EXHIBITION: AKHMATOVA. ANREP. BERLIN.  CLOSING NIGHT AND SCREENING
Apr
29
6:30 pm18:30

EXHIBITION: AKHMATOVA. ANREP. BERLIN. CLOSING NIGHT AND SCREENING

Join us for film and poetry on the closing night of our exhibition.  A second chance to watch Igor Kalyadin's brilliant documentary, Boris Anrep: the Mosaic of Fate, and say goodbye to the installations by Vitaly Pushnitsky and Olga Jurgenson.  Dress up in the style of the Silver Age (1920s - 1930s) and bring your favourite Akhmatova poem to read or recite, in English or Russian.

ANASTASIA STONE: CODING CLUB AT PUSHKIN HOUSE
May
2
10:30 am10:30

ANASTASIA STONE: CODING CLUB AT PUSHKIN HOUSE

Anastasia Stone's 5-week in-demand courses for children and young people in Scratch computer programming come to Pushkin House!  9-11 year-olds from 1030 to 1200 and 12-14-year-olds from 1215 to 1345.  In Russian with necessary English

SUNDAY FILM: RETHINKING THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR (1): 'THE DAWNS HERE ARE QUIET'
May
10
3:00 pm15:00

SUNDAY FILM: RETHINKING THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR (1): 'THE DAWNS HERE ARE QUIET'

Throughout May, Pushkin House screens a series of classic war films from or about Russia on Sunday afternoons, running in parallel with our Spring exhibition, ‘James Hill: Russian Veterans’, to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.  As elsewhere in Europe, the genre changed in its tone and approach through the decades that followed.

First up: The Dawns Here are Quiet (1972, Stanislav Rostotsky). A new all-female regiment adjusts to life in combat on a remote artillery base, in this much-loved depiction of the courage of ordinary Soviet citizens. In Russian with English subtitles.

 

PUSHKIN CLUB: 'Two Languages, One Culture?' Ukrainian and Russian Language Literature and Culture in Ukraine
May
12
7:30 pm19:30

PUSHKIN CLUB: 'Two Languages, One Culture?' Ukrainian and Russian Language Literature and Culture in Ukraine

Uilleam Blacker, Lecturer in Comparative Russian and East European Culture at UCL SSEES, on the interrelations between Ukrainian and Russian language literature in Ukraine, and Ukrainian literature as a unique site of the overlapping and confluence of diverse cultural legacies.  In English.  This is a Pushkin Club event and all are welcome.

Talk: Dr Rosamund Bartlett: How Chekhov Took on Tolstoy
May
13
7:00 pm19:00

Talk: Dr Rosamund Bartlett: How Chekhov Took on Tolstoy

This talk will situate the celebrated and important relationship between Chekhov and Tolstoy in the political and literary climate of late imperial Russia and show how Chekhov's short stories and plays subtly challenged the towering edifice of Tolstoy's literary oeuvre. In English.  This is a GB Russia event and all are welcome.

PREMIUM vs REGULAR WINES – THE SEQUEL
May
13
7:00 pm19:00

PREMIUM vs REGULAR WINES – THE SEQUEL

We all know that the best wine is the wine we like. But what about a quality wine?What is it that determines the quality of wine and dictates its price?What if I like a £5 bottle of wine more than a £20 bottle? Drop in to Pushkin House and discover for yourself the differences between the two in the second part of our fine wine investigation.

SUNDAY FILM: RETHINKING THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR (2): 'THE FALL OF BERLIN'
May
17
3:00 pm15:00

SUNDAY FILM: RETHINKING THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR (2): 'THE FALL OF BERLIN'

Throughout May, Pushkin House screens a series of classic war films from or about Russia on Sunday afternoons, running in parallel with our Spring exhibition, ‘James Hill: Russian Veterans’, to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.  As elsewhere in Europe, the genre changed in its tone and approach through the decades that followed.

The Fall of Berlin (1950, Mikheil Chiaureli).   The story of a Stakhanovite Red Army smelter-turned-sergeant in this classic film from the ideological high-water-mark of Stalin's cult of personality.  In Russian with English subtitles.

Music and Poetry: 'Life and Death, War and Peace'
May
20
7:00 pm19:00

Music and Poetry: 'Life and Death, War and Peace'

An evening of poetry and music reflecting on shared experiences to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, featuring works by T.S. Eliot, Paul Celan, Osip Mandelstam, Skryabin and Shostakovich spoken and played by Antony Wood, Nika Shirocorad, Kristin Milward, Larisa Itina and Barrie Webb.  Poetry in Russian and English.

ROBERT CHANDLER MONTHLY TRANSLATION WORKSHOP
May
22
7:30 pm19:30

ROBERT CHANDLER MONTHLY TRANSLATION WORKSHOP

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.  We encourage a truly collaborative approach to the workshops which is helpful and hopefully enjoyable. 

SUNDAY FILM: RETHINKING THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR (3): 'THE DEMI-PARADISE'
May
24
3:00 pm15:00

SUNDAY FILM: RETHINKING THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR (3): 'THE DEMI-PARADISE'

Throughout May, Pushkin House screens a series of classic war films from or about Russia on Sunday afternoons, running in parallel with our Spring exhibition, ‘James Hill: Russian Veterans’, to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.  As elsewhere in Europe, the genre changed in its tone and approach through the decades that followed.

The Demi-Paradise (1943, Anthony Asquith).   A fish-out-of-water wartime comedy, starring Laurence Olivier as Ivan Kouznetsoff, a Soviet inventor who travels to England to have his revolutionary propeller manufactured, and Penelope Dudley-Ward as the woman who falls in love with him.

Patrick O'Meara on V.A. Karazin: Alexander I’s Opinionated Ukrainian Visionary on Russia’s Future
May
28
7:00 pm19:00

Patrick O'Meara on V.A. Karazin: Alexander I’s Opinionated Ukrainian Visionary on Russia’s Future

Vasily Nazarovich Karazin was a critic of many of the Russian institutions of his day and a prolific writer on science, agriculture, pharmacology, chemistry and physics, until his views and constant petitioning of Alexander I brought him into direct confrontation with the tsar.  In English.  This is a GB Russia event and all are welcome.

SUNDAY FILM: RETHINKING THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR (4): 'THE ASCENT'
May
31
3:00 pm15:00

SUNDAY FILM: RETHINKING THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR (4): 'THE ASCENT'

Throughout May, Pushkin House screens a series of classic war films from or about Russia on Sunday afternoons, running in parallel with our Spring exhibition, ‘James Hill: Russian Veterans’, to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.  As elsewhere in Europe, the genre changed in its tone and approach through the decades that followed.

The Ascent (1977, Larisa Shepitko). Two partisans in the Belarussian forest encounter a Nazi patrol, with devastating consequences, in Larisa Shepitko's harrowing and cinematically groundbreaking film.  In Russian with English subtitles.

'James Hill: Russian Veterans' Exhibition Closing Night & FILM SCREENING: BALLAD OF A SOLDIER.
Jun
3
6:30 pm18:30

'James Hill: Russian Veterans' Exhibition Closing Night & FILM SCREENING: BALLAD OF A SOLDIER.

Ending our season of classic Soviet War Films, and marking the close of our exhibition, 'James Hill: Russian Veterans', is Ballad of a Soldier (1959 Grigory Chukhray). A good-hearted young soldier tries to get home on wartime leave, in this favourite classic which is also a brilliant - and important - narrative of Russian self-image. In Russian with English subtitles.

Russian Whitsun at the IZBA club Троица/Встреча Лета в клубе ИЗБА
Jun
5
7:00 pm19:00

Russian Whitsun at the IZBA club Троица/Встреча Лета в клубе ИЗБА

Whitsun, celebrated seven weeks after Easter, coincides with the end of Spring and beginning of Summer in the Russian traditional folk calendar. It is the time of full blossom, a rave of all nature forces, when everything grows, blooms, scents, sounds. At our celebration we shall dip into the variety of Whitsun traditions and their unique sound palette. In English and Russian.


RUSSIAN WINE CLUB: MATCHING WINE & CHEESE
Apr
23
7:00 pm19:00

RUSSIAN WINE CLUB: MATCHING WINE & CHEESE

Drop in to Pushkin House for a couple of hours to discover the cheese traditions of different countries and how and why wine and cheese go so well together. We will match 6 wines with 6 delicious cheeses in 36 combinations, so that everyone can find their perfect match. And as usual, someone will go home with a prize in the mini-quiz.  In Russian with some English.

 

GB RUSSIA: Dr Oliver Ready: The Contemporary Literary Scene in Russia
Apr
22
7:00 pm19:00

GB RUSSIA: Dr Oliver Ready: The Contemporary Literary Scene in Russia

The Russian literary scene in 2015 is unrecognizable from that of 1990. How to account for the dramatic shifts in literary fashion over the last twenty-five years and which authors (translated and untranslated) will endure? Oliver Ready will address these questions in a wide-ranging talk. This is a GB Russia event and all are welcome.  In English.

SERGEI PARKHOMENKO TALKS TO ALENA LEDENEVA: STORIES OF CIVIC ACTION IN MODERN RUSSIA: 'LAST KNOWN ADDRESS' AND 'DISSERNET'
Apr
16
7:00 pm19:00

SERGEI PARKHOMENKO TALKS TO ALENA LEDENEVA: STORIES OF CIVIC ACTION IN MODERN RUSSIA: 'LAST KNOWN ADDRESS' AND 'DISSERNET'

Publisher, broadcaster, and campaigner Sergei Parkhomenko talks to sociologist and political scientist Professor Alena Ledeneva about the civic activism changing Russian society which doesn't make the news in the UK.  How does grass-roots social change work in 21st-century Russia?  In English (Sergei Borisovich will speak in Russian with translation). 

Pushkin Club Poetry Evening: Silver Age, Red Guards, Red Terror
Apr
14
7:30 pm19:30

Pushkin Club Poetry Evening: Silver Age, Red Guards, Red Terror

Robert Chandler will read from his new translations of Voloshin's remarkable poems about the Red Terror in the Crimea and from Nadezhda Teffi's moving and witty account of her last meetings with Voloshin, to mark the publication of the new Penguin Book of Russian Poetry (Penguin Classics, February 2015) of which he is co-editor.  In English.  

ROBERT CHANDLER'S MONTHLY TRANSLATION WORKSHOP
Apr
10
7:30 pm19:30

ROBERT CHANDLER'S MONTHLY TRANSLATION WORKSHOP

Pushkin House's monthly translation workshop, 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.  In English with some Russian.  

TALK: THE FUTURE OF INDEPENDENT MEDIA IN RUSSIA: MIKHAIL ZYGAR, VICTOR MUCHNIK AND JOHN LLOYD
Apr
1
7:00 pm19:00

TALK: THE FUTURE OF INDEPENDENT MEDIA IN RUSSIA: MIKHAIL ZYGAR, VICTOR MUCHNIK AND JOHN LLOYD

What are the prospects for the future of independent media in Russia?  

Mikhail Zygar, the Chief Editor of Dozhd (online TV) and Victor Muchnik, the Chief Editor of TV2 (Tomsk), talk to John Lloyd, Contributing Editor at the FT and co-founder of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University.  This event is in partnership with CEELBAS and Open Democracy Russia.  Discussion followed by drinks.  In English.    

Russian Children's World: London Youth Maths Olympiad
Mar
29
11:00 am11:00

Russian Children's World: London Youth Maths Olympiad

Revel in the beauty of mathematics and benefit from Russian excellence in it!  If you love maths puzzles and brain-teasers, love solving original problems and are between 7-16 years old, join us in the third London Mathematical Olympiad!  Suitable for English and Russian speakers (you do not need knowledge of both languages). Complete the first round online to join us for the final at Pushkin House on Sunday 29 March.

WORDS AND MUSIC: THE GUEST FROM THE PAST: ANNA AKHMATOVA AND BORIS ANREP
Mar
24
7:30 pm19:30

WORDS AND MUSIC: THE GUEST FROM THE PAST: ANNA AKHMATOVA AND BORIS ANREP

An evening exploring the relationship between Anna Akhmatova and the Russian-British mosaicist Boris Anrep, against the backdrop of the current Pushkin House exhibition. Talk by David Brummell, Akhmatova recited by Alla Gelich, and interludes of piano and song from Nadia Giliova and Lila Moshtael.  In English with some Russian.  This is a Pushkin Club event and all are welcome.

Stephen Walsh on Musorgsky and his Circle
Mar
19
6:30 pm18:30

Stephen Walsh on Musorgsky and his Circle

Stephen Walsh, author of 'Musorgsky and his Circle', which was shortlisted for the 2014 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize, tells the story of Musorgsky and his famous contemporaries in the 'moguchaya kuchka' (mighty handful), and how they related to the literary, artistic and intellectual tendencies of their time.  In English.  This is a GB Russia event and all are welcome.

 TALK: THE POETRY OF FASHION, WITH MARIA TRETYAKOVA
Mar
18
7:30 pm19:30

TALK: THE POETRY OF FASHION, WITH MARIA TRETYAKOVA

Fashion writer, columnist and blogger Maria Tretyakova, who studied with the fashion historian Aleksandr Vasiliev, discusses the relationship between fashion and poetry, from the Silver Age to the end of the 20th Century, against the backdrop of our current exhibition on Anna Akhmatova. In Russian.

ROBERT CHANDLER MONTHLY TRANSLATION WORKSHOP
Mar
13
7:30 pm19:30

ROBERT CHANDLER MONTHLY TRANSLATION WORKSHOP

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.  We encourage a truly collaborative approach to the workshops which is helpful and hopefully enjoyable. 

Tony Cash on Yury Lyubimov's Crime and Punishment: An Illustrated Talk
Mar
9
6:30 pm18:30

Tony Cash on Yury Lyubimov's Crime and Punishment: An Illustrated Talk

Film maker Tony Cash tells the story of the 1982 English-language production of Crime and Punishment at the Lyric Hammersmith by Yury Lyubimov, one of Russia's greatest and most controversial theatre directors, including excerpts from Cash's acclaimed South Bank Show film on the making of the production and the political and diplomatic struggles around it.  In English. This is a GB Russia Event and all are welcome.

Russian Children's Book Festival: Translation Workshop with Marina Boroditskaya and Sasha Dugdale
Mar
9
5:00 pm17:00

Russian Children's Book Festival: Translation Workshop with Marina Boroditskaya and Sasha Dugdale

Come and translate Russian poetry with one of Russia’s best-loved children’s authors and poets. Marina Boroditskaya will be here in person to help with translations of her poems into English and to discuss Russian poetry in translation with a small group.  Poet and translator Sasha Dugdale, Editor of Modern Poetry in Translation, will chair the event.  In English with some Russian.  Please note the early start time.