“Window to Europe” Film Festival Announces Winners
Nikolai Valuev (1973- ), Russian heavyweight boxing champion and actor. The poster reads, “Kolya (Nick), Piter (slang for St Petersburg, it’s like saying “Da Big Apple”) is Proud of You!”
The last day of the 16th “Window to Europe” film festival in Vyborg is over. The Stone Head, a movie directed by Filipp Yankovsky and starring famous Russian boxer Nikolai Valuev, won the main prize. Critics say Valuev managed to create a very impressive image of a boxer who had lost his memory in a car crash, but, managed to resume his career. A Passenger, a movie by Stanislav Govorukhin, won the audience choice award. The festival was held under the motto, “The Russian cinema art: a forecast for tomorrow”.
18 August 2008
International Festival of Drumming Opens In Togliatti
Percussionists from Russia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East are in the Russian city of Togliatti on the Middle Volga for three days of concerts and dancing events during the fifth international festival of drumming. There will be exhibitions of drums and a mass dance marathon by close to 8,000 people.
22 August 2008
St Petersburg Revives the Custom of Holding Free Music Concerts in Rail Terminals
St Petersburg is reviving the old custom of holding free music concerts in the city’s rail terminals. Orchestras directed by renowned conductors will be playing each Sunday in a 19th-century departure lounge at the Vitebsk Rail Terminal. The custom dates back to the mid-19th century when maestro Johann Strauss entertained holiday-makers at a suburban rail station outside St Petersburg.
24 August 2008
Centenary of Diaghilev’s Ballet Marked
The centenary of the famous Diaghilev’s ballet seasons in Paris will be marked by the Russian Ballet’s Golden Century exhibition, which is due to run from 17 to 23 September. The non-commercial exhibition will open at the famous Galerie Charpentier to become one of the first events in the framework of the celebration of a centenary of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. The exhibition is due to display 150 exhibits, including original actors’ costumes, as well as posters and sketches by Henry Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Aleksandr Benois, and Mikhail Larionov.
28 August 2008
International Contest of Young Performers Opens In Sochi
The 4th International Contest of Young Performers, “5 Stars: Intervision”, opens today in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. Taking part are 11 singers from the CIS countries, including Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Byelorussia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and the Ukraine, and also from Latvia. This year, the residents of all these countries will be able to watch the broadcasts. By means of SMS voting the TV viewers will define the prize-winners and the jury will name the best of them. Next year, the “5 Stars: Intervision” music contest will take place in the country whose representative wins the highest number of the TV viewers’ votes.
28 August 2008
Photo Exhibition Dedicated To 1020th Anniversary of the Baptism of Russia Opens In London
Seraphima (Tatiana Vinnik, 2007). An art-photograph from another Russian photographer, it illustrates the true soul of Russia, a soul that shall never be raped by the neocons.
A photo exhibition dedicated to the 1,020th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia has opened at the All Saints and the Assumption of Mother of God Cathedral in London today. The visitors can see 36 works by the outstanding Russian photographer Vladimir Khodakov. There are landscapes, portraits, and reports, many of which are on display for the first time. The rector of the church, Fr Mikhail, said that through these works the English will have an opportunity to learn more about the sincerity of the Russian psyche, a thing which is rarely covered in the media.
29 August 2008
Mariinsky Theatre Directed By Maestro Valery Gergiev Ended Its Performance in Triumph in Stockholm
Maestro Valery Gergiev (1953- ), Ossetia’s truest son, seen here at a memorial concert in the ruins of Tskhinvali after the end of the Georgian invasion.
The orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg directed by Maestro Valery Gergiev ended its performance in triumph in Stockholm. It performed a concert version of the opera Electra by Richard Strauss as a part of the sixth Baltic Sea Festival. The festival is aimed at not only featuring performances by famous groups in the region, but, also introducing new ones. The Russian orchestra will stage another concert later today. Its programme includes works by Shchedrin, Chaikovsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov.
29 August 2008
An Address from President Medvedev Opened an International Festival in Kazan
President Dmitri Medvedev (1965- )
An address from President Dmitri Medvedev opened an international festival of popular music devoted to inter-ethnic peace in the Russian city of Kazan on the Middle Volga. About a hundred individual singers and groups from all continents will be singing non-stop for ten hours. A duo of singers from Georgia and Ossetia and an ensemble of performers from Israel and the Palestinian Autonomy delivered messages of friendship across conflict lines.
30 August 2008
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