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Please join IZBA Club for a celebration of Russian holy nights at Pushkin House. We will sing spiritual songs, dress up as Christmas figures and go wassailing around the village. Expect fortune-telling and ritual treats. We'll sing Kaliadki from Russia, Ukraine and Belorussia. Don't miss this opportunity to experience traditional culture in the festive and playful setting of our hospitable IZBA. 

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 CELEBRATION at the IZBA CLUB.


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! 

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. IZBA Club at Pushkin House was founded by Polina as a the place to celebrate Russian holidays with fun, knowledge of traditions and good singing. IZBA is now in its forth year and continues to celebrate Russian holidays with adults and children, in Russian and in English. IZBA Club has given rise to a vocal studio (regular rehearsals open to everyone) and IZBA Voices vocal ensemble which performs in concerts around London. Polina also initiated LADO - a festival of Russian Traditions - an annual festival of all things Russian at Pushkin House. She is active as a vocal coach and a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths and continues to advocate for less well-known aspects of Russian musical culture.

Zinaida Petruchenia is a specialist in Russian traditional arts and crafts, costumes and cuisine. She participated in numerous workshops and seminars in Russia on various aspects of traditional culture. She was born in Uglich in the heart of Russia, grew up in a village and carried her love to the agricultural way of life and to village traditions through all the years and all the countries she traveled.