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"Russian Night Festival" Meets Locals in Fall
Essence of Russian Culture to Be Shown Sept. 15-24
Russian Ambassador to Seoul Gleb A. Ivashentsov (left) poses with co-president of Russia-Korea Committee for Exchanges and Festival Promotion Son Sook (2ne from left) and Lee Boo-Young (letf), and the president of Stas Namin Center Mr. Stas Namin.

A large-scale cultural events of Russia are planned in early fall this year on the occasion of the 16th anniversary of diplomatic relations between South Korean and Russian Federation, according to the Russian Embassy in Seoul.

In a press conference held at its embassy in Seoul on July 25, 2006, Russian Ambassador to Seoul Gleb A. Ivashentsov announced that Russian drama, dance, an opera, exhibitions, symposium, and concerts will be shown to the local people from Sept. 15 to Sept. 24, 2006 under the tile of "The Russian Night Festival 2006: Good Morning Russia."

Amb. Ivashentsov said the Russian Night Festival was planned in commemoration of the 16th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Russia and South Korean established official relations on Spet. 30, 1990.

The Russian Night Festival was organized by the Russia-Korea Committee for Exchanges and Festival Promotion comprising top politicians and other social leaders of Korea.

At the conference Amb. Ivashentsov said that more cultural exchanges will take place through this festival between the historically important neighboring countries.

A total of 11 performances on six genres will be introduced during the festival to show the essence of the Russian arts and culture. The venue will be Kumho Museum of Art in Seoul and Seongnam Arts Center in Seongnam just east of Seoul.

For the opening Moscow Symphony Orchestra Pop's Concert will perform in Seoul Plaza in front of the Seoul City Hall at 8 p.m. on Sept. 15, 2006.

"Shadow -The Metamorphoses" by Moscow Theater Ten will be staged at Seongnam Art Center from Sept. 16 to Sept. 17, 2006.

Russian dances will be performed by Olga Pona & The Chelyabinsk Theatre of Contemporary Dance at Seongnam Art Center from Sept. 20 to Sept. 21, 2006.

Moscow Theater Helikon-Opera will stage Dmitrii D. Shostakovich's "Lady Macbeth of The Mtsensk District" at Seongnam Arts Center between Sept. 22 and Sept. 24, 2006.

The above three Russian art groups will meet with local fans in their first performance in the nation.

Famous Russian lesbian pop group will also make its first Korean debut at Olympic Hall in Olympic Park in Jamshil, eastern Seoul on Sept. 19, 2006.

On Sept. 15 and Sept. 19, 2006 "A Symposium on Korean & Russian Industry and Economy" will be held at Grand Plaza Hotel in front of Seoul City Hall under the joint sponsorship of Korea Energy Economics Institute, Korea Railroad Corporation, and the festival committee.

In the symposium participants will discuss in depth issues of energy and railroad in particular.

For details or inquiries contact Ms. Song Jung-Jin, manager of Stage One: 02-780-5056



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