Russian Winter Festival 2005
The first Russian Winter Festival took place on 15 January 2005. Performers included: The Alexandrov Red Army Choir, Russian Soul (Moscow), Karagod (Moscow), the phenomenally talented children’s dance group Makhmud Esambaev Ensemble (Chechnya) and Pelageya (Novosibirsk) and other musicians.
Traditionally RWF 2007 showcased music, theatre, entertainment, food and drink, as well as traditional festival activities. Its aim was to highlight Russia's cultural diversity, featuring performers from Moscow and many different parts of the country and various ethnic backgrounds.
The fourth annual Russian Winter Festival saw the biggest audience turn out on record and put the event as key to London’s top cultural offerings. Thousands upon thousands of people, statistically varied in age and ethnic background, both Londoners and non-Londoners, flocked to London’s iconic centre to enjoy a full day of fun, free entertainment and a taste of Russian delights, both literally and metaphorically.