Russian Cultural Seasons is a traditional festival devoted to Russian culture that includes art exhibitions, meet-and-greet sessions, concerts, performances, lectures, literary readings and receptions in honour of the “Russian Days” and “Russian Language Day” celebrations. The first Russian Cultural Seasons festival was held in Switzerland in 2012 and attracted great interest from Russians living in the country, as well as from the native Swiss population. Among the people who have taken part in the festival in previous years are Mikhail Shemyakin, Yuri Bashmet, Irina Rodina, Marina Zudina, Anatoly Smelyansky, Konstantin Khabensky, Igor Butman, Oleg Tabakov, the Cossack Dance ensemble, the International Youth Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists orchestra, the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre and many more.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Events such as the «Russian Cultural Seasons» festival are if especial value.
Intercultural dialogue has always complemented diplomatic endeavours, playing a significant role in building up contacts between people and nations. I am certain that our mutual interest in the arts will continue tp help draw together our positions and efforts to meet the many global chanllenges effectively.S.E. Naryshkin
Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation
It is critical for the Russian cultural community to be recognised not only at home but also abroad. Especially in Switzerland. The tow countries have been involved in active cultural exchanges for centuries. At various times, prominent Russian people ot letters - Gogol, Herzen and Tsvetaeva lived and wrote in Switzerland. It was here that Tchaikovsky composed his famous operas «Eugene Onegin» and «The Maid of Orleans». Switzerland still remembers the profound cultural ties that crystallise into such remarkable projects.Vladimir MEDINSKY
Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation
I am convinced that Russian cultural seasons in Switzerland will actively promote the cultural relationship between Russia and Switzerland. This festival allows the Swiss public to develop a vision of our country and rediscover Russia as a land with an immensely rich cultural heritage and unique traditions. It is especially pleasant that Russia is represented by the Moscow Art Theatre, a pillar of Russian theatrical culture.Konstantin KOSACHYOV
Head of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Cultural Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo)