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2017 is the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Arts organisations across Wales are putting together a season of performances and events which capture the social and cultural explosion of the era and Wales’ historic connections with the Russia of the time.

“Russia 17” – the R17 season - is a cultural reflection on the centenary of the Russian Revolution through the eyes of Wales, and takes place in many diverse venues such as Wales Millennium Centre, National Museum of Wales and St. David’s Hall. 

Why Wales? There is a strong historic resonance between the revolution and the radical traditions of the South Wales Valleys. Immediate links were forged with the emerging Soviet Union: letters sent from Lenin himself to Valleys miners and the foundations of the first UK Communist Party established in the Valleys. Maerdy for one was renamed “Little Moscow”, the red flag flew at pitheads, and the area’s socialist sympathies produced several important Communist trade unionists. Historians have noted how the Russian revolution was uniquely celebrated in Wales – and how its impact was felt for years later. 

For more information about the R17 programme, please click here.

For more information about performances and events around Wales, please visit: www.r17.wales

Listen here to Radio Wales Arts Show on all things R17; live interview with Andrew Miller Executive Producer of R17 aired Wednesday 13 September.   


St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra
International Concert Series

Tuesday 17 October, 7.30pm

Alexander Dmitriev and the legendary St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra perform three gripping works by Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky with celebrated pianist John Lill.


From Russia... With Love
Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra
Friday 20 October, 7.30pm

Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2017/18 series starts in style with the fiery passion of From Russia…With Love featuring 2014 BBC Young Musician of the Year, Martin James Bartlett.


The Hallé
International Concert Series
Wednesday 1 November, 7.30pm

Sir Mark Elder and Britain’s oldest symphony orchestra have cooked up a wonderful feast of French and Russian music with a distinct Spanish flavour.


Ivan Ilić, Piano
Lunchtime Concerts
Tuesday 7 November, 1pm

Enjoy an hour long of classical music by pianist Ivan Ilić as he performs works by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.



Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Sunday 19 November, 3pm

Enjoy a wonderful concert by the Royal Welsh College Symphony Orchestra as they perform works by Prokofiev, Mussorgsky and Stravinsky.


WNO Orchestra 
International Concert Series

Thursday 23 November, 7.30pm

Welsh National Opera Orchestra deliver a present Mahler and Shostakovich: a cycle of orchestral songs with a barnstorming symphony recalling wartime Leningrad.



Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra
‘Russia: Tsar and Soviet’
Sunday 26 November, 3pm
On sale 24 August

Enjoy a wonderful concert by the Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra as they perform works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky.


October 2017

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