Voices from Russia

Monday, 21 July 2008

21 July 2008. A Shot of Culture, if you please…

Griboyedov Festival in Smolensk Oblast

Aleksandr Griboyedov (1795-1829), Russian diplomat and playwright

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An all-Russian Griboyedov Festival will be held in the Khemelita museum-reserve in Smolensk Oblast on Saturday. Among its participants shall be poets, writers, scholars, actors, and admirers of the Great Russian writer and diplomat, Aleksandr Griboyedov, the author of the comedy Woe from Wit. Khemelita is the estate of Griboyedovs. It was built by the grandfather of the playwright, Fyodor Griboyedov in the 18th century.

19 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29895&cid=51&p=19.07.2008

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“Baltic Seasons” Festival in Kaliningrad

Königsberger Dom


The Russian Academic Symphony Orchestra of St Petersburg, directed by Maestro Yuri Temirkanov, performed in the city of Kaliningrad on Saturday to mark the beginning of the 5th “Baltic Seasons” Festival. The company will give a few more concerts as a part of the festival. The audience will listen to music of Chaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Khachaturyan. The Baltic Seasons Festival in Kaliningrad, which traditionally brings together leading theatre and musical groups from all over Russia, will last until November.

20 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29901&cid=51&p=20.07.2008

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Renowned Russian film director turns 70

Aleksei German (1938- ), honoured film director


The renowned Russian film director Aleksei German is celebrating his 70th birthday. Each of his films was a major cultural and social event. In Soviet times, German’s films Checkpoint and My Friend Ivan Lapshin were banned as ideologically harmful. At present, he is working on the adaptation of the Strugatskis’ novel It’s Hard to Be a God. The son of a popular Soviet-era writer, German pursues themes explored by his father.

20 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29915&cid=51&p=20.07.2008

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Moscow Circus in Japan

This “look” translated from “Tiger”: “Hello, Food!”


The Moscow Circus presented a performance of 17 Amur tigers and tightrope-walking bears in Tokyo as a part of the Festival of Russian Culture, which was a joint project of the Russian and Japanese governments. It brought together prominent Russian actors and performers of different genres.

21 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29926&cid=87&p=21.07.2008

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Chinese and Russian filmmakers to cooperate on film

Town scene in Yunnan

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The local officials of the Chinese city of Xishuangbanna in south-western Yunnan province want to remake the film A Path Through the Jungle, produced by Chinese and Soviet film makers in 1959. Currently, they are negotiating the terms of a contract with Russia. The new film will narrate the history of the Chinese region, located on the Laos-Burma border.

21 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29926&cid=87&p=21.07.2008

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Ronnie Wood leaves Russian fiancée to return to wife

Ronnie Wood (1947- ), rock guitarist, member of the Rolling Stones

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Ronnie Wood, 61, guitarist of the legendary Rolling Stones rock band, hopes to reconcile with his spouse after a love affair with 19-year-old Russian Katia Ivanova. Currently, Wood is again seeking help for his battle with alcoholism in a rehabilitation centre.

21 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29926&cid=87&p=21.07.2008

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Moscow to host Eurovision-2009

Moscow won the right to host the next Eurovision Song Contest in 2009. According to Prime Minister Putin, this was possible after the city radically improved its infrastructure and Russian singer Dima Bilan won the top prize at Eurovision-2008 in Belgrade. An expected 25,000 spectators will watch performers from 43 nations compete in the main arena of the Olympic Stadium in the Russian capital. The international television audience may amount to 100 million. The figures are from Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Zhukov.

21 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29958&cid=51&p=21.07.2008

Voice of Russia World Service

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Russian Golden Ring town opens Cucumber Festival

The eighth international Cucumber Festival opened on Saturday in Suzdal, one of the historical Golden Ring towns to the northeast of Moscow. Guests at the festival will be offered a variety of cucumber dishes, and even cucumber jam. The event includes competitions for the best cucumber meal and the best cucumber-style costume. A Scandinavian folk group from Finland will perform on behalf of a similar vegetable-themed event, the Kerava Garlic Festival traditionally held in August. The Finish town near Helsinki has been hosting garlic parties for 20 years. Swedish and Danish visitors, as well as folk groups from throughout Russia are also taking part in the Suzdal festival. The author of Suzdal’s first chronicle described the town, founded 984 years ago, as the most favourable place for planting cucumbers, which were first brought to Russia from India in the 13th century.

19 July 2008

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20080719/114420453.html

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Moscow to host next year’s Eurovision song contest

Luzhniki Olympic Stadium, the venue for the next Eurovision Song Competition in 2009

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Moscow has been chosen ahead of other Russian cities bidding to host the 2009 Eurovision song context, Prime Minister Putin said on Monday. Mr Putin made the announcement at a meeting of the Russian inner Cabinet. Several Russian cities applied to host the event after Dima Bilan won this year’s contest in Belgrade. Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Zhukov said the strongest rival bid came from St Petersburg. Mr Zhukov, charged with overseeing preparations for the event, said Moscow’s Olimpisky sports complex would be the likely venue. Contestants representing 43 countries will take part in the contest. Its final is scheduled for Saturday, 16 May next year. Dima Bilan won the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest on 24 May, beating 24 contestants to claim his country’s first win in the event with his heartfelt ballad I Believe. Bilan received 272 points from telephone voters for his stage show that also featured Hungarian violinist Edvin Marton and famous Russian Olympic figure skating champion Yevgeny Plyushchenko.

21 July 2008

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Monument to spaghetti to go up in Russia

A monument to spaghetti is to be unveiled in a village near Borovsk, a city south-west of Moscow, the project organiser said on Monday. The three-meter (9.8 feet) metallic sculpture portrays two pieces of pasta, one shaped like a smile, the other coloured red. A man and a woman sit on the edge of the “smile” eating pasta. The monument, designed by Ukrainian sculptors, will be unveiled on Saturday. Yevgeny Yegorov, the organiser of the project and also a keen spaghetti eater, said the Italian dish symbolises worldwide unity. The ceremony dedicated to the opening of the monument coincides with the start of a local food festival, “The world of spaghetti”. During the festival, a total of 15,000 visitors will be able to try different kinds of spaghetti.

21 July 2008

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20080721/114528168.html

RIA-Novosti

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