Reportage: Celebrating Russian Culture

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Last night saw the launch of the Festival of Russian Culture.  Coming hot on the heels of the Russian Film Festival, a launch cocktail showcased photography showing the many faces of Russia, from historical buildings to stunning nature photography.

The guest of honour was Tsang Tak-sing, Secretary of Home Affairs, who is becoming a regular at Russian events. He recently signed an MOU with Russia whereby Russia delivers the culture and the LCSD provides venues for free.  The reverse is also true. This partnership is driving the proliferation of Russian related cultural events in Hong Kong.  Also  attending were the Consul Generals of Mongolia, Ganbold Tsogsuren , and Kazakhstan Consul General Nurzhan Abdymomunov.

The cocktail at City Hall was followed by a performance by the The Horn Orchestra of Russia. The engaging conductor, Sergey Polyanichko, enlivened his masterpiece performances with mini-history lesions about the Orchestra, Russian history and musical history, in between songs.

A range of popular favourites was interspersed with lesser known, but worthy pieces that were moving and brought a new dimension of understanding of Russian music and character to the sold-out audience.  After three encores demanded by the audience, the Orchestra  was finally able to retire to thunderous applause and a standing ovation.
The exhibition continues at City Hall and a range of Russian performances will see the Festival continue through the week. Future programmes include: