All artworks are available for sale.
We present the artworks by two Russian woman artists.
The unique rag-dolls
Self-trained artist Natalia Borisova, from Russian Far East, started making these dolls 4 years ago. She got an inspiration from the Tilda, a world known doll invented by Norwegian artist Tone Finnanger. At the same time, Russia has its own tradition of making rag-dolls; they often served as talismans. The dolls by Natalia wear colorful clothes, and each has its own funny name. They resemble good fairies. Such doll would be a perfect Christmas gift and can even start a new collection.
The unique collection of hand-painted versions of postcards dedicated to the Christmas and New Year
Commissioned in the former USSR, these state/house-published postcards were originally created by artist Valentina Kisseleva in the 1970’s and published or reprinted into thousands of copies for state-wide distribution. Nevertheless, each one of them is artwork in itself. They are magic and colorful, and with elements of fairy tales.
Exchanging gifts has been an essential part of this wonderful time of the year.
We offer unique ethnic souvenirs and gifts that are hard to find anywhere else.
Each and every one of them is hand-made in accordance with centuries-old Russian traditions:
All the gifts available come either directly from Russia or from within the Russian community of Houston.
Handmade wooden Santas in Russian style – “Father Frost”;
Lovely lacquer jewelry boxes, hand-painted with the Russian fairy-tale motifs;
Opening Reception, meeting with the artist and the mini concert: Friday, November 11, 7:30p.m. Exhibit Closing Party : Saturday, January 28, 2017, 7:00p.m.
Zhenya Kolykhanov was born to a family of musicians in Vologda, Russia. He currently lives in Austin. Ever since he was a child, he drew and painted on just about anything he came across. At age 17, Zhenya worked for Vologda Philharmonic Hall as a poster artist, and later at the local Drama Theater as a stage decorator and prop designer.
After moving to Moscow, Zhenya published his first original art on the cover of a program for an Ostrovsky play for the Moscow Harlequin Theater. He had been then commissioned to create stage props, the theater logo and a series of posters for theatrical plays.
Zhenya Kolykhanov is a multitalented person. While continuing his painting, he performs intensively as a soloist with the well-known musical band Flying Balalaika Brothers.
At the Closing, the guests will hear Zhenya’s playing.
All artworks by Zhenya Kolykhanov are available for sale.
We proudly present Moscow Jazz Orchestra, the hottest jazz orchestra in Russia and one of the best big bands in the world.
Russia’s famed jazz personality and saxophone virtuoso Igor Butman founded the orchestra in 1999. Since then his Big Band has frequently toured Russia, Europe, and the USA, appearing at many of the world’s most prestigious jazz venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, “Birdland” and others.
“I love Igor Butman’s playing and I love him personally. He has a great feeling for the music and for people and he’s a phenomenal musician.” Wynton Marsalis
In the Soviet Union of the ’70s, Igor Butman fell in love with the saxophone. Now he is ranking as THE jazz figure in his native land. Butman enjoys one of the most successful and flamboyant careers in the history of modern jazz. Besides the Moscow Jazz Orchestra, he leads also the Igor Butman Quartet.
Igor Butman released more than 10 albums both as a leader and co-leader, including Magic Land (Sony Classic) with Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, John Patitucci, Stefon Harris and Randy Brecker which went gold in Russia and became a bestseller in the USA and Germany. In 2016 Criss Cross Jazz released a brand new album “Reflections” by Igor Butman-Conrad Herwig Sextet featuring Alex Sipiagin, Jeff “Tain Watts”, Dave Kikoski and Kenny Davis.
The films by independent Russian movie makers will be screened in five cities of Texas: Houston, Dallas, Austin, College Station and Lubbock. Our partners are: University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Arlington – Dallas, SMU, Texas A&M – College Station, University of Houston, Texas Tech University, and The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston.
We present the following movies:
“My friend Boris Nemtsov”. DirectorZosya Rodkevich
The film is an intimate portrait of Russian politician and opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov, who was assassinated in February, 2015 approximately 200 yards away from the Kremlin. Boris Nemtsov, former Vice-Prime Minister of Boris Yeltsin, was a notorious and uncompromising adversary of the Putin-led Russian government. His assassination triggered rioting and protesting against murders of opponents in Russia today. This film about Nemtsov is a tribute to the memory of a young, talented, and brave man. The camera accompanies him during his pre-election journeys and also in less formal moments.
Zosya Rodkevich, the talented young movie director, the graduate of the School of Documentary Film and Theater of Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov, will present her movie and participate in Q/A session.
The documentary is a tragic life story of one of the greatest Russian poets, Osip Mandelstam – who died for the opportunity to write. The author, Roman Liberov, dedicates this film as a testament to the famous Russian poet/essayist by utilizing extracts from poems, letters and reviews, archival documents, and fiction as cinematic tools. Elements of documentary, animation, computer graphics, non-fiction, and puppet scenes that are used in this film, create a film language that does not fit into a specific genre.
The movie will be presented by Roman Sivozhelezov, director of photography.
Dates and Venues
October 17, 2016, 11 a.m.
“My friend Boris Nemtsov”
followed by Q/A with Zosya Rodkevich
SMU, Huitt-Zollars Pavilion, Embrey 115
October 17, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
“Save My Speech Forever”
followed by Q/A with Roman Sivozhelezov
University of North Texas – Denton, ART, Room 223
October 18, 2016, 12:00 p.m.
“Save My Speech Forever”
followed by Q/A with Roman Sivozhelezov
University of Texas at Arlington, Language Acquisition Center, 3rd floor Trimble Hall
October 18, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
“My friend Boris Nemtsov”
followed by Q/A with Zosya Rodkevich
Texas Tech University at Lubbock, International Cultural Center Auditorium – 601 Indiana Ave.
October 19, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
“My friend Boris Nemtsov”
followed by Q/A withZosya Rodkevich
University of Texas at Austin, College of Liberal Arts Building, Glickman Conference Center, Room 1.302E
Victoria Filippov , Attorney at Law
Russian Culture Society & McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies
Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin
Texas Tech Office of International Affairs & The CHFoundation
Department of International Studies, Texas A&M
ADMISSION: Admission: $20 – in advance; $30 – at the gate. Children are free. Children 16 years old and above are considered adults. BUY TICKETS ONLINE
Our guests: Vladimir Kadenko, Igor & Marina Sarkisov
KSP-South is a group of enthusiastic people that organizes biannual gatherings called Slyots (literally translated as “fly-ins”) and helps unite all Russian-speaking people who enjoy the Russian style of camping.
KSP in translation stands for the Club of Amateur Song. These songs are usually written by average people about their ordinary lives, yet the simple human experience of each song is translated into a powerful message of wisdom and truth, about the value of friendship, family, and love.
Slyots of KSP-South are held twice a year, and organizers try very hard to make everyone feel welcome, even those whose song selection varies slightly from the traditional KSP style. By bringing together the Russian speaking community, KSP-South not only allows them to experience their culture, but also to expose their spouses, children and friends to this beautiful Russian tradition.
With questions write to us at KSPsouth@gmail.com or call at 713-395-3301. Also, if you (or someone you know) would like to receive email reminders from us regarding KSP events, please let us know.
Over and over again we are being welcomed by the Alabama-Coushatta tribe at their wonderful campground near Livingston, TX. It is located off US-190E, about 70 miles (from downtown) north of Houston (via I-59). As always, We will be occupying the campgrounds sections C and D. Amenities include: public bathrooms and showers, Laundromat is within a 3 minute drive, fire rings and charcoal grills, water, volleyball court, covered pavilion and a playground next to the beautiful lake in the pine forest.
Tickets are $20 per person if purchased online ahead of time (internet sale closes at midnight the day before the event) and $30 if purchased at the gate. Children are free. Children 16 years old and above are considered adults.Please bring a paper copy of your e-ticket (internet on your phone might not work!) or have cash with you as we do not accept checks or credit cards.
What (general program overview):
Friday is the “move-in” day. After most people settle in, there will be a Guest Concert at 10 PM where participants have a chance to enjoy the works of festival invited guests from far away states and/or countries. On Saturday morning people who arrived the night before enjoy the outdoors and meet their neighbors, as others enjoy the yoga class on the lawn or continue arriving. Children’s Camp opens at noon offering fun active games. Also at noon adults are invited to participate in a friendly volleyball tournament or to play chess, checkers and dominoes in the pavilion. Usually, there is an additional activity for adults, different from slyot to slyot, organized during the day as well. The Children’s Concert begins at 2:30 PM where young talents get a chance to sing for us, followed by Russian Rock concert for teen and adults at 4:00PM. If you or your kids are interested in performing, please contact Leon Zborovsky(832-922-2292) before 2:00PM on Saturday. At 6:30PM we begin the main attraction of the festival, The Main concert. If you are interested in performing, please contact Slava Nadvoretsky(713-366-6687) before 3 PM on Saturday. It will consist of 2 parts, serious and funny, with a break for dinner, and will last approximately till midnight. After the concert everyone is invited to join one the circles around the campfires for more songs. There will be marked (on the map) locations as well as those that appear unplanned but nevertheless very much appreciated. Sunday is the “move-out” day, as people exchange contact information and sing last few songs before leaving the festival. Sometimes, although rare, there are additional activities planned for Sunday late morning as well.
What to bring:
Folding chairs or mats for the concerts.
Camping equipment: tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, pots and pans, flashlights, lanterns, charcoal, plates, cups and utensils.
Food and drinks. Warning: Lake Tombigbee is located in Dry County, so liquor stores (including stores selling beer) are far away from the campground.
Most importantly, SONGS, GUITARS and other musical instruments (please no drums).
How to reserve a campsite:
No reservation is required. Tickets will be sold online ahead of time or at the gate (see above). If you come alone or with a friend or two, we will let you know at the gate where you can set up your tent. We designated an International campsite for those non-Russian speakers coming for the first time, so you could find each other if needed – it is on the edge of the campgrounds. However, most non-Russian speakers that attend our festivals seem to choose to be in the middle of all the action, and we do not mind. Just mention at the gate where you prefer to camp.
It is recommended, however, to groups of 3+ tents to make a campsite reservation. To do so, please send the name of your group (come up with a fun name), expected number of tents, the preferred location (quiet/singing zone), and name/cell phone number of personal responsible for the group to KSPsouth@gmail.com. If your group attends multiple times, you will be given an option to reserve a permanent location. Please do not hesitate to email or call Anna: 832-545-7225 (leave msg, she will call you back) with any questions regarding campsite reservations.
No stereos, karaoke equipment, or amplifiers of any kind will be allowed.
Parents are responsible for watching their children on or near the moonwalk.
All participants must wear tickets-bracelets purchased at the gate
Children should wear bracelets with campsite number.
Dogs must be ALWAYS leashed or tied off. No dogs near the stage.
We strongly recommend taking all glass containers with you when you leave the festival.
No swimming after 8 PM
Driving vehicles into the woods is not allowed. Please park you cars alongside of the road.
Please leave your campsite clean.
Speed limit on the campground is 20 MPH
Request to concert audience: please refrain from smoking in the middle of the crowd, step aside out of respect to others.
Parents are asked to keep the children away from the stage during the concerts
Dogs are not allowed near the concert stage and we respectfully request that you do not bring them to the concert area if possible.
If someone is violating one of the rules, the sheriff will be called after the second warning.
Take US-59 N. Exit “Livingston/Woodville” (67 miles from 610 loop), turn right on US-190. Drive through the town. About 3 miles further you will see the entrance to the Alabama-Coushatta campgrounds (Park Road 56). Driving time from the center of the city is 1 hour 45 min.
Take I-45 S. Exit US-190E exit 116 (168 miles from US75S), turn left on US-190 and drive 44 miles to Livingston, TX. Drive through the town. About 3 miles further you will see the entrance to the Alabama-Coushatta campgrounds (Park Road 56). Driving time from the center of the city is less than 4 hours.
Take I-10 to Houston (188 miles), then US-59 N. Exit “Livingston/Woodville” (67 miles from 610 loop), turn right on US-190. Drive through the town. About 3 miles further you will see the entrance to the Alabama-Coushatta campgrounds (Park Road 56). Driving time from the center of the city is 4.5 hours.
Take TX 71 E (84 miles), then I-10 E to Houston (66 miles), then US-59 N. Exit “Livingston/Woodville” (67 miles from 610 loop), turn right on US-190. Drive through the town. About 3 miles further you will see the entrance to the Alabama-Coushatta campgrounds (Park Road 56). Driving time from the center of the city is 4.5 hours.
Take TX-21 E (37 miles), then right on I-45 S. Exit US-190E exit 116 (26 miles from TX-21), turn left on US-190 and drive 44 miles to Livingston, TX. Drive through the town. About 3 miles further you will see the entrance to the Alabama-Coushatta campgrounds (Park Road 56). Driving time from the center of the city is less 2.5 hours.