Russian Seasons in Germany – Bright Example of Cultural Diplomacy

Promoting Russian culture through art, cinema and music

July 23rd, 2019
Valeriya Kharchenko, News from Berlin
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In 2019, the Russian Seasons project, aimed at introducing the Russian culture to the European audience, takes place in Germany. The festival will feature concerts of Russian artistic ensembles, exhibitions, circus shows, films and other events.

The Russian Seasons is a project oraganised by the Russian Government and the Ministry of Culture. The project features concerts of top Russian artistic ensembles, exhibitions of the largest Russian museums, circus shows, premieres of Russian films and other projects in a hosting country throughout the year. For the first time, in 2017, the Russian Seasons, named after the legendary tours of Sergei Diaghilev ballet company (Les Saisons Russes), were held in Japan with over 3.5 million viewers in 42 cities across the country. In 2018, the Russian Seasons were hosted by Italy.

More than 400 events are scheduled as part of the festival that will be held in 77 German cities until the end of 2019: exhibitions, theatre and ballet performances, classical music concerts, cinema projects, performances of the leading folk groups, and art festivals. There are over 80 institutions of culture among the participants of the Russian Seasons in Germany.

The mission of the Russian Seasons is the discovery of new opportunities for intercultural dialogue. Cultural diplomacy is essential in the 21st century, as it contributes to the development of twinning relations between regions of the countries, and cooperation between governmental, public, and business organizations in the field of culture.

Olga Golodets, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, comments: “The revival of this project will lead to a quality shift in cultural and humanitarian ties in the world and hopefully to the emergence of new great works of culture ─ this is the main goal of the Russian seasons festival in different countries.”

Information about the upcoming Russian Season events in Germany can be found on the official website of the festival


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