New Russias 2020 is a new initiative aimed at introducing UK audiences to the the breadth of contemporary Russian culture. In an environment of renewed political tensions, New Russias focuses not on what separates British and Russian culture, but on the shared human drive for creativity and how culture

can be used to bring people closer together.

Through music, literature, film and the visual arts, New Russias encourages a more productive approach to Anglo-Russian relations, based on understanding, mutual appreciation, and collaboration.

This is the first event of its kind in Manchester, and we, its organisers, hope to make it a regular fixture in the city's cultural calendar.

New Russias 2020 is organised by a team of PhD candidates in the field of Russian cultural studies, undertaking their research at the University of Manchester and the University of Leeds. The project has been made possible by the generous support of: CEELBAS Centre for Doctoral Training, operating under the Arts & Humanities Research Council; the Creative Manchester fund, and ArtsMethods Manchester.

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