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On the 1st and 2nd of February, 2019, the First International World Music Heritage Competition was held in Moscow in the P.I.Yurgenson Music Library, the purpose of which was to give young participants a chance to try their hand and get an independent professional assessment of their skills. The competition brought together 50 performers from France, China, Armenia, Georgia and Russia in three age groups.
The official presentation of the Nadja Brykina Foundation was held in mid-January in the gallery space in central Moscow where since 2010 Nadja Brykina Gallery has hosted numerous retrospectives and solo shows of the Nonconformist artists of the 1960s-80s as well as artists of the younger generation. The Foundation marked its opening with an exhibition which presents works by Vladimir Andreenkov, Francisco Infante, Alexei Kamensky, Andrey Krasulin, Boris Otarov, Sergey Potapov, and Yuri Zlotnikov to name a few – all of them are gallery artists with whom it has been working for over 20 years.
At the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the exhibition “Picasso and Khokhlova” is coming to an end, displaying paintings and drawings from the collection of the National Picasso Museum in Paris, and almost unknown works of the artist and archival materials from the family collection, which were provided by the Almine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso Foundation for Art (FABA) in Madrid.
From 28 January till 9 of February worldwide knows photo agency Magnum Photos will be first time presenting experimental laboratory Magnum Live Lab/19 in Moscow. Tree photographers will take a part in this project – Thomas Dworzak (Germany), Alex Majoli (Italy), and Newsha Tavakolian (Iran). Exhibition about modern Moscow will be presented in Zaryadye Park. The creative process will be opened to all comers in online timing. The curator of this project will be Nina Gomiashvili.
The timing of “Mini Wonders: Czech Toys Past and Present”, a touring exhibition hosted by the All-Russian Decorative Art Museum in partnership with the Czech Centre in Moscow, was darkly fortuitous. It opened in the end of 2018 to coincide with the holiday season, when traditionally more visitors including families with children, try snacking on the museums during a long vacation period over the New Year. Every year the museum offers colourful shows spotlighting antique and modern New Year tree decorations and toy design.
In the Moscow Central Manege from December 21, 2018 to February 22, 2019, the Link of Times cultural and historical foundation and Faberge Museum in St. Petersburg present the exhibition project "Viva la Vida. Frieda Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Paintings and drawings from museums and private collections”, dedicated to the most famous and vibrant couple of Latin American artists of the twentieth century.
The first-ever China-Russia co-production, a comedy titled "How I Became Russian," will open in Chinese theaters this week. Co-director Xia Hao told China.org.cn that the film will allow the people of both countries to get to know each other better. The movie, directed by Xia Hao and Akaki Sakhelashvili, is a big-screen adaptation of a popular Russian TV series of the same title.

The exhibition of the Russian artist and designer Ksenia Isakova “The World Photo Palette” is opened in Moscow. Among the exhibits are works brought by the artist from different parts of the world: Italy, Guatemala, Japan, the USA, Nepal, Myanmar, Canada, the Czech Republic, and the United Kingdom.

The Year of Culture Qatar- Russia 2018 is nearing completion. It has brought many interesting and vivid events to both countries. One of these events happened in anticipation of the New Year, when all of us - both adults and children - want to plunge into the festive atmosphere and believe that miracles do happen. Seeing with your own eyes how the dream turns into reality was possible on December 15 and 16 in Moscow at the Central House of Artists, where the New Year Charity Fair Meet Qatar, which was timed to the National Day of Qatar, took place.
Muscovites have long got used that every December, the darkest month of the year, one of the city's central squares across from the Bolshoi Theatre, is brightly lit not only by a huge Christmas tree, but also by the Grand menorah traditionally installed for Hanukkah when Jews around the world celebrate the Festival of Lights and the miracle of the temple’s menorah burning brightly for eight full days. It has been over 25 years now, since it was first publically celebrated in Moscow in the 1990-s.