Russia in London: Russian Maslenitsa Festival

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Fed up of the cold, dark days of winter? Get ready to say goodbye to them with vodka and blinis (pancakes) at the Russian Maslenitsa Festival in London!

Maslenitsa is the Russian sun festival, marking the end of winter and the start of spring. In London, the Maslenitsa Festival has become a week-long celebration of Russian culture in the capital, marking the contribution of London’s 160,000-strong Russian population.

This year’s festival takes place from 19 to 26 February and offers Londoners the chance to experience many aspects of Russian culture including:

  • Food: Try a Russian-themed afternoon tea at the Kensington Hotel or The Dorchester, including caviar blinis, and berry and honey pavlovas (from £25 per person)
  • Fashion: See some of Russia’s most celebrated designers in a fashion show at The V&A, 22 Feb
  • Nightlife: Experience a Moscow club as top Russian DJs come to DSTRKT, 25 Feb

The main Maslenitsa event takes place in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 26 February. This free event promises fun for all the family, with stalls offering traditional Russian handicrafts, souvenirs and art plus music, dancing and singing on the main stage.

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Where else can you find Russian culture in London? Let us know in the comments below.


  1. Alex Able says:

    Which DJ and singers are coming?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Alex

      Not sure about the DJ but the artists on the main stage are:

      • Folk State Academic Pyatnizky Choir
      • Russian Pop-group Balagan Limited
      • Pop-star Valery Syutkin
      • Legendary Rock band Chaif
      • Award winning close-harmony vocal ensemble A’Capella ExpreSSS
      • Siberian folk music and dance ensemble Ülger

  2. Lena Krasnousova says:

    Thank you for information too!
    Let me write some my througts (ideas) about this festival.
    I think, that alcohol drink “MEDOVUHA” (mead, mulse) will be better, than vodka. I think, that vodka is more international drink, than medovuha.
    Also it is light alcohol.

    I wish you to have a good time!!

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  4. Dinara says:

    Good evening,
    At what time they will start at Shaftesbury Theatre?