Festival 2014

Festival Information

Festival Logo

Date: March 8th, 2014
Time: 12:00 am - 5:00 pm

Admission: Adult: $6, Children: $3 from 5 to 12, children < 5 - Free

Location: Proctors Theatre, located at 432 State St, Schectady, NY.

Objective: To expand the public understanding and appreciation of Russian folk art, traditions and culture. The culture of Russia has been shaped by its long history, unique geography and diverse demography. Because of the gradual accretion of land over several centuries, Russia has over 150 different ethnic groups.

Grand Finale - Program: The final day of the Festival on March 8th 2014 is a full day of traditional food, music, costumes, exhibits, films, performances and competitions.

The 1st Russian Winter Festival 2009 was a huge success. See photos here. The 2nd Russian Winter Festival 2010 was featured a month of events - art exhibitions, piano competition, film forum and visitors from Tula, Russia. See photos here.

The 6th Annual Russian Winter Festival 2014 will be a month-long Festival again. The events slated for the festival included the Fine Art Show, Tchaikovsky Piano and Nadezhda Obukhova Voice Competitions, Russian Poetry Recital Competition, and Grand Finale - final day of the Festival on March 8th 2014 at the Proctors Theatre, Schenectady, NY.

Schedule of Events

"Princess the Frog", Children play

Date and Time: March 8, 1:15pm - 1:30pm - preview on Main Stage

3:00pm - 4:00pm - show at the Fennimore Art Gallery, 2nd fl

Princess the Frog

Performed by Children Drama Club of the Mid-Hudson Russian Community Accociation.



Russian Poetry Recital Contest

Date and Time: March 8, 12:30pm

Location: GE Theater, Proctors.

The contest is open to children and adults to recite in Russian a poem of their choice. The Contest has 3 age levels: ages 3-6, 7-12, 13 and Up and 2 divisions: Native Russian Speakers and Non-Native Russian Speakers. The Prize of $100 US Savings Bond will be awarded in each division. Click here to open the registration form.

Best Braided Hairdo Contest

Best Braided Hairdo Contest

Date: March 8th
Time: 2:30pm

Location: Festival site at Proctors.

The contest is open to girls and women of all ages. Time requirement to make braided hairdo is limited to 20 minutes. Judging based on neatness, creative approach, harmony between style and whole look. Prizes will be awarded to the best contestants. Click here to open the registration form. The contest is sponsored by

Paul Mitchell School of Schenectady

"Remembering Russia", Fine Art Exhibit, artist Tatiana Rhinevault

Dates: 8 February - 8 March 2014

Location: Finnimore Art Gallery, Proctors, 432 State St, Schenectady

Tatiana Rhinevault

The paintings depict scens of the Russian traditional life style. Scenes of vilages, churches, artist's homw are all captured by the artist discerning eye.

Congratulations to the winners!

Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

Master Tchaikovsky Level

Matthew Maguire 1st place
Aaron Chan 2nd place
Jennifer Lucius 3rd place

Apprentice Tchaikovsky Level

Dennis Howard 1st place
JT Sterle 2nd place
Alexandra Sipos 3rd place

Nadezhda Obukhova Classical Vocal Competition

Aliya Kamenshikov 1st place
Sara Smigen 2nd place
Irina Tikhonenko 3rd place

Russian Winter Festival 2014 - Grand Finale

Date: March 8th, 2014

Time: 12:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Proctors Theatre at 432 State St, Schenectady, NY.

Festival Guests

Guests from Moscow, Russia: Folk Group Art-trio "Volnitsa"

Art-Trio Volnitsa

Volnitsa performs popular and rare Russian folk songs. Original sound, contrabass (Pavel Boykov), virtuoso balalaika (Denis Zhukov), Russian accordion/bayan (Vladimir Demchenko). Both improvisational arrangements and chamber spirit makes it kind of "Russian jazz".

"Art-Trio Volnitsa" performances

March 6 @ 6:30pm
Cafe Nola, 617 Union St., Schenectady, print flyer

Cafe Nola

"Remembering Russia", Fine Art Exhibit by Tatiana Rhinevault

Tatiana Rhinevault

After earning her Masters Degree in Art, she found work restoring icons in Moscow's old churches and, often, painted new ones.

In 1990 she met her husband while working on a project for the US Embassy in Moscow. She moved with him to US. They live in Hyde Park, NY with their son Peter. See her work here.

The Golden Rooster Ensemble

The Golden Rooster ensemble was founded in Brooklyn, NY in 1997 by russian folk singer Irina Zagornova in her desire to preserve Russian folk traditions. It's group of 12 kids of different ages. They have been learning to sing and dance traditional russian music using folk instruments such as bayan, balalaika, violin, guitar and other instruments.

The 3rd Rifle Division is a WWII Red Army

The 3rd Rifle Division

reenacting group located in the Northeast United States, with multiple members from the region. They portray a typical squad of a WWII Russian rifle division in both private battles and public displays.

Festival Sponsors


Price Chopper

The Daily Gazette

Computers Answers

Paul Mitchell School

The Daily Grind

Max Smelyansky attorney

Adirondack Oral


Aperitivo Bistro

Vendors Opportunities

The craft vendors lending to the authenticity of the Russian Winter Festival are welcome.

Please fill out the Vendors Application Form. Please download the Word document on your computer, save and email it to events@newrussiacenter.org.

Festival Sposorship Opportunities

Sponsoring the Festival is an excellent way to support our community's cultural landscape as well as build recognition for your organization at the same time.

The levels of sponsorship:

Level: $350 - $449
Recognition: company’s logo in a special section of the Festival program
Benefits: two complimentary tickets to the Festival.

Level: $500 - $999
Recognition: company’s logo and a business card’s size ad in the Festival program
Benefits: two complimentary tickets to the Festival.

Level: $1,000 - $1,499
Recognition: company’s logo and 1/3 page ad in the Festival program, the logo (with hyperlink) on the festival web site for one year, ending on January 1, 2012.
Benefits: four complimentary tickets to the Festival.

Level: $1,500 +
Recognition: company’s logo and a half page ad in the Festival program, the logo (with hyperlink) on the festival web site for one year ending on January 1, 2012, and space to hang your signage at the Festival grounds.
Benefits: four complimentary VIP All-Event Passes.
Special Events: invitation to The Center’s annual Donor's dinner.

Your support is very important because it will enhance the Russian Winter Festival’s stature as a regional cultural event. Regardless of the size of your contribution or the motivation behind it, we are grateful for your gift.

Please contact Tanya Deptola at 518-382-9438 or email at tdeptola@newrussiacenter.org