The 3rd Children’s Festival of Russian Culture in the Park
June 6, 2009
RACH-C is proud to announce that the 3rd annual Children’s Festival of Russian Culture in New York was a huge success!
During the three days of the festival more than 250 talented Russian, Russian-American and American kids performed at different venues.
The opening day of the festival, May 30, 2009, took place at Lincoln Center with the concert of the Young Stars of the Young Century – the most talented kids from Russia and New York.
The festival would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors; we are particularly grateful to:
Russian Federation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Embassy of the Russian Federation to the USA, Consulate General of RF in NY, Permanent Mission of Russian Federation to the UN; “Russkiy Mir” Foundation; Russian Nobility Association in America; Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City; Department of Parks and Recreation, New York City; International Counsel of Russian Compatriots; News Agency “ITAR TASS”; News Agency “RIA NOVOSTI”; Global Advertising Strategies; Newspaper “Novoe Russjoye Slovo.”
On June 2, 2009 – the second day of the festival—RACH-C’s friends, sponsors, and volunteers gathered to celebrate the “International Children’s Day” in a Gala event at the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in New York—during the silent auction at the Gala, RACH-C was able to collect $3,000 to benefit Anya Guseva, a sick girl in Russia who is in need of a medical operation to save her vision. With the help of Countess Tatiana Bobrinskoy and other friends of RACH-C we are in the process of reaching out to the American Surgeons who can perform the needed operation.
At the Gala celebration, Consul General Sergei Garmonin awarded Dr. Olga Zatsepina, the president of RACH-C, with a Certificate of Honor for contributing to the consolidation and dissemination of Russian language and culture, and strengthening the ties for the Russian community in the US with Russia. The award was given from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, State Committee on Compatriots Abroad. Prince Vladimir Galitzine, in his speech about RACH-C’s achievements, highly praised RACH-C’s activities on consolidating Russian-American organizations, and saving and disseminating Russian culture in the U.S.A.
The third day of the festival, June 6, 2009, was a fantastic celebration of Russian culture in Fort Tryon Park, Northern Manhattan. That was a real Day of Russia in New York where about 200 Russian-American children were performing; dancing, singing, drawing, playing, and enjoying speaking the Russian language to each other.