Festival 2014

Festival Information

Festival Logo

Date: February 28th, 2015
Time: 12:00 am - 5:00 pm

Admission: Adult: $6, Children: $3 from 5 to 12, children < 5 - Free

Location: Polish Community Center, located at 225 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY.

Objective: To expand the public understanding and appreciation of Russian folk art, traditions and culture. The culture of Russia has been shaped by its long history, unique geography and diverse demography. Because of the gradual accretion of land over several centuries, Russia has over 150 different ethnic groups.

Grand Finale - Program: The final day of the Festival on February 28th 2015is a full day of traditional food, music, costumes, exhibits, films, performances and competitions.

The 1st Russian Winter Festival 2009 was a huge success. See photos here. The 2nd Russian Winter Festival 2010 was featured a month of events - art exhibitions, piano competition, film forum and visitors from Tula, Russia. See photos here.

The 7th Annual Russian Winter Festival 2015 will be a month-long Festival again. The events slated for the festival included the Fine Art Show, Tchaikovsky Piano and Nadezhda Obukhova Vocal Competitions, Russian Poetry Recital Competition, and Grand Finale - final day of the Festival on February 28 2015 at the Polish Community Center, Albany, NY.

Schedule of Events

Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

Pyoter Tchaikovsky

Dates: February 7 10:30am - 1:30pm competition, February 8 -1:20p m Winners Concert

Location: The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, located at 125 Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12202.

Competition Awards:

$250 US Savings Bond, Young Tchaikovsky Level (ages 6 -10)

$500 US Savings Bond, Apprentice Thaikovsky Level (11- 13)

$1,000 US Savings Bond, Master Tchaikovsky Level (14 - 18)

Registration form

Nadezhda Obukhova Classical Vocal Competition

Nadezhda Obukhova

Dates: February 7 at 2pm competition, February 8, 1:30pm All Winners Concert

Location: The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, located at 125 Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12202.

Winners Awards:

$250 US Savings Bond, School Level

$250 US Savings Bond, Young Adult Level

$250 US Savings Bond, Adult Non-Professional Level

$50 US Savings Bond - All Runners Up

Application Form

Russian Poetry Recital Contest

Date and Time: February 28, 12:30 pm

Location: Children Activities Room, Festival site at the Polish Community Center.

The contest is open to children and adults to recite in Russian a poem of their choise. The Contest has 3 age levels: ages 3-6, 7-12, 13 and Up and 2 divisions: Native Russian Speakers and Non-Native Russian Speakers. The Prize of $100 US Savings Bond will be awarded in each division.

Registration Form

Best Braided Hairdo Contest

Best Braided Hairdo Contest

Date: February 28
Time: 2:30pm

Location: Festival site at the Polish Community Center

The contest is open to girls and women of all ages. Time requirement to make braided hairdo is limited to 20 minutes. Judging based on neatness, creative approach, harmony between style and whole look. Prizes will be awarded to the best contestants. Clickbb to open the registration form. The contest is sponsored by

Paul Mitchell School of Schenectady

Russian Winter Festival 2015 - Grand Finale

Date: February 28, 2015

Time: 12:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Polish Community Center, 225 Washington Ave. Ext. Albany NY.

Festival Guests

The Golden Rooster Ensemble

The Golden Rooster ensemble was founded in Brooklyn, NY in 1997 by russian folk singer Irina Zagornova in her desire to preserve Russian folk traditions. It's group of 12 kids of different ages. They have been learning to sing and dance traditional russian music using folk instruments such as bayan, balalaika, violin, guitar and other instruments.

The 3rd Rifle Division is a WWII Red Army

The 3rd Rifle Division

reenacting group located in the Northeast United States, with multiple members from the region. They portray a typical squad of a WWII Russian rifle division in both private battles and public displays.

Festival Sponsors

 

Price Chopper

The Daily Gazette

Computers Answers

Paul Mitchell School

The Daily Grind

Max Smelyansky attorney

Adirondack Oral

Citizensbank

Aperitivo Bistro

Vendors Opportunities

The craft vendors lending to the authenticity of the Russian Winter Festival are welcome.

Please fill out the Vendors Application Form. Please download the Word document on your computer, save and email it to events@newrussiacenter.org.

Festival Sposorship Opportunities

Sponsoring the Festival is an excellent way to support our community's cultural landscape as well as build recognition for your organization at the same time.

The levels of sponsorship:

Level: $350 - $449
Recognition: company’s logo in a special section of the Festival program
Benefits: two complimentary tickets to the Festival.

Level: $500 - $999
Recognition: company’s logo and a business card’s size ad in the Festival program
Benefits: two complimentary tickets to the Festival.

Level: $1,000 - $1,499
Recognition: company’s logo and 1/3 page ad in the Festival program, the logo (with hyperlink) on the festival web site for one year, ending on January 1, 2012.
Benefits: four complimentary tickets to the Festival.

Level: $1,500 +
Recognition: company’s logo and a half page ad in the Festival program, the logo (with hyperlink) on the festival web site for one year ending on January 1, 2012, and space to hang your signage at the Festival grounds.
Benefits: four complimentary VIP All-Event Passes.
Special Events: invitation to The Center’s annual Donor's dinner.

Your support is very important because it will enhance the Russian Winter Festival’s stature as a regional cultural event. Regardless of the size of your contribution or the motivation behind it, we are grateful for your gift.

Please contact Tanya Deptola at 518-382-9438 or email at tdeptola@newrussiacenter.org