Join us for an evening with food writer and curator of dining experiences, Alissa Timoshkina. She will speak about her debut cookbook Salt&Time: recipes from the Russian kitchen, in which she transforms perceptions of the food of the former Soviet Union and in particular her home Siberia – the crossroads of Eastern European and Central Asian cuisine – with a collection of 100 inviting recipes adapted for modern tastes and Western kitchens. In conversation with Zuka Zak - author of the best selling Polish cookbook ‘Polska’. A glass of wine and canapes are included in the ticket price.
American poet and translator Katherine E. Young discusses the ethical and practical challenges translators face when working with contemporary Russian-language literature that involves protest, dissent, and/or witness in its home culture. The talk will include readings from Young’s recent translations of Akram Aylisli’s Farewell, Aylis: A Non-Traditional Novel in Three Works (a book that was burned in Azerbaijan in 2013) and Xenia Emelyanova, Inna Kabysh, Lyudmyla Khersonska, and Iya Kiva, poets writing on both sides of the Ukraine-Russia conflict. This event is organised by Pushkin Club and all are welcome.
Pushkin House is delighted to present an exclusive performance of the play “Misha and Lena” by ground-breaking Russian theatre company Teatr.doc. This deeply moving play is about Mikhail Ugarov and Elena Gremina, the founders of Teatr.doc using material from their social media posts over many years, telling the story of their own relationship and that of the theatre, and the problems they faced right up to their untimely deaths in April and May 2018. Gremina and Ugarov brought a new voice to Russian theatre, and documented political repressions in Russia over recent years. Followed by Q&A with Zarema Zaudinova, during which she will talk about the history of Teatr.doc & its future. This event is organised in association with the Stanislavski Centre at Rose Bruford College and ARCC.
In English with Russian subtitles
If you’ve never studied Russian before and can’t wait until the start of our April term, this is your chance! Sign up to cover a whole term’s worth of study in just two weeks. Study in a small group with native speaker, qualified teachers, and a specialised coursebook. Lessons are 6.30-9pm, weekday evenings from 29th March – 11th April
Many students find their oral exams daunting – why not get some expert support and reassurance with a 1:1 Exam Prep Session? Practice your speaking skills with one of our friendly, professional teachers in a relaxed environment and get some useful feedback and pointers on how to improve. The 1-hour session is tailored to your level and unique language skills, so you’ll come away with increased confidence at speaking Russian, and a whole host of practical tips to use to help you in your upcoming exam.
Part of our Mother Tongue Season: Zhenya Tsoy is a drag artist who impersonates the grandees of Russian pop. He has a large following and is much in demand. Despite this, life as a drag artist in Russia is challenging. Tsoy is a diva who lives for his art, earning a living at festivals and in night clubs but also giving his time for free helping the marginalised, such as the inmates of psychiatric institutions. This documentary provides a unique insight into the realities of LGBTQ life in today’s Russia. By Director Matvey Troshinkin.
In Russian with English subtitles
Please join us for the launch of Eyewitness 1917 which will include a short reading of extracts by professional actors Jed Aukin and Sarah Breen from the book at 7pm. For this part of the evening space is limited and booking is essential.
Pushkin House's monthly workshop, led by top translator 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
Part of our Learn + Participate education programme: This workshop gives versatile insight into contemporary Russian society. Covering politics, economics, demographics, media and civil society. Discover the role of London and what the impact of economic sanctions is on Russia’s elites.
Take your first steps towards speaking fluent Russian! Come along and meet the teachers and staff of the Russian Language Centre: find out more about the January term (starting 15th April 2019), browse course materials, learn more about taking a Russian language examination, take a free taster class for beginners, attend the free Russian exam Q and A session, and more!