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Русское Общество в Суссексе

Sussex Russian Society


The Sussex Russian Society has been formed as an open co-operative.   That's to say, it's open to anybody who is interested to come along to any of the meetings, and perhaps to contribute.  There is no membership fee, so a donation of £3 when you attend will cover the cost of each meeting.  Regulars include people who have visited Russia as students or tourists, some who have followed Russian language courses, some who have no language knowledge but are enthusiastic about Russian art, music, literature.  All are welcome!

Meetings will usually be held on the second Monday evening of each month, starting again in October, and the venue will normally be in Lewes.  Before the topic for the evening, meetings start with бутерброды and other light refreshments. Do bring a contribution to that, if you can.



The next meeting is on Monday 9 February
starting at
7.15 pm

Suggestions for future topics are always welcome -
use the e-mail link above.

Meetings during the 2014-2015 season of the Sussex Russian Society

2014

Monday 13 October 2014
Friends’ Meeting House, 8-15 Friars Walk, Friars Walk. Lewes
7.45 pm
Georgia - Yesterday, today, and tomorrow

Land of history, legend, vineyards and mountains,
celebrated in verse by Pushkin and Lermontov.
What future for a small country with Russia as an aggressive neighbour ?

Followed by discussion on future plans for the Society

Home and Abroad: Russian Perspectives

Professor Roger Cockrell (University of Exeter)

A fortnightly course for Lewes U3A, starting on Tuesday 14 October, 10 am to midday,
continuing for ten weeks until March.
Lewes Town Hall Lecture Room

“My compatriots and I carry our country about with us”
(composer Sergei Prokofiev, speaking during his period of exile).

What does the word ‘home’ mean for Russians? The aim of this course will be to explore the question as reflected in the works of Russian writers in their historical and political context. No knowledge of Russian will be required - all will be discussed in English translation. The course will run for ten weeks over two terms.  More detail on the content of the course here.

Click for a form to register with Lewes U3A (pdf)

Monday 10 November 2014
Friends’ Meeting House, 8-15 Friars Walk, Friars Walk. Lewes
7.45 pm
Terry Metheringham will talk on
Sergei Prokofiev - the Soviet Years
Prokofiev returned permanently to the Soviet Union in the early 1930's
after 25 years composing and performing abroad. This talk will explore his life and work on his return to his homeland.
Monday 8 December 2014
Friends’ Meeting House, 8-15 Friars Walk, Friars Walk. Lewes
7.45 pm
John Hubbard will talk on
F M Dostoevsky as novelist and thinker - a personal perspective
Is he a moral philosopher who happens to be a novelist ?
Or a quasi-crime novelist who happens to be a moral philosopher?

2015

Monday 12 January 2015
Friends’ Meeting House, 8-15 Friars Walk, Friars Walk. Lewes
7.15 pm this evening
ВЕЧЕРИНКА
As we look forwrd to the New Year a little music - please bring some finger food to share.
Do you have an anecdote, story, poem, or artefact to talk about?


С Новым Годом!
Monday   9 February 2015
Friends’ Meeting House, 8-15 Friars Walk, Friars Walk. Lewes
7.15 pm this evening
Kevin Allen is going to talk on
Yiddish literature in Tsarist Russia and the Soviet Union
A new secular literature emerged in the 1860s,and Yiddish prose and poetry flourished in the ensuing decades, even enjoying an unprecedented degree of official support in the early years of Soviet rule, but coming to a tragic end with the murder of six leading writers in 1952.
Monday   9 March 2015
Friends’ Meeting House, 8-15 Friars Walk, Friars Walk. Lewes
7.15 pm this evening
Professor Roger Cockrell will give a talk on "Forgotten" Soviet Russian writers of the 1920's
Although the Bolshevik leaders set out after 1917 to create a qualitatively new society liberated from all the contradictions that had characterised previous eras, the tensions inherent in the relationship between literature and the state remained as potent as ever.

The talk will aim to illuminate a traumatic epoch in Russian history with a discussion of selected texts by now largely forgotten authors like Alexander Fadeyev, Vsevolod Ivanov and Andrei Platonov.
Monday 13 April 2015
Friends’ Meeting House, 8-15 Friars Walk, Friars Walk. Lewes
7.15 pm this evening
Shostakovich: Unforgettable 1961

In 1961 two Shostakovich symphonies had their first performances:

· the 12th celebrating the 1917 revolution, and

· the 4th written in 1937, but withdrawn before its scheduled first performance.

In this talk
Terry Metheringham explores what these two symphonies tell us about Shostakovich and his times.
Monday 11 May 2015
Friends’ Meeting House, 8-15 Friars Walk, Friars Walk. Lewes
7.15 pm this evening
Sonya Baksi will talk on
Anna Karenina steps through the looking glass
Exploring the theme of how far Tolstoy's character reflects the manners and expectations of women of Anna's class in her day with some startling results.
Monday   8 June 2015
Friends’ Meeting House, 8-15 Friars Walk, Friars Walk. Lewes
7.15 pm this evening
Beryl Williams, Emeritus Reader in History, University of Sussex will give a talk on
Art & Industrialists in late Tsarist Russia

This illustrated lecture will focus on the role of merchants in Moscow as philanthropists,
on their involvement in local government and especially their importance as art patrons.
 


Students and schools --

click the image to the right for useful internet resources for historical background, particularly an Encyclopaedia of Russia: 1860-1945

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Russian government website
(по-русски)

a way to get
Russian TV channels
through broadband internet

The Russian Society
at the University of Sussex
links to a wide variety of resources and contacts

Events in London
at the Russian Cultural Centre

The Russian Bookshop at Waterstones Piccadilly London
The Russian Bookshop has now been open for just over a year. There are over 5,000 Russian language titles and English language books about Russia, for adults and children alike.


Russian restaurant and tea-room in London

Cultural organisations

Academia Rossica
76 Brewer Street, London W1F 9TX
nearest tube Piccadilly Circus

(Piccadilly/Bakerloo lines)

A London-based arts organisation, Academia Rossica has been building cultural relations between Russia and western Europe. It has pioneered inter-cultural projects in fields from contemporary art and music to literature and film.

Events list

Pushkin House
5a Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA
nearest tube station Holborn (Central line),

or Russell Square (Piccadilly line)

Pushkin House has been established to serve as a home and dedicated resource centre for Russian culture in London. It maintains a varied cultural programme on Russian literature, art, film, music, theatre and dance, as well as history, philosophy and politics. Events include lectures and talks, seminars, conferences, exhibitions, films, concerts and readings.

MosFilm

MosFilm - Russian film archive

Since the end of 2011 some 200 films have been available to view through MosFilm's arrangement with YouTube. More are added every week.
There is a short listing on MosFilm's website (English version)
and, with patience, you can make your way through the full MosFilm listing on YouTube.  Nearly all have English subtitles available.