2 January 2011, 17:46

2011: Cultural Exchange Year for Russia and Spain

2011: Cultural Exchange Year for Russia and Spain

Russia and Spain will have 2011 as their cross-cultural exchange year to host 700 events to boost mutual cooperation in science, education, culture and economics. Diplomatic relations between Russia and Spain started in 1667. The two nations have faced many hardships since then and it was not always easy to keep a high level of cultural cooperation.

Russia and Spain will have 2011 as their cross-cultural exchange year to host 700 events to boost mutual cooperation in science, education, culture and economics.

Diplomatic relations between Russia and Spain started in 1667. The two nations have faced many hardships since then and it was not always easy to keep a high level of cultural cooperation. That is why the ongoing program is expected to fill in the gaps. Mikhail Shvydkoy, Special Presidential Representative for International Culture Cooperation, commented on the issue in an interview with the VOR…

A year of cross-cultural exchange is always a challenge but the game is worth the candle. Meetings of historians, playwrights, film makers is a kind of energy exchange, which is always good for the bilateral ties. We can boast good relations between the Spanish king and prime minister with our leaders, and interesting cooperation in culture. For instance, in September our Bolshoi Theater performed at Teatro Real de Madrid, and it was first time when a foreign company opened a new season. Actually, Russian music and Russian stage directors will be ‘reigning’ at Teatro Real for two years. In late February the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg is hosting a marvelous exhibition of 60 masterpieces from Madrid`s main Prado museum. The Moscow Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts will exhibit Salvador Dali paintings.

In response, the Hermitage Museum will hold an exhibition at Prado. Besides, the Moscow Museum of Contemporary History will show the audience in Madrid a unique collection of 1,500 posters made during the Spanish Civil War in 1936-1939. ‘These are the things Spain once presented to the Soviet Union”, Mr. Shvydkoy said.

This promises to be a fruitful year in the art of theatre as Piotr Fomenko`s studio from Moscow and Lev Dodin`s company from Saint Petersburg are expected in Spain on tour. The Spanish audiences will also enjoy performances of the Bolshoi, the Mariinsky and the Novosibirsk opera and ballet theatres. For its part, Teatro Real de Madrid will present “Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny”, an opera by a German composer Kurt Weill.

The Spanish Christmas in Russia’ festival that began in Moscow on 29th of December promises a year rich in music. A concert of the Mariinsky orchestra under the baton of maestro Valery Gergiev in Madrid on New Year`s Eve was a kind of a prologue to Russia-Spain year of cultural exchange.

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