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On May 26th, talents from orphanages in the capital and the regions of the capital, performed together with Russian pop stars, as part of the "Good Moscow" campaign, which took place in the Hall of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, where the "I believe!" event was held.

On the eve of International Children's Day (June 1st), young talents and Russian artists performed for disabled children, orphans, and children from low-income families, and children from very large families. This year, the concert was attended by about 200 children with disabilities, some of which are not able to move around independently (wheelchair users), 600 children from orphanages in Moscow and the surrounding regions, and from several hundred low-income families and very large families.

One of the greatest writers of the 20th century, and a Nobel Laureate in Literature, Gabriel Garcia Marquez has finally gone down in history. It happened on April 17th, at the age of 87 in Mexico City, where the writer had been living on a regular basis for most of the last few decades. During these last days, the entire world of readers, the whole literary world, and the entire journalistic world, have been in mourning. His homeland in Colombia has declared three days of mourning.

It is always sad to realize when one has to accept that a whole era of luminaries is disappearing before your very eyes, and therefore part of your life with it, but your life has been witness to an era of greats.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a first-class journalist and one of the founders of so- called "magic realism." He became a world notary during his lifetime. As always happens in such cases, the writer's fans are in no doubt that he will live forever, that he is immortal. To some extent, that is true. Marquez has immortalized himself through his literary works, his essays and journalism. It was only when, out of the blue, the news of the death of this "immortal” fell upon the world, that suddenly there was a mass "enlightenment". Yes, death spares no one, not geniuses nor those without talent. But one thing that everyone leaves behind them is their descendants. This is a historical measure of one’s personality.

An event of great importance took place in the cultural life of Sacramento, out of the meetings and memories of companionship and a passion to do something good, the play "Through the looking glass" was born. Our compatriots: diplomats and programmers, teachers and musicians, interpreters and just wonderful people, became its creators. The story, direction, props, musical parts, and the ensembled cast, were all the offspring of the creative community living and working close to each other, but far from the Russia of their fellow citizens. For many of them, the play was their first experience on stage, and for some the stage was once a second home. When we lived together in a country called the Soviet Union, and read almost the same books, the constant companion of our youth was the "Scarlet Sails" by Alexander Grin.

A partnership between cities shows an example of the preservation of relations between states. The mayor of the Estonian capital, Mayor Edgar Savisaar based his thesis on this during his speech at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

In the State of California, far away from Russia, but with which however, our country is bound by invisible historical ties, our compatriots celebrated the 140th anniversary of the birthday of Sergei Vasiievich Rachmaninoff. Nostalgia for his homeland remaining in his soul like an eternal garden of blooming lilacs, not only did not bring a new wave into the works of the great composer, but did not make his soul an emigrant in a strange land, giving up its life. The organizers of the concert named their dedication to Rachmaninoff the "Eternal Music", and it would be more accurate to describe them as triumphal evening events, as if the celebrations were conducted by the Maestro himself.

Russian compatriots living and working in different countries and cities, certainly find common interests, not only in the professional sphere, but also in their leisure time, which there is very little of, generally speaking. However, the Russian diaspora in Sacramento (California) has presented itself as an appreciative audience for classical chamber performance, which allowed for just one evening to forget California’s hustle and bustle and to "visit" Paris.

"Tales of Broca Street" by the French writer Pierre Gripari played for the first time at the Russian Theater in Geneva on September 11th and was produced in cooperation with students from the Theater department of the International Center of the Lomonosov Moscow State University (LMSU). This creative team will soon be the "backbone" of the Russian theater troupe, which will open in early October in the capital of Switzerland. So far on the on the walls of the Shchukin Theater Institute on Arbat the future actors bravely presented their play in the French language to a sophisticated Moscow public. 

On the 22nd of September, a solemn liturgy heralded the rebirth of the spiritual life of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Moscow. The service was held in the newly constructed Cathedral of the Resurrection.

This central area of Moscow, near Olympic Avenue, has no shortage of new, non-standard architectural structures, but they are mostly made of glass and concrete. Against their backdrop, the Cathedral, and all the buildings of the complex, are decorated with tuff in bright sunny colors, from golden -pink to orange-red, and the effect is unusual  in color, shape, and size.

There is no shortage of serious literature portraying Great Britain or of booklets intended to lure tourists to the country, but - now that the season of summertime vacations is at full swing – the time is right for yet another suggestion to turn attention to this part of the world

SHOPSKA-U-LIKE

It is funny the way particular types of salad can spread from one culture to another. For instance, the French introduced the Russians to one type, which became known as Salad Olivier in their honour. The Russians in turn introduced this to the Bulgarians where it was a hit, so it’s known in Bulgaria as Russian Salad. Whilst it is undoubtedly popular in Bulgaria, it is not the most popular. No, the number one king of salads there is the Shopska.

Take a look at the Bulgarian flag. Three bands of colour. Red, green and white. Not the most exciting looking flag ever invented yet it symbolises the real Bulgaria in many different ways.