Tomorrow a group of Moscow City Government Senior Officials will visit Dublin and sign an agreement promoting friendship and trade between the two cities. The agreement will be signed by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr on behalf of Dublin city.
The visit by the Russian delegation coincides with the annual Festival of Russian Culture which has been running in Dublin since 2010 and celebrates the end of winter and beginning of spring with the Pancake Week (Maslenitsa) before the long and very strict Orthodox Lent begins.
The festival provides Dubliners with an opportunity to experience Russian culture and its programme is packed full of concerts, talks, readings, lectures, master classes, tea parties, Russian lessons with fun, open days in schools and many more.
Cultural links between Ireland and Russia have become very strong in recent years with a huge interest growing in Russia, in Irish music, dance, literature and poetry.
The annual Russian Dance Championships and Feis, attracts over 700 participants from across the country and The St Patrick’s Day parade is the highlight of Irish Week in Moscow.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr, will sign on behalf of the city and speaking about the event he said:
“During my recent visit to Moscow I was hugely impressed by the similarities between our two nations and people.
“Irish culture features largely in most towns and cities in Russia.
“Ireland now has a vibrant Russian community living here and they contribute to the economy of this country through their businesses, their families and their culture.
“I welcome this agreement which will strengthen Dublin’s existing links with Moscow and I look forward to these links expanding and deepening over the coming years.”
The Russian Ambassador, His Excellency Maxim Peshkov, also welcomed this positive development in the Russian/Irish relationship and said
“Russia and Ireland are bound by long standing ties of friendship.
“We are determined to enhance bilateral cooperation in economic, cultural and educational spheres.
“More than ever a fresh look at further developing direct contacts between our entrepreneurs is in demand.
“I am confident that positive thinking and initiative are essential for fruitful cooperation and every opportunity should be used to this end.”
Minister Sergey Cheremin, Head of the Department of International Relations and Trade of Moscow City Government, commented: “It is clear that that there is great potential for bilateral business relation especially in technical innovations, new materials, nanotechnology and immunology.”
The Festival of Russian Culture continues until the 26th of February 2017 in various locations throughout the city of Dublin and a full list of events can be found by clicking on the following link