Annual Russian Heritage Month®

Annual Russian Heritage Month®


Banner 0The Annual Russian Heritage Month® celebrates and honors the rich diversity of cultural traditions brought to the U.S. from the many countries of the former Soviet Union. The Russian-speaking community plays an indispensable role in the culture, economic and social life of New York, the US and the world. The Annual Russian Heritage Month® honors their contributions and affords the opportunity to showcase their talents. The Annual Russian Heritage Month® has become a unifying force of our community by allowing its members, who hail from across the former Soviet Union, to preserve their heritage, culture, and language while also expressing their cultural identity.

The annual celebration of arts and culture takes place throughout the month of June in New York City. The Annual Russian Heritage Month® is the only event of its kind in the U.S. and every year attracts a large diverse audience to enjoy diverse cultural events, such as contemporary and folk music, dance performances, art exhibitions, public festivals, health and sports fairs, business expos, and more.

The Annual Russian Heritage Month® was established by the Russian American Foundation in collaboration with The City of New York, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and the Daily News in 2003. The festival began as a week-long series of events, celebrating cultural and economic contributions of the Russian-speaking community of New York. Over the years, the international Russian-speaking community has become a vital part of the celebration by participating in events and attending as special guests from the art, fashion, Foreign Service and business worlds. RAF is greatly honored to partner with the New York Post in presenting the Annual Russian Heritage Month® for the last four years.

Over the past 13 years the Annual Russian Heritage Month® has grown into an internationally recognized month-long celebration dedicated to promoting cross-community awareness, as well as a valuable local, national and international dialogue between peoples and cultures. The Annual Russian Heritage Month® traditionally opens with a reception at the Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing of the Metropolitan Pic_TextMuseum of Art attended by the Mayor of New York City and culminates with Together in New York – Annual Community Festival and Health and Sport Fair – in Brooklyn, NY.

“In the United States we are Americans first but take equal pride in our individual and community heritage. And groups that tie those of common heritage together will inevitably strengthen our society at large.” – Shai Baitel, “Proud Community, Proud Americans”, Huffington Post, 11/22/2014

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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development.

Events Schedule

2015 Events

NEws;etter!The Memory of Time and Space: Russian-American-Women Artists in Dialogue
June 1 – June 11
Mon – Sat: 10 am – 5 pm. Sat – Sun 11am – 5 pm
The National Arts Club, Gregg Gallery.
15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY
Free Admission The third annual installment of “The Memory of Time and Space” brings together two of the Russian diaspora’s most inventive and exciting visual artists, Yelena Lezhen and Anya Rubin. Drawing from their personal experiences as well as a wide range of materials and techniques, Lezhen and Rubin have created strikingly individual treatments of gender, memory, and immigrant life. This is a unique opportunity to experience their work in dialogue.
Image: Anya Rubin Natalia 2014, Yelena Lezhen Doves 2015


Helen Yarmak: Treasure Realms. Unique Jewelry
June 1-June 10  Mon.-Fri. 10am-6 pm
Helen Yarmak International
The Crown Building,
730 Fifth Avenue, 23rd fl. Penthouse
NewYork, NY 10019

An exhibit of jewelry by world-famous artist Helen Yarmak.


Mastering Myth and Connecting to Spirit: Drawings by Dashi Namdakov and Historical Photographs of Shamanism from the Russian Museum of EthnographyJune 1 – June 20
Mon – Sat 10 am – 5 pm. Sat – Sun 11am -5 pm
Grand Gallery. The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South New York, NY
Free Admission
This exhibit pairs the graphic works of contemporary Russian artist Dashi Namdakov, who continues to develop the artistic traditions of past generations, with photographs of Russian shamanism, never seen before in America, from the collection of the Russian Museum of Ethnography. Presented in collaboration with Gallery Shchukin and the Russian Museum of Ethnography and with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.
Image: D. Namdakov Horseman with bow 2012. Charcoal on Canvas

NEWtwowomenFilm Premiere “Two Women”
June 5, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
The National Arts Club, Sculpture Court.
15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY
Free Admission
Seating is limited,
This dazzling international adaptation of Ivan Turgenev’s timeless masterpiece makes its U.S. debut. Set in the heart of Russia’s tumultuous nineteenth century, “Two Women” tells the story of an individualistic woman drawn into a romantic rivalry with her own stepdaughter. Directed by Vera Glagoleva and featuring decorated global cast led by Ralph Fiennes (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) and Sylvie Testud (“La Vie En Rose”), “Two Women” is an unforgettably charged look at human love, betrayal, and desire.
Film director Vera Glagoleva in person.

heritage2-1Together in New York® Festival
June 7, 11 am – 4 pm
Asser Levy/Seaside Park
West 5th Street, Brooklyn
Free Admission

Please join us for the Annual Community Festival and Health and Sport Fair, a full day of entertaining events and performances by local and international artists.  The event will include live music, dancing, chess tournament, performances by  community youth groups such as M-Generation, Shostakovich School of Music Art and Dance, Latin Fiesta Balroom Dance Studio and many more. Special guests – internationally acclaimed  pop singer Avraam Russo and legendary folk ensemble Pesniary. You will also have a chance to enjoy  samples of delicious traditional cuisine. Representatives of health care centers and community organizations will educate visitors.

brentDmitry Bykov in conversation with Jonathan Brent “Isaac Babel: Life and Works”
June 7, 6:30 pm – 8 pm
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
Admission: $25 General | $20 YIVO Members
Box Office: | 212-868-4444

 Join prominent Russian poet, writer and journalist Dmitry Bykov and Jonathan Brent, Russian scholar and the Executive Director of the YIVO Institute for an intimate conversation about Isaac Babel’s Russian-Jewish identity, his life, the myth of Babel, and his contribution to literature.  Presented in collaboration with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and RTVi.

box2newsletterCollectively Independent: An Exhibit of Russian-American Women Artists
June 12 – June 20
Mon – Sat 10 am – 5 pm. Sat – Sun 11am – 5 pm

The National Arts Club, Gregg Gallery.
15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY
Free Admission

An exciting look at five emerging female artists, Yuliya Lanina, Valentina Loseva, Anya Roz, Anya Rubin and Irina Sheynfeld. Though working in disparate styles and genres – from painting to photography and mechanical sculpture – these artists remain deeply engaged with their shared experiences of movement, femininity, and 21st Century American life. Presented in partnership with COJECO, Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations.
Image: Yuliya Lanina Cowboy, music box, 2014

Picture1leitmotiv“Leitmotiv in Russian Novels of the XIX and XX Centuries”
June 11, 16:00-17:30
Kennan Institute, Wilson Center,
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington DC, 20004
RSVP на сайте Admission
Seating is limited; first-come, first-served.
June 13, 2 pm
The New York Public Library
5th Ave at 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
Free Admission
Seating is limited; first-come, first-served.
 As part of its joint Exploring Russian Literature Series, the Kennan Institute, Wilson Center and the Russian American Foundation proudly present Mr. Dmitry Bykov, one of the most prolific Russian writers working today and biographer of Boris Pasternak, Bulat Okudzhava, and Maxim Gorky.  All are invited to discover a hidden connection in the  plots of three Russian great novels: Doctor Zhivago, Quiet Flows the Don, and Lolita. Mr. Bykov will discuss how all authors unwittingly described the same situation in their iconic masterpieces.
This event is presented in collaboration with the New York Public Library and RTVi (Independent Russian TV Network).

bukharianBukharian-Jewish Heritage Festival
June 21, 12 pm – 4 pm
Bukharian Jewish Community Center
10616 70th Ave.
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Free Admission

The Bukharian-Jewish community of Queens celebrates its heritage and talents at this afternoon of performances by the community youth groups and a fair. The festival will feature local health care organizations and medical centers will be working on site to educate visitors and offer free services.

6401-41Shtetl: Graphic Works And Sketches Of Solomon Yudovin (1920-1940)
June 21 – Sept 30
9 am – 5 pm Sun -Thurs,
9 am -3 pm Fri, Closed Saturday
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
Free Admission
Presented in collaboration  with  the Russian Museum of Ethnography and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, the exhibit features works of the renowned Russian-Jewish artist, ethnographer and scholar of Jewish traditional art, Solomon Yudovin. From the collections of the Russian Museum of Ethnography, St. Petersburg, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, NY.

WARIILives of the Great Patriotic War: The Untold Story of Jewish Soviet Soldiers in the Red Army During WW II
June 22 – August 30
Mon – Sat: 10 am – 5 pm. Sat – Sun 11am – 5 pm
The National Arts Club, Gregg Gallery.
15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY
Free Admission
In honor of the 70th anniversary of the allied Victory and in commemoration of the 74th anniversary of the outbreak of war on the Eastern front, The Blavatnik Archive proudly presents Lives of the Great Patriotic War exhibit. Lives of the Great Patriotic War was produced and funded by the Blavatnik Archive, and is made possible thanks to the participation of the nearly 1,200 veterans and their families in the Blavatnik Archive Veteran Oral History Project.
Photo: Soviet soldiers in front of Reichstag. Berlin, 1945.

Philippe Quint- by Benjamin Brollet 3Philippe Quint & Friends: Hebrew Rhapsody
June 28, 6 pm – 8 pm
 Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
Admission: $30; $45
For concert tickets information visit

Carnegie Charge 212-247-7800

or Box Office at 57th & Seventh
The concert of renowned Russian-American violinist marks the closing of the 13th Annual Russian Heritage Month ®. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the educational programs of the Russian American Foundation. Among specials guests are Carol Alt, Lera Auerbach, Alex Fiterstein, Matt Herskowitz, Kate Davis, Lara St. John, Joseph Malovany, Sara Sant’Ambrogio and M-Generation. Photo credit – Benjamin Brolet

June 29-August 30 Mon-Sat.10am-5pm
The National Arts Club Marquis Gallery
15Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003
Free Admission
– The photographs of Ross Den (born in Ukraine) and Philip Grossman (born in the U.S.) show their experiences in Chernobyl, Ukraine and Israel’s war zones. Presented in collaboration with Project Chernobyl. Photo: Ross Den


Event information, including featured appearances, is subject to change.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Past Events