Dashkova Centre

Russian Cultural Presence in London: a Snowball Effect

The Russian cultural presence in London has been consistently growing along with the Russian-speaking community in the capital. Today we can talk about a very intense, diverse, multifaceted Russian presence over a whole network of institutions, events and media catering for an extremely varied range of political, cultural and financial needs. This talk will cast a glance at the ever changing Russian cultural landscape in London and will try to project its evolution into the future.

Alexander Kan is a critic, writer, translator and one of the leading UK experts in contemporary Russian culture. He is an author of three books: ‘Waiting for Jazz… A History of Soviet New Jazz’ (2008), ‘Kuryokhin: Skipper about the Captain’ (2012) and ‘Popular Mechanics’ (2015), and of numerous articles, and annotations to rock and jazz albums. He is a member of the jury for the Russian National Book Award ‘Bolshaya Kniga’, President of the Contemporary Music Club in St Petersburg and a member of the Board of Trustees of Pushkin House, an independent Russian cultural centre in London.

Russian matryoshka dolls on the London eye
Jun 16 2017 -

Russian Cultural Presence in London: a Snowball Effect

A talk by Alexander Kan, BBC World Service Arts and Culture Correspondent and a UK expert on contemporary Russian culture

Screening Room G.04
50 George Square
Edinburgh