Monday 24 October 2016 to Monday 07 November 2016

As a part of the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature 2016 the British Council has gathered a party of Russian and British writers, artists, photographers and musicians to explore and perform in five Russian cities this autumn. The so-called ‘TransLit’ project is an art residency which will travel along the route of Russia’s Trans-Siberian railway. The party gathers in Moscow on 24 October before departing for Kazan, where they will spend a several days before travelling further east to Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk. Their time will be divided between experiencing local culture, listening to people’s stories and creating new work. 

An integral part of the journey will be the creative evenings in each city-stop, where the travellers will tell stories through music, poetry, readings and discussion and share new poems, songs and anecdotes inspired by their journey into Siberia.

Acclaimed British writer and researcher Andrew Dickson will speak about different interpretations of Shakespeare that he has discovered around the world. Award-winning novelists Alisa Ganieva and Joe Dunthorne will read from their work and discuss contemporary British and Russian literature with critic Konstantin Milchin. Gruff Rhys, the frontman of psychedelic Welsh rock band Super Furry Animals, will meet with local musicians and perform songs written en route. 

This Russo-British expedition party will spend 14 days together, visit five cities and travel thousands of kilometres in a single train carriage. They will share personal observations, artistic collaborations, discussions and arguments via social media and online journal.

Following the trip, fellow-traveller and British media artist Francesca Panetta will curate creative responses from all the travellers – including those of renowned Russian photographer Maxim Avdeev and documentary filmmaker Arseny Khachaturyan –  into a bilingual, multimedia special project for new culture website, InRussia.

TransLit departs Moscow on 24 October and arrives back in the capital on 7 November with a public event in which the travellers will share their work and experiences of Russia.


Literary Salon "TransLit" in Kazan' 26 October 19:00 Register
Admission is free
Literary Salon "TransLit" in Ekaterinburg 28 October 19:00 Register
Admission is free
Literary Salon "TransLit" in Novosibirsk 31 October 19:00 Register
Admission is free
Literary Salon "TransLit" in Krasnoyarsk 5 November 12:30 Register
Admission is free
Literary Salon "TransLit" in Moscow 7 November 19:00 Register
Admission is free