QRCC held the annual Maslenitsa celebrations |
On March 5, 2011 the Queensland Russian Community Centre held the annual Maslenitsa celebrations.
This old Russian tradition still lives today and has spread far beyond Russia. Many guests gathered in this year's elegantly decorated Hall of the Russian Community Centre to celebrate Maslenitsa 2011.
Emcee of the evening, Vadim Kosse, invited President QRCC Elena Gosse to the stage to open the celebrations. President Gosse greeted the guests, congratulated all with the Maslenitsa celebration and thanked the Management committee and volunteers for the job well done.
The guests of honour at the celebration were Federal Members of the Parliament Teresa Gambaro and Andrew Laming. Teresa Gambaro donated a lucky door prize and Andrew Laming donated a prize for the fundraising auction. Prizes for the raffle tickets and auction were also donated by Australian Innovative Systems, pottery artist Luba Zhuk, and Dima Chafikov from the Italian Furniture Shop. All proceeds from the raffle and auction will go to the construction of the Disability access at the QRCC.
The music began, and funny charming clowns (skomorokhy) Masha Tyukavkin and Nina Sudnitsin filled the stage in colourful costumes. They were joined by the popular folk group 'Samotsveti' who last year celebrated its 10th anniversery (see http://australianlampada.com/article/sobitia/sobitia_4850.html). The performers wore traditional Russian costumes, while the stage was set with a small table with a Russian samovar. The repertoire included traditional songs 'Blini' and 'Samovar'. In all Samotsveti were able to create a hospitable atmosphere of a traditional Russian house. Samotsveti and skomorokhi then greeted traditional character for this celebration, Maslenitsa (Dmitry Grinev).
Suddenly, the celebration was disrupted appearance of Baba Yaga (Zhanna Harbachova). She declared herself the mistress of the ball. To save the situation and continue the celebration guests had to please Baba Yaga. The performance of the saxophone soloist Alexander Tranza warmed the heart of Baba Yaga and she let the celebration to continue.
Once again the solo violinist Nikolay Diumin took the breath away by his amazing performance.
The celebrations were complimented by tasteful decorating thanks to Svetlana Remington, The interesting program introduced by the events committee led by Alla Ekzarkho and, of course, the variety of delicious food prepared by the team of volunteers led by Inna Ackroyd and yummy deserts by Irina Peshkoff.
The dancing continued to the brilliant vocals of singer Rita Kagan.
Photos from the Maslenitsa can be viewed here (http://qldruscentre.com/ru/event_photo.php?event_id=23)