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Trafalgar Square unites with Red Square, Moscow for London’s own Russian Maslenitsa festival: 19 – 26 February 2012

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Say goodbye to winter with Vodka and pancakes, music and song at the London Maslenitsa Festival - a traditional Russian festival to welcome the spring
London Maslenitsa Festival is the largest celebration of Russian culture, art, music and food anywhere outside Russia.
Events take place across London from 19-26 February culminating in a day-long spectacular in Trafalgar Square on Sunday, 26 February
A live video link will connect Maslenitsa revellers in Trafalgar Square with those in Moscow’s Red Square
Festival supported by Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London
The London Maslenitsa Festival is the world’s biggest celebration of Russian culture outside of the country itself and will be taking place in London from the 19 - 26 February 2012.  
The second annual London Maslenitsa Festival will bring venues across the city to life with a week of performances, food, exhibitions and events that will transport this important celebration of Russian culture to the heart of London. Highlights include a fashion show from leading and up-and-coming Russian designers at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a children’s production performed by the renowned Moscow State Gogol Theatre at Shaftesbury Theatre, and master-classes with celebrity Russian Chefs exploring authentic Russian cuisine, including the quintessential Maslenitsa delicacy: the Blini.
The events build to the climax of the Festival, 26 February - the day of Maslenitsa itself - when Trafalgar Square will be transformed into a bustling bazaar offering traditional Russian foods, handicrafts and souvenirs and original art from contemporary Russian artists. At the same time performances from some of Russia’s most acclaimed dance, theatre, folk, pop and jazz artists will entertain the audience from the Festival’s main stage. Entrance is FREE and events run from 1300-1900hrs.
London’s Maslenitsa Festival takes place at the same time as Maslenitsa festivals across Russia including Moscow’s Red Square. Londoners will able to exchange traditional Russian Maslenitsa greetings with Muscovites via giant video screens that will connect both Festivals taking place a thousand miles apart.
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