Istanbul is hosting the first Russian Culture Festival starting today until April 21.
The festival is opened with an unforgettable show by the world-renowned Russian folk dances group, Igor Moiseyev State Academic Ensemble. A group of 85 artists took stage and presented Russian folklore.
The festival is organized under the leadership of the Turkish-Russian Cultural Foundation and with the support of Turkish and Russian Culture Ministries.
The festival will feature Russian dances, cinema, symposiums, theater, literature show, Russian handicrafts fairs and opera days that aims to promote Russian culture and arts in Turkey.
In a photography exhibition that will open at the Beyoğlu Municipality Art Gallery, photos relating to diplomatic relations with Turkey and Russia will be on display and the support of the Soviet Union during the foundation of Turkish Republic will be highlighted. The photos will be provided by the Ankara Embassy of the Russian Federation.
The theatrical fashion show titled “Dostoyevski and His Heroes” will be organized by the St. Petersburg Dostoyevski Museum on Taksim’s İmam Adnan Street. A cast of 35 artists will take on the roles of the novel’s 24 characters of Dostoyevski in the show. The show will be open to the public.
During the Russian Cinema Days, five films will be shown and viewers will get the chance to meet three directors. Vladimir Menşov, Karen Şahnazarov and Govoruhin will be in Istanbul for the event and on hand to answer questions. There will also be a Russian cinema poster exhibition at the same venue.
Other events that will take place at Taksim İmam Adnan Sokak include a Russian folk music instruments concert as well as a Russian handicrafts fair. The street will be completely closed and decorated with Russian motifs. Russian artists will be in the city for the event.
The 7th international symposium on Culture and Arts Universities in the Field of World Education will be held as part of the event on April 16 and 17 at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts Faculty. An Istanbul trip will be organized for the participants of the symposium, which is set to welcome 120 academics.The festival will conclude with a Russian and Turkish concert by Turkish opera artist Hakan Aysev, award-winning Russian young star Evgeniya Dushina, Asude Karayavuz, who has represented Turkey in many events abroad, and the successful artist of the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory Opera Theater, Nikolay Efremov. The concert will be accompanied by Cemal Reşit Rey (CRR) Symphonic Orchestra under the baton of Rengim Gökmen.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News