London to host Russian festival

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London's mayor Boris Johnson has announced plans for the UK capital city to a host a new Russian festival.

The city's first Maslenitsa festival – which traditionally marks the Russian spring – will be held on Sunday 1 March 2009 at Pottersfield Park in London Bridge. The free event will include live Russian folk music, dancing, a tug–of–war and performances by the Russian Orthodox Cathedral choir. The festival will be open from 1300 GMT to 1800 GMT. " This will be a celebration of everything great about Russia, from the quintessentially Russian 'blini' to classical Russian opera, jazz and traditional folk dance, " said Johnson. " Russian Londoners are a thriving community who have made a significant contribution to the capital both economically and culturally. I encourage everyone to come and enjoy this fantastic festival offering. " In recent years, Trafalgar Square has played host to the Russian Winter Festival, marking growing links between the countries.

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