UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014 celebrates the rich and diverse cultural relationship of both countries.It aims to foster cultural exchange, increase the flow of ideas and develop stronger relationships between people, institutions and governments. The scale of the programme across arts, education, language, sport and science is indicative of the ambition and aspirations of both countries and represents an ideal opportunity for the UK and Russia to engage in a range of established and new areas.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs leads on the programme in the UK. The official media partner of UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014 in the UK is Russia Beyond the Headlines.
The British Council leads on the programme the UK events in Russia
BP is the founder sponsor of the Year of Culture.
The English Breakfast in Russia. Late 18th – 19th century (until 31 August, Moscow)
The State Historical Museum is hosting the «English Breakfast in Russia. Late 18th — 19th Century» exhibition as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014. The exhibition at the Historical Museum will showcase the traditional way of serving the English breakfast and tea-drinking. The exposition includes custom tea sets made for Emperors’ palaces and pavilions. Visitors can also see sets made for the «middle class», including plates with printed ornaments and others.
Francis Bacon and the Heritage of the Past exhibition (until 8 March, St.Petersburg)
The Francis Bacon and the Heritage of the Past exhibition is open at the General Staff Building to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Hermitage. The exposition includes thirteen paintings by Francis Bacon from the collection of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.
The Phantom of the Opera (until October 2016)
The Russian premiere of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera staged by Stage Entertainment took place on 4 October at the MDM Theatre.