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Scotland Russia Forum

27th December 2005

Dear All
Received from Scotland Russia Forum

Best wishes

The SRF committee would like to wish all members and associates a Happy New Year / S Novym Godom!

A wide variety of talks are on offer in the new year – religion, linguistic history, history of ideas, and art – and an equally wide range of collaborating organisations. NB this means venues and times are also variable so please check details carefully. As usual the entrance to all talks is £2 SRF members, £4 non-members (inc. email only subscribers) and includes light refreshments and the chance to meet speakers and each other informally.

Thursday 26 January

Xenia Dennen – “Religious Life in Russia Today: Keston Institute's ground-breaking new survey”

A joint Scotland-Russia Forum / University of Edinburgh Divinity School event.

Xenia Dennen is Chairman of the Keston Institute. During the Soviet period Keston College, as it was then known, studied the religious situation in Russia, and as a result were able to establish a world-renowned archive of information some of which was published in their journal Religion in Communist Lands. Xenia Dennen was the Editor of this Journal.

In the early 1990s she brought back to Keston Institute from Moscow reports on religion in Russia from which grew a major project – an encyclopaedia about all religions in contemporary Russia. Keston's Russian research team have carried out thousands of interviews, in addition to studying published sources, press articles and secular and confessional reports, and have travelled to every corner of the Russian Federation.
Xenia will talk about expeditions into the Russian provinces with the Keston research team – which she describes as some of the most interesting experiences of her life.

7.30pm, The Martin Hall, New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LX

Feb-April: dates for your diary. Full details of these events to follow (and in members' newsletter – out shortly)

Wednesday 22 February

Prof. Ian Press – “For Ever Russian: History in Russian, Russian in History”

Thursday 16 March

Lesley Chamberlain – “Lenin and the Exile of the Philosophers”

Thursday 27 April

Averil King – “The Russian Landscape Painter Isaak Levitan”


SHARMANKA + DEREVO IN EDINBURGH AND ON TOUR (Reminder) – NB Derevo performances 28-30 Dec ONLY

Exhibition – "Movement and Shadows – The Magic of Sharmanka Theatre"

at the Royal Museum, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

2 December 2005 – 15 January 2006

Kinetic sculptures: Self Portrait, Crusader, Time of Rats, Titanic, Rag-n-Bone Man, Master and Margarita, Orient Express, Noah's Ark

Performances every 30 min from 10.15 am to 4.15 pm

Tickets £4/conc. £3/children 5+ £2


New sculpture " Tree of Life" will be exhibited in the main hall and work every hour.



at the Main Hall of the Royal Museum

28-30 December 2005

at 2.30 pm

DEREVO Theatre + "Tree of Life" + "The Millennium Clock".

The project is funded by Eduard Bersudsky’s Creative Scotland Award.


SHARMANKA Kinetic Circus on tour

An Lanntair, Stornoway, 9 December 2005 – 28 January 2006

Callendar House, Falkirk, February – May 2006

Swanson Gallery,Thurso – 2 June – 2 July ,

Museum and Art Gallery, Inverness -14 July – 6 August

The Iona Gallery, Kingussie, 18 August – 11 September

The exhibition will feature set of middle-size kinetic sculptures built by Eduard Bersudsky in 2003-2005.

Supported by the Scottish Arts Council National Lottery grant

We still have to raise 25% of funds for this exhibition – please let us know about any potential businesses or fund who can support it!


New version of Sharmanka video on DVD which include kinemats built in the last few years will be available from 1 December 2005.


Due to the major redevelopment of North Block King Street Building SHARMANKA temporary moves to the South Block of the same building (facing King Street parking)

Our new address from 1 April 2006 – 1st floor 64 Osborne Street, Glasgow G1 5QH

Tatyana Jakovskaya

Friends of Sharmanka

109 Trongate

Glasgow G1 5HD

Scotland, UK





1) A group of Perm schoolchildren visited Edinburgh and Muir of Ord recently – on the trail of 19C Scots geologist Roderick Murchison, the discoverer of the Permian Period. SRF committee member Neville Long was tour guide and interpreter on their journey north, and the whole trip was enthusiastically and energetically organized by Perm’s ambassador in Scotland, Ewan McVicar, and the Edinburgh based British Geological Survey.

Some of you may have spotted the BBC Scotland report. Newspaper report in the Scotsman:


2) 5000 Russians in Edinburgh!?!? This was the (more than) somewhat exaggerated claim in the Daily Mail and other papers reporting the brilliant party (no exaggeration there) run by Russian Edinburgh for the children and families associated with their Saturday school. None of the papers went to the party so it is left to us to report on wonderful singing and dancing from the children, excellent traditional Ded Moroz, and spine chilling appearance of Baba Yaga… I've been very good ever since.



+ Daily Mail 17 Dec, p15

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