From Russia with Love The Dublin Festival of Russian Culture 2015

It promises to be a case of ‘From Russia With Love’ in Dublin this Valentine’s Day, when Councillor Mannix Flynn, representing the Lord Mayor, launches the Dublin Festival of Russian Culture at Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, on Saturday, 14th February at 1.30pm. The Festival will open with a concert of Russian classical music at the Gallery and follow with a week-long programme of events in various locations throughout the city from 14th to 22nd February 2015.
Now in its 6th year, the Festival is a celebration of the very strong Russian culture and community here in Dublin and showcases music, dance, art and history in a wide range of events.  Concerts, literary talks, competitions, music workshops, exhibitions and lively performances are just some of the events taking place during the week.
“The Festival of Russian Culture offers Dubliners a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the delights, wonders and mysteries of the great Russian culture.  From classical music to art to family events there is plenty for everyone to enjoy” said Councillor Flynn. The Festival is part of  Dublin City Council’s programme of year-round family friendly events.
Many branches of Dublin City libraries will screen a selection of Russian films and film adaptations of Russian novels.  The Central library will host a workshop on Peter Tchaikovsky, one of the best known Russian composers, whose 175th anniversary will be celebrated this year. Rathmines and Ballyfermot libraries will also be hosting poetry reading and talks on Russian history.
The National Concert hall will have two concerts of Russian Classic Music by the National Symphony Orchestra and Violinist Ray Chen. Tickets at
The festival will traditionally end with the Family Day which will be held on Sunday 22nd February in the Red Cow Hotel. 
The Dublin Festival of Russian Culture is brought to you by the Russian community in Ireland and is supported by Dublin City Council, The Russian Embassy, The National Gallery of Ireland and Trinity College.
Details of all the Festival events are available at  We will be using the hashtag  #russianfestivaldublin on social media.
For further information contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. (087) 740 0277
Vera Smyth, Dublin Festival of Russian Culture, M (086) 1217011 or
Notes to the Editor:
The Festival Committee has successfully secured renowned Irish artists Deirdre Moynihan and Fionnuala Moynihan to perform at a concert dedicated to Russian classical music in the Hugh Lane Gallery on Saturday the 14th of February at the official opening of the festival. Following the success of the previous years a second concert of Russian classical music has been booked for Saturday the 21st of February. A renowned Irish pianist Owen Lorigan will perform at the concert along with Helene Hutchinson, Eoin Hynes, David Scott and Siobhan Kilkelly.
Moscow puppet theatre will present The Tale of Tsar Saltan in the Russian schools and clubs over the country. All performances will be in Russian. 
Department of the Slavonic and Eastern European Studies in the Trinity College will be holding an open day, a guided tour of the college in Russian and a Gala concert on the Russian poetry in the evening. Trinity college students will hold a quiz for the Transition Year students called “How well do you know Russia?”. The quiz has become one of the highlights of the festival.
Rathmines Library will be hosting a talk on a famous Russian poet Maxim Gorky and readings with Svetlana Maximova. Svetlana will also have a talk of life and works of Alexander Pushkin, a founder of Russian literary tradition and an author of The Queen of Spades and Eugene Onegin.
Ballyfermot Library will be hosting a talk Russia: Flicking through the history book with Vera Smyth.
The National Gallery of Ireland will host a lecture on Early 20th century Russian Art with Wanda Smolin.