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A unique Russian Festival where you can sample food and more
'Dobro pozhalovat' is 'Welcome' in Russia, and organisers wish to welcome everyone to the inaugural Melbourne Russian Festival, 2018, which is hosted by the Russian Ethnic Representative Council of Victoria.
This will be a celebration of all the richness and diversity of the Russian culture. Held on Saturday 21st April at one of the most iconic places in Melbourne - Tom's Block, Kings Domain, Linlithgow Avenue, Melbourne.
This area will be turned into a traditional Russian village for a unique and incredible day of delicious food, fantastic live performances and unique masterclasses, concluding with an open-air Russian moonlight cinema. The event is one not to be missed!
Bake Off Competition Registration is now open for the traditional pastry contest in the framework of the Russian Culture Festival! The festival would not be complete without this baking event and will include traditional Russian dishes.
There will be three categories in this competition:
1) Traditional bread 2) Sweet pie 3) Savoury pie
There will be 3 winners in each category who will be selected to receive a commemorative medal.
All you have to do is fill out the application, get confirmation from the organisers, get baking, and bring your pastries/food on the day of the festival, from 9.00 to 10.00 am. You can register here.
The festival begins at 10.00 am when the performances start on the central stage. Here you can see and hear delightful music and great performances that will surely make you want to dance! So, don't be shy, you are welcome to join the dancers and learn some of these traditional Russian steps.
So that you can experience Russian culture, you will be able to take part in one of their amazing masterclasses, featuring some of the well-known traditional folk crafts, many of which are centuries old and cannot be found elsewhere. They include:
Khokhloma this is a traditional Russian wood painting style, which is known for its bright flower patterns and red and gold colours over a black background. You may have seen these on the "eggs" or dolls.
The art of pottery here, you will get your hands dirty, however, this masterclass is a fascinating one to do. You will discover the Russian pottery technique and watch the creation of a pot from start to finish.
"Lapti" braiding this is one of the oldest handicrafts in Russia. Lapti are the traditional shoes worn by the Russian peasants. They are made of bast - a part of the tree bark - and are woven and fitted to the shape of a foot. Lapti became an obsolete footwear in the beginning of the 20th century, but still have a prominent place in the Russian folklore.
Beer Garden and Food stalls
Everyone is invited to get together over a glass of beer and enjoy authentic delicacies. Russian cuisine has its own unique tastes and foods, which is due to the vast and multi-ethnic expanse of Russia itself. Relax and be ready for a delicious culinary journey through the Russian food heritage!
Art and Craft fair
There will be an Art and Craft section to have a look around and to buy some of the iconic souvenirs, including the world-famous Russian wooden doll known as Matreshka, or hand-made Russian jewellery.
The Children's Village will have lots of fun activities for children of all ages, including animal farm, face painting, games and entertainment. Come along and bring your children here for an unforgettable experience.
Russian moonlight cinema
And last, but definitely not least, the festival will conclude with the Russian moonlight cinema, screening some of the most iconic Russian movies. Definitely not to be missed!
Entry to this Russian Festival is free, and the programme is being updated, with more activities to come, so keep an eye on this link for updates on the festival.
About the Russian Ethnic Representative Council
Commonly known as RERC, this is a Victoria community organisation founded in 1984 whose aim is to "unite and represent interests of Russian migrants living in Victoria."
If you would like to participate in the festival as an artist, exhibitor, food supplier or volunteer, please contact organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org.