‘Russian Week in London - Maslenitsa Festival’ in 2021 will be held in an online format from 8 to 14 March 2021. The project will again allow its guests to get acquainted with Russian folk crafts, music, cinema and literature, go to an online concert to celebrate Maslenitsa and, of course, learn to bake pancakes!

The Festival’s programme will include a drawing competition for children, a special offer from the ZIMA restaurant, a charity culinary masterclass on making a honey cake with the famous chef Alexei Zimin and a conversation with the patron of the Gift of Life Foundation, Princess Catherine Galitzine, a culinary master class ‘Pancake and Oladushek’ (Fluffy Pancake) with Karina Baldry, Maslenitsa celebration with the children's studio ‘Smorodinka,’ a lecture ‘Russian folk crafts – an artistic symbol of Russia’ based on the works of artists from Zhostovo and Pereslavl-Zalessky, an online master class for children on Russian folk painting in gzel, screenings of silent classic film ‘The Girl with a Hatbox’ (1926) with the premiering a new score by composer Juliet Merchant and ‘Tsoy’ (2020) by Alexey Uchitel, an interactive concert-lecture ‘Happy Maslenitsa’ with the founders of ethno-studio Folkberry and folk group Partisan FM, Marysya Menshikova and Vladimir Abramchuk, a literary evening ‘Maslenitsa in Russian Poetry,’ a virtual visit to the Tretyakov Gallery and the final festive online concert ‘Maslenitsa’ with performances of such artists and groups as Pelageya, Varvara, Nadezhda Babkina and ‘Russian Song,’ Nadezhda Kadysheva, Berezka Dance Ensemble, Igor Moiseyev Ballet, Buranovskiye Babushki, Terem Quartet, Moscow Sretensky Monastery Choir, Bayan MIX, Dina Garipova, Tina Kuznetsova, Lyudmila Nikolaeva and Ensemble ‘Russian Soul’, Ivan Kupala, Pyatnitsky Choir, the group ‘KVATRO,’ Moscow State Academic Dance Theatre ‘Gzhel’ and addresses by celebrity guests.

The Festival-2021 detailed programme is available on the website www.maslenitsa.co.uk

Russian Week in London – Maslenitsa Festival in London has established itself as one of the most famous events related to Russian culture outside the country. The festival is an important event for both the Russian-speaking community of London and for all Russian culture lovers in the UK. It rightfully occupies one of the most important places in the calendar of cultural and social events in the UK and positions Russia as a positive and dynamic nation that adequately represents the great Russian cultural heritage.

The annual Maslenitsa Festival has been held in London since 2009 by Ensemble Productions. This year the festival is held with the support of Rossotrudnichestvo, Russian Embassy in the UK, Gift of Life Foundation, ZIMA magazine, ZIMA restaurant, KLASSIKI, Russian Cinema Week, Posters London, Russian Art and Culture and Russian Weekly Newspaper ‘Angliya.’

In 2021, the festival will be held as part of the IPA Russian Section socio-cultural programme, the organisers of the event are Deputy Chairman of the Socio-Cultural Committee Anton Samoylenko and member of the Committee Olga Balakleets, the information partners of the event will also be the Russian News Agency ‘Veterans Vesti’ and the International Media Holding ‘Veterans News.’