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  • Art Competition for Schools – Baba Yaga

    Organised by the Scotland-Russia Forum (SRF)

    A message from the organiser.

    These pictures ( slideshow below) are among winning entries to a recent competition run by Edinburgh-based charity the Scotland-Russia Forum (SRF) to launch their new website for children   Competition entrants could write their version of a Russian folk tale, invent activities for the website, or – most popular by far – draw a picture of Baba Yaga.

    Entries came from all over the UK – from Wales to Orkney and many places in between.

    The aim of the competition, and the website, is to promote interest in Russia’s culture and its language among schoolchildren. There is almost no Russian on the school curriculum in Scotland, and little chance of any now that Russian has been excluded from the new national courses for schools.

    The SRF believes that it is damaging to Scotland to raise a generation of children unaware of Russia’s rich cultural heritage, its exciting contribution to space exploration, wonderful folk tales, dramatic history, beautiful language, and other aspects of Russian life.

    Without this knowledge how can they, and the adults they will become, understand Chekhov and Tchaikovsky, make sense of current affairs in Russia, or seek to do business there in later life?

    Competition organiser: the Scotland-Russia Forum (Scottish charity SC038728),

    Competition sponsors: the Scottish Government, CRCEES (Univ. of Glasgow), Russian Teachers’ Group, European Schoolbooks Ltd, the Russian Consulate General in Edinburgh, Early Start Languages and private donors.

    New SRF website for children:

    More information: email, tel. 0131 560 1486

    Many thanks to Theatre Alba and Duddingston Kirk for allowing us to display these pictures – and for presenting Baba Yaga and Chekhov at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


    NOTE: Paintings were displayed in the Millar Hall at Duddingston Kirk venue when the hall was open for refreshments.

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    Come see the Theatre Alba outdoor family show Baba Yaga And The Girl With the Kind Heart here at Duddingston at the Edinburgh Fringe