Festival of Russian Culture – RussenKo (5th Edition)

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Russia is the homeland that you miss or you are just a fan of rich Russian traditions? Then this weekend you certainly should visit the most famous and large-scale festival of Russian culture – RussenKo in Kremlin Bicêtre!


RussenKo Festival was created in 2010 during the Year of Russia in France. During the four years of its existence RussenKo has become an integral part of the cultural life of the Parisian region. With its unique format RussenKo aims to acquaint the public with modern Russian culture, developing contacts with France, its people, artists, actors and economic experts.

This winter Russenko has prepared a variety of activities for its visitors : photography exhibitions, film screenings, theater performances, music concerts, culinary master-classes in cooking Russian dishes, to the delight of gourmets, various seminars on the development of the media, literature and video games … and even a real carnival!

Your Paris has prepared a selection of interesting activities that the festival is hosting  this year.


Humor and Politics in Russia

tatianaThe round table participants are TV hosts and social networking activists Tatyana Lazareva and Michael Schatz, and Sergey Elkin, press cartoonist (Izvestia, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, The Moscow Times, Vedomosti, Polit.ru, The Guardian, Economist, etc.);


Modern Russian society takes an active civic position, it is present in the media and social networks. What is the role of humor in the life of New Russia? Is it the new tool of expression?

16.00 – City Hall – Entrance by ticket


On Sunday, January 26 a series of films by young Russian directors will be shown. The films of the festival  explore the Russian society and its paradoxes


Grandmother’s balade – Monster from Taiga
Two sessions of cartoons for children, filmed in 2004-2010. Traditional or modern history, filled with humor and tenderness, as witnesses of the talent of young Russian directors.

at ECAM – from 4 years old – Entrance by ticket

Grandmother’s balade at 10.30 // Monster from Taiga at 16.00


Young women directors

Short Films Come and Play (prize “discovery” of the “Week of criticism” at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013).


On the Road (First prize in the students pictures “Cinéfondation” at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012) and Gata represent the views of talented young filmmakers on the Russian society.

12.00 in the ECAM – in French subtitles – Entrance by ticket – Screening in the presence of directors.



Introducing a new Russian gastronomy, its trends, in connection with regional culinary traditions and cuisines of the world, including French cuisine, workshops and round tables with chefs.


The festival offers a variety of cooking classes, for example:

  • «Napoleon – Russian millefeuille» or how to cook the cake napoleon with honey. Master class with pastry chef Elena Koznova. Saturday 25 January from 16.00 to 16.30
  • «Potato pancakes with Russian dressing» Master Class with Chef Nicholas Sarychev. Saturday 25 January from 15.30 to 16.00


  •  «Pies with bird cherry” Master Class with Chef Maxime Syrnikova. Sunday 26 January from 15.15 to 16.00
  • «Russian buckwheat pancakes” Master Class with Chef Olga Syutkina. Sunday 26 January from 16.00 to 16.45

Master Class: Hall André Maigné. Entrance by ticket, seats are limited



Russia – Beyond the stereotypes

Olga Sviblova and Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow will present an exhibition “Beyond the stereotypes”: Russia in the lenses of three talented photographers. Anna Skladman photographs “golden” children.


Works of Ivan Mikhailov show women of different generations of the same family. Tim Parshikov pictures the postindustrial city of Magnitogorsk.

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Saturday January 25 and Sunday 26 January from 10.00 to 19.00. to February 22: Monday – Saturday from 13.00 to 19.00. In the hall of «Grande Réservoir»

Tour of the exhibition on Sunday 26 January at 14.30



During the festival, colored stripes will appear on the walls of the city representing the characters of Russian fairy tales. Tape-art – is a typeof graffiti, where the tape is used instead of paint. Artist Iris Veverka creates a mysterious, fantastic world through lines and ephemeral forms.


Admission is free, master class with Iris Veverka (minimum age of 15 years): Sunday 26 January from 13.30 to 15.30 in the Novotel. Inscription Online russenko.fr


Friday 24 January at 17.00 in the school Jean Perrin

Saturday 25 January at 17.00 in the ECAM

Sunday 26 January at 16.00 in front of the City Hall



During the festival there will be concerts of folk, classical and contemporary music at the City Hall, in the church and in the cafe-restaurants in Kremlin Bicêtre.


TRUD (Pop-Rock) and Au Bazar Chik (Hip-hop funk rock)

Collaboration between RussenKo and Moscow music festival Picnic “Afisha” will introduce young Russian creative teams to the European audience.

Within RussenKo 2014 a concert will be held by the band TRUD (Labor), which was a sensation at the Picnic “Afisha” music festival in 2013.

Saturday 25 January – 18.00 café-restaurant Le KB – Free Entrance



Street theater troupe “Royal giraffe” will hold a carnival on the theme of “fantastic Russian fairy tales.” Theater “Royale Giraffe” will create specifically for RussenKo a unique and striking design, a big carnival, involving the city residents. Troupe from Estonia, headed by Stanislav Varkki, the Maitre of the Russian street theater brings RussenKo to the city street.


Sunday 26 January

17.30 Starting point Library «L’ECHO». Come in costume!

Festival RussenKo / 5th Edition

Pass 1 day 5 € / 2 days 8 € and free for children under 6 years old

Detailed program: www.russenko.fr

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