SLOVO Russian Literature Festival 2016

15 – 24 April 2016
London, Waterstones Piccadilly
SLOVO returns to London for the 7th year running. SLOVO is an open-minded, independent festival of contemporary Russian literature and thinking. The theme of this year’s festival is Memories of the Future – Воспоминания о будущем. We invite you to join our array of inspirational speakers to discuss Russia today and its future. See SLOVO programme >>


PRESS RELEASE 5th SLOVO RUSSIAN LITERATURE FESTIVAL OPENS IN LONDON ON 8 MARCH 2014 From Pushkin to Pelevin, Dostoevsky to Shishkin, Tolstoy to Bykov - literature has always been Russia’s calling card. And writers have been its most important ambassadors! Their stories, their insights into human nature, their philosophical musings and debates continue to engage and inspire readers all over the world. And when speaking about the relationship between Britain and Russia, it is certainly the literary links that have been the strongest ties between the two countries. It is therefore no surprise then that the only festival of Russian literature outside Russia was established in London! This year, the SLOVO Russian Literature Festival is returning to London for the 5th time! Russia's most celebrated writers will be in attendance, presenting their new books, meeting with readers, debating with UK authors and specialists, and discussing new projects with publishers and translators. SLOVO – a chance for Russian writers to bring their work to the UK and an opportunity for UK audiences to meet with the key players in Russian intellectual life. This year's SLOVO will run from the 8-23 March, featuring 16 Russian authors at 20 events over the course for 16 days at 6 prestigious and celebrated venues around London. IN SEARCH OF LOST REALITY  In Search of Lost Reality. The theme of this year's Festival is open to interpretation; our writers will talk not only about their works but about how they capture today's rapidly changing reality and the transience of our experiences and emotions. The Festival opens on 8 March with a talk by Mikhail Shishkin – Of Living Noses and Dead Souls. One of the most celebrated contemporary Russian writers will reflect on the great and eternal themes which are still relevant in today's Russia. He will be followed by “Night Snipers” rock musician Diana Arbenina, who will present Sprinter – a new collection of poems published to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her performances. Famous and internationally award-winning writers, Zakhar Prilepin, Alexander Terekhov, Sergei Shargunov, and Olga Sedakova will be joining us for this year's SLOVO Festival which will also feature exclusive films based on the works Ilf and Petrov, Pelevin, and Bulgakov. ROSSICA TRANSLATION PRIZE March 20 sees the long-awaited announcement of the prestigious Rossica Prize. Established in 2005, it is the world's only prize for the translation of Russian literature into English. The prize is awarded by Academia Rossica with the support of the Russky Mir foundation. The Rossica Young Translators' Award – an annual competition for young translators – will also be announced. The Awards Ceremony will be preceded by a talk from Rossica Prize judge and translator, Oliver Ready – Cat and Mouse with Dostoevsky. The Translator as Detective. He will discuss the challenges of translation, especially in his recent work with Crime and Punishment and the ambiguous, flowing nature of the conversations between the Investigator, Porfiry Petrovich, and his suspect, Rodion Raskolnikov. TALES OF RUSSIAN LONDON Russian Londoners! Grab your pens! For the first time in SLOVO history, we will be holding a competition! Russian Londoners are invited to write on the theme of The Moment I Loved/Hated/Knew London. Organised by Academia Rossica and, the best stories will be published as a collection – Tales of Russian London. __________________________ The full programme of the SLOVO Festival can be found at: The SLOVO Festival will be in London between 8 and 23 March 2014 as part of the 2014 UK-Russia Year of Culture, with the support of the Russky Mir Foundation. Organiser: ACADEMIA ROSSICA is an independent arts organisation set up in London in 2000 to promote cultural and intellectual ties between Russia and Britain.We represent Russian artists, filmmakers, writers and publishers. Academia Rossica projects are supported by the Russian Embassy, the Russian Ministry of Culture and our corporate partners. SLOVO Festival Partners: Waterstones Piccadilly, The London Library, King's Russia Institute, MacDougall's Arts, Erarta Galleries, The May Fair Hotel, Media Partners: Russia Beyond the Headlines, Angliya, Kommersant UK, British Style, Russian Mind, Voice of Russia __________________________ CONTACTS For enquiries regarding press accreditation, interviews and photo requests, please contact Academia Rossica: Academia Rossica
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Roman Liberov is a documentary filmmaker and animator. He trained at the BBC specializing in documentary filmmaking, where he then worked for six years. Ilfandpetrov forms part of a cycle of animated documentaries about Russian writers, including Yuri Olesha, Joseph Brodsky, Georgi Vladimov, and Sergei Dovlatov.

Rossica Young Translators Award

Shortlist Announced! Many thanks to everyone who entered the Rossica Young Translators Award this year, and to our judges for all their hard work in making the award possible. We are delighted to announce that the shortlist has now been decided! The winner will be announced on the 20th of March, alongside the Rossica Prize, as part of the SLOVO Russian Literature Festival – see here for more information! Running annually since 2009, the Rossica Young Translators Award aims to promote the art of literary translation from Russian into English. Alongside its older sibling, the Rossica Prize, which rewards the best of newly published translations of Russian literature, the Young Translators Award was set up to encourage the next generation of aspiring translators. Passionate and talented translators are essential for the future health of Russian literature and its impact on the English-speaking world, and the RYTA aims to reward the talent of young translators, while inspiring them with a taste of Russia's most exciting new literature. The award now has a global reach, and previous winners and shortlisted entrants have gone on to successful careers as professional translators and editors. Submissions are accepted from entrants up to the age of 24, and consist of a translation of a prose extract from works by Russia's foremost contemporary novelists. Entrants may choose between three extracts, each of around 2,500 words. The winning entry will be awarded a prize of £500. This year's jury includes Dr. Oliver Ready, Professor Donald Rayfield, and Dr. Jamie Rann. All judges work as professional translators and academics in the field of Russian literature. Their experience and expertise are essential to the success of the award, providing the necessary critical judgement for the selection of the winning submission, and also offers an exciting opportunity for young translators to come into contact with their role models. ROSSICA YOUNG TRANSLATORS AWARD 2014 – SHORTLIST Ian Fallon (University of St Andrews), Pepperstein Laura Thomas, (unaffiliated), Shargunov Walker Thompson, (Westminster School), Shargunov Katherine Wood, (unaffiliated), Sakhnovsky

Mikhail Shishkin - Classics and politics in contemporary Russian literature

5, 11, 19 and 25 March 2014
Safra Lecture Theatre, Kings College, Strand, London WC2R 2LS
King’s Russia Institute and Academia Rossica invite you to a series of 4 public lectures by Mikhail Shishkin, one of the most acclaimed authors in the contemporary Russian literary world.

Russky London New Year Launch

15 January 18.30
Erarta Gallery, London
Make sure not to miss the official launch of Russky London! Coming to the celebrated contemporary art gallery, Erarta, and accompanied by the music of some of London's most talented Russian musicians, the launch will see in the Old New Year in style!

Russky London Launch

15 January 18.30
Erarta Gallery, London
Make sure not to miss the official launch of Russky London! Coming to the celebrated contemporary art gallery, Erarta, and accompanied by the music of some of London's most talented Russian musicians, the launch will see in the Old New Year in style!

7th Russian Film Festival Closing Night

London Lion Award Ceremony
Sunday 17 November 2013
The May Fair Theatre, Stratton St, London W1J 8LT

English National Ballet: A Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev

Thu 25 July 2013 - Sat 27 July 2013
London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4ES
75 years after Nureyev's birth and 20 since his death, English National Ballet celebrates the legacy of this uniquely gifted dancer from his traditional classical beginnings through to his inspirational innovation.

Valery Katsuba Photography Exhibition

8 March – 20 June
ArtMost Foundation, 20 Charles St, London W1J 5DT
ArtMost Gallery announces its new exhibition "Velocius, altius, fortus" presenting work by contemporary Russian photographer Valery Katsuba.

Innovation Prize Winners Announced

The winners of this year’s Innovation Prize for Contemporary Visual Art have been announced! Congratulations to art collective PROVMYZA for winning this year’s coveted ‘Work of Visual Art’ Prize for their operatic production ‘Marevo’ (Mirage), an apocalyptic thriller which deals with the aftermath of a fatal car crash.

Oleg Kulik’s new exhibition: ‘Frames’

‘Frames’ is the latest exhibition from Oleg Kulik, one of Russia’s most internationally celebrated and controversial contemporary artists – now open at Moscow’s Regina Gallery.

Mikhail Shishkin announced as finalist for 2013 Best Translated Book Award

The finalists for the 2013 Best Translated Book Award have been announced, and we are excited to see that the list includes SLOVO guest Mikhail Shishkin’s brilliant novel Maidenhair, translated by Marian Schwartz! Congratulations!

Rossica Prize

The judges of the Rossica Translation Prize for 2014 faced an embarrassment of riches. The long-list was exceptionally strong this year, and included many new and gifted translators who will be shaping the reception of Russian literature in English for years to come. No less promisingly, it also included a large number of important works translated into English for the first time. All the long-listed translators and publishers are to be congratulated on what can truthfully be called an urozhainyi god, or ‘year of plenty’.

Vera Polozkova

Though still in her mid-20s, Vera Polozkova now holds a unique position in contemporary Russian literature as a leading representative of a new young generation.

Dmitry Bykov

Dmitry Bykov is one of the most prolific and influential writers in contemporary Russian literature, with works ranging from a hugely successful biography of Boris Pasternak to the literary sensation ZhD.

Academia Rossica Film Nights: Euphoria

Tuesday, 19 February, 9pm
Mari Vanna Restaurant
One of the most beautiful and poetic films of Russian New Wave cinema, Euphoria tells a story of unexpected, true, and ruthless love.

Submissions open for Rossica Young Translators Award 2013

Academia Rossica is pleased to announce that the Rossica Young Translators Award 2013 (RYTA) is now underway! Returning for the 5th year, this award, the younger sister of the prestigious Rossica Prize, is designed to inspire young people around the world who speak or are learning Russian to get involved with literary translation.

Many congratulations to Vladimir Sorokin!

Today it was announced that he is a finalist in of one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world - the Man Booker International Prize!

Young Translators Award 2012

Rossica Young Translators Award was established in 2009 to support young people who are passionate about the world of translation and to encourage literary translation amongst those who study and speak Russian. With the help of this award we would like to nurture a new generation of Russian to English translators, as well as encourage cultural dialogue. What is more, this award casts a spotlight on the newest developments in Russian literature by selecting extracts for translation from the latest releases by acclaimed contemporary authors.

Gennady Zubkov: Prismatic

21 November – 12 January 2013
Erarta Galleries


Director, Actress




We will show the newest series of this world-famous Russian cartoon that manages to encompass the best of Russian folklore and contemporary world animation. Great humour and witty stories will be enjoyed by children and adults alike >>>

RFF6 Programme

This year's Russian Film Festival will take place at the Apollo Cinema Piccadilly, along with screenings at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Aubin Cinema. For the first time, the festival will also encompass venues outside of London in partnership with the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh.

Russian films at the BFI London Film Festival

10-21 October 2012
We are pleased to announce that five Russian films have been selected to be screened at the 56th BFI London Film Festival, joining a host of other films from over 60 countries that make up this unique series of events.

Russian Wave Festival - films, books, art and food!

Sunday, 16 September 2012
Riverside Studios, London UK
Breaking on the banks of the Thames for one day only, Russian Wave is a celebration of contemporary Russian culture. Russian Wave will be awash with cinema, literature, theatre, art, music and animation, and much more!

Russian Theatre at Edinburgh International Festival

24 - 26 August 2012, 30 August - 1 September 2012
Don't miss Dmitry Krymov‘s Midsummer Night's Dream and the Mariinsky Ballet's legendary Cinderella at Edinburgh International Festival!

Decadence or Renaissance: Russian Literature since 1991

24 - 26 September 2012
St. Antony's College, Oxford University
Decadence or Renaissance? brings together scholars from across the world to assess and explore the last twenty years of Russian literature.

The Russian Art Show: Highlights from the Innovation Prize

25 July – 16 September 2012
22 Calvert Avenue, London, E2 7JP
Calvert 22 presents highlights from the Innovation Prize, the official state award for contemporary visual arts in Russia. Best described as the Turner prize of Russian art, this is the first time art from the Innovation Prize has been shown outside of Russia.

Wooden Churches: Travelling in the Russian North

Between 1902 and 1904 Ivan Bilibin travelled across Northern Russia drawing and photographing wooden architectural structures. A century later Richard Davies came across Bilibin’s photographs and decided to travel to Russia to find out which churches have survived.

Are you a contemporary Russian literature expert? Test yourself in our quiz!

Sadly SLOVO Russian Literature Festival has come to an end. So after all the events, just how well do you know contemporary Russian literature?!
Check out our Facebook page for a quiz.

KinoKlub - Gagarinland / Гагаринленд

Monday 9 April, 8.30pm
Winner of the Kinoglaz Best Documentary Award at ArtDoc Fest, Moscow, Vladimir Kozlov’s witty and poignant film examines the culture of Gagarin memorialisation in Russia. Behind the light-hearted tone there is a serious and subtle comment on the nature of nationalism in contemporary Russia.
‘...a charming, refreshing film that boldly, and plausibly, proclaims itself the world’s first comic, cosmic film.’

Swan Lake on Ice at the Royal Albert Hall

18 - 20 May - The Royal Albert Hall The Imperial Ice Stars, the international ice dance sensation, make a triumphant return to the Royal Albert Hall with a dynamic new staging of their award-winning masterpiece, Swan Lake on Ice, following their acclaimed performance of Cinderella on Ice in 2010.

Olga Slavnikova

Olga Slavnikova graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at Ekaterinburg State University in 1981 and began publishing fiction in the late 1980s during which time she was also fiction editor, then managing editor, of the literary magazine Ural. Slavnikova has lived and worked in Moscow since 2001.
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