Popularization of Russian Culture in the World

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The uniqueness of each people's culture is not only its hallmark, but it also represents the phenomenon of cultural diversity of human civilization. Russian culture is an integral part of it.

Russia is a country with great cultural heritage and centuries-old traditions. The historical and geographical specificities of the country contributed to the fact that Russia had always been developing as a state with many coexisting and co-evolving cultures, complementing each other. It is this particularity that makes Russian culture attractive to foreigners, who have been trying for centuries to grasp the mysterious "Russian soul".

Russian achievements in literature, music, ballet, theater, visual arts are recognized worldwide.

Russian literature not only reflects the aesthetic, moral and spiritual values of the people, but is also remarkable for the deep psychologism of human characters. The works of Alexander Pushkin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, and Sergey Esenin constitute a notable part of world literature.

Russian classical music is famous around the world due to works of such composers as Peter Tchaikovsky, Mikhail Glinka, Sergei Rachmaninov, Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, and Dmitri Shostakovich.

Russian fine arts have been glorified by many artists, including Valentin Serov, Vasily Surikov, Viktor Vasnetsov, Alexander Ivanov Kazimir Malevich, Mark Shagal. Their paintings are often displayed at international art exhibitions.

Russian theatre and ballet schools have acquired acknowledgement and respect in the world. Many theater and film actors have adopted the Stanislavsky method of acting. Many Russian theaters have earned international acclaim, such as the Mariinsky Theatre, the Bolshoi and Maly Theatres. The Russian ballet was made famous by Galina Ulanova, Maya Plisetskaya, Rudolf Nuriev, Mikhail Baryshnikov. The "Russian Seasons," and then the "Russian Ballet" by Sergei Diaghilev always gathered full halls and were the biggest events in the culture world. The names of Feodor Shalyapin, Sergei Lemeshev, Galina Vishnevskaya were inscribed in the world’s history of opera.

Since the emergence of Russian cinema, it has been evolving in parallel with historical processes in the country and in the world. Many Russian films received leading awards such as the Prize of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscar), and awards of the Cannes International Film Festival. Such films as Sergei Eisenstein's "Battleship Potemkin", Grigori Alexandrov's "Jolly Fellows", Ivan Pyrev’s "Swineherd and shepherd", Sergei Bondarchuk's "War and Peace", Mikhail Kalatozov’s "The Cranes Are Flying", Andrei Tarkovsky’s "Solaris", Vladimir Menshov’s "Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears", Nikita Mikhalkov's "Burnt by the Sun", Pavel Lungin’s "Island", Alexander Cott’s "Brest Fortress" became the classics of world cinema.

One of the activities of Rossotrudnichestvo consists in promoting Russian cultural heritage abroad, and in contributing to international cultural cooperation. Rossotrudnichestvo supports and implements international projects in the areas of culture and art, in accordance with the Main Directions of Policy of Russian Federation in the Area of International Cultural and Humanitarian Cooperation.

The Agency has 94 Representative Offices in 80 countries with their doors open for all those interested in Russia and Russian culture. The Russian Centers for Science and Culture regularly host various activities aimed at promoting the culture of the peoples of Russia such as Russian folk concerts; music and dance performances; creative meetings with famous Russian cultural figures; exhibitions of modern artists; thematic exhibitions of archival materials of Russian museums; the latest Russian films shows; Russian theater performances for adult and child audiences.

Rossotrudnichestvo is actively involved in the cross-years of Russia and foreign countries. It carries out numerous events abroad, dedicated to the memorable dates of Russian history.