Fes­ti­val of Rus­sian fun

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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

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