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Panel Discussion: A common culture?

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The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA
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  • The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
  • Thursday, 24 Jan 2019
  • 18:30-21:00
  • £15.00 full price
    £13.50 concessions
  • Eligible for 1-Year Pass. Includes a complimentary glass of wine.

Chaired by Clem Cecil, Executive Director of Pushkin House, our panel of experts will discuss the cultural exchange between Russia and the UK from Peter the Great's first visit to Britain to the present day. Exploring the ways in which Britain and Russia have influenced each other culturally, this evening will examine and celebrate the many connections between the two countries. In collaboration with Pushkin House and the Hermitage Foundation.

The discussion will take place from 19:00-20:00 and will be followed by a private view of the exhibition with a complimentary glass of wine.

This discussion will be chaired by Clem Cecil 

Clementine Cecil is a Russian-speaking specialist in language, literature and architectural preservation, with many years’ experience working in, and with, Russia, initially as correspondent for The Times, then as co-founder and Chairman of the Moscow Architecture Preservation Society, with whom she co-edited four books on Moscow, St Petersburg and Samara. From 2012 to 2016 she was Director of SAVE Britain’s Heritage and SAVE Europe’s Heritage.

Panellists will include:

Anthony Cross

Anthony Cross retired in 2004 after nineteen years as Professor of Slavonic Studies in  the University of Cambridge. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1989 and received an honorary doctorate from the Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkin House) of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2009.  His fields of special expertise are eighteenth-century Russia and Anglo-Russian cultural relations on which he has written extensively.

Rosamund Bartlett

Rosamund Bartlett combines expertise in Russian cultural history with a particular interest in opera and European modernism.  She has published several books, including Wagner and Russia and Shostakovich in Context, as well as biographies of Chekhov and Tolstoy, whose works she has translated.  Her new edition of Anna Karenina for Oxford World’s Classics was published to acclaim in 2014.   She led the campaign to save Chekhov’s house in Yalta, and remains a Trustee of the Anton Chekhov Foundation, a UK-registered charity.

Boris Akunin (pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili)

Best known as writer of genre fiction (mainly detectives)  he also writes serious novels, books on history, theatre plays and essays. His recent popular history project summarily called “History of Russian State” combines volumes of non-fiction and fiction. Akunin’s  books  sold more than 30 million copies in Russia alone and  are translated into almost 50 languages. A number of his works have been made in Russia into movies and TV series.

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