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On 13 March 2013 the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov and the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, William Hague signed a Joint Statement designating 2014 as the bi-lateral UK-Russia Year of Culture.

While the Russian Embassy in London will be primarily responsible for Russian events in the UK, the British Council will be presenting a comprehensive programme of events and projects in Russia drawn from all four countries of the United Kingdom and representing all art forms, the creative industries, education, science and language.

Celebrating the long cultural tradition of engagement between the two countries the UK-Russia Year of Culture in 2014 will delight and surprise Russian and UK audiences and illustrate the way in which the relationship continues to develop new, creative and contemporary narratives in both countries.

William Hague
The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom


"The British Council is now working with Russian partners and ministries on a programme of special events in Russia to mark the 2014 UK-Russia Year of Culture, which will further deepen our cultural ties and boost people to people links."

Paul de Quincey
Director British Council Russia


"I am delighted that 2014 has been announced officially by the two foreign ministers as the UK-Russia Year of Culture. This marks a significant step forward in the cultural relationship between our two countries and illustrates the strong cultural ties that exist. I know that in both Russia and the United Kingdom, people will be delighted and surprised by the wonderful range of events and richer for having participated in what will be a truly wonderful year. We will be working together with our British and Russian partners and the Russian authorities to make sure it is an unforgettable experience."

Russian Art & Culture is producing a special magazine to commemorate the year. We are currently creating a calendar of Russian/British cultural events planned in both countries.

PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH US IF YOU HAVE A CULTURAL EVENT PLANNED IN UK OR RUSSIA FOR 2014.

Email us: office@russianartandculture.com



For more information on criteria for inclusion in the year's programme visit the British Council's website here.

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