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2005: Europalia Russia

EUROPALIA RUSSIA attracted 1,108,899 people who attended a total of 476 event: 22 exhibitions, 132 concerts, 46 literary conferences, 7 dance performances, 49 theatre performances, and 243 film screenings.

Two of the three main exhibitions, The Russian Avant-Garde and From Tsar to Emperor, were hosted at the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels, while Trans-Siberian Express could be visited at the Royal Museum of Art and History. Fabergé: Jeweller to the Romanovs, Soviet Idealism, Symbolism in Russia, and Angels of History (1985-2005) presented yet more aspects of Russia’s cultural heritage.

The festival also focused on fashion, architecture, and photography. The Russian Promenade and Brussia graced the streets of Brussels with a variety of artistic animations and creations by emerging artists.

The music programme included Valery Gergiev leading the St Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre, the new Russian National Orchestra, and performances by the acclaimed pianist Mikhail Pletnev. The festival organised various colloquia on, among others, immigration and the Avant-Garde, and film aficionados were able to enjoy retrospectives about contemporary Russian cinema.

World-famous theatre directors Piotr Fomenko, Lev Dodin, Anatoli Vassiliev, Declan Donnellan, and Yevgueni Grichkovets presented both classical and contemporary pieces. The festival's younger audience had the opportunity to witness traditional Russian puppet theatre. The star dancers of the Bolshoi Theatre closed the festival.

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