The Russian Heritage Committee in the United Kingdom held an international conference dedicated to the research and popularization of knowledge about the legacy of the Russian diaspora. The event was held with support of the Russian Embassy and Rossotrudnichestvo.
The aim of the conference is to collect and publish materials promoting cooperation of domestic and foreign experts in the field of studying Russian presence in various countries of the world. Prominent figures of culture, history, sociology, literature, the Russian language, and pedagogy discussed the contribution of the Russian diaspora to the development of local communities, primarily British, as well as matters related to preservation of the memory of Russian presence in the United Kingdom.
Presentation of books by Prince Nikita Dmitrievich Lobanov-Rostovsky took place in the framework of the event. Oksana Morgunova gave an overview of the Russian presence in the UK and touching on the issues of classification and selection of material for the study of this phenomenon.
Professor of Russian literature at the University of Cambridge Irina Kirillova delivered a report entitled "Orthodoxy in Britain: work and ministry of Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh", in which the main milestones of life and work of the Metropolitan were reflected. The guests learned stories from Antonia's private life.
Mikhail Kovalev told about Russian historian, literary critic, professor at Birmingham and Oxford universities, the first head of the department of Russian in Oxford SA. Konovalov and his role in the development of Soviet-British scientific relations.
Oksana Karnovich, the head of the apartment museum of G.S. Ulanova in Moscow and the teacher at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography, spoke about Russian traditions in the Royal Ballet of Great Britain.
Reports were presented on the Russian-British musical dialogue of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, about the pupils of the Russian emigrants of the "first wave" in Ireland, and others. Round table discussions were held on topical issues of Russian-British scientific relations, as well as on the matters associated with the development of historical and cultural ties between Russia and foreign countries.
Participants of the conference were awarded with letters of gratitude for their efforts in strengthening frindships and ties between Russia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Guests of the event had a chance to get acquainted with the works of participants in the children's drawing contest as well as with the story "Outstanding Russians in the UK." Musical performance of the soloist of the Finnish National Opera Maria Veretenina became a highlight of the event.
The conference was chaired by the secretary of the Russian Heritage Committee Yulia Plyaukshta.