The Russian Winter Festival in London – a major cultural festival – was celebrated on an annual basis attracting record numbers of visitors to Trafalgar Square each year. The first Russian Winter Festival took place on 15 January 2005.
The event 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.
80,000 visitors annually;
Global media coverage;
Over 300 performers on stage.
As a part of event’s programme the first international ice chess game between Moscow and London took place on Trafalgar Square. Massive ice sculpture chess pieces were used in both cities for a match that was played via live satellite link, with teams led by Grand Masters Nigel Short and Anatoly Karpov.
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.
Thanks to the RWF Official Carrier, BMI, which transported on their Moscow-London route the acts of 2008 – on 13th January, London experienced a new and refreshing line-up of Russia’s stage prowess, carefully selected from a quite remarkable talent pool. Seeking to unite the young with the old; the future with the past; the east with the west, the Russian Winter Festival looked far a field for the creative spirit it brought to London. It held open arms to the varieties of culture, language and style to be found within the vast land mass of the Russian Federation, sure in the conviction that they would enthrall the London audience with their diversity of spirit and expression, just as their predecessors had done in the last three years.