Russian Heritage Day at Cambridge Russian School

Saturday, 18th November 2017, 12 noon till 4pm

Please come and join us for the whole day of exciting activities!

LUNCH TIME (13:30 – 14:15): freshly cooked, delicious, homemade Russian food, plus games!

Children’s entertainment throughout the afternoon, including cartoons and face-painting. There will also be authentic music entertainment by a Folk Group Kalinka, our friends from Northampton.

FREE tasting of Russian food and FREE talks, workshops & masterclasses – everyone is most welcome to stop by for all or part of the afternoon. There is no need to register, but we would appreciate it if you could express your interest please, to give us some idea of the numbers. Please write to:

In the programme:

Workshops and Masterclasses:

  • 12:10 – 12:50  Music class – learn to sing a Russian song and impress your friends (no knowledge of Russian is required), taken by a professional musician and an experienced teacher of music and singing Svetlana Boutwood
  • 13:00 – 13:30  Folk dance class for beginners, led by professional folk dancers Yulia Simon Neal and Alex Komarov
  • 15:00 – 15:30  Art workshop: Russia-inspired crafts – learn to decorate a wooden spoon! Led by a professional artist and experienced teacher Vida Dagyte

Interactive Taster Sessions of Russian Language for Beginners: (led by experienced and enthusiastic teachers of Russian, native-speakers – Anna Nerukh and Tanya Yurasova)

  • 12:10 12:40 (for adults and older children)
  • 15:00 15:30 (for adults and older children)

Entertaining and Fun Talks:

  • 12:10 – 12:40  Russian Space Exploration: What you didn’t know, and what is worth knowing!” Come and find out about the sputniks, the cosmonauts and the Lunokhods! By Macrae Morse, who has first-hand knowledge of the topic, through his work for Telesat, a company that launches commercial satellites in collaboration with Russia
  • 13:00 – 13:30  Cambridge Links with Russia“, by Dr Tanya Yurasova, who has an interest in local history and is a green-badge Cambridge guide and a teacher of Mathematics and Russian
  • 14:15 – 14:45  Western Myths and Stereotypes about Russia“: What was life in the USSR like during the Cold War? To what extent do Western stereotypes reflect the Soviet reality? By Marina Burrell, who has taught the Russian Language and Culture at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and at the University of Essex, and is now a lecturer at WEA. The talk is illustrated with period artefacts, and video and audio clips.
  • 15:15 – 15:45  Cambridge and the Russian Revolution“, by Dr Sean Lang, Senior Lecturer in History at Anglia Ruskin University, also a professional playwright and regular broadcaster on radio and television


  • 15:30 – 16:00  Finishing off with a short and crisp, entertaining QUIZ – see how much you know or have just learned about Russia!

All activities are incorporated into an ordinary school day on a Saturday – with the main lessons carrying on as usual, so you will have a chance to catch a glimpse of “one day in the life of Cambridge Russian School”, meet new people and make new friends.

We look forward to seeing you at Cambridge Russian School!