Maslenitsa – otherwise known as the Russian Sun Festival – is returning to the streets of London next month.
It is a celebration of the end of winter and it marks the start of spring with music, crafts, food and free family fun and is an event that is supported by the mayor of London Boris Johnson.
Everyone is invited to join in the fun, so whether you live in the city or are looking for activities to pad out your stay in one of the many Central London hotels on or around March 16th.
People can enjoy the best of the varied Russian folk and pop culture in Trafalgar Square throughout the day.
As well as this, there will also be a children’s theatre and games marquee, souvenir stalls and the chance to taste some traditional Russian treats such as blini, pirogi and chebureki.
For the first time, there will be a wide range of crafts demonstrated on the square, which will allow visitors to learn much more about traditional techniques.
Each year, Maslenitsa is organised by Ensemble Productions with support from the mayor of London. It is also the main event of Russian Week in the city, which ends on March 17th.
Other related events going on throughout the week include a Russian Fashion Show at the Victoria & Albert Museum and literary event at Waterstones Piccadilly.
This is completely free, making it a real unmissable festival that could broaden your horizons and open your eyes to a completely different culture.
Trafalgar Square is a pretty central place in London so getting to there from your hotel in the city shouldn’t provide too many issues.
In any case, Embankment Tube stop is a stone’s throw from the venue and it is next to the London Charing Cross train station, should you want to travel overground.