Russia has a long musical tradition and is well-known for its composers and performers. there is no doubt you will find more orchestra performances the bigger the city. classic music is played in various theaters, where domestic and guest concerts are scheduled for weeks ahead. besides that, the state supports folk ensembles in smaller towns or even villages and singing babushkas gatherings are still a well-established tradition in many areas. in areas traditionally inhabited by non-russian ethnic groups, you may encounter ethnic music of every possible sound, like throat singing in tuva or rare instruments of chukotka (http://www.ergyron.ru/). sometimes only specialists can differ the cossack songs of the urals from the cossack songs of krasnodar. professional jazz players meet at jazz over volga festival in yaroslavl. walking along the main street on a sunday will definitely enable you to hear guitar, saxophone, harmonium or flute in any city.
On the victory day, which is celebrated on the 9th of may is commonly all-russia holiday with city squares getting full of uniformed men and military vehicles both dated to great patriotic war/wwii and new ones. the defender of fatherland day is a holiday when women in families or at work congratulate their men and co-workers. it happens on 23, february, just a couple of weeks before men return the favor to ladies on international women's day, 8 march.
Russian classic ballet is renowned in the world and some national troupes exist even in such remote areas like dagestan or yakutia. lezginka is a vibrant folk dance, always performed at big caucasian events. if you are interested in folk style then watching a concert of igor moiseyev ensemble alive is simply a must. out of big cities you may easily find irish dance, belly and ball clubs, not to mention hip-hop and all.
The major movie venue in russia is moscow international film festival (http://www.moscowfilmfest...) held in the end of june during 10 days and boasts of first-class stars from all over the world. kinotavr (http://www.kinotavr.ru/en/) of sochi, moscow's fesrtival of latin america (http://www.latinofiesta.ru/) and international film festival "zerkalo" named after andrei tarkovsky (http://www.mkfivanovo.ru/en/) in ivanovo are also curious for film fans.
Russia has a long-standing tradition in high-quality education for all citizens. It has also one of the best mass-education systems in the world, with excellent results at international educational competitions.
Basic general education lasts for nine years. Graduates of this level may continue their education at senior high school to receive secondary general education. They may also enter an initial vocational school or non-university level higher education institutions.
Higher education is provided by public and non-public non-State accredited higher education institutions, of which Lomonosov Moscow State University (http://msu.ru) and Saint Petersburg State University (http://spbu.ru) are the most famous.
Due in great part to demands of the international educational organizations, the system of education in Russia began to adopt a system similar to that of Britain and the US: 4 years for the Bachelor's degree and 2 years for a Master's degree. The universities are still in the process of these changes; some of them offer the new system and others still work according to the prior 5-year system, particularly in programs such as law.
Russia's top universities have very competitive entry requirements, and special entry exams are held each year. One of the great attractions of education in Russia is the cost, especially when compared to the quality. Degree study tuition can range from USD2000 to USD8000 per year, with other costs room & board, books, etc. ranging from USD1500 to USD5000 per year, depending on location and spending habits.
The academic year lasts from Sept 1 to Mid June everywhere, with long summer vacations from July 1st to Aug 31.
Several universities and private schools offer Russian language courses individual and group tuition.
Ruslanguage (http://russian-moscow.com) - Center for Russian Language Studies in Old Arbat, Moscow
Study in Russia (http://www.edurussian.com) — Russian Language Courses at Voronezh State University
Educa (http://educalanguageschool.com) — Centre for Russian language and Volunteer & Internship programmes in Saint Petersburg
Extra Class (http://learnrussian.ru/) — Private school near Dostoevsky Museum in Saint Petersburg
Transparent Language (http://www.transparent.co...) Learn Russian Online to prepare for travel to Russia
Liden & Denz (http://lidenz.ru/) — Private school in Moscow and Saint Petersburg
ProBa Language Center (http://studyrussian.spb.ru/) St.Petersburg, Russia
SRAS (http://sras.org) School of Russian and Asian Studies all major Russian cities
Moscow Times (http://themoscowtimes.com...) Study Guide from Moscow Times newspaper
Ziegler & Partner (http://studyrussian.com) Russian language courses at Moscow State University
The association between Russia and its two biggest metropolises, Moscow and St Petersburg, is strong in the minds of tourists, but given its vast expanses and low population density, Russia is a nature lovers paradise as well. Russia has a network of exceptional natural areas, comprising 35 National Parks and 100 Nature Reserves zapovednik covering a total land mass larger than Germany. List of Russian Nature Reserves in Russian one can find here (http://mnr.gov.ru/part/?p...)
Some Russian Nature Reserves on the internet: