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Russia and other Christian Orthodox countries celebrate Christmas on the 6th January. It marks the beginning of the festive Sviatki season that stretches until Epiphany on the 19th January. This holiday season is filled with folk traditions many of which you will be able to experience live in our SPECIAL CELEBRATION at the IZBA CLUB!

For the holy nights we'll sing Christmas spiritual verses. For the frightful nights we'll become Kaliadniki: we'll dress up in a traditional way and will be doing rounds around the village praising the hosts and receiving gifts. We'll sing Kaliadki from Russia, Ukraine and Belorussia. Expect Christmas fortune-telling and traditional treats. Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience traditional culture in a festive and playful setting in our hospitable IZBA!

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Празднуем Святки в клубе Изба! На святые вечера поем рождественские духовные стихи. На страшные вечера калядуем с ряжеными, с русскими, украинскими и белорусскими калядками! Вас ждут святочные гадания и традиционные рождественские угощения. Не упустите редкую возможность окунуться в традиционную культуру в праздничной, игровой атмосфере, в нашей гостеприимной ИЗБЕ!  READ MORE

The 1972 film below gives an authentic flavour of Sviatki traditions in Belarussian Polesie:

And yes, we'll be singing the beautiful kaliadki that you can hear in the film :)

Both English and Russian speakers are welcome to participate.

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.

Билеты: £15 на входе, £12 заранее, £10 для ряженых / Tickets: £15 on the door, £12 in advance; £10 if you come in folk costume

Если вы хотите одеться ряженым или сделать рождественскую звезду, проконсультируйтесь пожалуйста заранее с Полиной Пруцковой: / If you would like to come dressed-up or make a Christmas star, please consult with Polina Proutskova in advance: You will then get a specially discounted ticket.