About the project

In the lead of cross-year Russia – Japan aimed to strengthen cultural humanitarian connections between countries, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe came to a conclusion to hold the significant international cultural project «Russian Seasons» that started 2017.

The project «Russian Seasons» in Japan supposes series of tours of more than 200 of the Russian leading cultural institutions, which will present ballet and theatre programs, unique exhibitions, symphony concerts, opera, russian cinematography masterpieces and more, to the Japanese audience.

The program of «Russian Seasons» includes more than 200 events that are held within the year as in the largest Japanese cities, so as in remote prefectures, that gives an opportunity for the local people to come into contact with the multifaced and unique Art of Russia almost in any part of the Land of the Rising Sun.

Official opening of «Russian Seasons» will be held on the 4th of June on the stage of the largest center of the performing arts – Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. One of the brightest moments of the Opening Ceremony «Russian Seasons» will be the performance of troupe of the Bolshoi Theatre with the legendary performance of «Giselle» and the opening of photo exhibition, that is dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the first the Bolshoi Theatre tour to Japan.

High state significance of «Russian Seasons» confirms an arrangement of the Prime Minister of Japan with the President of the Russian Federation about Shinzo Abe attendance on the Opening

Ceremony «Russian Seasons» in Tokyo. From the Russian side on the Ceremony the attendance of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Olga Golodets, the Minister of culture of Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Japan Evgeny Afanasiev, General Director of the Bolshoi Theatre Vladimir Urin, film director Andrey Konchalovsky and actress Yulia Vysotskaya are expected.

«Russian Seasons» – a meaningful event as for Russia, so as for Japan, that is opening new opportunities for interethnic dialog and is showing how culture serves as the Ambassador of the World. Directions on preparation and implementation of the international project was signed by the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev. The project is supervised by the Ministry of culture of Russian Federation.

Participants: the Bolshoi Theater, the Mariinsky Theater, the Hermitage, the Maly Drama Theater, the Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Nikulin's Circus, the Russian State Academic A.S. Pushkin Drama Theatre, the Vaganova Ballet Academy, Tchaikovsky symphony orchestra of Moscow, Saint Petersburg State Academic Yacobson Ballet Theatre, Moscow Classical Ballet, The State Symphony Capella of Russia and others.