Russian Revolution 2017
JOIN THE REVOLUTION! ST DAVID'S HALL REFLECTS ON RUSSIAN CULTURE 100 YEARS ON
2017 marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution and St David's Hall is joining arts organisations across Wales for a season of performances and events which captures the social and cultural explosion of the era, and Wales’ historic connections with the Russia of the time.
In the first collaboration of its kind, R17 is bringing together producers and venues for an extraordinary programme of works planned throughout 2017. R17 is designed as a cultural reflection on the centenary of the Russian Revolution through the eyes of Wales.
St David’s Hall Arts & Theatres Manager, Roger Hopwood said: “We are delighted to be involved in a feast of Russian music across Cardiff to celebrate Russia 17. At St David’s Hall, we pride ourselves on hosting the highest quality orchestral concerts and we look forward to welcoming Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (14.05.17), St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra (ICS Season 2017-18), Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra (14.02.17) (ICS Season 2016-17) and the Mavron Quartet (25.04.17) for performances of masterpieces from the Russian greats including Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky in one of the world’s best concert halls.”
R17 Producer Laura Drane said: “With the Russian Revolution creating exciting, challenging art, and links with Wales fostered through early cultural exchanges, our partner organisations throughout Wales have a collective desire to explore the art of the period, and to commission and present new work inspired by revolution. We can look forward to a high quality nine-month season of arts and culture by 15 partner organisations in Wales recognising the rich artistic period in Russia before and after 1917, which continues to influence many art forms and artists today.”
Throughout R17 audiences can enjoy a range of art-forms from dance, opera and theatre through to photography and public talks, in some of Wales most iconic venues.
Why Wales? In addition to the passion of the Welsh arts community to produce and stage some of the best of Russian culture here next year, there is a strong historic resonance between the revolution and the radical traditions of the South Wales Valleys that forged immediate links to the emerging Soviet Union, with letters sent from Lenin himself to Valleys miners, the foundations of the first UK Communist Party in the Valleys, and the legacy of ‘Little Moscows’ such as Maerdy, whose socialist sympathies produced several important Communist trade unionists.
R17 has been produced with the assistance of the Arts Council of Wales Lottery funding.
The full website will go live in January 2017 and will feature details of all the scheduled events.