Trafalgar Square will again host the Russian Winter Festival, the biggest celebration of Russian culture, music and dance outside Russia, when it takes place next month.
The event, now in its fourth year marks the eve of the Russian ‘Old New Year’ as based on the Julian calendar used before 1917.
Organised by Eventica with support from the Mayor of London, the free event is set to 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.
London 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.”
Attractions will include Russian crafts and traditional food, Russian street games and puppet theatre, wandering street entertainers and musicians.
Confirmed acts include Dima Bilan, winner of MTV Best Performer of the Year and Best Artist, musical group Fabrika who were formed during the making of Russia’s own version of Pop Idol and the Russian National Dance Show which combines contemporary ballet with traditional folk dances.
The Russian Winter Festival takes place Sunday 13 January 2008 from midday.