British Council Russia will participate in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games cultural programme, presenting a range of highlight cultural projects within the framework of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.
The cultural programme in Sochi will be opened on February 8 by a Gala Concert of world famous ballet stars. The concert, organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation will include performances by soloists from the Bolshoi Theatre, the Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres, the Royal Ballet and the English National Ballet. The world famous UK dancers, Zdenek Konvalina, Jon Acosta and Matthew Golding will also perform.
On February 14, the British Council will launch a music programme within the framework of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014 by hosting a Selector Live party. Selector Live parties feature the most exciting modern music the UK has to offer, chosen by Selector radio programme editors. The headliners of the Selector Live party in Sochi will be an indie rock band Young Knives. All of their six singles have made it into the UK Singles Chart Top 30. The band was also nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.
On March 14, the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games cultural programme will include a performance by Stopgap — world famous leaders in the field of inclusive dance. Their new production Artificial Things was highly praised in Europe in autumn 2013. Artificial Things will lead on from the Unlimited project, which was organized for the London 2012 Paralympic Games with the participation of the British Council. Its aim is to bring together sport and cultural initiatives between the two countries.