Pushkin House and IZBA club are delighted to invite you to LADO - a weekend festival of Russian Folk Song and Traditions. The curator of the Festival - Polina Proutskova of IZBA Club - has created a fascinating programme exploring Russia’s rich national traditions.
On the opening day of the festival we will be showing a film about the unique village of Podserednieje, 400 miles south of Moscow, which is renowned for its musical phenomenon. Podseredneye's music is polyphonic and improvised, performed with an open, unconstrained voice and a high level of musical mastery. The film was inspired by the East Warsaw ensemble which spent two years visiting the village. The screening will be followed by a concert by the members of East Warsaw ensemble.
Saturday will kick off with a demonstration of colourful traditional costumes, followed by a vocal workshop with Polina Shepherd and Polina Proutskova. Pushkin House Director Clementine Cecil will give a lecture on the architecture of Russian village churches their fate in Soviet times and the challenges this rich heritage faces today. The day will be rounded off with an evening concert "Dimensions of Russian Song" with IZBA Voices and The London Russian Choir. Russian pies will be available all day; get a nice cup of tea, make yourself comfortable in the library, and there is a good chance that you see some traditional fashion or hear an impromptu singing performance.
The festival will come to a close on Sunday with a concert from Polina Proutskova and Lyubov Pronina who will take everyone aged 0-99 from Russia around the globe in a lively and enchanting programme of lullabies and much loved children's songs.
We look forward to seeing you!
Please note, there are discounted WHOLE DAY (£30) and HALF DAY (£20) tickets available for LADO FESTIVAL DAY ONE.