Arbenina Unplugged

19 May, 8 pm
The Garage, 20 - 22 Highbury Crescent
Rock star and Night Sniper Diana Arbenina performs a unique new programme in London this Monday - come along for an unmissable evening of acoustic rock!

Press

PRESS RELEASE 5th SLOVO RUSSIAN LITERATURE FESTIVAL OPENS IN LONDON ON 8 MARCH 2014 www.academia-rossica.org 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 www.RusskyLondon.com, the best stories will be published as a collection – Tales of Russian London. __________________________ The full programme of the SLOVO Festival can be found at: www.academia-rossica.org 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. http://academia-rossica.org SLOVO Festival Partners: Waterstones Piccadilly, The London Library, King's Russia Institute, MacDougall's Arts, Erarta Galleries, The May Fair Hotel, www.RusskyLondon.com. 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: press@academia-rossica.org Academia Rossica
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Guests

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.

Rocking the USSR

10th December, 6.30pm
Waterstones, Piccadilly, London, UK
The story of the heroic time of Soviet rock - told by BBC cultural observer Alexander Kan

Russky London Nights at Waterstones

Rocking the USSR
10th December, 6.30pm
Waterstones, Piccadilly, London, UK
The story of the heroic time of Soviet rock - told by a BBC cultural observer Alexander Kan.

MIKHAIL SEGAL >>>

Director
SHORT STORIES >>>

RED ROCKS - Hit Music Festival in RUSSIA.PARK this Summer

28 July and 11 August 2012
Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PX
On the 28th of July and the 11th of August prominent Russian musicians and pop and rock groups will perform as a part of RED ROCKS FESTIVAL and Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad at Russia.Sochi.Park – a fantastic venue to present Russia and Sochi 2014 Winter Games during the London-2012.

I Am a Chechen!

By German Sadulaev
Translated by Anna Gunin
Harvill Secker; 2010; pp. 247
ISBN 978-1-846-55263-2
I Am a Chechen! offers a lyrical fusion of exotic legends, stories, and memories of Chechnya. Haunted by memories of the land he deserted, Sadulaev tells the stories of those who stayed behind. He brings to life his friends—now reduced to pieces of flesh—revisiting their first loves, their passion for rock music, their quests for martyrdom. I Am a Chechen! is an intensely personal journey through the carnage of the war, exploring the pain, the challenge, and above all the meaning of being a Chechen.

Mendeleev Rock: Two Short Stories from Debut

By Andrei Kuzechkin; Pavel Kostin
Translated by Andrew Bromfield
Glas; pp. 350
ISBN 978-5-7172-0092-9
The action in Mendeleev Rock takes place in a typical provincial town in Central Russia and presents a gallery of recognizable modern-day types: radically minded youths, ruthless thugs, drunken intellectual, Christian sectarians, the local elite and failed fortune seekers. The hero is yearning for faraway glamorous cities and tries to find his identity. In search of positive inspiration, he visits all sorts of weird places including a religious sect and a local criminal gang.

Zemfira

15 March 2012, HMV Forum
One of Russia’s most exciting musicians performs a rare, one-night only London concert.

Maslenitsa comes to London!

19 - 26 February 2012
Celebrate the arrival of spring Russian-style!

DDT – 'Otherwise' album tour

Thursday 22 March, Hammersmith Apollo
Legendary rock group DDT come to London as part of their world tour.

Mendeleev Rock: Two Short Stories from Debut

By Andrei Kuzechkin; Pavel Kostin
Translated by Andrew Bromfield
Glas; pp. 350
ISBN 978-5-7172-0092-9
The action in Mendeleev Rock takes place in a typical provincial town in Central Russia and presents a gallery of recognizable modern-day types: radically minded youths, ruthless thugs, drunken intellectual, Christian sectarians, the local elite and failed fortune seekers. The hero is yearning for faraway glamorous cities and tries to find his identity. In search of positive inspiration, he visits all sorts of weird places including a religious sect and a local criminal gang.

I Am a Chechen!

By German Sadulaev
Translated by Anna Gunin
Harvill Secker; 2010; pp. 247
ISBN 978-1-846-55263-2
I Am a Chechen! offers a lyrical fusion of exotic legends, stories, and memories of Chechnya. Haunted by memories of the land he deserted, Sadulaev tells the stories of those who stayed behind. He brings to life his friends—now reduced to pieces of flesh—revisiting their first loves, their passion for rock music, their quests for martyrdom. I Am a Chechen! is an intensely personal journey through the carnage of the war, exploring the pain, the challenge, and above all the meaning of being a Chechen.

A Prague Night by Pavel Pepperstein

On May 1, 200.., a certain individual arrived in Prague. I was that individual: Ilya Korolenko, attractively clean-featured and inconspicuous, with a dreamy look in my eyes and hair spiralling into a passionate, babyish twist over my forehead. In terms of intimate predilection, in terms of my mission, I am a poet, sometimes I put a few words together and revel in their magic, their incongruous voodoo

Gagarin: Man and Myth by Lev Danilkin

Having once escaped from the Earth’s gravitational pull, on his return Gagarin naturally found himself back in its power and he felt it just like everyone else. But the unique status that in reality was his for only one and a half hours was miraculously prolonged: in the eyes of virtually the entire population of the planet he remained a body free of the influence of earthly gravity.

Russian films at the East End Film Festival

We are as disappointed as you are that the ash cloud stopped our Russian authors from making it to the UK for our SLOVO festival. However, the festival has not been cancelled, merely postponed. We are working hard to bring the events to London at a later date, so keep a close eye on our website! In the meantime, Academia Rossica is delighted to support The East End Film Festival (22 April – Friday 30) in their focus on new Russian cinema.

BI-2 in London

6 June, 7pm, afterparty with DJ Taras till 01.00
O2 Arena
Rock group BI-2 is one of the most famous Russian rock groups. Since its formation in 1989 the group has released many very successful albums, has won some very prestigious awards including MTV Russia Music Awards in 2007, has been involved in several major music projects and has produced soundtracks to some of the very best Russian action movies, including Brat-2 (Brother-2). Their music is well known and easily recognizable for its rock-and-roll drive and fun-loving lyrics.

Umaturman in London

16 May, 7pm, afterparty with DJ Taras till 01.00
O2 Arena
Uma2rman is one of the most successful Russian rock groups, winning prestigious awards and staying at the top of the hit charts in Russia, Ukraine and many other countries. Uma2rman is a Moscow-based band made up of the two brothers Sergei and Vladimir Kristovski. They have been active since 2003 releasing 3 albums, several video clips and many songs.

Vladimir Kozlov

Dir. Rock Monologue
Born in 1956, Minsk. Vladimir studied history at the Belarus State University. He then completed a course for assistant and second unit directors at VGIK (Moscow).

Rock Monologue

Russia, 2007, 69 min
Dir. Vladimir Kozlov
A documentary about the legendary musician Yuri Morozov, who created a subversive, rebellious new style of Eastern rock during the Brezhnev era. The film features previously unseen KG footage, as well as homemade videos of underground rock concerts. It was made under the creative patronage of Otar Iosseliani. Presented by director Vladimir Kozlov.

Semantic Hallucinations

1 February
19.30-00.00
La Scala, King's Cross
£26 (£40 VIP)
Smyslovye Gallyutsinatsii (Смысловы́е галлюцина́ции) is a Russian rock band created in 1989 in Yekaterinburg which has won the Golden Gramophone award twice. The name of the band may be translated as "hallucinations of meaning" or "semantic hallucinations". Free CD of new album for each ticket holder.
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