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The Fourth Russian Winter Festival in Trafalgar Square

26/12/2007, By

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The fourth Russian Winter Festival, the biggest celebration of Russian culture, music and dance outside Russia, will take place on Sunday 13th January 2008, the eve of the Russian 'Old New Year', which is based on the Julian calendar used before 1917.

Organised by Eventica, with the support of the Mayor of London, the free event will feature a variety of entertainment and attractions for people of all ages, including music and dance, from live performance representing different regions of Russia, to the latest Russian pop and rock.

Mayor Ken Livingstone said: The Russian Winter Festival grows from strength to strength and everyone is welcome to experience a day of Russian culture in the heart of the capital. Russia is increasingly important to the capital, as a trading partner, through tourism and culturally.

With a talented array of Russian singers, dancers and musicians, plus, information stalls and a delicious selection of traditional Russian food, this event looks set to be outstanding.

There will be Russian crafts and traditional food available, including warming blinis (Russian pancakes) and pirozhkis (Russian pies), borsch (beetroot soup) and shashlik (Russian kebabs). Children will be treated to the delights of Russian street games and puppet theatre, wandering street entertainers and musicians. The event will also see Trafalgar Square lit up and ringing out to herald the 'Old New Year'.

Performers will include: Popular pop singer Dima Bilan, winner of MTV Best Performer of the Year and Best Artist.

The Russian National Dance Show combine contemporary ballet with traditional folk dances and feature more than 50 artists.

Bianka, whose debut RnB album has been a sell out: it has an individual sound that combines the melodies of Russian folk with more standard RnB rhythms.

Slavyanye are a young folk group who perform a wide repertoire of Russian folk music, from ballads to rounds, dance melodies to modern Russian folk.

Fabrika were formed during the making of Russia's own version of Pop Idol - Star Factory and have played more than 200 concerts. Their hit 'For Love' stayed on the charts for 26 weeks.

13th January
Trafalgar Square
London WC2
Call the Public Liaison Unit at the Greater London Authority on +44 (0)20 7983 4100

Images from James O. Jenkins.

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