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Wednesday, 14 May 2008

14 May 2008. A Shot of Culture, if you please…

Mexican cellist and film director receive medals of Aleksandr Pushkin

Statue of Aleksandr Pushkin

The Mexican cellist Carlos Prieto and the film director Sergio Olhovich received medals of Aleksandr Pushkin. The ceremony was at Mexico City’s biggest cultural centre on the 63rd anniversary of the Allied Victory over Nazism on 9 May. The award marks their achievement in promoting the Russian language and culture. Olhovich is of Russian extraction, and he holds a degree from the Moscow Movies Academy.

10 May 2008


Renowned Russian bass Yevgeny Nesterenko to celebrate his jubilee on stage

The renowned Russian bass Yevgeny Nesterenko, who has turned 70, shall celebrate his jubilee on stage. Tonight, he will sing the part of archpriest Zakharia in Verdi’s Nabucco at the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre. Nesterenko has been a Bolshoi soloist since 1971, starring in both the Russian and foreign classical repertoire. His best known parts are Boris Godunov, Konchak, Kocubei, Ruslan, Mephistopheles, Kutuzov, and Ivan Susanin.

11 May 2008


Festival of Russian films to kick off in St Petersburg

The biggest festival of Russian films in Russia is due to kick off in St Petersburg later today. Audiences shall enjoy over 90 films of various genres, ranging from traditional stylistics to avant-garde. The festival is timed for the centenary of the Russian film-making industry.

12 May 2008


One-picture exhibition opens in Moscow

Antea (Parmigianino (Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola), 1534)

An exhibition of just one canvas, Antea, by the 16th century Italian painter Parmigianino (Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, 1503-40) kicked off at the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum in Moscow. The Capodimonte Museum in Naples offered for display the world-famous portrait of a woman of dazzling beauty. The private view took place in the framework of a popular art festival that has the poetic name Bosco di Ciliegi, or Sweet Cherry Forest. During the festival, visitors to the Pushkin Museum are traditionally treated to sweet cherries. A classical music concert shall be given in one of the Museum’s halls.

12 May 2008


Declan Donnellan brought the play Boris Godunov to theatre fans in London

Declan Donellan (1953- ), leading British theatre producer

Top British director Declan Donnellan brought the well-known and popular play Boris Godunov to theatre fans in London, giving the 16th century Russian tsar a contemporary relevance. Since its première at the Chekhov International Theatre Festival in 2000, Mr Donnellan’s Boris Godunov has been a regular feature of Moscow cultural life. Speaking ahead of the London premiere, Mr Donellan said the play’s success in Russia was one of the best things that ever happened to him. The play, which is part of the repertoire of the Declan Donellan Cheek by Jowl Company, features leading Russian actors and shall run at London’s Barbican centre until Saturday.

13 May 2008


Slavic art festival opens in southern Russia

Monument to Ss Cyril and Methodius in Moscow on Slavyanskaya Square

A scientific conference, a song and dance festival, exhibitions, and roundtables shall be held in the southern Volgograd oblast today as part of a festival of the Slavic written language and culture dedicated to the founders of the Slavonic (Cyrillic) alphabet, Ss Cyril and Methodius. The day of Slavic language and culture shall be held on 24 May.

13 May 2008


Rudolf Nureyev International Classical Ballet Festival opens in Russia

The renowned Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev (1938-93)

The 21st Rudolf Nureyev International Classical Ballet Festival shall open in Kazan in Russia. This year, it is dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the birth of this renowned Russian ballet dancer. Famous ballets will be shown at the festival in Kazan, and ballet stars from Russia, Britain, Austria, France, Germany, the Ukraine, and many other countries shall take part. Nureyev was called the “lord of dance”, creating his own unique sand distinctive style. In 1961 he refused to return to the USSR after a guest performance in Paris, where he died in 1993.

13 May 2008


Festival of Russian children’s books in Stockholm

Sergei Mikhalkov (1913- ), famous children’s writer and lyricist

A festival of Russian children’s books involving famous children’s writer Sergei Mikhalkov and artist, producer, and scriptwriter of animated cartoons Sergei Alimov shall be held in the Stockholm on 14-15 May. Anatoly Kargapolov, the press-attaché of the Russian embassy in Stockholm released this to the media. A meeting with Sergei Mikhalkov shall be held in the Stockholm international library on 15 May. As a part of the festival’s programme, the Russian Council on Children’s Books shall give some 100 children’s books by Russian authors as a gift to the library. Mr Mikhalkov composed the lyrics to the Russian national anthem, both in Stalin’s time and for President Putin. He is most famous for his poetry cycle portraying “Uncle Styopa”, a giant, and is the father of the famous director Nikkita Mikhalkov.

14 May 2008


Cannes Film Festival kicks off in France

The 61st Cannes Film Festival kicks off in France later today, and first on the programme is the screening of the mythical thriller Blindness by the Brazilian film-maker Fernando Meirelles. This year, 22 films will contend for the festival’s main prize, the Palme d’Or, including Palermo Shooting by Wim Wenders, Changeling by Clint Eastwood, and Che, Steven Soderbergh’s four-hour film about Ernesto “Che” Guevara. Russia is not on the contest programme, but, two Russian films are due to be screened, outside of the competition, namely, Tulip by Sergei Dvortsevoy, and the psychological drama All Will Die But I’ll Survive by Valeria Gai Germanika. It is a first this year that a Russian pavilion opened at the Festival’s International Village for the film-makers Aleksei German Sr. and Sergei Bodrov to give master classes.

14 May 2008


Russian cinema industry to hold its second annual film show in cities across Brazil

This coming September, the Russian cinema industry shall hold its second annual film show in cities across Brazil. The retro section includes The Cranes Are Flying by Mikhail Kalatozov, War and Peace by Sergei Bondarchuk, and Andrei Rublyov by Andrei Tarkovsky. Packed audiences are expected for the screenings.


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