The fourth all-British “Karavai” festival gathered Russian-speaking children's theatre collectives of the UK at the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in London. Participants from Belfast, Brighton, Leeds, London, Colchester, Crawley and Chelmsford came to share their theatrical talents and achievements.
The main objective of the festival was to acquaint children with each other and their creativity, facilitate creative exchange and communication in Russian. The children’s performances revealed a noticeable progress of the last year’s participants of the festival and a high level of those performing for the first time. It was noted that some children's amateur theaters have reached a new level by working on complex theatrical pieces.
By a general vote, the Grand Prix of the festival was awarded to the “Suitcase” group from Northern Ireland. The winners were awarded with certificates to attend one of the productions by the Russian-speaking theatre "Xameleon". Production of “The Adventures of Masha and Vitya” from the “Horizon” school-studio was recognized as the best performance in the younger age category. All participants of the festival received books from Rossotrudnichestvo.
The organisers of the festival noted the invaluable help of parents in preparing the children, decorating the stage and creating costumes. Special thanks went out to all heads of Russian schools and drama studios for their great work in involving children in drama arts and developing their interest in the Russian language and culture.
The festival is organised by the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in the UK and theater director Dmitry Turchaninov.