Russian Fashion Through the Ages (1 of 3) Russian Fashion Icons: From the Soviet Era to Today
Sep
18
7:00 pm19:00

Russian Fashion Through the Ages (1 of 3) Russian Fashion Icons: From the Soviet Era to Today

Expert fashion stylist, Natasha Vinnikova (as featured in Elle Russia and Vogue Italia), hosts Week 1 of the Masterclasses Series on Russian Fashion Through the Ages. This masterclass will focus on how Russian fashion icons gained their popularity, the evolution of how they influenced the masses, and how social and political norms during the Soviet era dictated the timeless simplicity of their ensembles. 

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The State Duma’s Role In Russian Politics
Sep
19
7:00 pm19:00

The State Duma’s Role In Russian Politics

Often caricatured as a rubber stamp legislature, the Duma plays an important role in Russian politics and policy. In an informal system, where political power depends on catching the Kremlin’s notice, the Duma is a key venue for both political theatre as well as policy development. This talk aims to shine more light on one of the most under appreciated-elements of the Russian government.

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Open Day
Sep
20
5:30 pm17:30

Open Day

Come along and meet the teachers and staff of the Russian Language Centre, situated on the top floor of Pushkin House. Find out more about the October term, starting 7th October 2019, browse course materials, learn more about taking a Russian language examination, take a free taster class for beginners, and more.

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Michael Chekhov Technique
Sep
21
10:00 am10:00

Michael Chekhov Technique

Back by popular demand, this workshop will focus on some of the key principles in the technique of renowned actor and director, Mikhail Chekhov (1891-1955). As well as exploring his radical psycho-physical tools of preparation such as receiving, ease and qualities of movement, we will investigate one of his most transformative tools: psychological gesture. Through full-bodied movement, free improvisation and work on text and characterisation, we will explore how psychological gesture can revolutionise the actor’s craft.

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Russian Fashion Through the Ages (2 of 3) Russian Fashion and the West: Before and After the Collapse of the USSR
Sep
25
7:00 pm19:00

Russian Fashion Through the Ages (2 of 3) Russian Fashion and the West: Before and After the Collapse of the USSR

Expert fashion stylist, Natasha Vinnikova (as featured in Elle Russia and Vogue Italia), hosts Week 2 of the Masterclasses Series on Russian Fashion Through the Ages. In this masterclass, Natasha will explore the progress of Russian fashion before and after the Soviet Union, what Western influence really meant; and feature a delve into the Russian designers who made it through to the Western market.

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Gabriel Prokofiev 'Saxophone Concerto & Bass Drum Concerto' Album Launch
Sep
26
7:00 pm19:00

Gabriel Prokofiev 'Saxophone Concerto & Bass Drum Concerto' Album Launch

A launch of Gabriel Prokofiev’s new album: Saxophone Concerto & Bass Drum Concerto. The launch will feature Joby Burgess performing a selection of movements from the album alongside other connected repertoire. Special guest will be the saxophonist Christian Forshaw performing selections from the Saxophone Concerto with piano accompaniment from Maksim Štšura. The composer Gabriel Prokofiev will give short introductory talk about the compositions, and recording process in Yekaterinburg.

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Exploring Identity in Student Filmmaking
Sep
27
7:30 pm19:30

Exploring Identity in Student Filmmaking

We will be exploring questions around the concept of modern Russian identity, how it has evolved and manifests in young people - especially those on the move and in between cultures. We will hear from our guest speaker, Nimasu Namsaren, and watch her award winning short film ‘Mavzhuda’ - a narrative on her experience with identity thought the lens of student film-making.

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September Full Day Translation Workshop with Robert Chandler
Sep
29
11:30 am11:30

September Full Day Translation Workshop with Robert Chandler

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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Soviet Metro Stations
Oct
1
6:00 pm18:00

Soviet Metro Stations

A lecture and presentation with photographer Christopher Herwig followed by a Q&A discussing his latest project - Soviet Metro Stations, a new book from Fuel Publishing. The book goes far beyond the obvious chandelier beauty of the Moscow Metro and explores the systems of 15 cities across 6 countries from the former USSR.

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Russian Fashion Through the Ages (3 of 3) The Future of Russian Fashion
Oct
2
7:00 pm19:00

Russian Fashion Through the Ages (3 of 3) The Future of Russian Fashion

Expert fashion stylist, Natasha Vinnikova (as featured in Elle Russia and Vogue Italia), hosts Week 3 of the Masterclasses Series on Russian Fashion Through the Ages. This masterclass glimpses into the future of Russian fashion, exploring how it might endure as we move into the future, and delve into a discussion of what factors the industry must consider to survive on tomorrow’s international fashion platform.

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Ukrainian Politics after the 2019 Elections
Oct
3
7:00 pm19:00

Ukrainian Politics after the 2019 Elections

2019 was a monumental year for Ukrainian politics with Volodymyr Zelenskiy comfortably capturing the presidency, and his Servant of the People party achieving the first overall Rada majority in Ukraine’s post-Soviet history. While the course of the Zelenskiy administration is difficult to project, given the ongoing conflict in the Donbass, Crimea, and his own lack of political background, the elections themselves are a milestone in Ukraine’s democratic transition. This roundtable will explore the implications more deeply.

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In Conversation: Margarita Gluzberg and Tom McCarthy
Oct
4
7:00 pm19:00

In Conversation: Margarita Gluzberg and Tom McCarthy

An evening with artist Margarita Gluzberg, in conversation with writer, critic and cultural theorist Tom McCarthy to discuss Gluzberg’s ‘In Paradise’. The exhibition explores her childhood, 40 years after leaving the Soviet Union and 40 years since Andrei Tarkovsky's classic sci-fi drama ‘Stalker’ was made. Stalker remains a radically current film touching on major cultural and existential themes. It follows a journey through the restricted Zone to the infamous room that can grant any wish. When Gluzberg left Moscow, the West itself represented a forbidden Zone that held infinite promise.

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Godless Utopia: Soviets Against Religion!
Oct
5
11:00 am11:00

Godless Utopia: Soviets Against Religion!

Drawing on decades’ worth of vivid, alarming, and rarely-seen anti-religious propaganda illustrations directed against what Karl Marx had once called “the opium of the people”, author Roland Elliott Brown will unfold the strange tale of Soviet atheist ideology, from its origins in 19th-century radical thought to its implosion along with the USSR and its legacy in Putin’s Russia.

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Rarities of Russian Music
Oct
6
3:00 pm15:00

Rarities of Russian Music

An evening of music with Artem Kotov, guest artist from Moscow, for the opening concert of our 2019-2020 Music Salon programme. This evening’s exceptional programme explores early Russian classical music, as well as piano music by rarely heard Russian composers Genishta (1795-1853), Lyadov (1855-1914), Catoire (1861-1926) and Roslavets (1881-1944). Artem Kotov is part of ‘Moscow Soloists’, Russia’s only Grammy award-winning ensemble.

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Till My Tale is Told: The Life and Times of Simeon Vilensky
Oct
8
7:00 pm19:00

Till My Tale is Told: The Life and Times of Simeon Vilensky

A n evening with John Crowfoot, who will talk on Simeon Vilensky. Simeon Vilensky (1928-2016) ended his long life, nationally and internationally recognised, and an honoured member of Alexander Yakovlev’s Commission for the Victims of Political Repression. Yet he could so easily have disappeared into one of the many thousands of unmarked graves in the Gulag. This event is organised by Pushkin Club, and all are welcome.

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Nithurst Farm: An Exploration of A New House by Architect Adam Richards, Inspired by 'Stalker'
Oct
9
7:00 pm19:00

Nithurst Farm: An Exploration of A New House by Architect Adam Richards, Inspired by 'Stalker'

Nestled in the South Downs National Park is an extraordinary new creation by architect Adam Richards, built for his family and drawing on sources as varied as Vanbrugh, Roman ruins and Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky. There will be a presentation on the house, with images, followed by a Q&A with Pushkin House Director, Clem Cecil House.

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'War and Peace' 150th Anniversary Wine Tasting
Oct
10
7:00 pm19:00

'War and Peace' 150th Anniversary Wine Tasting

Tolstoy’s ideas, novels and life are still highly relevant in the modern world. War and Peace remains one of the greatest novels ever written. “Greatest” is a word which Tolstoy does not take lightly. As he himself said, “there is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness, and truth.” So come to the Pushkin House Wine Club on the 10th October, 19.00–20.30 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of War and Peace and the life of its author with wines he might have drunk and enjoyed.

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Settling into the English Language
Oct
12
10:00 am10:00

Settling into the English Language

A participatory workshop, creatively exploring ways to becoming more at home. Open to first language Russian speakers who are in the process of becoming more fluent in their adopted language. The emphasis will be on experiencing a flow and a fluidity with English words. Come with a willingness to becoming more open, playful and adventurous in English!

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In Paradise Exhibition Tour with Margarita Gluzberg
Oct
12
3:00 pm15:00

In Paradise Exhibition Tour with Margarita Gluzberg

Join us for an exclusive tour of our current exhibition ‘In Paradise’ with Margarita Gluzberg, the artist behind the show. We will explore the exhibition behind the scenes and engage with the new series of large-scale drawings, occupying the central space of Pushkin House, which the artist calls ‘cinema experiments’.

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Count Orlov
Oct
13
3:00 pm15:00

Count Orlov

The Moscow Operetta Theatre's "Count Orlov Musical" is a remarkable tale of love and betrayal based on one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of the Russian Empire. Brilliantly told by renowned playwright and poet July Kim with music composed by Roman Ignatyev (the same team behind Anna Karenina Musical and The Count of Monte Cristo), the lavish production is set in the second half of the 18th century during the reign of Catherine the Great. Count Alexey Orlov, who had once contributed to Catherine’s rise to power, falls out of favor and is sent away in disgrace to Italy. While there, he meets a beautiful young woman, Elizabeth, supposedly the granddaughter of Peter the Great, who has aspirations for the Russian crown. In an attempt to win back Catherine's affection, Orlov reveals Elizabeth's plans, setting in motion a series of events that lead to an unimaginable end.

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24 Snow (2016)
Oct
15
7:00 pm19:00

24 Snow (2016)

In 24 Snow (Mikhail Barynin, 2016), the main character is a horse breeder, who spends the most part of the year in tundra, looking after his herd. Sergey spends less and less time in the village every year, only seeing his family a couple of times a year as he comes for the horse breeders festival or brings home meat. He feels a stranger in his own house, all but losing the connection with his family. Exhausting life in the North makes a man face one of the hardest questions: who is he?

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It’s Got Flavour: Translating the Odessan Language
Oct
15
7:00 pm19:00

It’s Got Flavour: Translating the Odessan Language

One of the things Odessa has going for it is a cultural tradition like no other, established by Babel and his boisterous landsmen. Some of these Odessans — like the poet Eduard Bagritsky, the singer Leonid Utyosov, and the prose writers Yury Olesha, Ilya Ilf, and Evgeny Petrov — are still famous today; others have been forgotten. In the 1920s, their writings and popular songs infused Soviet culture with a new “Southern” flavor, a spicy blend of Russian, Ukrainian, and Yiddish unique to their hometown. For a translator of Odessan texts, the question of whether this blend was a language all its own or a dialect is beside the point. What matters is what one does with it.

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Stalker (1979), introduced by Ben Hopkins
Oct
16
6:30 pm18:30

Stalker (1979), introduced by Ben Hopkins

A screening of a the 1979 Soviet science fiction film Stalker (directed by Andrei Tarkovsky) introduced by director and screenwriter Ben Hopkins. The film tells the story of an expedition led by a figure known as the ‘Stalker’, who takes his clients seeking inspiration, and a professor seeking scientific discovery to a mysterious restricted site known simply as the ‘Zone’ , where there supposedly exists a room which grants a person's innermost desires.

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Russia of 2019
Oct
19
11:00 am11:00

Russia of 2019

Back by popular demand, this workshop will give a compact and versatile insight into contemporary Russian society. It will start with an overview of politics, economics and demographics, to then move on to media and civil society. The final part of the workshop will cover Russia’s elites, the impact of economic sanctions and the role of London.

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Russia Behind the Camera: Archives, Art and Revolution
Oct
19
11:00 am11:00

Russia Behind the Camera: Archives, Art and Revolution

Join BAFTA award winning film and television director, Margy Kinmonth, for a masterclass exploring film making in Russia. The masterclass includes screenings of films by Kinmonth focusing on working with archives, art and the impact of the Revolution. These will be complemented by discussions on working with the archives of some of Russia's most established art institutions and museums, reflecting the impact of the Revolution on the Russian cultural and political scene. The masterclass will feature a sneak preview presentation of Margy Kinmonth’s new feature documentary in development - “Magic Staircase”. With thanks to Foxtrot Films Ltd.

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We need to talk about Putin (or do we?)
Oct
23
7:00 pm19:00

We need to talk about Putin (or do we?)

Vladimir Putin has acquired an extraordinary status in his twenty years at Russia's helm, variously the Machiavellian architect of all the West's woes, a patriotic strongman who had dragged his country from the verge of collapse, an opportunistic kleptocrat-mafioso, and an icon of traditional values abandoned in the West. The truth is, of course, somewhere in between and Mark Galeotti, author of the popular primer We Need To Talk About Putin (Ebury, 2019), will discuss the man, his evolution, and what may follow.

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Around Nikolay Medtner
Oct
27
3:00 pm15:00

Around Nikolay Medtner

A piano recital by Russian-born Ilya Poletaev exploring various influences in Nikolay Medtner’s music. Half-German by birth, Medtner was considered equal to Scriabin and Rachmaninov just before the Revolution. Having embraced the idiom of German composers and philosophers as well as he could, Medtner managed to preserve the Russian element in his music. Sonata Tragica is one of his most popular pieces written just before immigrating to the West.

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Русская проза второй половины двадцатого века (День 1)
Nov
3
11:00 am11:00

Русская проза второй половины двадцатого века (День 1)

Cеминар ‘Русская проза второй половины двадцатого века’ пройдет в Пушкинском доме 3 и 10 ноября 2019 года. Он будет посвящен двум написанным в семидесятые годы прошлого века произведениям  - роману Юрия Трифонова “Дом на набережной” и роману Андрея Битова “Пушкинский дом”.

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Leeds Competition Winner Piano Recital
Nov
6
7:00 pm19:00

Leeds Competition Winner Piano Recital

Described by the Telegraph as a pianist with ‘a sensitive soul’, Russian pianist Anna Tsybuleva is the winner of the 2015 Leeds Piano Competition. This is Anna’s third appearance in a Pushkin House Music Salon. Her programme includes two major works from the German piano repertoire: Beethoven’s Tempest Sonata and Schubert’s ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy, based on the song with the same title.

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Спектакль 'Баллада о маленьком буксире': для детей 5-7 лет
Nov
9
3:00 pm15:00

Спектакль 'Баллада о маленьком буксире': для детей 5-7 лет

Мечтательный буксир Антей увидит Санкт-Петербург на рассвете (пейзаж будет точь-в-точь как с картины Клода Моне), окажется в цветущей Полинезии, так любимой Полем Гогеном, и будет любоваться звездами, лихо закрученными Винсентом Ван Гогом. И все это – под музыку Винченцо Беллини и Клода Дебюсси.

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Спектакль 'Баллада о маленьком буксире': для детей 8-12 лет
Nov
9
5:20 pm17:20

Спектакль 'Баллада о маленьком буксире': для детей 8-12 лет

Мечтательный буксир Антей увидит Санкт-Петербург на рассвете (пейзаж будет точь-в-точь как с картины Клода Моне), окажется в цветущей Полинезии, так любимой Полем Гогеном, и будет любоваться звездами, лихо закрученными Винсентом Ван Гогом. И все это – под музыку Винченцо Беллини и Клода Дебюсси.

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Русская проза второй половины двадцатого века (День 2)
Nov
10
11:00 am11:00

Русская проза второй половины двадцатого века (День 2)

Cеминар ‘Русская проза второй половины двадцатого века’ пройдет в Пушкинском доме 3 и 10 ноября 2019 года. Он будет посвящен двум написанным в семидесятые годы прошлого века произведениям  - роману Юрия Трифонова “Дом на набережной” и роману Андрея Битова “Пушкинский дом”.

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The Brothers Karamazov
Nov
10
3:15 pm15:15

The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov novel is the epitome of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s creative work, the acme of the philosophic investigation carried out by this colossal and restless mind throughout his life. World renowned choreographer Boris Eifman offers a remarkable vision of the core ideas within the novel, expanding upon them though body language as a way of exploring the origins of the moral devastation of the Karamazovs; creating through choreographic art an equivalent of what Dostoyevsky investigated so masterfully in his book, the excruciating burden of destructive passions and evil heredity. 

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In-Between(ers): Russian, Central and Eastern European Artists at Work in the UK
Nov
15
7:30 pm19:30

In-Between(ers): Russian, Central and Eastern European Artists at Work in the UK

We are joined by Centrala Space and Dr Jakub Ceglarz (artist and researcher at the University of Birmingham) to better understand the level of inclusion and visibility of Russian, Central and Eastern European art and artists. Together we will use stories to help discuss and workshop barriers that young artists and their work can face while living and working in the UK.

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November Full Day Translation Workshop with Robert Chandler
Nov
17
11:30 am11:30

November Full Day Translation Workshop with Robert Chandler

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 History of Russia in Wine
Nov
21
7:00 pm19:00

The History of Russia in Wine

It is said that the very first vineyard in Russia was planted in 1613 by the first Romanov tsar, Mikhail, who ordered the creation of a “garden of the tsar’s court”. Since then, many tsars and governments have come and gone but the fascination of Russia with wine has gone from strength to strength. So come to the Pushkin House Wine Club to talk about and taste some of the styles of wine from all over the world Russia has enjoyed drinking over the centuries. And as usual, someone will go home with a prize wine after winning the mini-quiz.

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Moisey Weinberg Centenary Concert
Dec
3
7:00 pm19:00

Moisey Weinberg Centenary Concert

A concert celebrating the centenary of the unique Russian composer of Polish origin, Moisey (Mieczysław) Weinberg (1919-1996). Friend and disciple of Shostakovich, his musical style was also influence by Prokofiev and Myaskovsky. This concert features the newly appointed leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Igor Yuzefovich as a guest soloist, in addition to Weinberg-expert violinist Yuri Kalnits.

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Eugene Onegin (Encore)
Dec
15
2:30 pm14:30

Eugene Onegin (Encore)

The play unfolds in the memory and imagination of Pushkin’s characters. The images are split between past and present, between reality and imagination.The scale of the production constantly shifts from noisy celebrations to secluded contemplation, from crowd scenes to lonely recollections, all of which are drawn together from the past just like the fragments of Tatyana’s love letter, framed and hung on the wall, looming next to and above Onegin’s arm-chair.

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Children of the Sun
Jan
11
2:00 pm14:00

Children of the Sun

Written during the abortive Russian Revolution of 1905, Maxim Gorky's brilliant darkly comic "Children of the Sun" depicts the new middle-class, foolish perhaps but likeable, as they flounder, philosophize, and yearn for meaning, all while being totally blind to their impending annihilation. Multi-award-winning director Timofey Kulyabin's (Three Sisters, Onegin) modernized production, set in 1999 at Stanford University, focuses on the interplay between the characters, the relationships formed and broken, sparring over culture and the cosmos, barely sensing that their own privileged world is in jeopardy. Directed for the screen by Kulyabin and filmed from his Red Torch Theatre in Novosibirsk, Russia.

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Anna Karenina Musical (Encore)
Feb
16
3:00 pm15:00

Anna Karenina Musical (Encore)

Directed by Lithuanian choreographer, Anzelica Cholina, this multiple award-winning Vakhtangov Theatre production of Anna Karenina tells the story of Tolstoy’s classic novel entirely in contemporary dance. In this way, Cholina succeeds in finding the equivalent of Tolstoy's words in harmony and movement, with every gesture holding meaning. The distinctive music of Alfred Schnittke helps to reveal the inner turmoil of the characters and their depth.

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Oscar Rabin: A Happy Life Journey
Sep
15
2:00 pm14:00

Oscar Rabin: A Happy Life Journey

A screening and discussion commemorating 45 years since the famous 1974 Bulldozer Exhibition that changed the course of art history in the Soviet Union. The afternoon will include a screening of Oscar Rabin: A Happy Life Journey (Оскар Рабин: Счастливый Путь) directed by Alexander Shatalov and produced by Marc Ivasilevitch. Rabin was the main organiser of the Bulldozer Exhibition and one of the Soviet Union’s leading non-official painters. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Professor of Art History at Courtauld Institute, Sarah Wilson, arts patron, Marc Ivasilevitch, and art collector Sergei Revyakin.

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Rezo
Sep
8
3:00 pm15:00

Rezo

The rich inner world of the renowned Georgian screenwriter, artist and puppeteer Rezo Gabriadze is as fantastic as the animation into which he has poured this story of his life. Rezo’s director son, Leo Gabriadze, who previously made the hit horror film Unfriended (2014), leaves it to his father to talk about a life suffused with magical thinking. The movie is an autobiographical animated documentary questioning ideas of deep humanity, kindness and survival during the uneasy times after the 2nd World War.

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TO SEE PARIS AND DIE: ELEONORY GILBURD IN CONVERSATION WITH SARAH WILSON
Jul
31
7:00 pm19:00

TO SEE PARIS AND DIE: ELEONORY GILBURD IN CONVERSATION WITH SARAH WILSON

Part of the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2019 events programme: The Soviet Union was a notoriously closed society until Stalin’s death in 1953. Then, in the mid-1950s, a torrent of Western novels, films, and paintings invaded Soviet streets and homes, acquiring heightened emotional significance. To See Paris and Die is a history of this momentous opening to the West. Eleonory Gilburd explores the pleasure, longing, humiliation, and anger that Soviet citizens felt as they found themselves in the midst of this cross-cultural encounter. The main protagonists of To See Paris and Die are small-town teachers daydreaming of faraway places, college students vicariously discovering a wider world, and factory engineers striving for self-improvement. They invested Western imports with political and personal significance, transforming foreign texts into intimate belongings.

In English

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The Complete Pushkin - Part II, with Roger Clarke
Jul
16
7:00 pm19:00

The Complete Pushkin - Part II, with Roger Clarke

Join translator and editor of the second volume of the Complete Pushkin project, Roger Clarke. Readings of selected poems from this new volume will follow in both English by Gerrie Skeens and Julia Munrow, and in Russian by Alla Gelich and Lev Levermore. There will be time for questions and discussion, as well as for informal conversation among lovers of Pushkin and those wishing to learn more about him. The event is sponsored jointly by the Pushkin Club and Alma Classics, and all are welcome.

In English with some Russian

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Freedom. Fatherland. Mother Tongue: UK Premiere Screening + Live Performance
Jul
11
7:00 pm19:00

Freedom. Fatherland. Mother Tongue: UK Premiere Screening + Live Performance

Freedom. Fatherland. Mother Tongue - a film by Khava Khazbieva - celebrates the life and legacy of Ingushetia's remarkable poet and artist, Ali Khashagulgov. It is a compelling work of deep sincerity and lyricism - essential viewing for anyone interested in the history and culture of the North Caucasus.

In Russian and Ingush, with English subtitles

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SOLD OUT: In Putin's Footsteps: a talk by Nina Khrushcheva
Jul
10
7:00 pm19:00

SOLD OUT: In Putin's Footsteps: a talk by Nina Khrushcheva

Join us for a talk with author of Imagining Nabokov and The Lost Khrushchev, Professor of International Affairs at New School University, and great-granddaughter of Former Soviet Union Premier Nikita Khrushchev, Nina Khrushcheva. She will talk about her new book In Putin’s Footsteps: Searching for the Soul of an Empire Across Russia’s Eleven Time Zones which follows the authors as they travel across Russia’s eleven time zones and examine how a town in each time zone is defined by certain factors – politics, natural resources, educational institutions, society, ethnic and religious diversity, and strategic geographic assets – to create a portrait of Russia.

In English

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Did Pushkin Live Here?
Jul
4
7:00 pm19:00

Did Pushkin Live Here?

Part of the 65th anniversary of Pushkin House programme: This is one of the many questions that visitors to Pushkin House ask. In this Panel discussion making up part of events marking the 65th anniversary of Pushkin House, three people who have been involved with Pushkin House at critical times in its history, give behind the scenes insights into life in a Russian cultural centre in the middle of London, from its inception in 1954 to the present day. Irina Kirillova, Secretary of Pushkin House in its early years and Simon Franklin, Professor of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge, who was Chair of Pushkin House at a crucial time when it moved from Notting Hill to Bloomsbury Square will be joined by the present Director, Clem Cecil.

In English

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The Spirit of Place: a talk by Clem Cecil at the Paul Mellon Centre
Jul
3
3:00 pm15:00

The Spirit of Place: a talk by Clem Cecil at the Paul Mellon Centre

Part of the 65th anniversary of Pushkin House programme: What are we trying to save when we campaign for buildings? Former Director of SAVE Britain's Heritage, co-founder of the Moscow Architecture Preservation Society and present Director of Pushkin House, Bloomsbury, Clem Cecil, talks about the elusive 'spirit of place' and the motivation behind saving buildings based on her personal experience of campaigning in Russia and the UK. She will also look at the story of the architect's house Konstantin Melnikov in central Moscow that was taken out of the family's hands by the Russian state in 2014. This event takes place at the Paul Mellon Centre, 16 Bedford Square, WC1B 3JA

In English

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GROSSMAN, STALINGRAD, VIKTOR SHTRUM & LEV SHTRUM: a talk by Robert Chandler & Tatiana Dettmer
Jul
2
7:00 pm19:00

GROSSMAN, STALINGRAD, VIKTOR SHTRUM & LEV SHTRUM: a talk by Robert Chandler & Tatiana Dettmer

Vasily Grossman’s 1960 novel Life and Fate has been hailed as a 20th century War and Peace. It is, however, only the second half of a dilogy, the first half of which was published in 1952. Robert Chandler will talk about translating the first novel, Stalingrad, and German-Ukrainian historian Tatiana Dettmer will discuss her own very recent discovery: the existence of a real-life model for the hero of the two novels — Lev Shtrum, a nuclear physicist working in Kiev in the 1920s and early 1930s. This event is organised by Pushkin Club, and all are welcome.

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RUSSIAN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMME: MAMA I MALYSH STORYTELLING
Jun
29
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. 

На русском языке

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Pushkin House Music Salon: 100 years of Electronic Music
Jun
28
7:00 pm19:00

Pushkin House Music Salon: 100 years of Electronic Music

Part of the 65th anniversary of Pushkin House programme: Two Russian-British composers, Gabriel Prokofiev and Lydia Kavina, as well as the pianist Thomas Ang, are presenting a program of music for theremin and electronics. The theremin, invented in 1919, started the era of electronic music, which made a dramatic development through the century. This unique music instrument, controlled without a physical touch, is still one of the most intriguing music phenomenon.

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Mud and Stars: An Illustrated Talk with author Sara Wheeler
Jun
27
6:00 pm18:00

Mud and Stars: An Illustrated Talk with author Sara Wheeler

Join the award-winning writer Sara Wheeler for an illustrated talk about her new book Mud and Stars: Travels with  Pushkin and Other Geniuses of the Golden Age. To write this book Sara travelled across eight time zones in Russia, from rinsed north-western beetroot fields and far-eastern Arctic tundra where Chukchi still hunt walrus to the cauldron of ethnic soup that is the Caucasus. Her guides were the writers of the Golden Age, Pushkin to Tolstoy via Gogol and Turgenev.

In English

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Leonid Pasternak:  Artist, Illustrator and Husband
Jun
26
7:00 pm19:00

Leonid Pasternak: Artist, Illustrator and Husband

Part of the 65th anniversary of Pushkin House programme: Ann and Michael Pasternak Slater, two of the grandchildren of the painter Leonid Pasternak, will give illustrated talks about aspects of his life and work. Leonid (1862-1945), father of Boris Pasternak, came to England in 1939, bringing with him many of the paintings, drawings and sketches he had created throughout his career. An exhibition of Leonid Pasternak’s paintings was one of the earliest exhibitions at Pushkin House, and his work will feature in the upcoming exhibition. He spent the last 6 years of his life in the house in Oxford where Michael and Ann grew up.

In English

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THE LIFE AND WORK OF YURI DOMBROVSKY (1909-1978):  THE UNKNOWN GREAT WRITER OF RUSSIAN LITERATURE 
Jun
25
7:00 pm19:00

THE LIFE AND WORK OF YURI DOMBROVSKY (1909-1978):  THE UNKNOWN GREAT WRITER OF RUSSIAN LITERATURE 

David Brummell will give a talk about the life and work of Yuri Dombrovsky (1909 -1978). Yuri Dombrovsky is comparatively unknown in the West. However, his two main literary works, The Keeper of Antiquities, and its sequel, the Faculty of Useless Knowledge, along with Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak and The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, stand as the greatest achievements of Russian literature of the 20th century.  This event is organised by Pushkin Club and all are welcome.

In English, with a recital of Dombrovsky's poems in Russian and English translation

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1983: THE WORLD AT THE BRINK: A TALK BY TAYLOR DOWNING
Jun
24
7:00 pm19:00

1983: THE WORLD AT THE BRINK: A TALK BY TAYLOR DOWNING

Part of the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2019 events programme: 1983 was a supremely dangerous year - even more dangerous than 1962, the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In the US, President Reagan massively increased defence spending, described the Soviet Union as an 'evil empire' and announced his 'Star Wars' programme, calling for a shield in space to defend the US from incoming missiles. This is an extraordinary and largely unknown Cold War story of spies and double agents, of missiles being readied, of intelligence failures, misunderstandings and the panic of world leaders. Taylor Downing tells for the first time the gripping but true story of how near the world came to the brink of nuclear war in 1983.

In English

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Exhibition Opening: May My Voice Now. 65 years of Russian Culture at Pushkin House
Jun
20
6:30 pm18:30

Exhibition Opening: May My Voice Now. 65 years of Russian Culture at Pushkin House

Please join us for the opening of the exhibition May My Voice Now: 65 years of Russian Culture at Pushkin House. Pushkin House, London’s oldest independent centre for Russian culture presents an exhibition that explores and celebrates 65 years of its history. The exhibition features materials from the newly revealed archives of Pushkin House alongside reflections and interventions by contemporary artists, all of whom previously exhibited in the house. These include - Alexander Brodsky (Moscow), Olga Bozhko (Moscow), Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh (London), Olga Jurgenson (Cambridge, UK), Maria Kapajeva (London), Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya (Amsterdam, St.-Petersburg), Yelena Popova (Nottingham).

RSVP to office@pushkinhouse.org.uk to attend

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BURNING MANUSCRIPTS: MIKHAIL BULGAKOV’S “THE MASTER AND MARGARITA”, Talk with OLGA VORONINA
Jun
19
6:30 pm18:30

BURNING MANUSCRIPTS: MIKHAIL BULGAKOV’S “THE MASTER AND MARGARITA”, Talk with OLGA VORONINA

This talk explores Bulgakov’s life (1891-1940) and The Master and Margarita as a story of surviving in Stalinist Russia. Presented by Dr.Olga Voronina who has taught at the Universities of Leeds, Nottingham, St. Andrews and University College Oxford before returning to The School of Slavonic & East European Studies at UCL in 2017. This event is organised by the GB-Russia Society and tickets are only available from the GB-Russia Society website: www.gbrussia.org

In English

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Inside the Gift of Work: the poet Marina Tsvetaeva and the artist Natalia Goncharova
Jun
18
7:00 pm19:00

Inside the Gift of Work: the poet Marina Tsvetaeva and the artist Natalia Goncharova

To coincide with the Tate’s new exhibition of Natalia Goncharova’s paintings, Pushkin House presents a talk by University of Sheffield academic Adam Fergus on Marina Tsvetaeva’s commentary on Goncharova’s paintings, and the interactions and connections between these two monumental figures of the avant-garde.

In English

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Journalism and Newsmaking in Russia
Jun
17
7:00 pm19:00

Journalism and Newsmaking in Russia

Russian journalism does not exist in isolation from the world. This evening brings scholars and media practitioners from different countries to the United Kingdom to add a wider perspective on the logics of newsmaking in Russia. This event is based on a British Academy funded project ‘Self-censorship in post-Socialist states’ (University of Leeds & Aston University).

In English

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The Pillars of Heaven: UK Premiere film screening and Director Q&A
Jun
17
7:00 pm19:00

The Pillars of Heaven: UK Premiere film screening and Director Q&A

A young and disillusioned British diplomat abandons his diplomatic career, spends his own money, and risks his life to make a documentary on a journey of faith and war in Ukraine. The country is riven by indescribable events, variously categorised as an EU-inspired and US-organised revolution, a Russian invasion, a civil war, a war of lies and misinformation, a war where thousands of people have died, which has created over a million refugees, and a war at the heart of Christendom which rips the very geopolitical foundations of Europe to shreds. Followed by Q&A with the director.

In English, Ukrainian and Russian with English subtitles

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SOLD OUT: CHERNOBYL: HISTORY OF A TRAGEDY: A TALK BY SERHII PLOKHY
Jun
11
7:00 pm19:00

SOLD OUT: CHERNOBYL: HISTORY OF A TRAGEDY: A TALK BY SERHII PLOKHY

Part of the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2019 events programme: On the morning of 26 April 1986 Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Soviet Ukraine. The outburst put the world on the brink of nuclear annihilation. In the end, less than five percent of the reactor's fuel escaped, but that was enough to contaminate over half of Europe with radioactive fallout. In Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy recreates these events in all of their drama, telling the stories of the firefighters, scientists, engineers, workers, soldiers, and policemen who found themselves caught in a nuclear Armageddon and succeeded in doing the seemingly impossible: extinguishing the nuclear inferno and putting the reactor to sleep.

In English

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ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS: Stories from twenty-first century Russia
Jun
11
7:00 pm19:00

ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS: Stories from twenty-first century Russia

Join us for an evening with one of Russia’s best contemporary writers Maxim Osipov, who lives and practices medicine in a town ninety miles outside Moscow. He will speak about his new book Rock, Paper, Scissors and Other Stories. In the tradition of Anton Chekhov and William Carlos Williams, he draws on his experiences in medicine to write stories of great subtlety and striking insight. With translator Alex Fleming. This event is organised by Pushkin Club and all are welcome.

In English

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Бессилие добра, родина-ведьма и другие парадоксы русской литературы
Jun
8
6:00 pm18:00

Бессилие добра, родина-ведьма и другие парадоксы русской литературы

Филолог и культуролог Михаил Эпштейн, автор книги "Ирония идеала. Парадоксы русской литературы", изданной недавно по-русски и по-английски, предлагает взглянуть на русскую классику с неожиданной стороны. Многие из найденных им парадоксов позволяют по-новому осмыслить пути и перепутья новейшей российской истории. Мероприятие организовано совместно с Англо-Русским Клубом в Лондоне.

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PUSHKIN HOUSE MUSIC SALON: Romanovs in Music
Jun
5
7:00 pm19:00

PUSHKIN HOUSE MUSIC SALON: Romanovs in Music

Part of our Music Salon programme & our ongoing Romanov Season: This concert consists entirely of music written by the member of the Russian Royal Family as well as music dedicated to them. Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Narpavnik and Grechaninov all wrote songs on the words by Grand Duke Konstantin Romanov, himself a decent composer. Coronation marches, duets and solo piano pieces forms another major part of this unique concert commemorating the 400th anniversary of the House of Romanovs.

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