Philippe Quint & Friends

Please join us for the Benefit Concert “Philippe Quint & Friends” at the Times Center.  This concert will mark the opening of the 12th Annual Russian Heritage Month® presented by the Russian American Foundation. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the educational programs of the Russian American Foundation. The evening will feature specials guests, including Joshua Bell, Josh Ralph, Emily Bergl, Michael Bacon, William Wolfram, the Matt Herskowitz Trio, and the Quint Quintet, featuring celebrated Argentine performers JP Jofre, Octavio Brunetti, Oren Fader and Pedro Giraudo.

Award-winning American violinist Philippe Quint is a multi-faceted artist whose wide range of interests has led to several Grammy nominations for his albums, performances with major orchestras, including recent debuts with the London Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony at venues ranging from the Gewandhaus in Leipzig to Carnegie Hall in New York, and a leading role in the major independent film “Downtown Express.”

May 27, 7 pm, The Times Center at the New York Times Building, 242 West 41st Street, Manhattan.

For ticket information, please click here.

For more information, please contact Anya Talbot at 212.687.6118 x 200 or at

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Photo credit – Liza Marie Mazzuco.

The Role of the Russian Media in the US and its Presence in the Life of the Russian-Speaking Community: Past, Present, Future

RAF and RTVi, in collaboration with Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, present “The Role of the Russian Media in the U.S. and its Presence in the Life of the Russian-Speaking Community: Past, Present, Future.” This event commemorates the 3rd wave of Russian immigration to the U.S., and will feature a panel discussion and Q&A session on the role of the Russian media in the U.S. and its presence in the life of the Russian-speaking community. Panelists will include:

Katerina Kotrikadze, RTVi’s News Director (RTVi – Independent Russian TV Network)

Jennifer Rosenberg, Director of Research and the Jewish Community Study of New York at UJA-Federation of New York

Marina Belotserkovsky, the Senior Director of Russian Communications at the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)

Ilia Baranikas, U.S. correspondent for Moskovsky Komsomolets, one of Russia’s most influential newspapers

May 1, 12 pm – 2 pm, Kellogg Center, School of International & Public Affairs, 15th Floor, Room 1501, 420 W 118th St at Amsterdam, Manhattan. Free admission.


RetroSpective at the Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology)

The Russian American Foundation is proud to announce the first Russian costume piece to be introduced into the permanent collection at The Museum at FIT. The piece is a costume ensemble from the 2004 collection Invasion from the Slava Zaitsev Moscow Fashion House, and will be on display as part of the Museum’s RetroSpective exhibition. Zaitsev is known for his seamless integration of both Russian and Tatar motifs into an elegant, western shape. 7th Avenue at 27th Street, Manhattan, May 22 – Nov 16 (T-F, 12-8pm, Sat. 10am-5pm)Free admission

22 Ideas to Fix the World Book Launch

Russian American Foundation celebrates the launch of 22 Ideas to Fix the World: Conversations with the World’s Foremost Thinkers with editor Piotr Dutkiewicz, contributor Olzhas Suleimenov, and Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the US Kairat Umarov.  In this unique volume from the World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations and the Social Science Research Council, some of the world’s greatest minds—from Nobel Prize winners to long-time activists—explore what the prolonged instability of the so-called Great Recession means for our traditional understanding of how governments can and should function. Through interviews that are sure to spark lively debate, 22 Ideas to Fix the World presents both analysis of past geopolitical events and possible solutions and predictions for the future.  National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, 6 pm. Read more about the book.

Professor Piotr Dukiewicz, Ambassador Olzhas Suleimenov, Ambassador Kairat Umarov

Professor Piotr Dukiewicz, Ambassador Olzhas Suleimenov, Ambassador Kairat Umarov

Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the US Kairat Umarov

Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the US Kairat Umarov

Ambassador of Kazakhstan to UNESCO Olzhas Suleimenov

Ambassador of Kazakhstan to UNESCO Olzhas Suleimenov

Magical Visions: The Jewelry and Sculpture of Dashi Namdakov

The Buryat born artist, Dashi Namdakov, will be exhibiting his work as part of a celebration honoring Gilbert Albert Jewelry House’s 60th Anniversary. His inspirational work draws from natural and spiritual sources, forming cohesive and emotive pieces that reflect a larger sense of life. Like Gilbert Albert, Dashi Namdakov’s creations evoke the wealth of nature’s forms in all their magnificent beauty. Gilbert Albert Gallery, 43 West 57th Street, New York, September 9 – November 1, 212-888-3232.

Ural Folk Dance Ensemble

All of the way from the Ural mountain region in Russia, this folk dance ensemble has come to take part in several events at this year’s Russian Heritage Month®. This ensemble has been known for its preservation of Siberian and Russian dance traditions for over 30 years. La Guardia School of the Performing Arts Theater 100 Amsterdam Ave, Manhattan, 7pmFree admission with advanced reservation. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. RSVP to

Russian American Night

Long Island’s Eisenhower Park welcomes Russian music, festivities, and heritage to its community. There will also be a special performance by Ural, the Russian folk dance ensemble. Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, Long Island, 7-9:30pmFree admission

Battles on Ice® Hockey Matches

The annual Battles on Ice® are friendship hockey matches between the New York Fire Department Firefighters and Russia’s EMERCOM Firefighters Teams. These games serve as an important reminder of the sacrifices all first responders make to safeguard the lives of everyday citizens and to commemorate the unfortunate victims of terrorist acts in New York and Moscow. STARRING: Viacheslav Fetisov, Pavel Bure, Alexei Kasatonov, Valeri Kamensky, Alexei Yashin, Sergey Makarov, Andrei Kovalenko and many more.

New York/Boston/Russian Firefighters vs. Legends of Hockey

  • June 25 (7pm)
    Aviator Sports & Events Center, Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn
    General tickets are $30/ $20 With FDNY and NYPD badges

FDNY Firefighters vs. Russia’s EMERCOM Firefighters

  • June 26 (6pm)
    Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, 23rd Street and Hudson River Park, Manhattan
    General tickets are $30/ $20 With FDNY and NYPD badges

Tickets can be purchased online here.

Bukharian Jewish Heritage Festival

The Bukharian Jewish community of Queens celebrates its heritage and talents at this afternoon of performances by community youth groups. Community health care organizations and medical centers will be working on site to educate visitors and offer free services. Bukharian Jewish Community Center, 10616 70th Ave, Forest Hills, NY 11375 (Queens), 12-4 pm, 718-261-1595Free admission.

The Nomad: Memory of the Future

An exhibition of sleek sculptures, elaborate graphic works, and brilliant jewelry that preserves the intrigue and elegant force of the time of Genghis Khan. All works by sculptor, artist, and jeweler Dashi Namdakov, one of the first living artists to exhibit at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. Artist website:www.dashi-art.comNational Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, June 16-July 27 (M-F 10am-5pm, Sun. by reservation 212-475-3424)Free admission

The Caring Canvas Presents: A Right Brain Experience

This year, Laura Brunetti, a passionate advocate of healing through art, is bringing a new Caring Canvas exhibit called A Right Brain Experience to the Brownstone. The Brownstone, 224 East 12th Street, New York, June 10-14 (M-F 10-4pm)Free admission

Spoils of War: Ode to a Refusenik Mother

Margarita Korol’s Spoils of War commemorates the artist’s mother’s 1988 immigration from the Soviet Union to Chicago. Twenty-five years after that transition, this exhibition invites all to join in celebrating the feats of refuseniks and American activists who fought in the name of the individual pursuit of happiness. The Brownstone, 224 East 12th Street, New York, June 10-12 (M-F 10am-4pm)Free admission

Russian Heritage Festival® in Brooklyn

Full day of live music, dancing, performances by community youth groups, and delicious cuisine. This annual community festival, which promotes culture, sports, and wellness is always fun for families and friends! Special performances by the contemporary Russian Bard, Timur Shaov and by a Russian children’s choir, The New Names. Representatives of the healthcare industry will also be in attendance to educate visitors and provide free medical testing. Asser Levy/Seaside Park, West 5th Street, Brooklyn, 11am-4pmFree admission

The New Land Film Festival

In honor of the 65th Anniversary of Israel , RAF and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research join forces for this festival featuring four films. All of the films’ directors share a Jewish Heritage and the common language of Russian.

3pmLost Temple (2010, Sergey Grankin)

5pm,The Territory (2012, Dmitriy Khavin)

7pmMy Father Evgeni (2010, Andrei Zagdansky)

9pmNo One but Us (2011, Roman Shumunov).

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 15 West 16th Street, ManhattanAdmission is $10, $8 for YIVO members

The New Names Children’s Choir

The New Names make their debut in the U.S. with Arts Brookfield, sharing with New York audiences contemporary and classical works by Russian, European, and American composers as well as traditional Russian folk songs.

  • June 5, 12:30pm – 1:00pm
    Grace Building, Plaza (outdoors), 1114 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan
    Free admission; RSVP to
  • June 6, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
    Brookfield Place, Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street, Manhattan
    Free admissionRSVP to

The Horn Orchestra of Russia

The Horn Orchestra of Russia is a group of brass musicians that perform in the classical style of Imperial Russia, reviving traditions of horn music performances popular in the 18th century. Each of the 74 unique, handmade instruments plays a single note, producing a uniquely mesmerizing sound. National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, ManhattanFree admission with advanced reservation; RSVP to

Nahum Tschacbasov: A Retrospective

Nahum Tschacbasov is an Azerbaijani-born American artist who found himself in the middle of some of America’s most seminal movements in art throughout his 60-year career. An extensive collection from his paintings will be hosted for a limited period of time at the National Arts Club. From the collection of Arthur T. Kalaher. National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan, June 1-16 (M-F 9am-12pm, 3-5pm, Sun. by reservation, 212-475-3424)Free admission

The Time of a Great Dream: American Artists’ Gift to the Jewish Autonomous Region of the USSR

A collection of lithographs, etchings, woodcuts, and other artworks given as gifts to the Birobidzhan Museum of Contemporary Art will be on display at the Harriman Institute. These gifts were given to Birobidzhan shortly after the Soviet government established it as a new Jewish homeland, by American artists who united to support the new settlement. From the collection of the Russian Ethnography Museum. Harriman Institute at Columbia University, 420 W 118th Street, 12th Floor, Manhattan, May 17-June 30 (M-F 10am-5pm)Free admission

Event Outside New York: Jewish Life in the Russian Empire

The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) presents Jewish Life in the Russian Empire: Photographs from the Museum of Ethnography, St. Petersburg, Russia, a unique photographic record of Jewish communities in Tsarist Russia between 1867 and 1916. The exhibition brings together sixty-three archival reproductions, featuring portraits of Russia’s Jewish subjects as well as scenes from daily life during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. More information here. The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis, MN, Apr 20-Oct 20 (M-F 10am-5pm, Sat. 10am-4pm, Sun. 1pm-5pm)

10th Annual Russian Heritage Festival

The 10th Annual Russian Heritage Festival continues its commitment to showcasing the achievements of NY’s Russian-speaking community, as well as educating all of New York’s  communities about Russian culture and heritage.  Over 20 diverse events will take place during the month of June and showcase hundreds of professional and community based artists, performers, and cultural ambassadors. RAF’s ongoing collaboration with Russia’s Ministry of Culture, Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture, St. Petersburg Museum of Ethnography, and NYC’s YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, will enable NY audiences to experience culturally significant and rich exhibits such as: A New Dream, American Artists Gift to the Autonomous Region in the Soviet Union, The Jews of Tsarist Russia, Masterpieces from Cherkassy Art Museum, and many others.  And of course, the annual Together in New York Community Festival will showcase hundreds of NY’s community youth performers and groups in their celebration of their heritage and culture. The heritage festival will take place June 1st through the 26th. For more information, please visit our Russian Heritage Festival page.