Russian Arts and Culture
City of West Hollywood to Host 15th Annual Russian Arts and Culture Week in May
From Saturday, May 7, 2016 to Sunday, May 15, 2016, the City of West Hollywood will celebrate its Russian-speaking community with events planned throughout the week. Immigrants from regions of the former Soviet Union account for a significant portion of the population of West Hollywood. Each year in May, the City of West Hollywood, through its Russian Advisory Board, presents a series of events that engage the Russian-speaking community, as well as the community at-large, with Russian heritage and culture.
This year’s May event line-up includes these highlights:
The 71st Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day will honor Russian-speaking community members who are veterans of the Soviet military of WWII and who have contributed socially, culturally, and civically to the City of West Hollywood. Victory in Europe Day, generally known as V-E Day or VE Day, was the public holiday celebrated on May 8, 1945 to mark the Allied Forces’ formal acceptance of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender, which marked the end of World War II in Europe. The Victory in Europe Day event will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. Admission is free and open to the public.
The 15th Annual Russian Arts and Culture Festival is a day of family-friendly events celebrating the rich culture and heritage of the more than 500,000 members of the Los Angeles region’s Russian-speaking community. The Festival will take place on Sunday, May 15, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The Festival is free and open to the public and it will include a day of entertainment, music, food vendors, Russian crafts and jewelry, and numerous local exhibitors. The Big Stage on the lawn will feature the Annual Children’s Concert from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and there will be an Annual Gala Concert from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The 11th Annual Russian Community Awards will take place on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 4 p.m. at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The Russian Advisory Board of the City of West Hollywood will present four awards to recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations that have had a positive impact and bettered the lives of members of the Russian-speaking community in West Hollywood and the Los Angeles region. The event is free and open to the public.
Additional events are planned throughout the week at various locations. A full schedule of event listings is available on the City of West Hollywood’s website at www.weho.org/russian.
About the Russian-Speaking Community in West Hollywood — The City of West Hollywood is home to a large community of people from regions of the former Soviet Union. According to a 2013 survey of the community in West Hollywood, there are 3,872 people who live in the City who identify a former region of the Soviet Union as their primary ancestry. This represents approximately 11 percent of the City’s total population of 34,399 people.
For more information about Russian-themed events in May, please call Tatiana Rodzinek, the City of West Hollywood’s Russian Community Outreach Coordinator, at (323) 848-6826. For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.