Bolshoi Ballet will open the programme of the UK-Russia Year of Music in London

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The Russian part of the programme of the UK-Russia Year of Music will open in July 2019 with a tour of the Bolshoi Ballet in London. This was announced on Tuesday by the special representative of the President of the Russian Federation on international cultural cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoi at a TASS press conference.

The tour in the Covent Garden theatre will last for three weeks. The head of the Bolshoi Ballet troupe Makhar Vaziev admitted that it is a great honour and responsibility for the theater to open the Russian part of the programme.

According to the State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Alla Manilova, the programme of the UK-Russia Year of Music is planned to be comprehensive and will be extended. It will include performances by the Great Symphony Orchestra named after Tchaikovsky, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, Moscow Philharmonic Society, Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, as well as events of the country's leading libraries.

Programme in Russia

The British Embassy in Moscow manages the programme in Russia with support of the British Council. At its core is the principle of cultural diversity. The public is waiting for live musical performances of both classical and modern genres, educational activities and special online projects.

Annual festival "December Nights" at the Pushkin Museum will be held simultaneously with the exhibition of masterpieces by Thomas Gainsborough from British museums. A festival of British music will be held in Moscow and timed to coincide with the exhibition “Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud and the London School”. British cellists will play at the Vivacello festival, conductor Oliver Zeffman and cellist Laura van der Heyden will perform at the Eurasia festival in Yekaterinburg.

The British programme will also be presented at the Beat Film Festival and at a seminar on contemporary British literature held in Yasnaya Polyana.

Based on TASS materials