Join the celebrated former dissident, writer and campaigner Alexander Podrabinek to discuss his assessment of new restrictions in the media and on NGOs in Russia now and hear how people are responding. In Russian. This is a Pushkin Club event and all are welcome.
Come and extend your repertoire of Russian fairy tales and celebrate the launch by Fontanka of folk stories collected and illustrated by the late 19th century Arts and Crafts artist Elena Polenova and originally intended for publication in Britain 99 years ago. In English.
A special Russian Christmas session of IZBA, Polina Proutskova's Russian Village Music Club, with Christmas carols and 'kaliadki' from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus: song, traditions and socialising. In English with some Russian.
Monthly Russian-to-English translation workshop with the inspirational Robert Chandler, for translators at any stage of their careers. Fluent English and a good reading knowledge of Russian are the only requirements.
New regular story time for pre-schoolers with the beautiful collection of brand-new Russian children's books at the Pushkin House Library, with Zoya Fedorova and Olga Hadjieva of Mama i Malysh. In Russian.
Join Petrushka Studios and other families for a truly traditional Russian Christmas celebration, based on Bazhov's classic fairy tale The Little Silver Hoof: an afternoon of performance, costume, stories, and a gift for each child at the end. Performances at 1pm and 3.30pm. In Russian.
In a second performance to mark Russian Christmas and Old New Year, pianist Nika Shirocorad's afternoon family concert will retell the story of The Nutcracker, including all your favourite dances from the Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite for piano, the much-loved 1970s Russian animation, and support from Con Tempo children's collective. In Russian.
History and Current Affairs: Igor Sutyagin, 'Why is there no military solution for Putin in Ukraine?'
The political-military commentator and Senior Research Fellow for Russian Studies at the Royal United Services Institute joins us to discuss the conflict in Ukraine.
Vadim Smolensky, acclaimed author of Notes of a Gaijin, on a rare visit to London, reads from his elegant, witty, wistful stories about life as an expat in Japan, brings his guitar, and discusses how to be a 21st century Russian abroad. In Russian.
First in a series of 6 weekly Sunday afternoon subscription concerts for children and families, running from Sunday 18 January to Sunday 22 February, by pianist Nika Shirocorad, each woven round the story of a different fairy-tale. Suitable for children age 4 and up. In Russian.
Russian Children's Literature Week: Translating Children's Literature, with Sasha Dugdale and Marina Boroditskaya
Join noted Russian poet, children's author and translator Marina Boroditskaya and noted English poet and translator Sasha Dugdale to discuss the translation of children's literature and poetry. In English (with some Russian).
Peter Duncan will speak on the political situation inside Russia, Putin’s idea of a Eurasian Union, Russia’s actions in Ukraine, the impact of sanctions and the state of international relations. This is a GB-Russia Society event and all are welcome. In English.
Join 3 of the best-loved Russian writers of stories and poems for adults and children, Sergei Sedov, Marina Boroditskaya and Marina Moskvina, for an evening of animated short films and stories from their work for adults. In Russian.
RUSSIAN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE WEEK AT PUSHKIN HOUSE: MEET YOUR FAVOURITE CHILDREN'S AUTHORS: SERGEI SEDOV, MARINA BORODITSKAYA, MARINA MOSKVINA
An afternoon of animated film and story-telling with 3 of Russia's best-loved children's writers: Sergei Sedov, Marina Boroditskaya and Marina Moskvina. Suitable for children age 5 and over. In Russian.
Join translator Bryan Karetnyk in conversation with Robert Chandler to explore the glamorous, mysterious and often tragic world of post-revolutionary Russian émigrés through their writing. In English. This is a Pushkin Club event and all are welcome.
Earlier in the year six new talents on the British opera scene set themselves a challenge to throw away the translations of Russian classics, and get to know the original songs. A Christmas Concert with a twist – this will be a chance for the young singers to proudly present their achievements in music and language.
Having published ‘The Story Provocation: for learners of the Russian language (yes, yes, and for you too!)’ - “Rasskaz-provokatsiya” in Russian, his second unconventional language textbook, earlier this year Ignaty thought it may be useful to share his experience of teaching Russian to business people. On the night, he’ll share his observations and offers some tips to make learning Russian for business more efficient.
A day in the life… Diana Arbenina - author, poet, cultural figure and former front lady of 90s pop sensation Night Snipers, talks about Russian rock, life on the road and how poetry translates into great rock.
Have you ever heard of a deer with a little silver hoof? This afternoon children can immerse themselves in a magical interactive Christmas performance, as Pushkin House is transformed into the land of Russian fairy tales. In Russian.
A musical journey for families. Trombonist Barrie Webb and pianist Nika Shirocorad play pieces from all over the world.
Have you ever dreamt of singing to the Netherworld? Would you like to learn what the village life in Russia once was and what it is now? Then welcome to the Russian Village Music Club IZBA!
IZBA club sessions take place monthly every second Friday of the month. Tickets are £10 on the door and £9 in advance.
A pop-up shop, show – and tea party. All the pastila you could ever dream of, with medieval Russian Christmas music and a puppet nativity! Showing at 3pm and 6pm. Free entrance.
Andrei Kourkov talks to broadcaster, comedian and russophile Viv Groskop about his new book Ukraine Diaries: Dispatches from Kiev and his well-loved surreal comic novels of post-Soviet Ukraine, with Dr Uilleam Blacker of UCL. The latest in our series looking at Ukraine through its best-known Russian-language writers. In English.
Christmas is coming and there is a real treat in store at Pushkin House this December: wine and cheese - two products which seem to have been made for each other.
Roger Clarke discusses four Pushkin love poems to Goncharova, and Peter France discusses Batyushkov's To My Friends; Imitations of the Ancients and Imitation of Horace. Translators, academics, students and anybody interested in Russian literature are invited to discuss the relationship between the original and the translation, compare different translations of the same original text and see how the art of translation helps literature to cross boundaries. Always thoughtful, congenial and discursive. In English.
Dr Martin McCauley examines why, just as it collapsed in the Soviet Union, communism flourished, and has continued to flourish, in China and Vietnam. In English. This is a GB Russia Society event and all are welcome.
For Christmas, Nika's afternoon family concert will retell the story of The Nutcracker. Pianist Nika Shirocorad blends music and the stories behind it to make the perfect introduction to classical music for children and their parents. In Russian.
All translators, at any stage of their careers, are welcome to attend this Russian-to-English translation workshop; the only requirement is fluent English and a good reading knowledge of Russian.
Two of Russia's greatest living poets talk about the Russian literary world today, the significance of post-Soviet literary prizes, and read from their own work. In Russian with some Ukrainian (fans will know that Shtypel publishes work in both languages).
CHRISTMAS DRINKS: PUSHKIN HOUSE - GB RUSSIA SOCIETY - WESTMINSTER RUSSIA FORUM - RUSSIAN BUSINESS GROUP
Join us all at Pushkin House to toast Christmas and the myriad Russian-British connections we have enjoyed over the past year. Russian musical interludes from the unforgettable Mazaika Duo, and a last chance to enjoy the nostalgic Our Friend Larionov exhibition by Brit Artists Billy Childish and Harry Adams - a homage to the Russian avant-garde. Space is limited so booking is advised.
A rare evening in London with one of Russia's great singer-songwriters. Join Yuliy Kim, the man behind some of the biggest popular hits and greatest Russian film tracks of the 20th century, for acoustic guitar, songs and stories: the archetypal Russian 'Bard'. In Russian.
Nostalgia for eating out in Russia? This month's pop-up supper club menu is full of the most traditional autumn favourites - from wild mushrooms to cabbage pirozkhi. Catering by the excellent Zakuski London, from Rostov via the gourmet foodie haunts of Hackney's Broadway Market. Wine and soft drinks included. Advance booking essential.
Professor Emeritus Geoffrey Hosking, the leading historian of Russia and author of the newly published, Trust, a History, joins us to discuss systems of trust and how they differ in Russia and the west. This is a Pushkin Club event and all are welcome. In English.
First in a series organised with the Russian Children's Library at Pushkin House as part of the Russian Children's World Literature programme. An afternoon of song and storytelling for the whole family - with one of Russia's best loved children's authors. Bring your copies of his books for him to sign. In Russian
ANGLO-RUSSIAN RESEARCH GROUP READING GROUP - MODELS OF MARXISM: JACK LINDSAY READS 'THE SHORT COURSE'
Manchester University's Ben Harker leads the discussion on The History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (The Short Course) and British Communist Jack Lindsay's controversial paper on it. In English.
Our monthly Russian-language wine club; be guided through some wonderful and unusual wines, hosted by wine journalist Tanya Nesterova. In Russian with some translation.
On 20 December 2013, one of the most startling events in modern Russian history occurred. Mikhail Khodorkovsky walked out of jail, a free man. The case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky has fascinated the international community for the last decade. In this talk, Professor Richard Sakwa will provide a full account of the case – the first – from arrest to release.
English-language screening of the award-winning documentary “Colours of Math”, in which scientists try to communicate the beauty of their subject using the language of senses and everyday objects. Followed by a round table-discussion, giving a rare opportunity to meet prominent mathematicians and talk more about people than formulas...
This is a Russian Presence UK event, organised with the kind support of Russians in the City, and all are welcome. In English.
15, 16 17 November: BELKA PRODUCTIONS DOUBLE BILL - SEMYON ZLOTNIKOV'S 'TIED TO YOU' AND BEN MAIER'S 'THE IMAGINARY CIRCUS'
Matinee and Evening showings available. Two unmissable plays back-to-back- first a remake of a rapid fire Soviet farce about courtship, followed by an innovative musical and poetical interpretation of one man's quest to save a glass factory...
Led by Robert Chandler. All translators, at any stage of their careers, are welcome to attend this Russian-to-English translation workshop; the only requirement is fluent English and a good reading knowledge of Russian.
The first in a series of tasting-talks. Purveyors of Russian feasts and English humour will be taking us on an exploration of Russia and its people - through delicious conversation and stimulating flavours...
Portrayed by Russian historians as 'savages on horseback', the Tatar population has been oppressed to the point of genocide, its culture destroyed, and its rulers maligned as tools of Russia's enemies, even by historians with access to the documentation. This talk is aimed at redressing the balance. The Crimea may not have been a paradise, nor the Tatars angels, but this was a civilisation and a political power that deserves respect. This is a Pushkin Club event and all are welcome.
The author of 'Britannia and the Bear: The Anglo-Russian Intelligence Wars, 1917-1929' - described by critics as 'pioneering' 'excellent' and 'compelling' joins us to tell a story hidden away for nearly a century - of how two great powers of the time did battle, both openly and in the shadows. This is a GB Russia Society public event.
Second in a series of monthly concerts to introduce the world of classical music to children and young people. This month, internationally renowned concert pianist Nika Shirocorad takes us on a piano journey through the fairytale world of Hans Christian Andersen, including pieces by Bach, Mozart, Haydn and Boccherini. Bring paper and coloured pencils so you can draw while you listen. In Russian.
Cultural adaptation on the couch... Tonight's talk examines the psychological effects of immigration, based on a study of Russian migrants to the UK.