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The Ballet Company and Orchestra Tour will open the UK-Russia Year of Music

The Bolshoi Theatre's Ballet Company and Orchestra Tour to open the Russian part of the program of the UK-Russia Year of Music in July 2019. The tour will last for three weeks in the theatre of the Covent Garden. The head of the Bolshoi Ballet troop Makhar Vazijev has commented that it is a great honor for him to open the Russian part of the program.

The State Secretary — the deputy of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Alla Manilova has commented that the program of the Year of Music is planned to be diverse. The programme will include the performances of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, the performances of the Novosibirsk Theatre of Opera and Ballet, as well as the events from the leading Libraries of the country.

The main attention will be given to the folklore. The national Russian culture is weaved from cultures of over 200 people, which is reflected in folklore and ethnic heritage. At the Year of Music, Russia will present the best examples of the folklore of different regions and ethnicity.

The program in Russia

The program in Russia is organized by the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow with the support of the British Council. The cultural diversity is at the basis of the program. The public will be presented with the performances as of the academic, so the modern streams, educational events, and special online projects.


The annual festival "December Nights" in the Pushkin Museum will be held simultaneously with the exhibition of masterpieces by Thomas Gainsborough from the museums of Great Britain. A festival of British music timed to coincide with the exhibition "Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud and the London School" will be held in Moscow. British cellists will perform at the Vivacello festival in Moscow and at the "Eurasia" festival in Yekaterinburg.

The year of music between the United Kingdom and Russia will become the continuation of the past year programmes: The Year of Culture, the Year of language and literature, the Year of science and education of two countries. The year of music will last until the middle of 2020 and will end in Moscow with the festival of George Gendel with the participation of the British artists.

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