UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014 celebrated the rich and diverse cultural relationship of both countries. It aimed 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 was 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.

18 January — Сelebration of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespear

The programme featured compositions by Sir William Walton (1902–1983) and Felix Mendelssohn (1847) based on the works of William Shakespeare.

23 January — 17 February — Nature Translated by Charles March

This exhibition of photographs by Charles March demonstrates just how much the photographic universe has changed in the nearly two centuries since the medium was invented.

3 February — 30 May — Young Creative Entrepreneurs Awards 2014

In 2014 the British Council celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Young Creative Entrepreneurs Award (YCE) Programme. The international programme has been running in Russia for several years, and the YCE 2014 programme has been scaled up significantly as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.

4 February — 9 March — Photographic exhibition by Mathew Webb «Refuge»

Refugees who have fled civil war, conflict and danger from Iraq, Afghanistan, Came-roon, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia and Ivory Coast are trying to make a life for themselves in Moscow. Throughout 2013 and early 2014, British art — photographer Matthew Webb spent time with these refugees watching their ups and downs.

8 February — 14 March — Culture programme at the Sochi 2014 Winter games

British Council Russia participated 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.

15 February — Selector Live: Young Knives (UK)

February 15 Solyanka club in Moscow hosted the 4th Selector Live party featuring the most exciting modern music the UK has to offer selected by Selector radio programme editors. The headliners of the Selector Live party will be Young Knives, an English indie rock band from Oxford, as well as Boxcutter — an electronic musician, whose work is often categorised as IDM, varying from dubstep to Electro funk.

16–25 February — The 9th International Festival Musical Hermitage

From 16 to 25 of February St.Petersburg hosted The 9th International Festival Musical Hermitage which marks the 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage Museum. Several events of the festival have been included in the official program of the UK-Russia Year of Culture.

19–20 February — Wayne McGregor | Random Dance: Atomos

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance’s Atomos featured as part of the 20th Jubilee Golden Mask Theatre Festival. The Premiere in Moscow was supported by a full educational programme of talks, master classes, and seminars.

19 February — 20 April — «Another London. International photographers capture city life 1930–1970»

February 19 — April 20 Multimedia Art Museum of Moscow presents «Another London. International Photographers Capture City Life 1930–1970» within the framework of UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014 Opens in a new tab or window.

1 March — 2 November — The Chekhov International Theatre Festival

The Chekhov International Festival celebrated the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014 with a sparkling summer season of British theatre. In May and June 2014 they presented a mixed bill of drama and dance from some of the finest UK companies.

3–6 March — Forum «MuseON: New Technologies and Tendencies in developing museums and sightseeing in Russia and Great Britain»

Forum «MuseON: New Technologies and Tendencies in developing museums and sightseeing in Russia and Great Britain» was held in St. Peterburg and Moscow in March 3–6 in the context of official programme of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.

3–7 March — Cultural upgrade

2013 saw The British Council and Severstal launch the first professional development programme for cultural managers in the Vologda, Murmansk, Karelia and Komi regions of North Russia. The skills workshops took place in autumn 2013 and, following a project proposal competition among the participants, winners were invited on a professional development trip to the UK in March 2014. They will also receive grants to complete the projects in their regions.

5 March — Weekly screenings of contemporary British cinema

British Council Russia together with Dewar’s Powerhouse studio presented a series of weekly screenings of contemporary British cinema. This project launched with Julien Temple’s film, Requiem for Detroit.

13–15 March — E-merging Forum 4

«E-merging Forum 4» was successfully held in Moscow from 13th to 15th of March 2014. We are happy to announce that 1200 people attended the forum.

13 March — 8 June — «Photobiennale 2014». «Britain in focus»

Photobiennale 2014, the 10th Moscow International Photography Month, opened its doors to the public. From February to 8 June, six venues hosted nineteen shows.

14 March — Stopgap Dance Company performance

On 14 March, the British Council organised the performance of the famous British dance company Stopgap, one of the world’s leaders in the area of inclusive dance. The troupe performed on the best Sochi stage — the Zimniy theatre — as part of the Sochi 2014 Paralympics cultural programme and presented their brand new production Artificial Things, following a series of successful European tours where they received standing ovations.

19 March — Music of the English Royal Court

The concert will celebrate dreamy and melancholic music of John Dowland (1563–1626), a composer who played his lute at the courts of Christian VII of Denmark and King James VI of Scotland, the first Stuart King of England.

20–23 March — Sheffield Doc/Fest showcase

The British Council, in partnership with Beat Film Festival and the Documentary Film Centre, arranged a showcase of Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the most outstanding international events in the world of documentaries.

31 March — Royal Northern College of Music concert at Sheremetev Palace

On Monday 31 March Mikhail and Elena Nemtsovi present a celebratory concert on behalf of the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) at Sheremetev Palace.

4 April — London Philharmonic Orchestra performs Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem in Moscow

4 April, as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow hosted Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem performed by the renowned London Philharmonic Orchestra.

4 April — The Second annual awards ceremony of the Art Newspaper Russia

The Award Ceremony took place at the Moscow Manege on April the 4th, 2014. It was a part of the official programme of the UK-Russia Year of Culture.

4–6 April — British documentary and animation days in Syktyvkar

April 4–6, 2014 Syktyvkar hosted British Documentary and Animation Days supported by KomiKinoVideoprokat. The programme included documentary and fiction films made by children and teenagers with the support of the British Film Institute (BFI), as well as animation films that have won Norman McLaren awards.

15 April — 18 May — The Golden Age of Russian Avant-garde

The Golden Age of Russian Avant-garde was a large-scale exhibition project, created especially for the big exhibition hall of the Moscow Manege Museum by Peter Greenaway (Great Britain) and Saskia Boddeke (Holland) supported by British Council.

20 April — George Handel’s Messiah oratorio by the Questa Musica

The Questa Musica orchestra played George Handel’s Messiah oratorio at the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory on 20 April.

23–28 April — The annual international festival DANCE OPEN

The annual international festival DANCE OPEN which brings together the best choreographers and respected critics was traditionally held April 23–28, 2014 in Saint-Petersburg at the renowned Imperial stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater.

26 April — Selector Live Beefeater Sessions: Moko и Jimpster

The Selector Live parties, already a favourite with the Moscow public, was re-launched as Selector Live Beefeater Sessions on 26 April at Solyanka club. The new season brought even more of the most exciting modern British music selected by the creators of the Selector radio programme.

15 May — 15 June — «The English Breakfast»: Contemporary British Art Exhibition

As part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014 programme, PARSADANELLi communications agency and the Support Fund for Contemporary Art; the Rizzordi Art Foundation, with the assistance of the British Council and the Government of St. Petersburg opened an exhibition of contemporary British art, entitled «The English Breakfast».

15 May — 20 July — ROBOT BALL and ROBOFORUM 2014

From 15 May — 20 July ARTPLAY Design Centre hold an international science event dedicated to robots and robotics — ROBOT BALL 2014. The event included an interactive ROBO-EXHIBITION involving around 40 of the most interesting and technologically advanced robots and robotic technologies from around the world, as well as an international ROBO-FORUM dedicated to innovation, investments in science, and engineering studies.

16 May — 27 May — «VideoFocus» festival

From 16 May to 27 June the National Centre for Contemporary Arts and Fakel cinema was hosting an annual media art festival — Videofocus. Created by the National Centre for Contemporary Arts the festival features various trends in contemporary Russian and world art: video, digital graphics, cinematography and science art.

21 May — 23 November — Jameel Prize 3, shortlist exhibition

The V&A, the world’s leading museum of art and design, was touring its first exhibition of works by the ten artists and designers shortlisted for the Jameel Prize 3 to Hermitage-Kazan Exhibition Centre, May 21-August, 17 and the New Manezh, October, 10-November, 23.

22–25 May — Culture Shift Russia: Digital Emulsion

British Council, FutureEverything and Nikola-Lenivets art park presented Culture Shift Russia: Digital Emulsion workshop which took place at Nikola-Lenivets from 22 to 25 May 2014. This is a second event in the framework of Culture Shift Russia programme which was successfully launched at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in September 2013.

31 May — «Manchester of the 80s Night» audio-visual show

Beat Film Festival supported by the British Council in Russia presents a joint project with the Manchester International Festival — Manchester of the 80s Night. This audio-visual show will take place on 31 May outside the Strelka Institute of Media, Design and Architecture, as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.

5 June — Tate Gallery representative talk

British Council organises a lecture by Jesse Ringham, Digital Communications Manager for Tate, London, in the framework of the Museum Guide festival arranged by the Potanin Charity Foundation.

6–15 June — 7th International The Imperial Gardens of Russia festival

The Imperial Gardens of Russia is an annual international festival of park and garden art organised by the State Russian Museum at the historic site of Mikhailovsky Garden since 2008. The Festival aims to revive Russian traditions of landscape architecture and park and garden art.

9–10 June — UK-Russia linguistic symposium «How the changing world view is reflected in English and Russian»

The British Council Russia and the Russian State University for the Humanities are pleased to announce the international Linguistic Symposium «How the changing world view is reflected in English and Russian».

9–14 June — Lectures by Professor David Crystal

The British Council announces a series of lectures by one of the foremost linguists in the world today and the preeminent expert on the history, development and usage of the English language professor David Crystal.

11 June — 7 September — Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style

MAMM presented the major exhibition of summer 2014 — Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style! Rare costumes, atmospheric sets, iconic gadgets, props, original photographs and concept drawings thrilled audiences in this summer blockbuster exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise at MAMM from 11 June 2014 to 7 September 2014.

17 June — Henry IV (Part 1) stage play premiere

The British Council in collaboration with art-group CoolConnections presented the Henry IV (part 1) stage play premiere, directed by Gregory Doran and Owen Horsley. The premiere was part of the international Theatre HD project, which features in the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014 programme.

17–20 June — The Royal Ballet in Moscow

The Royal Ballet performed in The Bolshoi Theatre between Tuesday 17 — Sunday 22 June, presenting a Triple Bill comprising Tetractys by Wayne McGregor, Rhapsody by Frederick Ashton and DGV: Danse à grande vitesse by Christopher Wheeldon.


A two-day festival of avant-garde fashion and video art took place on Thursday 19 June and Friday 20 June at Tsvetnoy Central Market.

20 June — Selector Live Beefeater Sessions: Plaid, King Midas Sound, Elephant

On 20 June Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design hosted one in a series of Selector Live Beefeater Sessions, traditionally featuring cutting edge British music. The upcoming party featured three collectives: classics of intelligent electronic music Plaid presenting their new album, bass music stars King Midas Sound and Elephant, a young British duo with dreamy romantic pop tunes.

28 June — 11 July — XVI International contemporary dance festival OPEN LOOK

From 28 June — 11 July 2014, the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre became the host venue for the best performances featured in the programme of the XVI International contemporary dance festival OPEN LOOK. Every year, the official festival organizer, Kannon Dance House introduces Saint Petersburg audiences to global trends in the field of contemporary dance and all related disciplines: performance, cinema, dance, multimedia.

28 June — 31 October — Manifesta 10: The Battle of Orgreave. Russian premiere

The Creative Association of Curators TOK, with the support of the British Council, presented the Russian premiere of the film The Battle of Orgreave: An Injury to One is an Injury to All, directed by Mike Figgis in collaboration with the famous British artist, Jeremy Deller, who represented the UK at the Venice Biennale 2013.

5–6 July — The Night of New Media

On 5 July 2014 Nikola-Lenivets art-park once again hosted The Night of New Media, one of the biggest festivals of digital art and music in Russia. Hundreds of people joined together for the all-night show to celebrate the possibilities of new media art combined with landscape art-objects in the natural environment of the 650 acre park.

17 July — Boiler Room in Russia

The previous year Adidas Originals brought to Russia its famous mobile online-party, Boiler Room! This project originally began with the simple idea of internet broadcasts. Now recordings of performances from Boiler Room have become a hallmark for musicians who record electronic (and other) music.

1–9 August — «Hitchcock 9» Film Festival

The «Hitchcock 9» film festival was organized by British Council Russia in collaboration with Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014. From 1–9 August, 2014, nine silent movies made by Hitchcock in the 1920 s which have been restored by the British Film Institute was shown outside at Strelka Institute.

10 August — Meeting with Sinéad Morrissey

Sinéad Morrissey, a leading figure in contemporary British poetry and winner of the prestigious literary award, the T.S.Eliot Prize, spoke about the origins of her poetry, her inspiration and her family’s connection to Russia within the frames of «Books in the Park» project.

10–31 August — BBC Proms on Radio Russia

18 July — 13 September 22:00 Listen to the world famous music festival, the BBC Proms aired every Sunday on Radio Russia.

16–30 August — Decisive Action Festival

The Decisive Action Festival was held in Yekaterinburg from 16–30 August 2014 as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture and united four Russian and four British artists who displayed their works in a public park in the vicinity of the Urals branch of the NCCA. The Festival was organized by the Ekaterinburg branch of the NCCA together with art-agency The July 16.

27–28 August — Premiere of Benjamin Britten’s «The Turn of the Screw» opera

In August 2014, the Russian premiere of the new stage production of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw took place at the Kolobov Novaya Opera theatre in Moscow.

4 September— 9 November — Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Manifesto of the New Style

The Moscow Kremlin Museums presented to the Russian public the art of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928) — an outstanding Scottish architect, painter and designer. A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, Mackintosh became the most remarkable follower of modernist style in British architecture. His works had a serious impact on the development of European architecture and design in the 20th century.

15–27 September — Derek Jarman retrospective

From 15 to 27 September the Fakel cinema hosted the first ever Russian retrospective of renowned British film director, Derek Jarman (1942–1994). The retrospective was organised by the National Centre for Contemporary Arts together with the British Film Institute (BFI) with the support of the British Council, and was part of the International film festival, «VideoFocus».

21–23 September — Sir John Tavener memorial concert and conference

The international festival From Taverner to Tavener: Five Centuries of English Sacred Music and the eponymous conference, dedicated to the prominent British composer Sir John Tavener (1944–2013), were held at the Moscow Conservatory from 21 to 23 September 2014.

23 September— 1 December — Oscar Wilde. Aubrey Beardsley. A Russian perspective

The «Oscar Wilde. Aubrey Beardsley. A Russian Perspective» exhibition was being held as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014 celebrations. The exhibition embodied a unique blend of the two cultures at work.

24 September— 11 November — Music festival «Ambassadorial Gifts»

Music festival «Ambassadorial Gifts» took place in The Moscow Kremlin Museums within the frames of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014. Well-known musicians from Great Britain and Russian Federation performed the best of English and Russian musical art and presented to the public their own vision of the musical traditions of both countries.

October 2014 — October 2016 — The Phantom of the Opera

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.

1–8 October— Apartment House concerts in Russia

Apartment House is one of the best and most renowned British contemporary classical music ensembles. In three Russian cities — Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Nizhny Novgorod — the ensemble will perform the music of contemporary British composers, which is rarely performed in our country.

1–14 October— Akram Khan’s iTMOi and Exhibit B by Brett Bailey

A British of Bangladeshi background and one of the most audacious choreographers of the 21st century, who combines in his performance and choreography both contemporary dance and traditional Indian ‘kathak’ styles.

3 October— 30 November — British Design: from William Morris to the digital revolution

The exhibition «British Design: from William Morris to the Digital Revolution» took place in the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. Intimate yet fundamental, this exhibition was a dialogue between design art of the XIX and XXI centuries. The exhibition presented 12 masterpieces by famous artists and designers of the XIX century from collection of Victoria and Albert Museum in London and 20 works of contemporary British designers.

4–7 October— Education UK Fair 2014

The British Council invites you to visit the biggest event in international education — «Education UK» exhibition in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg.

8–11 October — TATE’s International Learning programme BP Art Exchange

Tate’s International Learning programme BP Art Exchange with the assistance of the British Council announced the launch of the program How We Learn at the Museum of Modern Art «Garage», the Pushkin Museum and the State Tretyakov Gallery.

8 October— 14 November — «Space of no exception» exhibition

The «Space of no Exception» exhibition in CCA «Sokol» is the final stage of the biennial creative exchange cycle between students of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow, and Goldsmiths College, London, both leading institutions in the field of art education in Russia and the UK.

16–19 October— British Design Days

Series of lectures and workshops by the young designers and architects from the UK at Moscow Design Week 16–19 October 2014 at Artplay Design Centre. They will present their own projects, aiming to illustrate the latest trends in the British design industry.

25–26 October— Chemistry in Arts: Russian chemistry week

Chemistry and art are usually seen as opposites; art is seen as being creative, expressive and fluid, and chemistry is analytical, precise and staid. However, there is a lot that connects the two and the previous year, the Royal Society of Chemistry had chosen to celebrate the connection between chemistry and art by organising a series of activities and events under this theme.

28 October — 9 November — XV New British Film Festival

From 28 October to 9 November 2014 the 15th jubilee New British Film Festival was held as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.

31 October 2014 – 15 January 2015 — Shooting Shakespeare: 150 years of stage photography

Organised by the V&A in partnership with Shakespeare’s Globe, this exhibition celebrated the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth by showcasing photographs of Shakespearean productions in Britain from the 19th century to the present day.

15 November 2014 — 1 February 2015 — Unrivalled Wedgwood

On 15 November 2014 the large-scale exhibition of masterpieces manufactured by Wedgwood, a legendary British company, opens at the All-Russia Decorative Applied and Folk Art Museum as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.

18 November — The London Sinfonietta concert

The Concert of The London Sinfonietta within the IV Moscow Contemporary Music Festival «Drugoye Prostranstvo» (The Other Space).

18 November 2014–1 February 2015 — Julia Margaret Cameron

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79) was one of the most important and innovative photographers of the 19th century. Drawn entirely from the V&A’s rich collection of Cameron photographs, this exhibition in the Multimedia Art Museum celebrated the bicentenary of her birth and mark 150 years since her first museum exhibition, at the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria and Albert Museum) in 1865.

19–28 November — The V International Festival of Arts, «Diaghilev. P.S.» 2014

As part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014, the V International Festival of Arts, «Dyagilev. P. S» took place in St. Petersburg from 19–28 November. The Festival, founded in the year of the 100th anniversary of Sergei Diaghilev’s Les Saisons Russes in St. Petersburg, continues its mission, facilitating the cultural exchange of all new ideas in the arts between Russia and the rest of the world. It has been doing this for the last 5 years and has become one of the city’s major cultural events.

20–23 November — FutureEverything Moscow

FutureEverything, Manchester’s innovation lab for digital culture, has today announced a three month UK-Russian digital culture exchange programme in partnership with British Council Russia as part pof the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.

4–22 December — World Premiere of A. Alyabyev’s Opera «The Tempest»

On 4 December 2014, as part of December Nights, an annual festival celebrating music and visual art, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts will host the world premiere of «The Tempest», an opera by an outstanding Russian composer Alexander Alyabyev.

4 December 2014 – 3 March 2015 — The English Breakfast in Russia. Late 18th — 19th century

Starting on 4 December, the State Historical Museum will be hosting the «English Breakfast in Russia. Late 18th — 19th Century» exhibition as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.

7 December 2014 – 8 March 2015 — Francis Bacon and the Heritage of the Past

Starting on 7 December 2014, the Francis Bacon and the Heritage of the Past exhibition is opening at the General Staff Building to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Hermitage. This exhibition is part of the 2014 UK-Russia Year of Culture and was prepared by the State Hermitage in collaboration with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts of the University of East Anglia, Norwich.