International project

”Our Romance. Dialogue of Cultures”.

”Our romance. Dialogue of Cultures ”. Gala concert ”Romance of the Century” and international business forum.

The Russian-Finnish project ”Our Romance. Cultural Dialogue” is implemented by the Finnish public organization Romanssimusiikin Edistämisyhdistys ry (Romance Music Association). In cooperation with its partners, the Association has for already 15 years built a solid foundation for international activities through various cultural events. The project has successfully organized many international music events in Russia as well as in the best concert halls of Finland. The cooperation began with Russian-Finnish romance music concerts, which from the very beginning received support and funding from the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg, the Committee for Culture of the Government of St. Petersburg, as well as the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, the Parliament of Finland and numerous partner organizations. Over the years, the project has become a significant event in the cultural and political life of the two countries – Russia and Finland – and recently attracted a number of countries in the Baltic Sea region. Throughout the years of the project’s existence, the Finnish television and radio company Yleisradio is an unchanging partner. Gala concerts ”Our romance. Cultural Dialogue ”was repeatedly broadcasted on the national television of Finland, as well as television channels in Russia.

In the autumn of 2016 the project continued its successful activity by organizing a unique charity gala concert with participation of greatest stars of Russian and Finnish popular music scene. The concert was held at one of the largest venues in St. Petersburg, in the Oktyabrsky Concert Hall, and assembled a full hall. All funds received from the sale of tickets were sent to the charity fund ”Advita” to help children with cancer diagnoses. The concert was broadcasted on Russian television at least 4 times.

The 2017 main event of the Project ”Our Romance. Cultural Dialogue”, the Gala concert ”Romance of the Century”, is included in the official program of the Suomi Finland 100 -centennial programme of Finland. The gala concert will be held on November 25, 2017 at 19.00, at Finlandia-Talo National Concert Hall. On the stage of Finlandia Hall will appear the legendary national academic orchestra of folk instruments. N.P. Osipova, with National Artist Vladimir Andropov as conductor. He has served as conductor of the Bolshoi Theater for thirty years. Musicians of the orchestra performed at the most famous world venues.

A whole galaxy of Finnish stars will gather in the concert: the famous musician and actor Vesa-Matti Loyri, actress and singer Maria Ylipää, tenor Pentti Hietanen, popular actor, TV host and performer Mikko Leppilampi, the winner of the musical show ”Idols” singer, Diandra, famous interpeter of romance music, Elena Putina. Together with their Finnish colleagues, the following Russian performers will perform at the concert: the world-famous baritone, a start of the Metropolitan Opera (New York), La Scala (Milan), Covent Garden (London), People’s Artist of Russia, Vasily Gerello; a young Russian singer, star of the musical television show X-Factor, Olesya Matakova as well as a performer of romances and lyrical music, the finalist of the project ”Pop-star”, Valentin Knyazev. As a soloist of the Osipov Orchestra of Folk Instruments will perform a young musician, Daria Rubtsova.

A musical festival will be highlighted by a performance of the Russian state dance ensemble ”Barinya”.

Along with cultural events, in the framework of the project ”Our Romance. Cultural Dialogue” , a highest level business forums are organized annually. The forums gather heads of big business and state organisations, state as well as politicians. Among the participants there have invariably been deputies of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg and representatives of the Government of St.Petersburg, members of the Finnish Parliament, Finnish ministers, heads of cities and regions of Finland.

In the 2017 business forum we have invited Russian State Duma deputies, Finnish parliamentarians, representatives of Finnish ministries, representatives of the Russian Embassy in Finland, deputies of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg, representatives of the Government of St. Petersburg, heads of regions of Finland, representatives of EAST Office Oy, representatives Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce and representatives of large businesses in Finland and Russia.