The UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature 2016


The British Council in Moscow
The Year programme kicked off in January with the launch of a massive open online course (MOOC) based on Shakespeare’s works. In February, a new TheatreHD season began. Cinemas in 40 Russian cities and across the CIS hosted live screenings of the most impressive productions performed at the Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Barbican.

In April, famous characters from the Bard’s works were bought to life in the interiors of carriages on the Filovskaya line of the Moscow Metro.

Exhibition “From Elizabeth to Victoria. English Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery collection exhibition”

The State Tretyakov Gallery
22 April – 24 July

Portraits of some of Russia’s greatest cultural figures, including Tolstoy, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London and visitors to the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow will have a chance to see portraits of Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth I and many more famous Britons. As part of the parallel programme to the National Portrait Gallery exhibition in Moscow, the British Council will present an educational programme, including 11 lectures on key figures, instrumental in forming the history of Great Britain.

Photo exhibition: ‘Shakespeare Lives in Domodedovo Airport’

From 23rd April to 30th June, 2016 visitors to one of the largest airports in Russia – Domodedovo – will be able to visit a unique photo exhibition “Shakespeare lives in Domodedovo airport”, dedicated to the life and works of William Shakespeare on his 400-anniversary.

The 17th New British Film Festival

In October-November 2016, the British Council together with CoolConnections will hold the 17th New British Film Festival, with screenings set to take place in 30 cities across Russia for the first time.

As part of the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature and to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, a special programme of films will be shown, including screenings of Maxine Peake’s Hamlet, staged at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. There will be screenings of a range of documentary and short films, and a series of discussions and round tables on the development of the international film industry with the participation of invited experts and Festival guests: New British Film Festival Talks. Details of the programme will be announced in autumn 2016 at

Literary Seminar at Yasnaya Polyana

Autumn 2016. The British Council together with Russian partners are delighted to announce the launch of a major annual seminar dedicated to contemporary British literature. In autumn 2016, the first seminar will be held at Yasnaya Polyana, the museum estate of Leo Tolstoy. The seminar will involve leading British writers, poets, critics, journalists, literary specialists and translators. Participants will discuss how the UK Publishing industry works, literary trends in prose and poetry alongside academic approaches to the study of literature. This project aims to facilitate the development of professional dialogue between representatives of literary and academic communities in the UK and Russia, encouraging young specialists to conduct independent research and to create platforms for knowledge and experience exchange.

As part of the seminar a series of presentations, discussions and round tables aimed at wider audiences are planned. Translators, publishers, university staff, graduates, journalists, literary critics and those with a professional interest in British literature will be invited to take part.

18th Non-Fiction Book Fair

In November 2016, a delegation of British writers and publishers will take part in the 18th Non/fiction bookfair. Stimulating discussions, innovation in British literature, an art installation celebrating the connections between the Russian and English languages and much more will be presented at one of Moscow’s biggest literary events.

These are only some of the events coming up this year, for more details and these and other events, please see the British Council’s website:
For further information, please contact the British Council at [email protected]
or +7 495 287 18 16.