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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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This course, studied in Russian, will explore the history of Russian Christmas - from medieval times to 1917 when it was officially banned as 'alien bourgeois' - through Soviet times to today's attempts to reinstate it.

On this course you will look at Russian pre-revolutionary Christmas traditions in the context of their cultural heritage, with an emphasis on music: from church services to folk songs to Tchaikovsky's world-famous ballets.

Moving onto the Soviet period you will see the Russian 'Christmas/New Year' classic comedy 'The Irony of Fate...' and work with some great Russian poetry (B. Pasternak, M. Tsvetaeva, etc.) that was put to music specially for this film. And there might be the opportunity to join in the festive spirit and sing some songs too!

As always, the course will offer plenty of opportunities to practise and improve your Russian, learn more about Russian history, culture, music and poetry.


Fees and bursaries


Fees for weekend courses cover tuition, meals (except breakfast) and refreshments, including morning coffee and afternoon tea during teaching hours, and travel on excursions (but not entrance fees to properties visited). Accommodation can be booked for an additional fee and includes breakfast.

VAT does not apply to course fees and there is no service charge (gratuities to domestic staff are left to your discretion). It is sometimes possible to stay for extra nights or extra meals, or to invite guests to meals, at an additional cost and by prior arrangement with the Admissions team.

If you do not wish to pay in full at the time of booking, you may pay a 15% registration fee as a deposit by credit/debit card. The balance will automatically be taken two weeks before the start of the course. If you wish to pay by cheque, you will need to pay in full when the booking is made.

You may cancel a course booking at any time. After the 14 day cancellation period has expired, the standard ICE course cancellation policy will apply. Please view our refund and cancellation policy for further details.

Cambridge University Press Bursaries for teachers

The Cambridge University Press (CUP) Bursary Fund offers a bursary of 50% of the course fee to applicants who teach in a UK state school or state-funded further education institution, applying to study a day school, weekend course or online course.

Course dates

30 Nov 2018 to 02 Dec 2018

Course duration

1 weekend

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

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