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Maslenitsa – Shrovetide – at the IZBA club with Polina Proutskova

Russia used to sink into a whirl of wild merriment for seven days every year – Maslenitsa was the merriest celebration of the year and was eagerly awaited. With boisterous joy, singing and dancing people banished the cold winter. They stuffed themselves with pancakes, cheese and butter ahead of the fasting of Lent. Hot and round, Russian pancakes symbolised the sun and were thought to bring closer the warmth of Spring.
Today the whole of Russia and the Russian diaspora endeavour to revive the tradition of this happy celebration. We are going to do it in a special way – with ancient ritual songs and traditions, experiencing the culture that gave us this exciting festival.

Дорогие друзья, приходите праздновать Масленицу в наш русский деревенский музыкальный клуб ИЗБА: с традиционными песнями и обрядами, с весельем и блинами. Отмечаем Масленицу укреплением связи с той культурой, которая дала нам этот замечательный праздник. У нас вы встретите Масленицу наполненную смыслом, традициями и пением.


Polina Proutskova has been researching and singing Russian and other musical traditions for over 15 years, conducting field research in various regions of Russia. Her Berlin-based vocal ensemble Polynushka won the most prestigious musical award in German-speaking countries and initiated a Russian folklore subculture in Berlin. Now in London as a vocal coach and a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, Polina continues to advocate for less well-known aspects of Russian musical culture.

Tickets: £12 in advance, £15 on the door

In English and Russian.