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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

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. [...]

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.

19 02, 2024

Medicine, Belgian Resistance, Russian Philology… The History of the Blankoffs in Belgium

2024-03-07T10:50:13+01:00February 19th, 2024|Categories: History & Memory, Russian House News, With Russian Roots|

On February 15, 2024 at the Russian House in Brussels, in the framework of the project "With Russian roots", an event (evening of memory) was held dedicated to the Russian-Belgian family Blankov, who made a great contribution to the Russian-speaking community in Belgium. Boris Osipovich Blankov was a famous surgeon and president of the Belgian Orthopedic Society, and before that, during World War I, a volunteer of the Russian Expeditionary Corps, fighting in the fields of Champagne. During World War II, he fought in the armed resistance fighting fascism in Belgium. He was called "the last Chekhov doctor", he treated [...]

24 11, 2023

The history of the Tolstoy and Bezobrazov families was told at an evening in the Russian House

2024-01-15T21:53:50+01:00November 24th, 2023|Categories: History & Memory, Our Compatriots, Russian House News, With Russian Roots|Tags: , |

On November 21, at the Russian House in Brussels, as part of the “With Russian Roots” program, an evening was held dedicated to the famous compatriot in Belgium, a representative of the post-revolutionary emigration - the commander of the Cavalry Guard and the Russian Imperial Guard, General Vladimir Mikhailovich Bezobrazov and his family. The evening was hosted by his granddaughter Alexandra Vladimirovna Bezobrazova and the Belgian writer and journalist Gregoire Tolstoy. They talked about the history of the noble Bezobrazov family, dating back to the 14th century, about the life path of its most famous representative - the great patriot [...]

21 11, 2023

«Russia, the coronation of the phoenix?» Paysage sonore by Dominique Kopp

2024-01-15T22:00:24+01:00November 21st, 2023|Categories: History & Memory, Innovation, Meet Russia, Our Compatriots, performance, Russian House News, With Russian Roots|

On November 10th, the Russian House in Brussels hosted a uniquely formatted event. Our guests were immersed in the ambiance of Russia through Dominique Kopp's soundscape, titled 'Russia - Coronation of the Phoenix?' In a dimly lit auditorium, attendees enjoyed a compilation of audio excerpts, music, sound bites, and recordings of speeches by key figures in Russian history. The soundscape had a profound impact on the audience, enabling them to experience the atmosphere of Russia, sense the chill of harsh winters, and relive crucial historical moments that shaped the country's destiny. After the soundscape concluded, the guests lingered for an [...]

26 10, 2023

Count P. Sheremetev spoke in Brussels about his family and Sergei Rachmaninoff

2024-01-15T21:58:58+01:00October 26th, 2023|Categories: Library, Meet Russia, Our Compatriots, Russian House News, Sergei Rachmaninoff, With Russian Roots|

" Pyotr Cheremeteff, my father, dying in exile, called me up and said: "Petrusha, you must support Russia and, if possible, help her." With these words Count Pyotr Petrovich Cheremeteff, a French statesman and Russian public figure, began his speech at a meeting at the Russian House in Brussels on 20 October 2023. The evening was dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sergei Rachmaninoff and, in this connection, to the history of the creation of the Paris Conservatoire Sergei Rachmaninoff , as well as the Russian Musical Society in Paris, which Pyotr Petrovich led for several decades. [...]

18 10, 2023

Musical evening by Vadim Piankov “Invitation to travel”

2023-10-26T17:36:36+02:00October 18th, 2023|Categories: Our Compatriots, Russian House News|Tags: , , |

On October 6, 2023, the Russian House in Brussels hosted a musical evening “Invitation to Travel” by the Russian artist Vadim Piankov - songwriter, poet-translator, graduate of VGIK (workshop of S. Bondarchuk and I. Skobtseva 1989). His concert program “Invitation to Travel” featured works in Russian and French of his own composition, songs based on poems by Alexander Blok, poems by French poets Charles Baudelaire and Alfred de Musset and others. Vadim is a graduate of the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography named after. Gerasimov, workshop of S. F. Bondarchuk and I. K. Skobtseva, theater and film actor, author-performer, translator. [...]

18 10, 2023

Online tour of the halls of the Russian National Museum of Music

2023-10-26T17:42:37+02:00October 18th, 2023|Categories: Exhibitions, Meet Russia, Our Compatriots, Russian House News|Tags: , , , |

For National Unity Day On October 17, as part of the traditional “Day of Museums” cycle of the Russian House in Brussels, an online tour of the halls of the Russian National Museum of Music “Treasures of the Museum of Music” took place. The excursion participants visited the musical past and touched the musical future. We saw with our own eyes a violin made by the great master Antonio Stradivari and the oldest organ in Russia, created in 1868. We heard the sound of the electric musical instrument theremin and the world's first polyphonic musical synthesizer. The guide spoke in [...]

13 10, 2023

Virtual tour of the Ivanovka Museum-Estate in the Tambov region

2023-10-26T18:05:56+02:00October 13th, 2023|Categories: Exhibitions, Meet Russia, Our Compatriots, Russian House News, Sergei Rachmaninoff|Tags: , , , , |

For the 150th Anniversary of the Russian composer Serge Rachmaninoff On October 5, 2023, on the virtual platform of the Russian House in Brussels, together with the Government of the Tambov Region, a tour of the Ivanovka Museum- Estate was held. The excursion participants visited the very center of Russia, in an amazing corner - the Sergei Rachmaninoff Museum-Reserve “Ivanovka”. From June 1890 to April 1917, the great Russian composer, musician and conductor Sergei Rachmaninov lived and worked there. Now Ivanovka hosts scientific conferences, music festivals, competitions and concerts, music and theater assemblies. Materials provided by the copyright holder. Video [...]

15 06, 2023

Online tour “Collection of the Russian Museum. Art from the 12th to mid-19th centuries”

2023-10-26T20:06:06+02:00June 15th, 2023|Categories: Exhibitions, Meet Russia, Our Compatriots, Russian House News|Tags: , |

On 15 June 2023, the Russian Museum held a virtual tour round the permanent exposition of the museum in the Mikhailovsky Palace. Valentina Gorlova, Head of the Excursion and Lecture Department, told the viewers from Belgium, France, Russia and other countries about the masterpieces of Russian Art of the 12th to the mid -19 th centuries. During the virtual tour the audience explored the rooms of the Grand Duke's Mikhailovsky Palace that had been rebuilt in the late 19th century for the purposes of the art museum. The viewers started exploring Russian art from the rooms of Old Russian Art [...]

6 06, 2023

Events dedicated to Sergei Rachmaninoff took place in Brussels

2023-10-26T20:07:14+02:00June 6th, 2023|Categories: Exhibitions, Our Compatriots, Sergei Rachmaninoff|Tags: , |

On June 5th and 6th, in the Russian House in Brussels there were the events dedicated to the great Russian composer Sergey Rachmaninov, organized jointly with the Russian National Museum of Music (Moscow) with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Russia. A special guest Mikhail Bryzgalov, Director General of the Russian National Museum of Music, President of the Association of Music Museums and Collectors, honored art worker of the Russian Federation, laureate of the RF Government Prize in Culture, member of RF UNESCO Commission, member of the Public Council Commission for Cultural Cooperation under Rossotrudnichestvo, took part in [...]

6 06, 2023

The Russian Language Day and the 150th anniversary of Sergei Rachmaninoff were celebrated on Alexander Pushkin’s birthday at the Russian House in Brussels

2023-10-26T20:08:45+02:00June 6th, 2023|Categories: Our Compatriots, Russian House News, Russian language, Sergei Rachmaninoff|Tags: , |

A festive concert of vocal music "Pushkin and Rachmaninov. Poetry and Music" was held at the Russian House in Brussels on June 6, where the songs of Sergei Rachmaninoff were performed. Each of the composer's works in this genre is remarkable for its amazing sincerity. Rachmaninoff often said that he loved poetry and always put it second only to music. The concert on the 150th anniversary of Rachmaninoff's birth drew a full house. The favorite and native melodies were performed by Elena Fedorova (soprano), Inna van Mechelen (piano) and Salome Tsankashvili (piano). Romances to the verses of Russian poets A. [...]

25 05, 2023

Concert “Song and dance in Golden Russia” by the Russian ensemble ” Otrada ” (Antwerp)

2023-10-26T20:09:36+02:00May 25th, 2023|Categories: Meet Russia, Our Compatriots, Russian House News, Russian language|Tags: |

On May 25, 2023, the Day of Slavic Literature and Culture was celebrated at the Russian House in Brussels with the Russian Song Ensemble " Otrada " from Antwerp. The Day of Slavic Literature and Culture is a wonderful occasion to join the origins of Slavic traditions, to Russian folk holidays and rituals, folk art and original folk art, to get acquainted with the culture of the Russian people. The program of the evening included round dances, folk games, as well as songs with centuries-old history - from antiquity to the present day. Amazing outfits in Russian style and colorful [...]

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