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1 07, 2024

Pushkin’s Anniversary in Brussels: How the Russian House Celebrated the Great Poet’s 225th Birthday

2024-07-01T09:39:44+02:00July 1st, 2024|Categories: History & Memory, Meet Russia, Poushkin, Russian House News|Tags: |

This spring, a grand celebration of Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin's anniversary took place at the Russian House in Brussels. In honor of the great poet's 225th birthday, a variety of events were held, each offering unforgettable experiences to the guests. The festivities began with a family event titled "The Pushkin Family in Russia and Belgium," where guests learned about the Pushkin family's history and their legacy in Belgium. One of the main exhibitions was "Pushkin and Moscow," showcasing unique exhibits related to the poet's life and work in the Russian capital. Film enthusiasts gathered for the exclusive Belgian premiere of the "Eugene [...]

13 06, 2024

A mural was created for the Russian House in Brussels for Pushkin’s 225th Anniversary

2024-06-13T12:00:19+02:00June 13th, 2024|Categories: History & Memory, Library, Meet Russia, Poushkin, Russian House News|Tags: , , |

To commemorate the 225th anniversary of the great Russian poet Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, artist Anna Burkovskaya created a vibrant and impressive mural on the facade of the Russian House in Brussels. Anna decided to embody symbols of Russian culture and history in the mural. At the center of the composition is Pushkin himself, whose work is an integral part of world literature. Next to the poet in the mural are the majestic St. Isaac's Cathedral and the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral. These architectural masterpieces symbolize the cities where Pushkin was born and lived—Moscow and St. Petersburg, respectively. The process of [...]

10 06, 2024

Festive Evening “Pushkin and Glinka: Two Geniuses – One Era” Held in Brussels

2024-06-11T15:50:46+02:00June 10th, 2024|Categories: History & Memory, Poushkin, Russian House News, Russian language|Tags: , , , |

To commemorate the 225th anniversary of A.S. Pushkin and the 220th anniversary of M.I. Glinka, as well as the International Day of the Russian Language. June 2024 was a significant month for global and Russian culture. In this month, two outstanding figures were born, five years apart, whose works became the foundation of Russian literature and music, based on national traditions of folklore, history, and the character of the Russian people: Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka and Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin. This year marks their anniversaries – 220 and 225 years since their births, respectively. As part of the "Pushkin" year, the main [...]

7 06, 2024

Online Tour around the Palace of Tsar Alexey Romanov at Kolomenskoe Eighth «Wonder of the World»

2024-06-07T16:18:38+02:00June 7th, 2024|Categories: Exhibitions, History & Memory, Meet Russia, Russian House News|Tags: , , , , |

On June 28, a unique online tour of Tsar Alexei Romanov’s palace, known as "The Eighth Wonder of the World," took place on the virtual platform of the Russian House in Brussels. The event, conducted by the Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve, was streamed live and attracted numerous participants from around the world. During the video tour, viewers learned about the history of the wooden palace’s construction in Kolomenskoe during the reign of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich. They were introduced to the structure of the tsar’s palace and the uniqueness of ancient Russian architectural style. The lives of the palace’s inhabitants – members of [...]

24 05, 2024

Children decorated the windows of the Russian House with symbols of remembrance as part of the “Windows of Remembrance” campaign

2024-05-24T10:41:45+02:00May 24th, 2024|Categories: History & Memory, Kids Club, Library, Russian House News|Tags: , |

Young guests of the Russian House in Brussels enthusiastically took part in the international campaign "Windows of Remembrance". As part of this event, they cut out symbols of the Victory Day, such as cranes, doves and St George's ribbons. They carefully coloured and pasted these symbols on the windows of the Russian House. The action was aimed at drawing attention to important historical events and preserving the memory of them. Parents supported the initiative, admiring the children's creativity. Visitors to the Russian House liked the festively decorated windows, which created an atmosphere of unity and respect for history. Thanks to [...]

23 05, 2024

With Russian Roots: The Pushkin Family in Russia and Belgium

2024-05-23T15:15:35+02:00May 23rd, 2024|Categories: History & Memory, Poushkin, Russian House News, With Russian Roots|Tags: , , |

We continue to present the history of famous Russian families in Belgium - and this time one of the most famous families in Russia, the family of Alexander Pushkin, the greatest of Russian poets. His direct descendants - the poet's great-grandson and the last bearer of the Pushkin family name Alexander Alexandrovich Pushkin and his wife Maria Alexandrovna Pushkin-Durnovo, who is also a direct descendant of Nikolai Gogol, now live in the quiet metropolitan municipality of Uccle. Those gathered at the evening in the Russian House heard a unique story of Alexander Alexandrovich and Maria Alexandrovna about their great ancestor [...]

17 05, 2024

The “Garden of Memory” action

2024-05-17T14:55:42+02:00May 17th, 2024|Categories: History & Memory, Russian House News|Tags: |

On May 13, 2024, the "Garden of Memory" action was held on the territory of the Russian Embassy in Belgium. The school students planted young lilac bushes as a symbol of Victory! It was with branches of lilacs in their hands that in May 1945 they welcomed Soviet soldiers-liberators returning home! We honor this tradition, and from year to year new bushes take root on the territory of Belgium, which every spring are happy with their color. Before planting the lilacs, the staff of the Russian House in Brussels presented the results of the international historical action "Victory Dictant", in which [...]

17 05, 2024

A memorial flower laying ceremony was held at the Brussels Memorial Cemetery in Ixelles, Brussels

2024-05-17T12:48:42+02:00May 17th, 2024|Categories: History & Memory, Our Compatriots, Russian House News|Tags: |

A memorial flower laying ceremony was held at the Brussels Memorial Cemetery in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium on May 8, 2024. There are graves of Russian participants of the resistance movement of Belgium. Among them is the grave of "Belgian Joan of Arc" Marina Alexandrovna Shafrova-Marutayeva. On December 8, 1941 Marina in the center of Brussels killed the deputy German military commandant Major Kruge and escaped. The Germans, infuriated by such audacity, took hostages and demanded that the killer surrender. Upon learning of this, Marina confessed to her husband and decided to surrender, but on the way she killed another German [...]

16 05, 2024

The Victory Dictation

2024-05-16T15:52:50+02:00May 16th, 2024|Categories: History & Memory, Library, literary blog, Literary Blogs, Meet Russia, Our Compatriots|

From April 26 to 28, 2024, the international historical event "Victory Dictation" dedicated to the events of the Great Patriotic War took place. Brief historical note. The Victory Dictation was first held on May 7, 2019, and was dedicated to the 74th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The event took place in 24 countries, including Russia. The number of participants exceeded 150,000 people. Subsequently, it was decided to hold the Victory Dictation annually. Participants were offered 25 rather challenging questions. Some questions related to the depiction of events from 1941-1945 in literature and cinema. [...]

15 05, 2024

The “Garden of Remembrance” action took place in the Belgian city of Genk

2024-05-24T12:15:54+02:00May 15th, 2024|Categories: History & Memory|Tags: , |

Morning of 10 May. The largest burial site of Soviet prisoners of war in Belgium. In the Belgian city of Genk, the "Garden of Remembrance" action took place. Indifferent compatriots, employees of the Russian House in Brussels and representatives of public organisations gathered to honour the memory of the fallen and plant young lilac bushes on the territory of the burial ground. The Garden of Memory campaign aims to create living memorials in honour of those who died during the Great Patriotic War. As part of this initiative, participants plant lilac bushes to symbolise eternal memory and respect for heroes. This [...]

14 05, 2024

For the centenary of Mosfilm and Victory Day, “White Tiger” was shown in Brussels

2024-05-29T17:20:52+02:00May 14th, 2024|Categories: Cinema Club, History & Memory, Russian House News|Tags: |

On May 13, as part of film screenings commemorating the 100th anniversary of Russia's largest film studio, Mosfilm, and Victory Day, the film "White Tiger" directed by Mosfilm's director, Karen Shakhnazarov, was screened at the Russian House cinema club in Belgium. In his video address to Belgian viewers, Karen Georgievich emphasized the relevance of the film in modern realities and congratulated all viewers on Victory Day. The Russian House in Brussels will continue to screen films by the director this year and hopes that in September Karen Georgievich will be able to come to Brussels and present his film "Anna [...]

13 05, 2024

Actions “Candle of Memory” and “All-Russian Minute of Silence”

2024-05-16T16:16:37+02:00May 13th, 2024|Categories: History & Memory, Russian House News|Tags: , |

The 79th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War On May 7, at the Russian Center in Brussels, the "Candle of Memory" and "All-Russian Minute of Silence" actions took place, accompanied by the beats of a metronome - a tribute to those who defended the freedom and independence of our Motherland, to whom we owe our lives. Burning candles are a symbol of mourning for the departed heroes, whose immortal feat will never be forgotten. May there be no place for war in our world, may words of eternal gratitude fly to the participants of the Great Patriotic War [...]

13 05, 2024

Action “St. George Ribbon”

2024-05-16T16:18:59+02:00May 13th, 2024|Categories: History & Memory, Russian House News|Tags: , |

The 79th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War On April 24, 2024, the annual All-Russian action "St. George Ribbon" started. The action aims to preserve the memory of the warriors who died in defense of the Motherland and is dedicated to the 79th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. In anticipation of the Victory Day celebration, compatriots living in Belgium and foreigners joined the patriotic action "St. George Ribbon." Before the start of the festive evening on May 7, guests received symbols of Victory as a gift - carnations with St. George ribbons tied [...]

13 05, 2024

The music and poetry evening “Music of Our Memory,” dedicated to Victory Day, took place at the Russian House in Brussels

2024-05-16T16:23:07+02:00May 13th, 2024|Categories: History & Memory, Russian House News|Tags: , , |

On the 79th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. Music and poetry surrounded people on the front lines and in the rear, giving them the strength to endure the most difficult times. Accompanied by scenes from favorite movies, we heard familiar verses and songs of wartime, as well as poems and songs dedicated to the "great years." We marked the centenary of the birth of such well-known authors as Yulia Drunina, Viktor Astafiev, Vladimir Bogomolov, Yuri Bondarev, Boris Vasiliev and Bulat Okudzhava. Under the eternal music of S. Rachmaninoff, we remembered the film based on Boris Vasilyev's famous [...]

10 05, 2024

Laying flowers at a cemetery in Evere, Belgium.

2024-05-24T10:57:44+02:00May 10th, 2024|Categories: History & Memory, Our Compatriots|Tags: |

On May 9, Victory Day, solemn ceremonies of laying flowers at the graves of citizens who died during the Second World War were held in all corners of the world. The central event in Belgium was the laying of wreaths at the monuments of Soviet citizens who died in Belgium and participants of the Belgian Resistance The ceremony, held at the cemetery of the municipality of Evere, was attended by members of the Russian diplomatic missions, representatives of the Brussels and Belgian diocese and compatriots.

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