The Soloukhin Russian Literature Society was formed on the 5th of April 1998, a year after the passing of the writer Vladimir Soloukhin. Since then, the society has organised many concerts, lectures, public discussions, Russian film screenings, and artistic gatherings. We work with various community groups and endeavour to support Russian culture in Victoria.
The Society exists with government support, member donations and the work of numerous volunteers who help and support its cause. We work with other community organisations for our events and seek various venues to provide the greatest accessibility to the Russian community of Melbourne. Glen Eira City Council has been a keen supporter of our work and has provided us with its facilities for large concerts and events.
Our main event is the annual Day of Russian Culture Concert, which runs in the second half of the calendar year. This event usually commemorates notable Russian writers, poets, musicians or other artists. Previously concerts were dedicated to Sergei Rachmaninoff, Mikhail Lermontov, Fyodor Tyutchev, Anna Pavlova amongst others. We try to make these events as accessible as possible to both English and Russian speakers by translating all text and encouraging diversity. Our concerts are also popular amongst other communities that understand the Russian language.
With the support of various groups and clubs, we run a variety of other musical and cultural events. This includes concerts, lectures, movie screenings, costume displays and more. Also, we provide community support in the area of health and currently run a program on COVID-19 risks and vaccine promotion.
To consider working with us, please reach out by email or telephone.
Given the current events in Ukraine, our organisation is committed to remain apolitical and independent. We will continue to work in the interests of our Russian community in Australia.