11th Annual Russian Heritage Month in New York

The Russian American Foundation, in cooperation with the City of New York and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, is pleased to present the 11th Annual Russian Heritage Month. The Annual Russian Heritage Month, which takes place every year in June, consists of a month-long series of events which celebrate and honor the rich diversity of cultural traditions brought to this country from the various regions of the former Soviet Union.

The events which take place throughout New York encompass public performances, exhibits, artist collaborations, sporting competitions and promote cross-community awareness as well as a valuable dialogue between people and cultures. The Annual Russian Heritage Festival, which takes place in Brooklyn, NY, showcases the heritage and traditions of New York’s Russian speaking community.

About the Russian American Foundation

Marina Kovalyov and her daughter Rina Kirshner founded the Russian American Foundation (RAF) in 1997. Its mission is to encourage interest in and understanding of Russian heritage among all communities in the US, as well as to promote reciprocal interest in and understanding of American heritage among global Russian-speaking communities.

Among some of the nationally and internationally acclaimed RAF’s initiatives are: Annual Russian Heritage Month, Annual Battles on Ice Hockey Matches, Annual Bolshoi Ballet Academy Youth Programs, Moscow Arts Festival on Broadway and many more. 

The Honorable Michael A. McFaul, US Ambassador to Moscow, recently stated, "The Russian American Foundation's continued contributions to cultural, educational, and sports programs in the United States and Russia help foster greater understanding between the people of the United States and the Russian Federation.”

Events program:

May 22 - November 16 (T-F, 12pm - 8pm, Sat. 10am - 5pm)

RetroSpective at the Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology)(exhibition)

The Russian American Foundation is proud to announce the first Russian costume piece to be introduced into the permanent collection at The Museum at FIT. The piece is a costume ensemble from the 2004 collection Invasion from the Slava Zaitsev Moscow Fashion House, and will be on display as part of the Museum's RetroSpective exhibition. Zaitsev is known for his seamless integration of both Russian and Tatar motifs into an elegant, western shape.

Free admission


June 1 - 16 (Mon-Fri, 9am-12pm, 3pm-5pm, and Sun by reservation, 212-475-3424)

Nahum Tschacbasov: A Retrospective (exhibition)

National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan

Nahum Tschacbasov is an Azerbaijani-born American artist who found himself in the middle of some of America's most seminal movements in art throughout his 60-year career. An extensive collection from his paintings will be hosted for a limited period of time at the National Arts Club. From the collection of Arthur T. Kalaher.

Free admission


May 17 - June 30 (Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm)

The Time of a Great Dream: American Artists' Gift to the Jewish Autonomous Region of the USSR (exhibition)

Harriman Institute at Columbia University, 420 W 118th Street, 12th Floor, Manhattan

A collection of lithographs, etchings, woodcuts, and other artworks given as gifts to the Birobidzhan Museum of Contemporary Art will be on display at the Harriman Institute. These gifts were given to Birobidzhan shortly after the Soviet government established it as a new Jewish homeland, by American artists who united to support the new settlement. From the collection of the Russian Ethnography Museum.

Free admission


June 5 (8:30pm)

The Horn Orchestra of Russia

National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan

Source: Youtube

The Horn Orchestra of Russia is a group of brass musicians that perform in the classical style of Imperial Russia, reviving traditions of horn music performances popular in the 18th century. Each of the 74 unique, handmade instruments plays a single note, producing a uniquely mesmerizing sound.

Free admission with advanced reservation; RSVP to info@russianamericanfoundation.org


June 5, 12:30pm - 1:00pm, June 6, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

The New Names Children's Choir

The New Names make their debut in the U.S. with Arts Brookfield, sharing with New York audiences contemporary and classical works by Russian, European, and American composers as well as traditional Russian folk songs.

June 5, 12:30pm - 1:00pm Grace Building, Plaza (outdoors), 1114 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan

June 6, 12:30pm - 1:30pmBrookfield Place, Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street, Manhattan

Free admission; RSVP to info@russianamericanfoundation.org


    June 6 (3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm)

    The New Land Film Festival

    YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, West 16th Street, Manhattan

    In honor of the 65th Anniversary of Israel , RAF and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research join forces for this festival featuring four films. All of the films' directors share a Jewish Heritage and the common language of Russian. The films to be screened include: My Father Evgeni (2010, Andrei Zagdansky), Lost Temple (2010, Sergey Grankin), No One but Us (2011, Roman Shumunov), and The Territory (2012, Dmitriy Khavin).

    Admission is $10, $8 for YIVO members


    June 9 (11am - 4pm)

    Russian Heritage Festival in Brooklyn

    Asser Levy/Seaside Park, West 5th Street, Brooklyn

    Full day of live music, dancing, performances by community youth groups, and delicious cuisine. This annual community festival, which promotes culture, sports, and wellness is always fun for families and friends! Special performances by the contemporary Russian Bard, Timur Shaov and by a Russian children's choir, The New Names. Representatives of the healthcare industry will also be in attendance to educate visitors and provide free medical testing.

    Free admission


      June 10 - 12, (Mon- Fri, 10am - 4pm)

      Spoils of War: Ode to a Refusenik Mother (exhibition)

      The Brownstone, 224 East 12th Street, New York

      Margarita Korol's Spoils of War commemorates the artist's mother's 1988 immigration from the Soviet Union to Chicago. Twenty-five years after that transition, this exhibition invites all to join in celebrating the feats of refuseniks and American activists who fought in the name of the individual pursuit of happiness. 

      Free admission


      June 10-14 (Mon-Fri 10am - 5pm)

      The Caring Canvas Presents: A Right Brain Experience (exhibition)

      The Brownstone, 224 East 12th Street, New York

      This year, Laura Brunetti, a passionate advocate of healing through art, is bringing a new Caring Canvas exhibit called A Right Brain Experience to the Brownstone.

      Free admission


      June 16 - 30 (Mon-Fri, 9am-12pm, 3pm-5pm, and Sun by reservation)

      The Nomad: Memory of the Future (exhibition)

      National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, 212-475-3424

      An exhibition of sleek sculptures, elaborate graphic works, and brilliant jewelry that preserves the intrigue and elegant force of the time of Genghis Khan. All works by sculptor, artist, and jeweler Dashi Namdakov, one of the first living artists to exhibit at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. 

      Free admission


      June 19, (6pm)

      Gennady Katsov Presents:  Slovosfera (poetry reading)

      National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, 212-475-3424

      A Russian-language reading from his collection of poems dedicated to works of fine art.

      Free admission


      June 28 (7pm)

      Ural Folk Dance Ensemble

      La Guardia School of the Performing Arts Theater 100 Amsterdam Ave, Manhattan

      All of the way from the Ural mountain region in Russia, this folk dance ensemble has come to take part in several events at this year's Russian Heritage Month. This ensemble has been known for its preservation of Siberian and Russian dance traditions for over 30 years.

      Free admission with advanced reservation. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. RSVP to info@russianamericanfoundation.org


      June 25 (7pm) & June 26 (6pm)

      Battles on Ice Hockey Matches

      The annual Battles on Ice are friendship hockey matches between the New York Fire Department Firefighters and Russia's EMERCOM Firefighters Teams. These games serve as an important reminder of the sacrifices all first responders make to safeguard the lives of everyday citizens and to commemorate the unfortunate victims of terrorist acts in New York and Moscow.

      STARRING: Viacheslav Fetisov, Pavel Bure, Alexei Kasatonov, Valeri Kamensky, Alexei Yashin, Sergey Makarov, Andrei Kovalenko and many more.

      June 25 (7PM) New York/Boston/Russian Firefighters vs. Legends of Hockey

      Aviator Sports & Events Center, Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn 

      June 26 (6PM) FDNY Firefighters vs. Russia's EMERCOM Firefighters

      Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, 23rd Street and Hudson River Park, Manhattan

      General tickets are $30/ With FDNY and NYPD badges, $20

      Tickets can be purchased online here.


      June 27 (7:00PM - 9:30PM)

      Russian American Night

      Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, Long Island

      Long Island's Eisenhower Park welcomes Russian music, festivities, and heritage to its community. There will also be a special performance by Ural, the Russian folk dance ensemble.

      Free admission

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