" International Documentary Festival. This event is part of the season accompanying our current exhibition  - On The Eve, by Victoria Lomasko.

In Russian with English subtitles.

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Screening and talk with a leading Russian filmmaker Marina Razbezhkina
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Screening and talk with a leading Russian filmmaker Marina Razbezhkina

Marina Razbezhkina is one of the most respected documentary makers in Russia. Her directorial voice is unmistakable: her ability to look at the life of a person from up close to reveal the essence of everyday life, and also to see it in the grand and enchanting. Students and graduates of her Moscow School of Documentary Film and Theatre, create films around the world that are screened at international festivals. At Pushkin House, Razbezhkina will talk about the work of her celebrated school, before introducing her latest film Opticheskaya Os - Optical Axis. (2014)

Talk in Russian with English translation. Film in Russian with English subtitles.

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Fighting for Human Dignity: Nikolay and Tatyana Shchur on Conditions in Russian Prisons
May
22
7:30 PM19:30

Fighting for Human Dignity: Nikolay and Tatyana Shchur on Conditions in Russian Prisons

Nikolay Shchur’s book, published in 2017, is called “FSIN Empire” (FSIN is the Federal Service for the Implementation of Punishments), with the subtitle “A Short Guide to Russian Prisons”. In 1994, when Nikolay was chairman of the Snezhinsk Ecological Foundation, he was arrested and held in a pre-trial detention centre for six months on trumped--up charges for trying to draw attention to the pollution caused by the military near Chelyabinsk. Since then he and his wife, Tatyana, in addition to their activities as ecologists, have become experts on Russian prisons – they both became members of Public Monitoring Commissions (ОNK) as soon as they were formed in Russia, so they really know the Russian Penal Service inside out. This is a joint event of the Pushkin Club and Rights in Russia.

In Russian with English translation.

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