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30.12.2012 - On Geoff Dyer's Zona: trying to understand the magic of Andrey Tarkovsky's film

It was a genuine pleasure to read your Zona. Indeed, The Stalker disturbs, as do Christian truths. It may come as a shock therapy in that it makes people think of Life Questions. The reflection can produce different outcomes, none of them absolute or comprehensive. Since you invite comments, I dare share with you some ideas that hopefully will address some of the loose ends of your narrative. Your essay is primarily about the impression Andrei Tarkovsky’s film makes. So, I’ll try to keep to that ground which allows maximum freedom. I will not distinguish between what is subjective or objective, conscious or subconscious or just formative in respect of the film and its director’s design.


22.11.2012 - Special Envoy of the President of the Russian Federation for international culture cooperation, Ambassador-at-Large Mikhail Shvydkoy visits London

On 19-21 November 2012 Special Envoy of the President of the Russian Federation for international culture cooperation, Ambassador-at-Large Mikhail Shvydkoy visited London. He met with UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries Ed Vaizey, Director of Eastern Europe and Central Asia Directorate Colin Roberts, Chair of the British Council Sir Vernon Ellis, Special Representrative of the Prime Minister for the Great War Centenary Commemorations Dr Andrew Murrison MP, representatives of prominent British museums and members of the Russian community in the UK. Issues of bilateral cultural cooperation were discussed at the meetings.


24.10.2012 - The "Golden Age" of the English Court: From Henry VIII to Charles I

The Moscow Kremlin Museums host a specially selected exhibition, dedicated the "Golden Age" of Tudor and Early Stuart court, in its two exhibition halls - the Assumption Belfry and One-Pillar Chamber of the Patriarch's Palace. The project, covering the period from the young Henry VIII’s accession to the throne to the execution of Charles I in 1649, explores the emergence of the royal court as an unparalleled center of power, ceremony, patronage and culture under the Early Tudors and emphasizes the significance of their personal tastes in introducing Italianate Renaissance culture to England. The exposition incorporates the most distinguished items from the British national collections of paintings and drawings, portrait miniature, jewellery, precious tableware, arms and armour, textiles, rare books and prints. The delicate works of Italian Renaissance art and Baroque masterpieces give an insight into various aspects of the English court culture of the epoch.


23.10.2012 - 6th Russian Film Festival in UK (2-11 November 2012)

The Russian Film Festival is returning to London on the 2nd November for its 6th year! The festival will present the UK premieres of the most illustrious Russian films of the past year – works by established film directors as well the new generation of Russian filmmakers.


12.10.2012 - Unique Russian-Scottish cultural project presented in Edinburgh

On October 11, 2012 Russian artist Ms Maria Rud and famous British musicians Dame Evelyn Glennie, Mr Philip Sheppard and the ‘Canty’ Medieval music group presented the unique Russian-British art project ‘The AniMotion Show’ in Edinburgh. The show that combined art and music attracted significant audience including Scotland’s leading culture figures. The event was also attended by Adviser to the President of Russia on Culture Mr Vladimir Tolstoy and Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs of the Scottish Government Mrs Fiona Hyslop. The venue for the performance was the National Museum of Scotland which hosts currently Russian-themed exhibition ‘Catherine the Great: An Enlightened Empress’ developed jointly with St Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum.


19.09.2012 - Russia's first conservatory marks 150th birthday

It all began on a fairly modest scale with ordinary music classes under the Russian Imperial Music Society. Later the classes were transformed into a school. Finally, Emperor Alexander II decreed that the school be renamed conservatory. But perhaps it’s not the Emperor but the outstanding pianist, composer, conductor, music professor and the conservatory’s first director Anton Rubinstein, whom Russian musicians have to thank more for it. The St. Petersburg Conservatory was his brainchild that spawned a whole galaxy of brilliant musicians, composers, opera singers and conductors, among them Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitry Shostakovich, Yuri Temirkanov, Valery Gergiev and Yelena Obraztsova, to name but a few.


29.08.2012 - Russian Wave festival to take place in London

Breaking on the banks of the Thames for on one day only, Russian Wave is a celebration of contemporary Russian culture. This 12-hour programme will immerse you in the turbulent world of contemporary Russian culture, revealing how a nation renowned for its heritage can still rock the boat with revolutionary innovation. Russian Wave will be awash with cinema, literature, theatre, art, music and animation, and will be giving you a chance to try the finest Russian cuisine. Come and meet people on the same wavelength in a vibrant atmosphere, and explore the depths of Russian culture now. Get caught up in the current!


25.08.2012 - Technology sheds new light on art

Researchers at the University of Windsor are marrying modern science with ancient art to reveal new truths about old paintings.


14.08.2012 - Olympic commemorative coins and medals from the private collection of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom

Commemorative medal dedicated to the Olympic Games 2012 in London issued by the Olympic Committee of Russia. On the eve of the Sochi Olympics Russian Central Bank has decided to start the coinage program, called "Sochi 2014", thus continuing the long tradition of production of coins dedicated to the Olympic Games.


14.08.2012 - Commemorative medal, released by the Russian National Olympic Committee to mark the London 2012 Olympic Games

 


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