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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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).

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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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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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Leonid Pasternak:  Artist, Illustrator and Husband
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00
Art

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Complete Pushkin - Part II, with Roger Clarke
Jul
16
7:00 PM19:00

The Complete Pushkin - Part II, with Roger Clarke

Translator and editor Roger Clarke will update us on progress with the Complete Pushkin project, and will give a brief introduction to Volume II. Readings of selected poems will follow in both Russian and English. 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. Copies of the new volume and of Alma Classics’ other Pushkin titles will also be available for purchase. 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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JULY FULL DAY TRANSLATION WORKSHOP WITH ROBERT CHANDLER
Jul
20
11:00 AM11:00

JULY 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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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.

На русском языке

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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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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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SOLD OUT: We're All Gangsters Now: Russian Organised Crime Today and Tomorrow  - a talk by Mark Galeotti
Jun
3
7:00 PM19:00

SOLD OUT: We're All Gangsters Now: Russian Organised Crime Today and Tomorrow - a talk by Mark Galeotti

In a sequel to his sold-out talk last year, Mark Galeotti - author of The Vory: Russia's Super Mafia (Yale, 2018), one of the shortlisted books for the 2019 Pushkin House Book Prize - returns to the shadows. Whereas before he looked especially at the gory past of the Russian vorovskoi mir, its feared underworld subculture, now he will be turning his eyes to the current situation at home and abroad, and its likely evolution. While one embittered Russian investigator told him that everyone is a gangster now, Mark will explain why he remains "unfashionably optimistic" about Russia's future. Part of the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2019 events programme.

In English

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STUDENT IN LENINGRAD, THE PRAGUE SPRING & THE BBC:  AN ILLUSTRATED TALK WITH ELISABETH ROBSON
May
30
6:30 PM18:30

STUDENT IN LENINGRAD, THE PRAGUE SPRING & THE BBC: AN ILLUSTRATED TALK WITH ELISABETH ROBSON

This talk draws on Elisabeth’s experiences as a post graduate student in Leningrad (1967-69), in particular around the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact in August 1968 when she was in Leningrad, cut off from communication with the outside world. In 2015 she was part of a team looking at archive holdings from BBC Monitoring, to assess their value for future historians. These were the first rough translations of broadcasts from Czechoslovakia during the invasion, which were the basis of the published reports prepared by BBC Monitoring. They turned out to be extraordinarily fresh and expressive, and this talk explains their significance. 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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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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MAYBE ESTHER: An Evening with Author Katja Petrowskaja in Conversation with Catherine Taylor
May
28
7:00 PM19:00

MAYBE ESTHER: An Evening with Author Katja Petrowskaja in Conversation with Catherine Taylor

Shortlisted for the 2019 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize Katja Petrowskaja’s family story Maybe Esther is inextricably entangled with the history of 20th-century Europe. There is her great-uncle, who shot a German diplomat in Moscow in 1932 and was sentenced to death. There is her Ukrainian grandfather, who disappeared during WWII and reappeared forty years later. And there is her great-grandmother – whose name may or may not have been Esther – who was too old and frail to leave Kiev when the Jews there were rounded up, and was killed by a Nazi outside her house. Part of the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2019 events programme.

In English

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

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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RUSSIAN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMME: MAMA I MALYSH STORYTELLING
May
18
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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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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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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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 Russian with English translation

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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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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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