Making the Women of the Gulag - a Filmmaker speaks: An evening with Marianna Yarovskaya
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Making the Women of the Gulag - a Filmmaker speaks: An evening with Marianna Yarovskaya

Join us for an evening with filmmaker Marianna Yarovskaya director of ground breaking documentary film  Women of the Gulag, that tells the compelling and tragic stories of the female last survivors of the Gulag, the brutal system of repression and terror that devastated the Soviet population under Stalin. Yarovskaya will talk about the making of the film,  how she found the women and interacted with them. She will also show outtakes of the film, and go into some of the stories that didn't make it into the film. In conversation with Lucy Ash.

In English

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'Welcome fair Russ':  a Talk from Royal Collection Curator Stephen Patterson
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

'Welcome fair Russ': a Talk from Royal Collection Curator Stephen Patterson

Part of our ongoing Romanov Season: 2019 marks the 145th anniversary of the only direct marriage between the British Royal and Russian Imperial families; the wedding in January 1874 of Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna.  In this illustrated talk, Stephen Patterson, co-curator of the current exhibition at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace Russia: Royalty and the Romanovs will explore the negotiations for the wedding, the ceremonies and celebrations in St Petersburg, Moscow, Windsor and London and the art in the Royal Collection associated with the dynastic union. This event is jointly organised with Friends of the Hermitage UK.

In English

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RUSSIAN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMME: MAMA I MALYSH STORYTELLING
Apr
27
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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APRIL FULL DAY TRANSLATION WORKSHOP WITH ROBERT CHANDLER
Apr
27
11:00 AM11:00

APRIL 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.

In English with some Russian

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CLASSICS FOR KIDS: WITH Yulia Chaplina & Jonathan Deakin. Russian Composers: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Sviridov, Khachaturyan
Apr
28
1:30 PM13:30

CLASSICS FOR KIDS: WITH Yulia Chaplina & Jonathan Deakin. Russian Composers: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Sviridov, Khachaturyan

"Классика для детей" это познавательно – увлекательно - интерактивный концерт для детей и их родителей! В концерте исполнители будут не только играть, но и сами рассказывать о произведениях и композиторах в доступной для детей форме. Для детей 5+. 

In Russian

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Yulia Chaplina & Jonathan Deakin: Russian Composers
Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

Yulia Chaplina & Jonathan Deakin: Russian Composers

Join us for a delightful afternoon of Russian piano music as part of the UK - Russia Year of Music 2019. The programme will include the gorgeous Sonata No. 2 by Rachmaninov and the lyrical and mysterious Sonata No. 9 by Prokofiev as well as several works for piano duo: the Valse from the Cinderella Suite, Sviridov's beautiful Valse from the Snowstorm Suite, Khachatutyan's Valse from the Masquerade Suite and other works.

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FILM SCREENING: HERE AND NOW BY ROMA SHUMUNOV
Apr
30
7:00 PM19:00

FILM SCREENING: HERE AND NOW BY ROMA SHUMUNOV

Set to an edgy hip hop beat, Here & Now is an impressive feature film debut for its director Roma Shumunov. His sensitively-portrayed social drama is told through the eyes of Andrey, a young Russian immigrant struggling to live with his family in the slums of Ashdod and assimilate into Israeli society. HERE AND NOW is part of SERET Film Festival in London.

In Hebrew, Russian with English subtitles

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PUSHKIN HOUSE WINE CLUB: DOSTOEVSKY AND THE IDIOT – 150th ANNIVERSARY
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

PUSHKIN HOUSE WINE CLUB: DOSTOEVSKY AND THE IDIOT – 150th ANNIVERSARY

Join our wine expert Tanya Nesterova for an evening dedicated to Fyodor Dostoevsky. Like many cultured Russians at the time, Dostoevsky travelled a lot, albeit sometimes under hard circumstances. During the tasting, we’ll follow in his footsteps and learn about the wines he used to drink or could have drunk. We’ll talk about the history of those wines, taste the styles of wines traditionally produced in the areas where he stayed and were popular with Russians in the past and in the present.

In English

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Queer Art in Contemporary Russia: Hard to Find and Easy to Misapprehend
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Queer Art in Contemporary Russia: Hard to Find and Easy to Misapprehend

Part of our Mother Tongue Season: In spite of the present hostile environment, there has been an explosion of queer artistic practice in recent years in Russia. In this talk academic and author Vlad Strukov will explore how recent legislation in Russia has affected cultural production, especially the visual arts. He will also analyse recent exhibitions of contemporary art to reveal the actual scope and dynamics of queer art in Russia. The evening will be hosted by Dr. Galina Miazhevich of Cardiff University.

In English

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THE GOOD RUSSIAN: A BRAND-NEW ONE-MAN SHOW BY ANDREW BYRON
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

THE GOOD RUSSIAN: A BRAND-NEW ONE-MAN SHOW BY ANDREW BYRON

From the producers of Anastasia (***** Evening Standard) and An Evening with the Romanovs comes this story about a type of Russian that we all-too-rarely see on our screens – a good one. ‘Bad Russians’ are a staple on our screens, and no one knows this better than Andrew Byron – he has made a career out of playing them.   But surely not all Russians are bad?  This story, told by Andrew seeks to tip the scales in the other direction. 

In English, with some Russian (subtitled)

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«Петя и волк»: Музыкальная Сказка Прокофьева
May
12
2:00 PM14:00

«Петя и волк»: Музыкальная Сказка Прокофьева

Завораживающее представление для детей: музыкальная сказка Прокофьева «Петя и волк» в исполнии дуэта Mazaika (аккордион, скрипка, перкуссия), с повествованием от Олега Сидорчика. Для детей 4+.

На русском языке

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Political prisoners and other victims of repression in Russia, yesterday and today: Forms of Moral Resistance
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

Political prisoners and other victims of repression in Russia, yesterday and today: Forms of Moral Resistance

An evening with Russian human rights activist and publicist Elena Sannikov who will be speaking about repression in Russia and some of the most interesting and remarkable stories and individuals to be found among those imprisoned for their political views or religious beliefs. This event is organised by Pushkin Club and all are welcome.

In English

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Film screening "Six musicians and the city" followed by Q&A with filmmaker Tatiana Daniliyants
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

Film screening "Six musicians and the city" followed by Q&A with filmmaker Tatiana Daniliyants

Between East and West, between strong traditions and today’s innovations, between the nostalgic melodies of duduk and the beat of modern jazz, is Yerevan. Six musicians, six styles, six personal stories behind one of the most musical cities in the former Soviet Union. This documentary film captures Tatiana Daniliyants’ ten years of research and an attentive eye for these musicians’ own stories and their extraordinary music.

In Russian with English subtitles

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Putin v the People: The Perilous Politics of a Divided Russia
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Putin v the People: The Perilous Politics of a Divided Russia

What makes Vladimir Putin powerful? Graeme Robertson and Sam Greene's new book tells the story of Putin’s power from the bottom-up, through the voices and experiences of ordinary Russians and elites alike. Unearthing the ambitions, emotions and divisions that fuel Russian politics, Putin v the People illuminates the crossroads at which Russia has arrived and shows why Putin’s rule may be more fragile than it appears. In conversation with Catherine Belton, the FT's former Moscow correspondent.

In English

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PUSHKIN HOUSE POP-UP BOOK FAIR
May
18
1:00 PM13:00

PUSHKIN HOUSE POP-UP BOOK FAIR

Please come along to our spring Book Fair, which as usual will take place in our library. We have an abundance of new and second-hand books for sale. You will also get a chance to buy books shortlisted for this year’s Pushkin House Book Prize, which is announced in April. This event is FREE, just turn up!

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The Last of the Soviet Artists: A talk by Victoria Lomasko
May
18
6:00 PM18:00

The Last of the Soviet Artists: A talk by Victoria Lomasko

Lomasko, the daughter of an artist-decorator working in Soviet times, describes herself as 'the last Soviet artist' as her art draws heavily on the Soviet tradition of illustration and graphic design. In this talk she will reflect on her own work, as well as that of celebrated Russian contemporary artists such as Irina Korina and Pavel Otdelnov, who were educated by teachers established in the Soviet system and continue to work with Soviet themes, images and styles.

In English

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PUSHKIN HOUSE MUSIC SALON: Antonina Suhanova Piano Recital
May
19
7:00 PM19:00

PUSHKIN HOUSE MUSIC SALON: Antonina Suhanova Piano Recital

Part of our Music Salon programme: In her Pushkin House recital programme Latvian pianist Antonina Suhanova explores creative and personal bonds between early 20th century Eastern European composers. Brought together by their love of music and mutual teachers, Kalnins, Vitols, Arensky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Siloti socialised, conversed and inspired each other’s masterpieces, engaging in fierce disputes. The programme invites the audience to reflect on the diversity of the styles of these five composers united by their love and appreciation of the Russian musical tradition.

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The Weird and Wonderful Molokhovets: An Illustrated talk with Katrina Kollagaeva
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

The Weird and Wonderful Molokhovets: An Illustrated talk with Katrina Kollagaeva

Join Katrina Kollegaeva from Russian Revels for an illustrated talk devoted to one of the most successful 19th and early 20th-century Russian cookbooks, A Gift to Young Housewives, more commonly know as "Molokhovets". Compiled by Elena Ivanovna Molokhovets in 1861, this cookbook has been continually revised: from its first edition at the time of the emancipation of the serfs to the Communist Revolution of 1917.  The book was well known in Russian households during its publication and for decades to follow. It has been republished in 2003.  "Molokhovets" inspired canapes and a glass of wine are included in the ticket price.

In English

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AN IMPECCABLE SPY: an evening with author Owen Matthews in conversation with Sonia Purnell
May
29
7:00 PM19:00

AN IMPECCABLE SPY: an evening with author Owen Matthews in conversation with Sonia Purnell

The ‘impeccable spy’ Richard Sorge was a fanatical Communist who infiltrated and influenced the highest echelons of German, Chinese and Japanese society in the years leading up to and including the Second World War. In his new book, Owen Matthews takes a sweeping historical perspective and draws on a wealth of declassified Soviet archives – along with testimonies from those who knew and worked with Sorge – to rescue the riveting story of the man described by Ian Fleming as 'the most formidable spy in history'. Matthews will be in conversation with author and journalist Sonia Purnell.

In English

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They also made us work: Russian peasants' memories of war, occupation, and the Holocaust
Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

They also made us work: Russian peasants' memories of war, occupation, and the Holocaust

Join us for an evening with Alexander Nakhimovsky who will speak about the language of the Soviet peasantry and what it reveals of their world view.  All through the Soviet period up to the 1980s, the peasantry was one of the most censored topics in scholarly and political discourse. Only in the 1990s were the constraints lifted. Scores of researchers--linguists, ethnographers, historians, and sociologists—at once started looking for, and recording, peasants who remembered pre-kolkhoz life and language. Alexander Nakhimovsky has a forthcoming book on the language and history of the Russian peasantry. This event is organised by Pushkin Club and all are welcome.

In English

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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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CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: COLOUR TAPE ZOO
Jun
8
10:30 AM10:30

CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: COLOUR TAPE ZOO

Part of our Learn + Participate education programme: This workshop will give a compact and versatile insight into the modelling and construction of shapes from coloured scotch tape. It is meant not only to develop the fine motor skills of children, but also to improve creativity and understanding of how to work with different materials.

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 translators Alex Fleming and Boris Dralyuk. This event is organised by Pushkin Club and all are welcome.

In English

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Pushkin House 2019 Book Prize Dinner & Ceremony
Jun
12
6:30 PM18:30

Pushkin House 2019 Book Prize Dinner & Ceremony

Join the shortlisted authors and jurors for the unveiling of the 2019 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize Winner in the atmospheric Charterhouse, London. The prize, now in its 7th year, rewards the very best non-fiction writing about the Russian speaking world. Early bird and Friends of Pushkin House tickets now on sale.


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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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Vysotsky in English: A Performance by Vadim Astrakhan
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Vysotsky in English: A Performance by Vadim Astrakhan

Vladimir Vysotsky, though hugely popular in Russia, is almost unknown in the rest of the world. Against this injustice stands US-based singer-songwriter Vadim Astrakhan and his long-running project translating Vysotsky’s songs into English. Now Astrakhan, on tour in Europe, brings ‘Vysotsky in English’ to the UK, hosted by Pushkin House. This promises to be a cheerful and original event, where English-speakers can hear and learn about Russia’s bard, and Russians can enjoy his music from a new perspective.

In English with some Russian

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Sexual Counter-Revolutions and Queer Lives
Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

Sexual Counter-Revolutions and Queer Lives

Part of our Mother Tongue Season: In this talk Alexander Kondakov will explore the political economy of violence in Russia and beyond, focusing on the structure and drivers of the current sexual counter-revolution by studying emotions manifested in violence against queer populations in Russia. The evening will be introduced by Dr. Richard Mole, UCL, who will also chair a Q&A session with the audience.

In English

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GREETINGS FROM THE BARRICADES: Revolutionary Postcards in Imperial Russia
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

GREETINGS FROM THE BARRICADES: Revolutionary Postcards in Imperial Russia

Amid the chaos and violence of the 1905 Revolution in Russia, the Tsar’s opponents printed and distributed vast quantities of picture postcards. Easy to share, hide and smuggle, postcards were a way to beat the censor and spread a message of defiance. In this talk, author Tobie Mathew will draw on his extensive research into this topic, that led to the publication of this startling and original book. Mathew will give a richly illustrated overview of opposition postcards under the Tsars, showing how this vibrant new form of communication served to spread revolutionary belief and disrupt the Imperial status quo. 

In English

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SCREENING: ANNA KARENINA (Moscow Operetta Theatre)
Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

SCREENING: ANNA KARENINA (Moscow Operetta Theatre)

Stage Russia and Pushkin House present a premier screening of Anna Karenina, a spectacular, breathtaking, emotional, high-tech production based on the masterpiece by Leo Tolstoy. Featuring Moscow musical scene stars Ekaterina Guseva, Natalia Bystrova, Sergey Lee, Andrey Birin, Alexander Marakulin, Lika Rulla, from a score by Roman Ignatyev and a libretto by Yuliy Kim.

In Russian with English subtitles

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RUSSIAN LANGUAGE CENTRE OPEN DAY
Apr
6
11:00 AM11:00

RUSSIAN LANGUAGE CENTRE OPEN DAY

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!

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Book Launch & Reading (fully booked). Eyewitness 1917: the Russian Revolution as it Happened
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Book Launch & Reading (fully booked). Eyewitness 1917: the Russian Revolution as it Happened

Please join us for the launch of ‘Eyewitness 1917’. We start at 7pm with a short reading of extracts from the book, by professional actors Jed Aukin and Sarah Breen (now fully booked). From 7.30pm the launch itself will begin and you are welcome to join us to celebrate the publication of this book.

Reading in English

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Screening of LET ME JUST BE/Можно я просто буду? by Matvey Troshinkin
Apr
2
7:00 PM19:00

Screening of LET ME JUST BE/Можно я просто буду? by Matvey Troshinkin

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

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RUSSIAN LANGUAGE CENTRE 1:1 EXAM PREP SESSIONS/ Various time slots available
Apr
1
5:30 PM17:30

RUSSIAN LANGUAGE CENTRE 1:1 EXAM PREP SESSIONS/ Various time slots available

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.

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RUSSIAN LANGUAGE CENTRE EASTER INTENSIVE BEGINNERS’ RUSSIAN COURSE
Mar
29
6:30 PM18:30

RUSSIAN LANGUAGE CENTRE EASTER INTENSIVE BEGINNERS’ RUSSIAN COURSE

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

 

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(SOLD OUT) EXCLUSIVE ONE TIME ONLY PERFORMANCE BY LEADING RUSSIAN THEATRE TEATR.DOC Misha & Lena
Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

(SOLD OUT) EXCLUSIVE ONE TIME ONLY PERFORMANCE BY LEADING RUSSIAN THEATRE TEATR.DOC Misha & Lena

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

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MANUSCRIPTS BURN: ON TRANSLATING CONTEMPORARY RUSSIAN-LANGUAGE WORKS OF WITNESS WITH KATHERINE E. YOUNG
Mar
26
7:00 PM19:00

MANUSCRIPTS BURN: ON TRANSLATING CONTEMPORARY RUSSIAN-LANGUAGE WORKS OF WITNESS WITH KATHERINE E. YOUNG

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.

In English

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You are what you eat: Russian food and identity with Alissa Timoshkina
Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

You are what you eat: Russian food and identity with Alissa Timoshkina

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.

In English

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Premiere Screening: Onegin (The Red Torch Theatre)
Mar
17
2:00 PM14:00

Premiere Screening: Onegin (The Red Torch Theatre)

Timofey Kulyabin's Golden Mask Award winning Onegin removes all expectations of Pushkin's novel in verse and places you not in some historical epoch, but in today's world, immersed in the inner thoughts, hopes, despairs, passions and disappointments that drift in, through and around the 4 central figures, Onegin, Tatiana, Olga and Lensky. There are no grand balls, no fans, no lorgnettes, no "Encyclopedia of Russian life". Just a quiet love story that perfectly conveys the attitude of the great poet and how very much his masterwork still resonates with our 21st century reality.

In Russian with English subtitles

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Pushkin the Radical: The Dystopian Vision of his Masterpiece, The Bronze Horseman
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Pushkin the Radical: The Dystopian Vision of his Masterpiece, The Bronze Horseman

In The Man Who Shook His Fist at the Tsar - Jack Robertson explores the historical backdrop to this work by Pushkin which is revered in Russia but comparatively unknown in the West. He provides a new verse translation of the poem, written in modern accessible English, and reveals a side to Pushkin as much more than a poet and playwright - he was also a serious historian who identified with and gave voice to the radical tradition in Russia. Join author Jack Robertson in conversation with Pushkin House Director Clem Cecil.

In English

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(SOLD OUT) Evening with writer Alexei Ivanov and Screening of the Ridge of Russia/ Вечер с писателем Алексеем Ивановым и показ фильма Хребет России
Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

(SOLD OUT) Evening with writer Alexei Ivanov and Screening of the Ridge of Russia/ Вечер с писателем Алексеем Ивановым и показ фильма Хребет России

Read Russia presents an evening with writer Alexei Ivanov, and the screening of the first of the series Ridge of Russia. Ivanov will be in conversation with Anastasia Koro. Читай Россию/Read Russia представит встречу с писателем Алексеем Ивановым, в рамках которой будет показана первая серия фильма «Хребет России». Ведущая – Анастасия Коро.

In Russian and English

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Maslenitsa - festival of Russian Songs and Traditions: Evening event
Mar
10
4:30 PM16:30

Maslenitsa - festival of Russian Songs and Traditions: Evening event

The second part of the Maslenitsa festival will kick off with a demonstration of traditional costume. Guests will get a chance to learn about village fashion, dress up and watch or participate in our ‘catwalk’. This will be followed by a delicious meal that guests will enjoy while listening to a performance from IZBA choir (London) and Vereia (Vilnius) . The festival will wrap up with a joyful ‘vechorka’ (or ‘evening party’).

In English and Russian

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(SOLD OUT) Maslenitsa - festival of Russian Songs and Traditions: Family Event
Mar
10
12:00 PM12:00

(SOLD OUT) Maslenitsa - festival of Russian Songs and Traditions: Family Event

A day-long special Shrovetide celebration - Maslenitsa - with IZBA club for both grown ups and kids alike. At this festival of Russian traditions and folk music, guests will be welcomed with village songs and instrumental compositions, all from different regions of Russia and the Ukraine. There will be pancakes (‘blini’) aplenty – the symbol of the sun symbolising the shift from winter to spring. The arrival of Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) will be celebrated by making dolls, under the guidance of a master doll maker. There will also be traditional games to play and dancing in the round.

In English and Russian

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(FULLY BOOKED) Mother Tongue/ Родная речь: Panel Discussion with Yevgeniy Fiks, Prof Sarah Wilson, Juliet Jacques, and Prof Dan Healey
Mar
8
6:00 PM18:00

(FULLY BOOKED) Mother Tongue/ Родная речь: Panel Discussion with Yevgeniy Fiks, Prof Sarah Wilson, Juliet Jacques, and Prof Dan Healey

Part of our Mother Tongue Season: Join us for a panel discussion with artist Yevgeniy Fiks in conversation with Professor Sarah Wilson, Juliet Jacques, and Professor Dan Healey, to mark the opening of our new exhibition Mother Tongue/ Родная речь which will take place on the same day from 7pm - 8.30pm.

In English

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ESPIONAGE AND THE TELEGRAPH: AN ILLUSTRATED LECTURE with BARBARA EMERSON
Mar
5
6:30 PM18:30

ESPIONAGE AND THE TELEGRAPH: AN ILLUSTRATED LECTURE with BARBARA EMERSON

There was mounting evidence that Russia, using the latest technology, the telegraph, was successfully deciphering the British government’s enciphered communications throughout the second half of the 19th century. But it was only with the opening of the Russian archives that the full extent of Russian cipher breaking became clear. By reading the dispatches of British diplomats, Russia secured an invaluable tool in pursuing its ambitions in Europe and Central Asia. 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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Дендизм русской деревни: из истории традиционного мужского костюма. Вечер с Андреем Боровским
Mar
4
7:00 PM19:00

Дендизм русской деревни: из истории традиционного мужского костюма. Вечер с Андреем Боровским

Картуз с цветком и красная косоворотка - насколько это привычный образ мужского русского костюма соответствует истине? Какие фасоны русские женщины позаимствовали у мужчин, а дворяне — у крестьян? Носили ли крестьяне галстуки? В какой момент в российской культуре народный костюм начал жить отдельно от народа? И почему именно мужчины на протяжении столетий были проводниками моды в русской деревне?

На русском языке

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Pushkin’s Love Lyrics
Feb
26
7:00 PM19:00

Pushkin’s Love Lyrics

An evening devoted to Pushkin’s love lyrics. The poems will be recited in Russian by Alla Gelich and read in English translation by guest readers, Lucy Daniels and Penelope Dimond. Many of Pushkin’s love poems were set to music by Russian composers, and two of these will be performed by the singer/guitarist, Lila Milone and Julian Milone (violin). The evening will be introduced by David Brummell. This event is organised by Pushkin Club and all are welcome.

In English and Russian

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Daria Kulesh presents: Long Lost Home, Remembered
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Daria Kulesh presents: Long Lost Home, Remembered

A memorial concert in honour of the victims and survivors of Aardakh, also known as Operation Lentil - Stalin's brutal deportation of the Ingush and the Chechens, perpetrated exactly 75 years ago. Songs from Daria Kulesh that will break your heart - but then mend it, showing you an incredible, inspiring triumph of the human spirit over brutality and injustice.

In English

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(SOLD OUT) Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century with Alexandra Popoff
Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

(SOLD OUT) Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century with Alexandra Popoff

Alexandra Popoff’s talk will cover Grossman’s life, beginning with his upbringing in a secular, assimilated Jewish family; his early writing career and journalistic fame that peaked during the war when he reported from Stalingrad and Treblinka. The discussion will focus on Grossman’s novel Stalingrad, published in 1952 during Stalin’s campaign against the Jews and foreigners. The prequel to Life and Fate, this novel will soon appear in a translation by Robert Chandler - who will be chairing this evening. This event is organised by Pushkin Club and all are welcome.

In English

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