Russian Festival Maslenitsa

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On Sunday 26th February 2012, Russian culture and tradition returns to the heart of London as Trafalgar Square plays host to Maslenitsa Festival!

Maslenitsa Festival is a free family event with a spectacular programme of traditional and contemporary Russian music and dance. It’s a celebration of contemporary Russia and its rich cultural heritage, bringing together traditional musicians and modern acts from across Russia.
There will also be range of stalls serving a variety of Russian delicacies as well as other kiosks where visitors can purchase souvenirs and traditional hand crafted items. A wide variety of Russian food and drink will be on sale including borscht (beetroot soup), pelmeni (Russian-style pasta), beef stroganoff, traditional Russian pastries bubliki and vatrushki and the quintessential Maslenitsa delicacy blini (pancakes).

From 1.30pm – 6.30pm the main stage will play host to a diverse variety of folk, pop and jazz performers who have travelled all the way from Russia to entertain the crowds as well as leading UK-based Russian groups.
Maslenitsa 2012 will include performances by rock legends Chaif. The highly decorated State Pyatnitzky Choir which has over a century of tradition and excellence; innovative folk duo Zventa Sventana who bring a fresh and exciting approach to traditional folk music; pop group In Yan who found fame on reality TV show Star Factory; the colourful and eclectic Balagan Limited; Ulger ensemble from the Khakassian region of Russia; Valery Syutkin a treasured Russian artist who is popular with every generation and award winning vocal group A’Capella ExpreSSS with their incredible unaccompanied performances of songs from almost every genre of modern music. The children’s marquee will feature a special programme of performances including traditional songs by children’s groups, competitions, games and a presentation of Maslenitsa traditions.


26 February 2012


Trafalgar Square, London






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