Past events

Russian Community Day in Cleveland
Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 

With the support of Mayor Frank Jackson along with the Cleveland Public Libraries, Global Cleveland, Council of International Programs USA (CIPUSA), and Cleveland-Volgograd Sister Cities (GCVOA), members of the Russian Community in Northeast Ohio were invited to come in person to the main branch of the Cleveland Public Library or join online for a “live streaming’ event with our Sister City, Volgograd, Russia. Our partnering with Volgograd began in 1990 and we have exchanged delegations over almost 30 years of our relationship. This year marks our hosting of the exhibit “From Stalingrad to Prague” sent to us by our friends in Volgograd.
As a special salute to area residents of Russian birth and heritage, the flag of the Russian Federation will fly over Cleveland City Hall on this day, Wednesday the 5th of May. 

6th Annual Maslenitsa - Russian Pancake Festival in the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse.

Sunday, March 1, 2020  

We were fortunate to host one of the most colorful events of the year right before the COVID-19 lockdown and cancellation of all the public events.  

Gagarin Gala in the Great Lakes Science Center

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Gagarin Gala, vintage style party, celebration of Yuri Gagarin, First Human is Space, whose statue was installed in the Russian Cultural Garden in Rockefeller Park in Cleveland and dedicated during One World Day on Sunday, August 25, 2019.

YURI GAGARIN: First Person to orbit the Earth

On 12 April 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin launched on Vostok to become the first person to orbit the Earth, the first human in space. His flight lasted for 1 hour and 48 minutes.

Sunday, August 25, 2019, from 11 am till 6 pm - One World Day and Gagarin celebration in the Russian Cultural Garden.

12:00 - Parade of Flags, followed by Naturalization Ceremony

2:00 - Unveiling of the Gagarin's statue in the Russian Garden

Inuendo - Namyok Rock group will play in the Russian Garden

Cuyahoga Cossacks, Paprika Girls, Children's Talent show, special trivia and prizes for children and adults, Passport to Peace

Saturday, September 8, 2018, 3 pm - Dedication of the Russian Cultural Garden.

Official ceremony and party. Presentation of the Walk of Fame of the Russian Cultural Garden. 

Sunday, September 16, 11 am - 6 pm - One World Day.

Here is a schedule of the entertainment program in the Russian Cultural Garden during One World Day:

11:00am -1:45 pm

Children’s Piano Marathon and Talent Show
Students of local piano and vocal teachers perform at the Circle of Fame

1:45 pm - Tarantella flash mob

2:00pm – 2:30pm
Cuyahoga Cossacks
Russian Folk music at the Circle of Fame

Walk of Fame trivia and Family Time
Children’s activities at the Circle of Fame and throughout the Garden       

3:00pm – 6:00pm
Innuendo Rock Band
Russian and American music and dances.

Sunday, June 3, 2018, 1 pm - Russian Garden Flowers, Phase 2.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - Russian Garden Flowers: Grand Planting Party in the Russian Cultural Garden.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - Earth Day: Clean-up party in the Russian Cultural Garden.

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 4th Annual Maslenitsa Festival in the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse.

Sunday, August 27, 2017 - One World Day.

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - Inaugural Cleveland Gardens of Talents concert at the Andrews Osborne Academy.

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 3rd Annual Maslenitsa in the Roickefeller Park Greenhouse. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 11 am till 7 pm - One World Day in the Centennial year of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and Apple Festival along with the Youth Music and Arts Festival in the Russian Cultural Garden.

Thursday, June 23, 2016  - Groundbreaking ceremony at the Russian Cultural garden was a big success. Founders of the Russian Cultural Gardens non-profit organization Svetlana Stolyarova and Boris Vinogradsky presented the project and welcomed the guests and volunteers. About hundred people came to share the joy of the start of Phase 1 construction in the Russian Garden. VP of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation Paul Burik welcomed the 30th Garden in the family of the cultural gardens that celebrate the 100th anniversary in 2016. Councilman Jeff Johnson expressed a big support to the Russian Cultural Garden from the City Hall and the Glenwill community. Many guests were actually breaking the ground and planted first flowers. Russian male chorus performed joyful Russian songs. Young Polina Kornyushenko delivered an amazing singing performance. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - Second MASLENITSA! Annual Pancake cook-off and Blini contest was held in the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse this year. Despite a rain, hundreds of people came in to say Farewell to Winter and celebrate Russian Butter-week, Pancake week - Maslenitsa. Tasteful food and plenty of activities: games, Babushka contest, Russian dances, Russian chorus performance, costumed photo sessions, children's arts and crafts made Maslenitsa'2016 a real wonderful event!

Sunday, August 23 - 11:00am - 8:30 pm. One World Day in the Cultural Gardens of Cleveland #owd2015. The annual One World Day, the official event hosted by the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation for the Gardens, was the highlight of the busy calendar of summer events in the Gardens and the one occasion that all the Gardens get together to celebrate as one. Events included a Parade of Flags, a naturalization ceremony, cultural performances, entertainment, gardens exhibitors, authentic diverse ethnic food and more.

Russian Garden hosted the Second Annual Grand Piano in the Russian Garden event during One World Day. It was the whole day event, starting from the Children's Music Festival that brought together young talents, the students of the local piano teachers and Music schools.

Highlight of the day was the celebrity performance by brilliant Stanislav Khristenko , the First Prize winner of the 2013 CIPC. Another featured artist was Dmitry Tyurin, young, highly talented CIM student of Sergey Babayan.

After hours,  a jazz program started - just imagine sounds of jazz , perfect warm August evening, beautiful Cultural Gardens  - that was unforgettable! It was followed by Open Mic hour that was a very warm and touching conclusion of the festivities.

Sunday, February 22 - 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Maslenitsa in the Russian Garden! 1st Annual Pancake cook-off and eating contest. Say Farewell to Winter and celebrate Russian Butter-week, Pancake week - Maslenitsa. Outdoot event, so be prepared - dress warm, get ready to join the activities: games, Babushka contest, Russian dances, etc. 

January 10, 2015 - Russian Yolka! "Old" New Year theatrical show and celebration. 

November 1, 2014 - The Big Book (Bolshaya Kniga) Literary prize is visiting the Russian Cultural Garden.

October 12, 2014 - International Community Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Russian Garden presents two ballet groups - Cleveland Ballet Youth Company and Stabrova Ballet. Wonderful performance by young ballerinas!

September 13-14, 2014 - One World Day and Festival in the Cultural Gardens. Russian Garden takes part in the parade of flag and hosts the children's program "Games of our childhood"

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - Grand Piano in the Russian Garden

Russian Cultural Garden and Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation successfully presented the first annual Grand Piano in the Russian Garden concert , which took place on the site of a future Russian Cultural Garden on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Rockefeller Park (across the street from the Armenian Cultural Garden, North of the Serbian Cultural Garden).

This concert started the annual events "Grand Piano in the Russian Garden", which, we hope, will become another lovely tradition, same as Opera in the Italian Garden or Liszt Festival in the Hungarian Garden. Inaugural year concert's theme was Music and Musicians of the Cultural Gardens of Cleveland. There are thirteen busts of the famous musicians in different Gardens at Rockefeller Park, and the special Music Plaza in Hebrew Garden. 

Pieces by composers, honored in the Cultural Gardens of Cleveland, such as Chopin (Polish Garden) and Liszt (Hungarian Garden) were performed by brilliant Cleveland musicians (CIM, class of Sergey Babayan) Dmitry Tyurin and Nara Avetisyan. Celebrity pianist from Russia - Second Prize and Russian Prize winner of 2013 Cleveland International Piano competition Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev delivered a brilliant performance of Musical Moments by Rachmaninoff who will be honored in the future Russian Cultural Garden

May-June-July, 2014 - Russian speaking tours over the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

March 1, 2014 - Art show and silent auction of the painting by Nataly Romanovsky at Opus Gallery.

February 23, 2014 - Sochi Story told by Dr. Boris Vinogradsky and Irina Vinogradsky - event at Sherwin Gilmour Party Center

January 19, 2014 - Piano Concert -series CLEVELAND AND RUSSIAN MUSICAL LEGACY. Very successful piano concert at Eton Chagrin Blvd.

October 13, 2013 - International Community Day in the Cleveland Museum of Art

 We are very proud to be one of fifty two International community groups who made the second International Community Day in the Cleveland Museum of Art such a success.

Here is the words of gratitude from Marjorie Williams
Sr. Director of Endowment Development
Department of Development
The Cleveland Museum of Art:

The Second Annual International Cleveland Community Day was a grand success last Sunday thanks to you! 3400 people attended the event that demonstrated the rich diversity of Cleveland through expressions of dynamic performance and thoughtful presentations of the cultural materials. From all of us at the museum, please accept our profound gratitude for sharing your heritage with the museum. Fifty-two community groups and organizations participated in the day‘s event. Our patrons throughout the day remarked about the dynamic energy that filled the museum. Thank you for contributing to this day and to our community everyday throughout the year.

We look forward to working with you again next year!



August 25, 2013 - One World Festival in Rockefeller Park


Russian Garden presented the Youth vocal program.

Young Russian girls performed beautiful American music at our One World Festival event. I am thrilled to present the beautiful program of the Celebrity School of Music:

1. Ranit Drozhinskiy -8 years old

                                                                        - "Once upon a December" from Anastasia
                                                                        - "Cruella Deville" from 101 Dalmatians

Ester Khaykin - 16 years old
                                                                        - "Fly me to the moon" by Frank Sinatra
                                                                        - "Sway" by Dean Martin

Irene Ravkin -16 years old
                                                                        - "There's a fine fine line" from Avenue Q
                                                                        - "All that Jazz" from Chicago

Alisa Krivenko - 11 years old
                                                                        - "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera
                                                                        - "Rolling in the deep" by Adele
                                                                        - "I could have danced all night" from My Fair Lady

Mikala Telgarsky - 20 years old
                                                                        - "At last" by Etta James
                                                                        - "Mercy" by Duffy
                                                                        - "Valerie" by Amy Winehouse

Guests and visitors of the Russian Cultural Garden truly enjoyed this beautiful singing!

Thank you all for your support of the Russian Cultural Garden and Cultural Gardens of Cleveland! 

August 18, 2013 5 pm

After the ceremony of the Cultural Gardens of Cleveland Information Kiosk dedication  Russian speaking Cultural Gardens' tour was guided by Victoria Kabo, librarian from the Foreign Literature Departmednt of the  Cleveland Public Library. Thank you, Victoria for a wonderful story of the older Gardens. We had a chance to visit and learn about Italian, Greece, German, Lithuanian, Ukrainian and Hebrew Gardens. Very educational and simply beautiful!

June 16th, 2013 

First picnic in the Russian Cultural Garden. Our site, which is now officially assigned to the future Russian Cultural Garden hosted a very warm celebration of the Father's Day

Russian Cultural Garden's site is located on the Western side of MLK, North of St. Clair, across the street from Armenian Cultural Garden. Parking is along MLK or at the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse. There is no official sign for the Russian Garden yet but City of Cleveland has already recognized our site as the Proposed Russian Cultural Garden.

We hope that with your support and our mutual efforts we'll raise the funds and do the Phase I of the Garden in the foreseeable future.

April 19th, 2013

Cleveland Public Library in cooperation with the Russian Cultural Garden was hosting a free event dedicated to the Cultural Gardens. Free event, Free parking. Tea and snacks were served. Victoria Kabo from the Foreign Literature Department of the Cleveland Public Library told  about the history of unique Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Svetlana Stolyarova presented the Russian Garden's design and invited everyone to discussion about the Russian cultural heroes who should be honored in the future Garden.

It will take place in MEMORIAL NOTTINGHAM BRANCH located at 17109 Lake Shore Blvd.

March 28th, 2013

City of Cleveland. Landmarks Committee.

The Russian Cultural Garden's conceptual design has been presented to Cleveland Landmarks Committe. It was unanimously approved.

Few more steps, and the Russian garden will get the designation by the City.

February 13th, 2013, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Local-n-Global Building

The Russian Cultural Gardens Conceptual design created by James McKnight from McKnight and Associates Landscape Architects Firm was presented to the friends of the Russian Garden.

The Russian Cultural Garden

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