Review: BSO’s Russian Winter

For one evening (and one evening only) those present at Exeter Great Hall were transported to cold, 19th century St Petersburg and Moscow; an invited state of Tsardom overseen by the remarkable talents of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. With works by three of the biggest names of Russian Romantic music, the Orchestra gave a resounding, and even at times rousing, conclusion to the first instalment of performances at the Great Hall as part of their 2018-19 season. Continue reading Review: BSO’s Russian Winter

Postcards From Abroad: St Petersburg

When I told people I was going to St Petersburg, in Russia the general response seemed to be “Is it safe?” (Generally the follow-up was whether I was going for the World Cup, which, considering I didn’t realise the World Cup was even happening this year, made me laugh). I’ve been staying in St Petersburg for a month now as a solo traveller, interning at … Continue reading Postcards From Abroad: St Petersburg

Nightlife in Russia: From Vladivostok to Moscow to St Petersburg

My experience/passion of Russian nightlife began at the end of the world: Vladivostok, the tip of the eastern point of Russia. Tall, heavily made-up ladies skulked in dark corners of the club, smoking profusely, painted eyes latched onto my obviously out-of-place presence. Heavy techno music thudded from overhead speakers. The bar solemnly offered eighteen different brands of vodka. Yup, I thought to myself. This was … Continue reading Nightlife in Russia: From Vladivostok to Moscow to St Petersburg

Film in Russia: A Tool of Resistance to the State

Film has traditionally been used as a medium through which to criticise and oppose the policies and ideals of a state. A new Russian film, A Winter’s Journey (2013), does just that. Everyone who follows international news on a regular basis will have something of an idea regarding the appalling nature of LGBT rights in Russia right now. Films such as this are likely to … Continue reading Film in Russia: A Tool of Resistance to the State