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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.

The 2018 Russo-Japanese Cross-Cultural Year is a vivid example of the mutually-rewarding coexistence of two completely different religions - Shintoism and Orthodoxy, namely the Japanese prayer “Norito” and the Orthodox prayer “Yekteniya,” as a reflection of the interconnection between two countries standing so much apart from each other.


In 2018, the 100th anniversary of the great theatre and film director and writer Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) is celebrated around the world. He created about 60 documentary and feature films and 170 theatre productions, won multiple awards, including Oscar and Cesar awards, and prizes at the Cannes, Berlin, Venice and many other international film festivals.
To cultivate peaceful progress in the world, let us make this Russian word МИР popular in positive meanings in various countries. Let us collect artwork, photographs, collages, artifacts, etc. that promote МИР.
 Come and see the first-ever performance about people who listen to music without hearing, speak with each other different languages, feel the world without seeing it. On the same stage, deafblind people and professional artists from different countries play together.
“Non/Fictio№”, officially called the International Book Fair for High-Quality Fiction and Non-Fiction, which marks its 20th anniversary, kicked off in Moscow’s Central House of Artists. Five-day book marathon is held from 28 November through 2 December 2018 under the patronage of the Federal Agency for Publishing and Mass Communications. Traditionally the fair spotlights one country as a special guest, and this year Italy is the Country of Honour for the first time in the fair’s history.
On November 22, 2018 the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow opened a comprehensive exhibition of Estonian art ‘Border Poetics. Estonian art 1918–2018’ to coincide with the centenary of the Republic of Estonia. A collaboration between KUMU Art Museum and the State Tretyakov Gallery, the show presents a cross-section of Estonian art of the last century – over 100 works that include paintings, graphic works, photography and installation.
The star-sprinkled blue onion domes peppering the peaceful rural landscape, cozy wooden houses along a winding street and the beautiful Russian fortress of Alexandrovsky Kremlin are staring at you from the canvases showcased at Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Center to the Embassy of India in Russia in Moscow, hosting the exhibition “Temples of Spirit: India and Russia” till the end of November.
From 27 to 30 September 2018 Vienna's Marx Halle, a former industrial space of the 19th century in the south-eastern part of the city, hosted Viennacontemporary art fair with 118 galleries from 27 countries profiling more than 400 artists. Upon completion, it was announced that with over 30,000 visitors the fair was able to surpass last year's figures. Viennacontemporary is often labelled as a fair with a Russian accent, meaning that the art forum tends to get numerous guests from Russia and CIS countries; also since 2012 70% of the fair shares belong to the Russian entrepreneur and philanthropist Dmitry Aksenov.