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Send out the clowns? Russian culture ministry urged to impose limits on foreign circuses

11 January 2017 · Russia
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The Moscow State Circus performing in the UK in 2011. Photo by DirkJan Ranzijn under a CC licence.

The public council of the Ministry of Culture has proposed limiting the activity of foreign circuses operating in Russia, with a view to protecting the nation’s “unique” brand of big-top entertainment.

Announcing the proposals, the chairman of the council, Pavel Pazhigailo asked why Russia “should protect gherkins and tomatoes but not culture” — a reference to agricultural measures taken by the Russian government in response to international sanctions against the country.

“Our circus culture is highly professional, it hasn’t developed along the lines of light entertainment, objectively it is more precious,” he continued. Pozhigailo also noted that Russian circuses could not compete with the budgets of famous foreign brands like Cirque du Soleil. In 2008, the French company announced long-term investment in the Russian market, with its partner company Cirque du Soleil Rus now active in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.

The proposals, which include a legal limit on the number of performances by foreign circus companies per year as well as stricter regulation of non-Russian performers, were submitted in December 2016 and set for ministerial consideration at the end of this month.


Source: Rambler News Source

Trans-Siberian photography exhibition opens in Paris

10 March 2016
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 2012

Jacob Aue Sobol’s Arrivals and Departures series goes on show today in Polka Galerie in Paris. The images exhibited are a documentation of the Danish artist’s journey on the Trans-Siberian express in 2012. Along the 10,000 km trip between Moscow and Beijing, Aue Sobol photographed passengers on the train and passing landscapes: Russian forests, Mongolian deserts and Chinese mountains. “The legendary Trans-Siberian is a journey I’ve always wanted to make. I was born in Denmark, a country you can cross in five hours. But Russia is something else, it is a huge country!“ says Aue Sobol. 

Born in 1976 in Copenhagen, Sobol was admitted in 1998 to Fatamorgana, the Danish School of Documentary and Art Photography. There he developed a personal photograpic style which later informed his photographs of Tiilerilaaq, a settlement on the east coast of Greenland where he lived between 1999 and 2002. In 2007 Aue Sobol became a nominee of Magnum Photos. 

The exhibition runs at Polka Galerie from 11 March to 21 May 2016. 

See portraits from Arrival and Departures featured at The Calvert Journal here

Pop-up cinema proposed for new Russian space station

9 November 2015 · Kaluga · Uglegorsk · Russia
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The Vostochny Cosmodrome under construction in Russia’s eastern Amur Oblast (photo by Roscosmos under a CC licence)

Film producer Oleg Teterin has requested permission from the Russian space agency Roscosmos to build a pop-up cinema in the Vostochny Cosmodrome spaceport, currently under construction in Russia’s Far East.

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Plans announced for first Russian museum dedicated to Katyn massacre

6 November 2015 · Smolensk · Poland · Russia
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Flowers laid at a plinth forming part of the current Katyn memorial complex (photo by Dennis Jarvis under a CC licence)

Plans have been announced to open Russia’s first museum dedicated to the Katyn massacre, which saw nearly 22,000 Polish prisoners of war murdered by Soviet agents in 1940.

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New east countries on show in UK Jewish Film Festival

6 November 2015 · Bulgaria · Hungary · Poland · Romania
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  • Still from Closer to the Moon (2014)

  • Still from Son of Saul (2015)

  • Still from Bulgarian Rhapsody (2014)

  • Trailer for Closer to the Moon (2014)

  • Trailer for Son of Saul (2015)

  • Trailer for Bulgarian Rhapsody (2014)

Cinematic portraits of Jewish culture from east Europe will hit the big screen this month as the 19th UK Jewish Film Festival arrives in London, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham and Glasgow.

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Slovenian artists donate works to Ljubljana charity sale in aid of refugees

6 November 2015 · Ljubljana · Slovenia
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The City Gallery in Ljubljana (photo by Matevž Paternoster via facebook)

More than 70 artists, designers and illustrators donated works to a charity sale in aid of refugees, held last night in the City Gallery of Ljubljana.

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Evgenia Arbugaeva’s photographs of the Russian Arctic go on display in London

5 November 2015 · Russia
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Evgenia Arbugaeva with some Arctic companions (photo from Facebook)

An exhibition of works by the Russian photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva of the country’s far northern outskirts opens today in London’s Photographers’ Gallery.

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Zagreb linguist to publish “explanatory” Serbian to Croatian dictionary

5 November 2015 · Zagreb · Croatia
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A newsstand in Vodice, Croatia (photo by Ronald Eikelenboom under a CC licence)

Professor Marko Samardžija, a linguist at the Zagreb Faculty of Philosophy, is to publish an “explanatory” dictionary for young Croatians left confused by the country’s linguistic split from Serbia.

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Plans for controversial Bulgakov monument in Moscow resurrected after 17 years

4 November 2015 · Moscow · Russia
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The Bulgakov House Museum in Moscow, with statues outside of Korovev and Behemoth from The Master and Margarita (photo by AKfounder under a CC licence)

Plans for a monument to the novelist Mikhail Bulgakov which were shelved in 1998 following public outcry have been reassessed and approved by Moscow authorities.

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Unreleased works by Hungarian author György Faludy to go under the hammer

4 November 2015 · Budapest · Hungary
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Late Hungarian author György Faludy

Previously unreleased works by the late Hungarian author György Faludy are to be sold tomorrow at the Pinter Auction House in Budapest.

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