Selections begin for International Peace & Film Festival


Film makers are beginning to receive notifications of selection for the upcoming International Peace & Film Festival, scheduled for November 2015 in Orlando, FL.

Selections will continue through September 15, as the 1000+ submissions from 82 countries are reviewed and ranked. Meanwhile, film makers are taking advantage of the opportunity to show their films beyond the festival, via IPFF-TV the festival’s online channel application. Trailers for selected films will appear along with the Roku device debut set for mid July 2015.

International consulars and embassy posts have also been approached to participate in the festival, as representatives of their country. “The diplomatic response has been very positive, with almost immediate interest in attending due to the connection with international film, audiences and the connecting theme of peace.”, said Jef Gray, IPF Festival director.

Film submissions are open until September 15, as are opportunities for speakers, performers and most importantly, volunteers to assist with the project. Visit the festival website for full details:

Impressionist Art in Soviet Russia: An Exhibit in Honor of Ivan Yazev, 1914-1995


While spending vacation time in the Southwest Russian city of Rostov-na-Donu, or Rostov-on-Don, near the Azov Sea, I was very pleased to be invited by friends to the opening of an exhibit of the art of Ivan Yazev, 1914-1995. Yazev was an impressionist artist of the Soviet Era whose work includes a number of scenes of Rostov-na-Donu, portraits, and rural areas of the region. Yazev lived in Rostov-na-Donu in 1938 and often returned to visit throughout his life.

The opening exhibit was held this August 22nd, hosted by the Rostov Modern Art Department located at 60 Chekhova Street near the city center, between Bolshaya Sadovaya and Pushkinskaya. The Chekhova Street location houses the Department of Modern Art and the Foreign Art Department. The Museum of Fine Art central location at 115 Pushkinskaya, holds the Department of Russian Art.

Yazev’s work from two different city museums was brought together for this special occasion; the Rostov museum and the Fine Art Museum of the city of Volgodonsk, a major city in the east of the state of Rostov, both contributed to the exhibit. Private collections also contributed to the event.

Yazev’s work is included in the private art collections in America among which are the Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport, LA and in the Elena Kohn Russian Art Collection in Scottsdale, AZ. Kohn’s book, The Hidden World of Russian Impressionism: The Soviet Era 1940-1960 published in 2005 shows the professional art of Russia during the Soviet period, not often considered by those not so familiar with the art world.

The announcement of the exhibition opening, honoring Ivan Yazev’s 100th birthday, was very well attended by the general public, art admirers, museum directors and staff.

With the exhibit opening at 5 pm I timed my arrival at 4:30 to meet with my friends and get some inside information on Ivan Yazev. Born in 1914, the start of WWI, Yazev’s work Impressionist style still life by Ivan Yazev.

began to show the impressionist style in 1934 at 20 years old and on through 1991. Though he was painting professionally from 1934, when World War II, The Great Patriotic War, erupted into the Soviet Union, Yazev served in the Army as a captain and artillery battalion commander. He was wounded, and spent time in a military hospital recovering. Ivan Yazev was decorated with two military orders and five medals for the campaigns he served in. Not letting time to paint escape him, his work shown in the exhibition included a scene of recovering soldiers sharing a light moment in their hospital environment. Looking at this scene with flowers and the dark drink, I thought of summer and kvas.

For me, a visitor who has enjoyed painting scenes of the Rostov region in my leisure, this visit to the Rostov Museum of Fine Art was a delightful experience. To see up close the work of Ivan Yazev, who walked the same streets we see today. Along the streets with names of Chekhova, Bolshoi Sadovaya, Semashka, in the Sel’mash region, and at Rostselmash, the Tractor Factory, Ivan Yazev was seeing with his “artistic eye” and capturing a time in history that is now past, yet saved for others to see and enjoy.

This is my eighth year to visit the shores of the River Don and continue to discover the sights, sounds, and cultural history of a city on the Don; Rostov-na-Donu in what I have found in my “Unexpected Russia.”

By John Barr, writing from Rostov-na-Donu, Russia. 30 Aug. 2014

John Barr is a guest author and long time member of the Orlando Russian Culture Society. We greatly appreciate his time and effort to bring us a glimpse of life and culture from Rostov on Don.

Russian Community will host International Peace Festival

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Starts at: 12:00 PM

Bill Fredrick Park at Turkey Lake

3401 S Hiawassee Rd, Orlando, FL

Dear Friends,

10 years ago the Orlando Russian Culture Society was only a few people with the simple idea of getting together and make new friends who also spoke Russian. A lot has changed since then, we grew, new organizations were formed such as the Russian-American Community Center, Russian schools were launched, and more people began to find a way to connect with the Russian community in Orlando.

As I look back at all that has been achieved, I know we need to once again gather together and build the bonds that make our community so positive.

I have learned that as groups grow, they tend shift into many small ones, making it harder to see how big the community really is. We have a business group, a community center group, and countless friends and family groups throughout our region. Wouldn’t it be great if we all came together once again?

That’s the idea of the 10 year anniversary event. A comprehensive gathering of all the groups to celebrate our fellowship and peace. This event will also include invitations to Russian churches, businesses and professionals.

This will be a pot luck, so please bring your favorite beverages and a side dish large enough to share with others. We will also have grills available for those who want to make Shashlik (hint).

The park features a lake for fishing, playgrounds, walking trails and much more. Remember to bring lawn chairs as the pavilions are often filled with food and have limited space.

Parking is around $4, everything else is free.

Please come and join us! Even if only for 30 minutes to see familiar faces and make new friends.


Russian Restaurants in Florida

Russian Markets, Deli’s and Restaurants are the heart of each Russian community. They are more than a “supply” of exotic food, they are the crossroads of all Russian speakers. Most restaurants include a shop or market so visitors can purchase hard to find items that are not commonly available. It’s important to point out that Russian restaurants or markets are not only for Russian speakers, they are friendly places that welcome everyone.

Americans are welcome in Russian restaurants

If you are curious to taste Russian style cuisine, you can stop in for lunch or dinner (see locations below) and simply let your server know that it’s your first time. They will be delighted to explain the dishes and make recommendations. Most locations have menu’s in English and Russian and also include photos to help in selecting your choice.

Interesting differences in Russian and American restaurants

Dining in East European homes or restaurants is more of an event than in the West. It is perfectly normal to meet for a meal and talk for several hours. This is an important difference compared to American culture, where the servers tend to bring things quickly in order to rotate the table several times in a single evening. Keep this in mind if you feel the service is a bit “slow”, it’s simply not expected that you wish to rush.

Here are some intriguing facts to help with expectations when you visit a Russian restaurant

  • Everything is made from fresh ingredients
  • Drinks are served at room temperature unless you request ice, this includes soda and water
  • Reservations are not required but encouraged due to limited space in most locations
  • Each restaurant or deli is unique, there are no chains or duplicate styles
  • The term “Russian” regards the language, not the restaurant owners nationality
  • Many post soviet countries still speak Russian
  • The owner may come and greet you and learn your name – next time you come they remember it :-)
  • When in doubt about what to order, try the Shashlik (seriously)

Florida Russian Lifestyle Magazine is delighted to recommend the following stores:

Russian Restaurants in Florida


Ararat Euro Food & Bistro
7540 Universal Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819(407)351-3131

Our Highest Recommendation”

-Florida Russian Lifestyle Magazine

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Winter Park

Lacomka Bakery & Deli
2050 N. Semoran Blvd. Unit 140
Winter Park, FL 32792

(407) 677-1101

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Russian Market
4147 W. Vine Street (192)
Kissimmee, FL 34741

407 933-0091

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St Petersburg/Tampa

St. Petersburg Nights

6800 Sunset Way
St. Pete Beach, Fl 33706

(727) 363-3832

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A Taste of Europe

2212 Gulf Gate Drive,
Sarasota, FL 34231

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Tatiana Club & Restaurant

1710 Beach
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009(954) 454-1222
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2014 Новогодний праздник для детей


Русско-Американский общественный центр Флориды и Русский музыкально-драматический театр «Солнце» из г. Майами приглашают детей и взрослых на красочное театрализованное шоу «ПРИКЛЮЧЕНИЯ БРЕМЕНСКИХ МУЗЫКАНТОВ»

Дата: Воскресенье, 29 ДЕКАБРЯ 2013 г.

Начало представления: 11:30; Вход открыт с 11:00; Продолжительность- 1,5 часа

Место проведения: актовый зал жилого комплеса «Киннерет» в Даунтауне Орландо

Downtown Orlando, Auditorium of Kinneret Apartments

Address: 517 Delaney Ave, Orlando, FL 32801 View Map


2014 YOLKA


«Приключения Бременских музыкантов» в исполнении профессиональных актеров театра «Солнце» из Майами. На этом спектакле дети не только присутствуют в сказочной реальности, но и сами участвуют в волшебстве, общаются с персонажами, поют и танцуют.

2). Поздравления и подарки для детей от Деда Мороза и Снегурочки, новогодние хороводы и пляски, игры и конкурсы, яркий карнавал и парад костюмов.

Стоимость билета на «Ёлку»:
Зарезервирован бесплатный паркинг, рефрешмент для детей включён.
для детей – $15.99

для мам и пап, бабушек и дедушек – $10.99

(После 21 декабря цена взрослого билета – $15.99)cтоимость подарка – $10.99




Во всех Русских магазинах Орландо

На вэбсайте Русско-Американского Центра

Справки по тел. 407-512-6587 407-927-2625

Подарите своим детям замечательное шоу и встречу с Дедом Морозом и Снегурочкой! Это представление принесет Вам незабываемые, красочные впечатления и много положительных эмоций!

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