12th Annual Russian Winter Festival

GRAND FINALE - It's a day of traditional food, music, costumes, exhibits, performances, crafts and contests.
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Admissions: Adult: $7, Children: $3 from 5 to 12, children < 5 - Free
Location: Polish Community Center
                225 Washington Ave Ext Albany NY Festival Flyer
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Barynya 2Barynya. The festival’s headliner is a folk ensemble “Barynya” from New York, NY. It’s a well-known group that enjoys exalting stature as the premier Russian folk ensemble outside of Russia. Barynya presents Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish and Gypsy Roma traditional dancing, music, songs, and virtuoso performances on instruments including the balalaika, garmoshka (Russian folk button accordion), Gypsy guitars, domra and violin. Founder of the group Mikhail Smirnov is hosting all performances by giving a short explanation of every number of the program in English. The ensemble performed at the Russian Winter Festival in the Capital Region in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017. 

Dance group 2019Kaleidoscope. Children Dance ensemble "Kaleidoscope", Brooklyn, NY, provides a selection of thrilling and colorful Russian folk dancing, enchanting Russian folk music. Group performs Russian, Ukrainian, Gypsy, Armenian and Georgian folk traditional dances.







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Time: 3:00pm - 3:30pm
free with festival admission ticket. 

The contest is open to any non-professional hair stylists including students of hairdressing schools. 
For stylists register CLICK HERE    
The contest is open to all girls and women of all ages. For models register CLICK HERE 

braid hairdoIt remains a symbol of feminine grace, beauty and style that defies the whims of fickle fashion. Braided hairstyles make space for creativity. There are many interesting braiding techniques to make every head unique.  There are French braids, fishtail braids, braided buns, cornrows, and more are at your disposal. 




soviet postersSoviet Posters. 15 copies of the historical Russian propaganda posters from the Soviet era.

Russian platerAntique Russian Porcelain Plates. 30 Mettlach Villeroy & Boch German porcelain Russian fairy tales collection features the works of Russian artist Boris Zvorykin. Irina Price, private collection. 



red division 3"The 3rd Rifle Division of Red Army” reenacting group portrays a typical platoon of a Russian rifle division in the Great Patriotic War. By researching the history of the Russian infantrymen the group attempts to recreate the trials and tribulations of the soldiers of the Red Army, as well as teach the public about the life and times of the people and time period.

photo boothTraditional Russian Costumes and Photo Booth.  Russian traditional costumes for women, men and children to dress up and take photos.




children cornerChildren Craft Corner. Kids decorate traditional headsets Kokoshnik with gemstones and paint nesting dolls Matryoshka.


crafts smallCraft Vendors. A wide variety of arts, crafts and merchandise related to the Eastern European style.




bliny sour creamBlini – Russian pancakes with red caviar, jam or sour cream.

russian golubtsyGolubtsy. Cabbage leaf stuffed with beef & rice, served with baked piroshky.




kotlety ala rus

Kotlety a La Rus. Chicken grilled to perfection, layered with tomato covered with melted cheese. Served with oven-baked piroshki.


cakeRussian Cakes.  Flaky pastry layers generously filled with sweet cream filling.


samovarRussian Tea. The samovar is an important attribute of Russian households and taverns to tea-drinking.




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