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On behalf of SRF Trustees we would like to thank all the speakers in the SRF series "Cultural Conversations" who have given talks and presentations in the past year. We are most grateful for the expertise, preparation and time they have brought and devoted to SRF. Our series will resume again in late January. Details will be placed here and sent to members in due course.
Liza Hollingshead, Director of International Programmes at the Ecologia Youth Trust gave a fascinating talk "Kitezh and Orion Foster Family Communities in Russia- an alternative to the orphanage system" recently. She has kindly sent the following links for SRF members:
3. MARIE BASHKIRTSEFF
Distinguished Cultural Historian and Dance Expert Agnes Ness gave our last talk in the "Cultural Conversations" series for the present year. Her talk "Marie Bashkirtseff" was beautifully illustrated and was of great interest! This session was chaired by SRF Trustee Tom Hubbard who is also an expert on Marie Bashkirtseff... A meeting of great minds! Thanks again too to SRF Trustee Jennifer Scarce for all her research to prepare for this session.
4. RUSSO-SCOTTISH MUSICAL CONNECTIONS...
Next year Dr Svetlana Zvereva will be invited to repeat her moving, informative and beautiful presentation and also to introduce the new CD which has a recording of the final musical project of her late husband, Dr Stuart Campbell. SRF members have already been sent detail of this and they can purchase the CD from Dr Zvereva.
Members who missed Dr Zvereva's earlier talk can discover a "history" of the Russian community in Scotland through music; this presentation was, in addition, a wonderful tribute to the life and work of Dr Stuart Campbell. (Many SRF members will remember him). This talk also provided a history of the Russo-Scottish Choir they had founded together and there were many short video clips of performances of the Choir, including the Russian Children's Choir. We thank Dr Zvereva most sincerely for all the time spent and effort made to prepare this talk and it is hoped that more members will have the chance to hear it later in the year.
5. "CHEKHOV IN SCOTLAND" - SRF PROJECT
Watch this space for more in this series...
6. SRF POSTAL ADDRESS
For the foreseeable future please do not use the CEES postal address for any SRF communications. Thank you - please e-mail us instead. We will advise whenever the CEES postal address is available.
7. NAVAL DESTROYERS
Frank Donald has sent us in a link so that members can access fascinating information about naval destroyers. Please see :
If you would more information about this, please send a message to the SRF e-mail address and this can be forwarded to Frank. Frank has recently updated this information so please contact him via the SRF e-mail address.
8."RUSSIA FOR KIDS"
Jenny Carr has shared her beautiful website with members. Please see:
She will be adding to this so do keep looking! A lot of members have already enjoyed this.
9. SRF TRIP TO RUSSIA JUNE 2022
SRF Trustees Jennifer Scarce and Peter Harvey have had recent meetings with Edinburgh Travel Agents and they will be updating members in the near future about the trip. Please watch this space!
10. RUSSIAN COURSES ON LINE
Tanya Yurasova is offering Russian Courses on line. Please see:
tancam.uk/russian-course or e-mail her directly at email@example.com or visit: https://tancam.uk/russian
11. "CONVERSATIONS WITH DOSTOEVSKY"...
Dostoevsky scholar, George Pattison, has kindly shared his new Project with SRF. He has also agreed to take part in the "Cultural Conversations" Series and he will give a talk in February 2022. Meantime, as this special "Dostoevsky year" draws to its close please see Dr Pattison's work at:
12. "RUSSIAN PERSPECTIVES ON ADVERTISING"
Dr Alexandra Smith of Edinburgh University very kindly shared a link to her recent lecture entitled "Russian Perspectives on Advertising" :
13. "CHAI AND CHAT"
- The next meeting of "Chai and Chat" will be held in early February 2022. Date, time and venue will be displayed here and also sent to members. Thanks to SRF Treasurer Peter Harvey for all his work in the organisation of these meetings.
14. WHAT IS AN EDINBURGH KETTLE DOING IN ST PETERSBURG?
SRF Trustee Jennifer Scarce noted an interesting item in a recent issue of "The Times"-the Edinburgh based collective "Kettle", owned by Tony Kettle, will be building the LAKHTA CENTER 11 in St. Petersburg after winning an international competition! This building will be 703 meters high and will be the highest tower building in Europe and the second highest in the world...We have a copy of the press cutting so if any member would like to read more, please do contact us.
15. FUTURE SPEAKERS
Please do send in any suggestions for future speakers or events - your ideas are most welcome! We have an interesting and wide range of speakers to carry us over the next few months for our "Cultural Conversations" series and we are trying to use a variety of days and times in the hope that more members might be able to join us. We hope too that "real" meetings may be able to happen soon...
16. We wish all SRF members a very Happy Christmas and health and happiness in 2022.