Festival of Russian fun
The local Russian community had its first Russian Cultural Festival early this month.
The New Zealand Russian Speaking Community Trust BOP put on the event to promote awareness and appreciation for Russian cultural heritage in the region.
The free event at Bethlehem Hall offered traditional food, including pancakes, pies, dumplings, honey cake and compote. Visitors could roll their own pelmeni (dumplings).
The entrancewas adornedwith matryoshka dolls and visitors were greeted with traditional Russian bread and salt.
Dancers dominated— dancing and singing groups fromAuckland included Smooglyanka from the Russian Orthodox Church, Singing Nations and Karusel. Tauranga dancer Austin Taylor performed Russian dances and three cossacks marched with swords.
Therewas plenty of samovar tea, Russian souvenirs, face-painting and raffles.
- Photos by Lightscript Photography