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These are the Russian days

By Maria Gregoriou

he Tracosol Cultural Centre in Limassol is gearing up to host a series of events under the name Russian Cultural Days beginning on Saturday. The events will run throughout May until July, and aim to entertain and satisfy all art lovers.

For all of you out there who haven’t had the chance to visit the Limassol Marina yet – and for those of you who would love to visit it again – this is a perfect opportunity to do so, as all the events will be hosted there. And you know that a scene must be good if the president himself has called it “a jewel for Limassol and for Cyprus.”

The Russian Cultural Days promise to match the dazzling backdrop of where they will be held, and start things off with a performance by the Mariinsky Theatre Opera Soloists from Saint Petersburg.

Renowned soprano Lyudmila Dudinova, tenor Yevgeny Akimov, baritone Viktor Korotich and mezzo soprano Irina Shishkova, will be accompanied by award winning pianist Dmitry Yefimov to present a Gala concert.

The next event turns from singing to dance with a performance of Women of Plastic Goya by one of the world’s most famous pantomime theatres, St. Petersburg’s Atelier Plastic theatre. The show is not just a dance act, it is a unique spectacle which is not to be missed.

There will be two performances of Women of Plastic Goya, on May 11 and 12 at 8.30pm.

The Cypriot pianist Manolis Neophytou will be performing Russian masterpieces during a piano recital on May 15 at 8.30pm. The pianist, who graduated from the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory of Moscow, will be performing excerpts from Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 2nd and 3rd Piano Concerto in his own remixes, Solovyof – Sedoy’s Moscow Nights, and excerpts from famous ballets, such as, The Nutcracker.

Things start to become a lot more colourful and appealing to children on May 22 (at 7.30pm), 23 (at 4pm and 7.30pm) and 24 (at 11am and 6pm), when the St. Petersburg’s Stage Circus will perform juggling, magic and lots more as clowns and acrobats entertain us so much, that the more disgrunted among us may just decide to run away with them.

The final event to pay tribute to Russian culture will be an exhibition entitled A Doll’s Tale, which will run from June 24 until July 26.

The exhibition will showcase a range of dolls from Irena Stylianou’s collection and take us on a 2000-year journey through many beautiful childhood memories, reminding us of a time when child’s play included tangible, and not just virtual toys.

A Doll’s Tale includes over 10,000 dolls, traditional Russian matryoshka dolls, detailed Tsar dolls, porcelain dolls, plastic dolls, dollhouses, witches, baby figurines and dolls from different countries.

The exhibition will be open for viewing from 4pm until 9pm from Monday to Friday, and from 5pm until 10pm on weekends.

The Russian Cultural Days will be held under the auspices of President Nicos Anastasiades and the events’ main sponsor is the Hellenic Bank.

Russian Cultural Days
A series of events to celebrate Russian culture. May 2 until July 26. Tracosol Cultural Centre, Limassol Marina. Various times and prices. Tel: 25-372855

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