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Various events this week

27th September 2020

Dear All,

Reminders for 3 events taking place this week:

1- Pushkin Club Zoom Event: Pushkin on People Confronting Statues – and vice-versa.  Tuesday, 29 September at 6pm

2-SCRSS talk: The Society’s President Professor Bill Bowring will give a talk on Russia and the European Convention on Human Rights on Wed 30 Sep, starting at 7pm.

 

3– London Translators’ Group talk – Natasha Dissanayake: “What were the Russian Experiences in London? 16th Century onwards”  Thursday October 1 at 19:00.  

 

And

4-Bibs Ekkel & Adrian Zolotuhin The Balalaika & and other tall stories. Livestream from Sands Films Music Room Thursday 1 Oct 2020 at 19:45

 

1-Pushkin Club Zoom Event: Pushkin on People Confronting Statues – and vice-versa.  Tuesday, 29 September at 6pm

Illustrated talk, musical interlude, theatrical-style readings in English and Russian.  Please see the Pushkin House link below for more information:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/zoom-event-pushkin-on-people-confronting-statues-and-vice-versa-tickets-120237139521

 

2-SCRSS talk: The Society’s President Professor Bill Bowring will give a talk on Russia and the European Convention on Human Rights on Wed 30 Sep, starting at 7pm.


This year marks the 70th anniversary of the ECHR. Russia has been a member of the Council of Europe for 25 years, and of the ECHR for 22 years. Professor Bowring discusses how this has been possible, and whether the close and mostly positive relationship between Russia and the Council of Europe and ECHR is about to end.

The event will be hosted using the Zoom online conferencing app. To ease administration, we are using the Eventbrite app to take bookings. The event is free, but there is a donation option when registering. Here is the link to the event: Prof Bill Bowring on Russia & the ECHR . Please sign up for the event yourself and spread the word amongst friends and colleagues. Do please report any issues or questions – this will help improve the creation of future events. When you sign up via Eventbrite (click on the green “Register” box), you should receive an initial confirmation from Eventbrite, and then further reminders two days, two hours and ten minutes before the event starts. This is all very new to me, the Hon. Secretary, so your feedback will be invaluable! We hope this will be the first of a series of online talks.

 

3-Natasha Dissanayake: “What were the Russian Experiences in London? 16th Century onwards”  Thursday October 1 at 19:00.  The talk will take place via Zoom. It will be in English and costs £3.

This is a London Translators’ Group talk. 


Natasha Dissanayake has spent some 20 years researching for her book on this subject.  There are some 20 different sections in her book covering major aspects of the Russian presence in London from the 16th century to the present day, and featuring a wide range of Russian characters: members of the Imperial family, aristocrats and Bolsheviks, diplomats and churchmen, musicians, painters and people of the theatre, writers and scientists, soldiers, sportsmen and even spies. Fortune favoured some Russians, while others met sterner destinies. For some, London was a temporary home, others lived here until the end of their lives. However, almost none of the Russians escaped the problems of adapting to the way of life in the new country, to its traditions and language. All the above is presented not as an academic study, but as a collection of stories based on research, interviews, observations, published and unpublished memoirs and wider literature.


A Muscovite born and bred, Natasha Dissanayake taught Russian language and literature at a high school in Moscow. She then worked as an editor at the Progress Publishing House. She came to live in England in 1972 and taught Russian in schools and colleges. Then Natasha did the Blue Badge Guide course and also interpreted for the Bolshoi, Mariinsky and other companies on their tours of Britain. Natasha has written for ballet magazines, London Courier, RUTAGE and other publications. From 1990 to 1998 she travelled almost non-stop to Russia, Kazakhstan and other countries interpreting for petroleum companies. Working as a Blue Badge Guide, Natasha started researching about Russians living in London, which resulted in her massive book which was published in Russian in 2017.

To book, please contact Alla Potapova on a.potapova@hotmail.com who will arrange for the Zoom link to be sent to you.

 

(Received from a member)

4-Bibs Ekkel & Adrian Zolotuhin – The Balalaika & and other tall stories

 Virtuoso fret-bothering duo Bibs Ekkel and Adrian Zolotuhin present Folk & Gypsy music from Russia and eastern Europe featuring some of the instruments from their vast collections.

 Bibs Ekkel, prima balalaika soloist, is one of few masters of the instrument outside Russia. His style elevates the balalaika to the stature of concert instrument while retaining close ties with the instrument’s folk heritage. He has entertained Royalty as well as ordinary folk with his extensive repertoire in settings ranging from cabaret to symphony hall. He has toured regularly with his song and dance company, “Tziganka” and folk group “Russian Tornado” and performed as soloist throughout the world – with concert and TV appearances in Russia, Poland, China, Britain, the US and Canada. Movie soundtracks include Enemy at the GatesEastern PromisesEnglishman AbroadThe Man who Knew too Little.

Strummer of guitar and a plethora of fretted instruments, Adrian Zolotuhin started performing professionally aged fifteen with Russian folk ensemble Kabak and alt-rock band Honeycomb Veil. Over the years he’s played rock, pop, jazz, world music and orchestral styles, and has performed at venues from The Marquee club to the Royal Opera House. He tours regularly with Budapest Café Orchestra, instrumental ensemble Sultan’s Picnic and funky pop band Twisted Karaoke. He is a regular collaborator with composer Howard Moody and his orchestra La Folia, and appears on the soundtracks of films & TV dramas including The Silver Skates, The Lost Prince, Our Kind of Traitor and Kursk.

Livestream from Sands Films Music Room

Thu 1 Oct 2020 at 19:45

It’s free to watch but donations are strongly encouraged (the venue is very kindly paying the group, so it helps them recoup their costs).

You can watch on these platforms:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sandsfilmsmusicroom/events/?ref=page_internal

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bibs-ekkel-adrian-zolotuhin-tickets-119902033209

Sands Website: https://www.sandsfilms.co.uk/sands-films-music-room.html

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/455492611

Best wishes

Ute

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