Saturday, 5 March 2016

Dublin Festival of Russian Culture 6-13 March 2016

The 2016 Dublin Festival of Russian Culture kicks off this Sunday, 6th March, with a concert of classical music at the Hugh Lane Gallery (12-13:30) and a public guided tour of the gallery which will be interpreted into Russian (14-15). This will be followed by a screening of Alexander Sokurov's 2002 Russian Ark (15-16).
The Department is again involved with two events:
Wednesday, 9th March, 7-9pm, Atrium (underneath the Dining hall): "Literary Sketches – Women. An evening of poetry and songs", with performances by students of the Department. Afterwards we'll repair to Kennedy's for our next pub night.

Friday, 11th March, 3-5pm, 5051 (Arts Building): Departmental Open Day.
- Presentations by students about living and working/studying in Russia 
- A fun quiz on Russia
- A guided tour of Trinity in Russian
- An opportunity to find out about our courses, state testing and other activities we're involved in.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Gingerbread feast

A cordial invitation to join us for some - famous and extremely tasty - gingerbread and a cup of tea tomorrow, Wed, 27th Jan, 6pm, in 5051.

Gorodetskie Pryaniki are handmade, beautifully decorated gingerbread pieces or loaves. The tradition of making pryaniki goes back as far as the 9th c., when they were sweetened with honey and berries, while spices began to be added in the 12-13th centuries. Festive pryaniki were made on specially carved wooden boards. Lots of traditions and sayings involve pryaniki, and today they are a very popular treat served with tea or coffee. Traditionally produced pryaniki, like those from Gorodets and Tula, are also given as souvernirs.

We have a beautifully decorated pryanik from Gorodets to share - so join us tomorrow.

Friday, 8 January 2016

New courses and Central and East European film club starting at the Department

Happy New Year to all our readers!

We are pleased to announce that we are now enrolling for several new language and lecture courses starting the week of 18th January.

- Bulgarian language
- Czech language
- Introduction to Polish Culture
- The Golden Sixties and the Czech New Wave in Film

Schedules and application forms can be found on our website; please address enquiries to the Departmental Secretary, Nadia Browne.

But that's not all. As a new initiative, we are calling on all you film buffs to join us for our brand-new 

 Central and Eastern European film club

We will have weekly screenings of subtitled films from several of the countries studied in the Department. 

22 January 2016 Djulgerov Georgy, “Авантаж” [Advantazh], 1977
29 January 2016 Gardev Yavor, “Дзифт” [Zift], 2008
5 February 2016 Ryazanov Eldar, «Жестокий романс» [A Cruel Romance], 1984
12 February 2016 Kalatozov Mikhail, «Летят журавли» [The Cranes are Flying], 1957
19 February 2016 Ivanda Branko, “Lea i Darija” [Lea and Darija], 2011
26 February 2016 Aćimović Dejan, “Moram Spavat’ Andjele” [I have to sleep, my angel], 2008
11 March 2016 Kieślowski Krzysztof, “White”, 1993
1 April 2016 Pasikowski Władysław, “Pokłosie” [Aftermath], 2012

All screenings will take place at 6:00 pm in Room 5051 (the Departmental Seminar room) in the Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. Free admission.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Slavonic Christmas

This week, the Department has two events highlighting the Christmas traditions of Croatia and Poland respectively.

Tuesday, 15th Dec 2015
Christmas Evening  of  Croatian Poetry  and  Customs
During the evening, poetry will be read in Croatian and English translation, and you will learn about the main Croatian Christmas traditions and listen to Croatian Carols.

This event will take place in from 7-8pm in Rm 4097, Arts Building.

Wednesday, 16th Dec 2015 
Wigilia/Christmas Party
with a Polish twist
During this evening, you will hear about Polish Christmas traditions, sing Polish carols, sample Polish food, and you may even win a prize in the quiz! From 7pm, Rm 5051, Arts Building
Followed by Pub Night

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Live War and Peace reading

You may be interested in a live reading of a reading of Tolstoy's Война и мир being broadcast on the Russian channel Kultura today and over the next three days - the whole novel is being read in small sections by people from all over Russia and beyond.

The life feed, along with information about the novel and the participants can be found at the project blog.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Kinopolis at the IFI

The tenth edition of the IFI Kinopolis Festival of Polish Film opens on Thur, 3rd Dec.


Thursday 3rd December
18.30 11 Minutes

Friday 4th December
18.30 Karbala

Saturday 5th December 
16.00 Chemo
18.10 Anatomy of Evil + Q&A with Krzysztof Stroiński

Sunday 6th December
12.00 Kinopolis for Children: Animated Programme
18.30 Body/Ciało 

More information at 
and in the press release below.

IFI Press release

The IFI and Kinopolis celebrate the Festival’s tenth edition with one of its strongest programmes yet, displaying the wealth of talent currently working in Polish cinema, from elder statesman Jerzy Skolimowski to auteur Małgorzata Szumowska to first-time director Bartosz Prokopowicz. The Festival will welcome special guest Krzysztof Stroiński, star of thriller Anatomy of Evil, who will take part in a Q&A. 
IFI Director Ross Keane said: "We're delighted to once again collaborate with Kinopolis, particularly with such a fine programme of new releases on its tenth anniversary, including the latest feature from a previous IFI guest, Jerzy Skolimowski, to open this year's Festival."

Opening this year's feast of Polish film is
11 Minutes (11 Minut), an Irish co-production from director Jerzy Skolimowski (Essential Killing) about an ordinary day on and around Warsaw’s Grzybowski Square where the lives of a disparate group of people overlap over the course of 11 minutes, leading to an unexpected chain of events that will decide many of their fates.

Mainstream Polish cinema is represented by Krzystof Lukaszewicz's 
Karbala. In 2004, the Polish military controlled the South Central zone of Iraq, which included the Karbala governorate and its capital, a city holy to Shi'a Muslims. A sudden uprising saw a small contingent of Polish and Bulgarian soldiers hugely outnumbered by militia forces, but ordered to hold Karbala’s City Hall, seat of the local authorities and police. This fictionalised version of the subsequent battle, the largest in which Polish troops had taken part since the Second World War, is an intelligent and unsentimental example of quality mainstream Polish cinema.

In Bartosz Prokopowicz's 
Chemo, Benek (Tomasz Schuchardt), suffering from depression and entertaining thoughts of suicide, meets the vivacious Lena (Agnieszka Żulewska), whose free-spirited embrace of life turns him around. Lena’s attitude, however, is revealed to be inspired by her cancer, for which she has decided not to undergo treatment. This resolve is pushed to the background when she unexpectedly falls pregnant. Drawn from the experience of first-time director Bartosz Prokopowicz, whose own wife was killed by the disease, Chemo is undeniably moving in its depiction of Lena’s decline, but it determinedly avoids the maudlin, instead celebrating the couple’s love.

The Festival welcomes Krzysztof Stroiński to the IFI for a Q&A following his latest feature, 
Anatomy of Evil,  a gripping thriller directed by Jacek Bromski in which he plays former hitman ‘Lulek’, recently released on parole and offered one last job by the very prosecutor responsible for his imprisonment. Realising the limitations imposed by age, he presents himself to Staszek (Marcin Kowalczyk), a sniper dishonourably discharged from the army, as a senior officer who may be able to get him back in uniform. Duplicity and suspicion abound as events come to unexpected conclusions.

The Animation Programme is always one of the festival’s most popular events, and this year’s begins with a trio of shorts featuring Hip-Hip and Hurra, the pink hippopotamus and purple weasel who together solve mysteries aimed at imparting knowledge of nature to children. This is followed by an episode of Mami Fatale, in which an elderly woman abandons the city for an idyllic life in the countryside, preparing delicious meals for her pets, Psiną (Doggie) and Prosięciem (Piglet). The final film, Jim and Screw, sees two boys whose lively imaginations lead them to adventures in which they encounter beloved characters from well-known fairy-tales.

Closing the festival this year is
 Body/Ciało by Małgorzata Szumowska (EllesIn the Name of . . . ) which won the Berlinale’s Silver Bear for Best Director. Body is a complex, eccentric, and thoroughly engaging rumination on how one deals with the loss of a loved one, laced with droll black humour. Coroner Janusz (Janusz Gajos), for whom death is quotidian, is unable to relate to the grief of his daughter Olga (Justyna Suwała) at the loss of her mother. Olga’s decline into an eating disorder leads them to therapist Anna (Maja Ostaszewska), who claims she has a message for them from beyond . . .

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

First official pub night of 2015/16

Dear all,

Welcome back to the Department and the new (academic) year!

This semester, we again have an exciting range of evening classes on offer, both in the various languages of the Department (Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Polish and Russian), and also in the Cultures of South-Eastern Europe. Please see the Departmental website for details.

And following a long tradition, we are also starting back our departmental pub nights every second Wednesday during term time in Kennedy's Pub in Western Row near Lincoln Gate.

The dates for the first semester are:
  • 7 Oct 2015
  • 21 Oct 2015
  • 4 Nov 2015
  • 18 Nov 2015
  • 2 Dec 2015
  • 16 Dec 2015
Those for the second semester are:
  • 27 Jan 2016
  • 10 Feb 2016
  • 24 Feb 2016
  • 9 Mar 2016 - following Russian concert
  • 23 Mar 2016
  • 6 Apr 2016
Pub nights start around 8:30-9pm, usually on the ground floor level. The pub takes food orders until about 9:30.

So come along and meet the language assistants, old and new, evening and day students of the Department, during an evening of chats and stories (and maybe some scrabble) in whatever Slavonic language you speak. See you there!