Celebration of Russia Day was held on 12th of June 2011 |
Following the blessing of the ramp, celebrations continued with a buffet style Russian feats inside.
Fanfare heralded the beginning of the concert as guests froze to the sound of the Russian national anthem.
Natalia Morozova, opened the concert and invited guests of honour including parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs, and a representative form the Lord Mayor’s office, Vicki Howard, to the stage. The guests commended the QRCC for all the hard work that has gone into constructing the new disability access, for it has opened access to the centre to a much wider community. The president of the QRCC, Elena Gosse, addressed the audience, thanking everyone for coming to this momentous occasion. She also thanked everyone who helped with this project both physically and financially.
The concert opened with the celebrated Russian folklore ensemble Samosveti, and the amazingly talented children's dance ensemble Maximo.
Guests who found stars under their seats received special prizes from QRCC Management Committee.
Our fellow Slavic neighbours helped us celebrate with the beautiful traditional sounds and costumes of Bulgarian folklore ensemble Zhiva Voda and dance group Horo.
Celebrations then took on an Eastern flare with the animation and colour of a performance by the Chinese Falun Dafa group.
The concert would not have been complete without Songs of Russia performed by Elena Gosse, Alla Ekzarkho and Mark Allen. The performance was soulful and moving, evoking many nostalgic tears.
A standing ovation concluded the concert, heralding the Russia Day celebrations a tremendous success.