Russia is a country with great cultural heritage and centuries-old traditions. The historical and geographical features of the country contributed to the fact that Russia was developing as a state where coexisted and developed many cultures, complementing each other. Russian culture is attractive to foreigners, who have trying for centuries to grasp the mysterious "Russian soul".
Russian achievements in the field of literature, music, ballet, theater, visual arts are recognized worldwide.
Russian literature is not only a reflection of the aesthetic, moral and spiritual values of the people, but also characterized by deep psychologism of human characters. The works of Alexander Pushkin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov and Sergey Esenin are notable part of world literature.
Russian classical music is famous around the world due to works of such composers as Peter Tchaikovsky, Mikhail Glinka, Sergei Rachmaninov, Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich.
Russian fine art is well-known due to many artists, among them Valentin Serov, Vasily Surikov, Viktor Vasnetsov, Alexander Ivanov, Kazimir Malevich, Mark Shagal. Their paintings are always welcome participants of international art exhibitions.
Russian theatrical and ballet schools enjoy deserved authority and recognition in the world. The Stanislavsky method of acting used by many theater and film actors. There are internationally famed Russian theaters, such as the Mariinsky Theatre, the Bolshoi and Maly Theatres. The Russian ballet was made famous by Galina Ulanova, Maya Plisetskaya, Rudolf Nuriev, Mikhail Baryshnikov. The "Russian Seasons" and then the "Russian Ballet" by Sergei Diaghilev always gathered full halls and were the biggest events in the world of culture. The names of Feodor Shalyapin, Sergei Lemeshev, Galina Vishnevskaya were inscribed in the world’s history of opera.
Since the outbreak the Russian cinema was linked to historical processes occurring in the country and in the world. Many Russian films received leading awards such as the Prize of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscar), and awards of the Cannes International Film Festival. Sergei Eisenstein's film "Battleship Potemkin", Grigori Alexandrov's ", Ivan Pyrev’s " Swineherd and shepherd", Sergei Bondarchuk's "War and Peace", Mikhail Kalatozov’s "The Cranes Are Flying" Andrei Tarkovsky’s "Solaris", Vladimir Menshov’s "Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears", Nikita Mikhalkov's "Burnt by the Sun", Pavel Lungin’s "Island", Alexander Cott’s "Brest Fortress" became the classics of world cinema.
One of the activities of Rossotrudnichestvo is the representation of Russian cultural heritage abroad, and the promotion of international cooperation in the sphere of culture.
Rossotrudnichestvo supports and implements international projects in the field of culture and art in accordance with the Main Directions of Policy of Russian Federation in the Field of International Cultural and Humanitarian Cooperation.
The agency has 93 Representative Offices in 80 countries, working to all who are interested in Russia and Russian culture. The Russian Centers for Science and Culture regularly host a variety of activities aimed at promoting the culture of the peoples of Russia such as Russian folk concerts; music and dance performances; creative meetings with famous Russian cultural figures; exhibitions of modern artists; thematic exhibition of archival materials of Russian museums; the latest Russian films shows; Russian theater performances for adult and child audiences.
Rossotrudnichestvo is actively involved in the cross-years of Russia and foreign countries, as well as carries out a series of events abroad, dedicated to the memorable dates of Russian history.