The annual festival of Russian culture was held in the British capital for the 11th time. Pancake Week programme included concerts, exhibitions, lectures, recitals, cooking classes, as well as a special event in the framework of the exhibition at the Buckingham Palace "Russia: the royal family and the Romanovs."
The festive concert took place in the prestigious St. John's Hall. The programme of the concert included compositions in Russian, Armenian, and Ukrainian languages, gypsy and lyrical songs, as well as performances by the National Children's and National Youth Orchestras. Russian choirs of London and Brighton demonstrated diversity of their repertoire. The duo of accordion virtuosos Kirill and Konstantin Bondarenko, who arrived from Russia to perform at the festival, charmed the audience. The concert programme also included performances by the star of the Russian Voice project Tina Kuznetsova and ensemble “Russian Souvenir”.
The representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in London held a series of master classes on Russian rag doll making. Oksana Sekacheva (PhD in Art Criticism) told about different kinds of dolls: ritual, play dolls, dolls-amulets. The participants of the master class got acquainted with various elements of the Russian national costume, its color and materials.
Maslenitsa Festival has been held in London since 2009 with support of the City Hall of London, Rossotrudnichestvo, the Russkiy Mir Foundation, the Siberian Alliance Group of Companies, and the Russian Embassy. It is one of the most famous and large-scale events representing Russian culture in Europe. The organizing company of the festival is Ensemble Productions headed by Olga Balakleets. In March, another major event by Ensemble Productions will take place – the gala evening “Icons of Russian Ballet” will be held with participation of famous Russian and foreign artists on March 31.
Based on Ensemble Productions’ materials
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