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2017

Maslenitsa 2017

The Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden hosted its annual Maslenitsa celebration at the Rockefeller Greenhouse.

It featured Best Bliny and Babuskha contests, Russian music, kids games, food and a special concert by some young students.



The Top 3 Best Blini Winners

The Top 3 Best Blini Winners


Photos and videos of the 2017 Maslenitsa


Young People's Concert at Maslenitsa 2017

Young (ages 6-16) students of pianist and instructor Olga Druzhinina from Olga's Music Studio performed in the Rockefeller Greenhouse at Maslenitsa.


The young performers and their teacher

The young performers and their teacher


Photos and videos of the performance at the 2017 Maslenitsa


People and Costumes at Maslenitsa 2017

The colorful and traditional costumes were one of the highlights of the 2017 Maslenitsa.


Maslenitsa costumes

Photos of people and costumes at the 2017 Maslenitsa


2016

Cleveland Russian community at Cleveland Multicultural Event

The Cleveland Russian Community was represented at the 7th annual International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) holiday party on December 14, 2016.

120 people participated in the fashion show and each walked the runway to music from their country. Click on the white arrow to watch the short video of the Russian models Antonina Pakholkova Mohamed, Elissa Mohamed, Kristina Shapiro, Varvara Zasukhina and Ken Kovach.



Fashions from Russia at ICC-WIN event

Fashions from Russia at ICC-WIN event

Fashions from Russia at ICC-WIN event

Fashions from Russia at ICC-WIN event

Fashions from Russia at ICC-WIN event

Fashions from Russia at ICC-WIN event

Ken Kovach - Fashions from Russia at ICC-WIN event

See more from the 2016 International Fashion Show


Russian Cultural Garden On One World Day 2016

The Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden and Russian community participated in the 71st One World Day on August 28, 2016. They began with the Parade of Flags.

Russia in Parade of Flags


Throughout the day members of the Russian community of Cleveland hosted hundreds of visitors in the Russian Cultural Garden and shared Russian food, music, dance and culture.

Russian Cultural Garden on One World Day 2016

Photos and videos of the Russian Garden on One World Day


Polina Kornyushenko at One World Day 2016

11 year old Polina Kornyushenko sang accompanied by her teacher and pianist Olga Druzhinina at the 71st annual One World Day in the Centennial Year of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

Polina Kornyushenko

Polina Kornyushenko


Photos and videos of the performance by Polina Kornyushenko


Russian Cultural Garden Groundbreaking

The Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the Garden on Thursday June 23, 2016.



Svetlana Stolyarova, Jeff Johnson, Anda Cook and Boris Vinogradsky

Svetlana Stolyarova, Jeff Johnson,
Anda Cook and Boris Vinogradsky


Photos and videos of the Russian Garden Groundbreaking


Maslenitsa 2016

The Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden hosted its second annual Maslenitsa celebration at the Rockefeller Greenhouse.

It featured Best Bliny and Babuskha contests, Russian music, kids games, food, souvenirs and an offical end to winter with the 'burning" of Kostroma.



Best Babushka Contest ladies

Best Babushka Contest ladies

Photos and videos of the 2016 Maslenitsa


People and Costumes at Maslenitsa 2016

The colorful and traditional costumes were one of the highlights of the 2016 Maslenitsa.


Russian costumes at  Maslenitsa celebration at the Rockefeller Greenhouse to benefit the Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden

Photos of people and costumes at the 2016 Maslenitsa


2015

Traditional Russian Clothing

A highlight of the 6th annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity held in the atrium of the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center by the International Community Council-Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) was the multicultural fashion show.

afans with kokoshniks. Sarafan is a traditional Russian jumper dress worn as Russian folk costume by women and girls. Kokoshnik is a matching headpiece. The costumes were made by Katerina Turichenko with the help of Oksana Dallas for One World Day this Fall and by Antonina Pakholkova for this fashion show.

We'll do the "Bread and Salt" greeting as it is an old welcome greeting ceremony in Russia. In modern days, on official occasions, bread and salt is presented on rushnik (an embroidered towel) by young women dressed in national costumes.

Fashion of Russia

Fashion of Russia

Fashion of Russia

Fashion of Russia

Fashion of Russia

Videos and photos of the International Fashion Show


Stabrova Russian Youth Ballet

The Stabrova Youth Ballet performed at the Cleveland Museum of Art's International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the museum. They were sponsored by the Russian Cultural Garden.

Stabrova Youth Ballerina

Stabrova Youth Ballerina

Photos and videos of the Stabrova Russian Youth Ballet


St. Sergius Cathedral Annual Russian Festival

St Sergius Cathedral presented the 2015 Russian Festival over the weekend of July 24-26, 2015. There was delicious Russian food and beverages, a Russian Tea Room, Vendors,a Kid's Korner and, of course, Russian entertainment including the Golden Gates Musical Group and the Iveria Georgian Dancers from St. Petersburg Russia.

Iveria Georgian Dancers

Iveria Georgian Dancers

Photos and videos from the Russian Festival


Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus

The Cuyahoga Cossacks Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus under the direction of Michael Pilat performed a Russian folk song about 12 Robbers featuring Ken Kovach at the 70th annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. This performance was part of the annual Cleveland International Folk Festival.

Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus at One World Day

Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus at One World Day


Photos and videos from the Russian Chorus at One World Day


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First annual Maslenitsa celebration in Russian Cultural Garden

The Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden hosted its first annual Maslenitsa celebration on the site of their coming Garden. The snow and cold was not a problem for the event - it was a welcome necessity! Maslenitsa is celebrated outside in Russia so outdoor activities are expected and part of the fun.

There were snow games, a Bliny Cook Off, a babushka contest and life size matryoshka cutouts for photos and more.

Posing with the matryoshka cutouts

Posing with the matryoshka cutouts

ClevelandPeople.Com was a media sponsor for the event and we have 5 pages of photos and videos covering the snow games, contests and people.

Photos and videos of the first annual Maslenitsa







2014

Russian Fashion at Cleveland Multicultural Event

Representatives from the Cleveland Russian community participated in the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio. They modeled Russian costumes at the International Fashion Show which featured traditional costumes of dozens of countries.

Fashion of Russia

Fashion of Russia


Photos and videos of the International Fashion Show


Europa Russian Restaurant in Pepper Pike
September 30, 2014

The Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport event in September 2014 was at the Europa Russian Restaurant in Pepper Pike. Russia is a huge country. So just as there are many different languages and types of people in different parts of Russia, there are different food preferences. The Food Adventure to Europa was a sampling of many traditional Russian foods and culture.

Svetlana Stolyarova

Svetlana Stolyarova in the Ice Bar at Europa

More from the Russian Adventure


Grand Piano Concert in the Russian Cultural Garden

August 24, 2014

The Russian Cultural Garden hosted its first inaugural "Grand Piano in the Russian Garden" concert. The event took place on the site of a future Russian Cultural Garden on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Rockefeller Park. The concert's theme was "Music of the Cultural Gardens of Cleveland" and featured works from composers in other Cultural Gardens such as Chopin (Polish Garden) and Liszt (Hungarian Garden). Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky represented the future Russian Garden.

Boris Vinogradsky, Svetlana Stolyarova and performers

Dmitry Tyurin, Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev, Svetlana Stolyarova,
Nara Avetisyan and Boris Vinogradsky

Congratulations to the leaders of the Russian Cultural Garden for such a wonderful concert in such a beautiful setting. We can't wait till next year.

Photos and videos from the Grand Piano Concert in the Russian Cultural Garden


2013

The Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus performed a traditional Russian folk song at the 4th annual Worldwide Intercultural Network (WIN) holiday celebration of global diversity at the Ariel International Center in Cleveland. They introduced themselves as the Cossacks of the Cuyahoga for the special event.

Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus



See other performances and more from the WIN celebration


Russian Cultural Garden Committee Meeting
February 13, 2013

The Russians are coming to the Cultural Gardens. The plan was presented to the Cultural Garden Federation Board to rave reviews. The Board approved the design and now it must go to the City for the final stamp of approval. On February 13, 2013, the Committee made a presentation of their proposal to friends of the Russian Cultural Garden/

Svetlana Stolyarova with plans for Russian Cultural Garden

Russian Cultural Garden Committee Co-Chair Svetlana Stolyarova


Youngsters Singing Russian Songs at Cleveland Museum of Art
3 young (8, 11 and 13 years old) students of Anastasia Svyatlovskaya at the Celebrity School of Music performed in the Ames Family Atrium in the Cleveland Museum of Art on October 13, 2013.



See more of the young Russian singers


2012

Russians at Ames Family Atrium in the Cleveland Museum of Art
October 28, 2012

The Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus performed and the Russian Cultural Garden staffed a table.

Russian Cultural Garden table

Russian Cultural Garden table


Attendees were invited to write their thoughts about Russia on the pad.

What do you think of Russia?

Sample - What do you think of Russia?



The Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus
Ohio's Celtic and International Festival
August 31, 2012

The Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus

The Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus



Russian Cultural Garden at One World Day
August 26, 2012
Photos and Video

Russian Cultural Garden

Russian Cultural Garden at One World Day



Annual Russian Festival

Russian Festival - St. Sergius of Radonezh Russian Orthodox Cathedral
Parma, Ohio - July 29, 2012

Food, music, Russian crafts and more

Olga Mazina and Irina Kondratola

Olga Mazina and Irina Kondratola cooking at the Festival



Entertainment at the Russian Festival
Moscow Nights, Golden Gate Dancers, Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus

Golden Gates Dancers

Golden Gates Dancers



Ken Kovach in Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Ken Kovach


Ken Kovach was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame on Wednesday May 9, 2012. Ken was introduced by Dick Russ.

See photos and videos of his induction speech and more.


2011

Russian Folk Dancing at Cleveland City Hall





ClevelandPeople.Com Russian Ambassador Ken Kovach taught the crowd some basic Russian dance steps at the 2nd annual WIN Cleveland Holiday Party celebrating Cleveland's Diversity. They then tried the dance steps to the music.


First Annual Russian Festival
St. Sergius of Radonezh Russian Orthodox Cathedral
July 30 & 31, 2011

Luda Rodzianko and wife of pastor Natalie Marzev

Luda Rodzianko and Natalie Marzev




St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers
at the 2011 International Folk Festival

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers



2010

The Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus
at the the 6th annual Carpatho Rusyn Vatra

Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus



Charley Rappaport and Gordon Neidinger play domras

Charley Rappaport, co-founder of the Balalaika and Domra Society of America, performs a Domra duet with his 16 year old student Gordon Neidinger

See more from the Mogadore Balalaika Orchestra.



The Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus
at the the 21st annual International Folk Festival

The Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus


2009


Oleg Kruglyakov on balalaika and Terry Boyarsky on piano entertained the crowd at the Cleveland Hungarian Cultural Garden tribute to Franz Liszt.

Oleg Kruglyakov on balalaika and Terry Boyarsky on piano

See more of this dynamic duo
performing at the Hungarian Cultural Garden



Organizations and Resources for Russians in Cleveland



St. Sergius of Radonezh Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma


St. Sergius of Radonezh Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma

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Cleveland Russian Feedback and Memories

Legendary Reporter Doris O'Donnell tells the story of her trip to Moscow in 1956

Inside Russia with Doris O'Donnell

Doris O'Donnell in Russia
Image courtesy StoryWorks.TV





Russian History and Culture

Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than an eighth of the Earth's land area. It is the ninth largest by population with 142 million people.

Russia extends across the whole of northern Asia and 40% of Europe, spanning 11 time zones and incorporating a great range of environments and landforms.


Memorial for George the Long-Armed, founder of Moscow, in Moscow, Russia - Monument to the city's founder, Yury Dolgoruky

Memorial to Yury Dolgoruky (George the Long-Armed),
the founder of Moscow





Russia

Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new Romanov Dynasty continued this policy of expansion across Siberia to the Pacific.

Under Peter I (ruled 1682-1725), hegemony was extended to the Baltic Sea and the country was renamed the Russian Empire.

Peter the Great officially proclaimed the existence of the Russian Empire in 1721

Peter the Great officially proclaimed the existence of the Russian Empire in 1721

During the 19th century, more territorial acquisitions were made in Europe and Asia. Defeat in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 contributed to the Revolution of 1905, which resulted in the formation of a parliament and other reforms.

Repeated devastating defeats of the Russian army in World War I led to widespread rioting in the major cities of the Russian Empire and to the overthrow in 1917 of the imperial household. The Communists under Vladimir Lenin seized power soon after and formed the USSR.

The brutal rule of Iosif Stain (1928-53) strengthened Communist rule and Russian dominance of the Soviet Union at a cost of tens of millions of lives.

The Soviet economy and society stagnated in the following decades until General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev (1985-91) introduced glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) in an attempt to modernize Communism, but his initiatives inadvertently released forces that by December 1991 splintered the USSR into Russia and 14 other independent republics.

Since then, Russia has shifted its post-Soviet democratic ambitions in favor of a centralized semi-authoritarian state whose legitimacy is buttressed, in part, by carefully managed national elections, former President Putin's genuine popularity, and the prudent management of Russia's windfall energy wealth.

Russia has severely disabled a Chechen rebel movement, although violence still occurs throughout the North Caucasus.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


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