Russia and other countries are celebrating the 120th birthday anniversary of Vladimir Mayakovsky, one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. “There is huge poetical electricity in his verses. It’s a different story, how he switched on this electricity…” one of his contemporary wrote about the poet.
The legendary St.Pete’s Mariinsky Theater for opera and ballet is launching its traditional 21st The Stars of the White Nights Festival that will run from May 25 to July 28.
A festival of Slav culture in Russia to be held on May 24th will feature a total of 200 events which will take place in 70 regions all over the country. The Festival of Slav Culture honors brothers Cyril and Methodius, the founders of the Slavonic alphabet and Christian missionaries, who are venerated as saints with the title “equal-to-apostles”. As before, Moscow will be the focus of the celebrations. The Voice of Russia’s Yelena Andrusenko reports.
A large number of cutting-edge urban planning projects is presented at the Arch-Moskva International Exhibition, which is currently under way in Moscow. Known as the biggest architecture gathering in the city, Arch-Moskva has brought together architects from ten countries, including Austria, Belgium, the UK, Latvia, and Belarus. A separate project called “Next” is taking center-stage at the show.
The "Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes" exhibition opens at the National Gallery of Art in Washington on May 12 to run through September 2 and become a truly landmark event of the season, critics say. The show presents probably the most unique and outstanding cultural project of the 20th century. Diaghilev’s "Ballets Russes" was more than just a successful project but a cultural phenomenon which influenced the art globally.
This year the Venice Biennale, which is the most prestigious modern art festival, will mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Pavilion.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet from the US has brought to Moscow three one-act ballets by famous modern choreographers. This is the first time this company comes to Russia. The first night on Tuesday was a huge success. On Wednesday the company is to give one more performance.
The music world is mourning the death of the legendary American pianist Van Cliburn. In an interview with the “Voice of Russia” his colleagues remember him as a phenomenon in the world of art and also as a very kind person.
From February 27 till March 4, the Russian city of Suzdal, which is known for its historical monuments, is hosting a festival of animated cartoons. Last year, the participants of similar festival in Suzdal marked 100 years since the appearance of the first animated cartoon and compiled a list of the top 100 animated cartoons ever made in the world. Now, the art of animated cartoons is entering the second century of its existence with new ideas and hopes.
The outgoing year, declared the Year of History in Rusia, marked the 200th anniversary of Russia’s victory over Napoleon’s troops in the Patriotic War of 1812. Many monuments in both culture and art are dedicated to this event.
Charlie Chaplin in films and photographs from family archives is the subject of the first exhibition of its kind in the world. It is displayed at the Moscow Multimedia Art Museum between the 30 of November and 17 of February.
The presentation of the Russkaya Premiya Award - a literary contest that supports Russian-speaking writers and poets living abroad – will take place at the International Book Fair in the Austrian capital Vienna on November 23rd . The presentation of the book of the laureate of the Russkaya Premiya Award 2011 Darya Vilke will also take place there.
One of the world’s major choreographers - John Neumeier- has become the central figure of the St. Petersburg Festival of Arts “Diaghilev P.S.” (November 5th to December 12th).
On October 24 and 25, the famous Sotheby’s, one of the world’s largest auctioneer corporations, will hold auctions in London and New York. However, before the auctions, Sotheby’s is showing what it will sell there at an exhibition in Moscow.
The international film market “Red Square Screenings” that was held in Moscow from October 15th to 20th and that faced the task of promoting Russian films abroad has summed up the first results. 120 specialists from many countries arrived in Moscow.
The Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow presents a display of photos of Pacific littoral countries taken by Russian photographers. The exhibition runs from the 10th of October to the 4th of November.
A Russian conductor, Vasily Petrenko, has received a prestigious British award: St. Petersburg-born 36-year-old Petrenko has become the Classic Brit Award Best Male Artist of 2012.
Nearly 50 masterpieces by the great French sculptor Auguste Rodin are on display at the Tsaritsyno Museum Estate in Moscow. The sculptures adorn the spectacular interior of the Catherine the Great Palace and line the open area in front of the palace. The exhibition will be open from September 19 to November 4.
The museum of the 1812 Russian-French War, which was recently built in Moscow, is preparing to open in September, when the main festivities devoted to 200 years since Russia’s victory in that war will take place.