From Russia with Love

Russian culture and cuisine is flourishing in the capital this month. A Soviet art and architecture showcase has just started at the Royal Academy, the Russian film festival launches tomorrow night, James Ramsden is hosting a Soviet night on the 24th at his Secret Larder Supperclub and Mari Vanna opens early December.

Here are some of our favourite Russian events happening this month;


Russian film festival

On 4-13 November 2011 the Fifth Russian film festival will take place in London, organized by the cultural association “Academia Rossica” and supported by the Russian Cinema Foundation. The festival will feature recent works by Russian directors, including a Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes “Elena” by Andrei Zvyagintsev and the adaptation of the cult novel “Generation P”, as well as special programmes of documentaries and animation.


Soviet art and architecture showcased at the Royal Academy From 29th October till 22nd January the Royal Academy of Arts in London will present “Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915–1935”. The exhibition will examine Russian avant-garde architecture made during the intense period of design and construction that took place in 1920-1930s. The exhibition will juxtapose large-scale photographs of extant buildings with relevant Constructivist drawings and paintings, vintage photographs and periodicals. Many of the works have never been shown in the UK before.


Photographer Stephen Joyce

Spoon favourite Yorkshireman, James Ramsden, is hosting a Soviet night at his supper-club The Secret Larder on the 24th November. As with all his nights, it is sold out but there is a waiting list. Email James to be added as a reserve.

Finally, Russian restaurant Mari Vanna is opening at the beginning of next month in Knightsbridge- details for this glamorous Babushka’s front room restaurant are below. Expect homely Russian cooking, warm Russian hospitality and an impressive range of vodkas. Look at the restaurant’s newly launched blog and the Spoon press release for more information.


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