Russian Cultural Centre
The Russian Cultural Centre opened in Glasgow 1998 with the express aim of bringing the best of Russian and former USSR culture to Glasgow and Scotland. The centre undertakes numerous projects involving music, performing and visual arts. Using Russian and Eastern European musical and art traditions, with the participation of acclaimed artists, they bring enjoyment, aspiration, involvement and quality to all their programmes.
Their outreach workshops for schools such as Children Celtic Connection, Children and Jazz, Building an Opera, Gypsy and World Music, based on the recommendations of The Curriculum For Excellence, are very popular in Glasgow.
The music education programme ensures that children in Glasgow schools are exposed to new musical and cultural experiences, encouraging an understanding and appreciation not only of music from other countries but also aspects of other cultures.
Music forms the heart of the cultural programme of the Russian Cultural Centre. Throughout the years, musicians from Russia, Belorussia, Armenia, Georgia, Ireland, USA, Germany, Croatia and elsewhere have been invited by RCC to participate in projects as well as in festivals such as the Scottish International Jazz Festival, Glasgow West End Festival, Glasgow Mela, Glasgow Merchant City Festival and Celtic Connections.
Workshops and performances by Rostov Balalaika (Russia), Rik Palieri (USA), Koshka (Scotland), Trumpets of Samarkand (Uzbekistan), Lala Shishkova's Gipsy Group (Moscow) have become the most successful multicultural partnerships to date.
Of special interest is ‘Paragon International', a collaboration of internationally recognised professional musicians with amateur musicians from Glasgow's asylum community.
The Russian Cultural Centre's exhibitions display the work of Scottish and international artists and change every month.
The Russian Cultural Centre is a charity working with a range of arts organisations including The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, The Glasgow Jazz Festival, Paragon and Celtic Connections. The Centre also works with Glasgow City Council, The Lord Provost's Office and community organisations including Glasgow's new asylum and refugee communities.
The Russian Cultural Centre attracts grants from various bodies but supports the cultural programme through its commercial wing, the Russian Café-Gallery Cossachok, which provides an excellent concert venue, workshops and gallery space. The Café also adds Russian, Armenian, Georgian, Ukrainian and Uzbek cuisine to complete a new cultural experience.
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