Blessings Easter Family Dinner Dance May 2016

Matrioshka Russian Restaurant & Reception
1046 Dandenong Rd, Carnegie 3163

Such a wonderful way to celebrate the Orthodox Easter/Paschal season! The RUSICHI Dance Ensemble is hosting this year’s family dinner dance on Friday 20 May, 2016. The aim is to raise much-needed funds to help with costs of future performances, venue hire, costumes, etc. so that everyone can enjoy the pleasure of the Rusichi Dance Ensemble’s performances in the year ahead.

Blessings-2016-Poster-web_enFollowing on from the success of last year’s Blessings Dinner Dance, we again bring the Russian ethnic community together in an evening of enjoyment for the whole family. This event provides an excellent opportunity for children to show off their talents in music, song and dance – the perfect motivation for all those weekly lessons of learning! The Slavic communities and their children have been invited to join in this intercultural celebration of the blessings of Easter and the blessings that are our children – our very pride and joy.


This is the third family dinner dance and children’s talent event for our community in Melbourne, and we are pleased to see it becoming increasingly more popular. The Matrioshka Russian Restaurant is chosen for its lovely décor, delicious Russian food, convenient location & generous support of this important event. And the name Matrioshka – derived from the Russian word for mother – also symbolises the hope and value of life and the family, which is the heart and soul of the Slavic people. This makes Matrioshka the perfect venue for showing off our children and our different yet similar cultures & traditions.

The Rusichi Dance Ensemble is proud to be part of the whole concept of the Maslenitsa Slavic Pancake Festival – which starts off the preparations leading up to Pascha – and this Dinner Dance, which celebrates Easter having finally arrived. Pascha is the most important Orthodox holiday of the year, and we are pleased to celebrate it with everyone in such an exciting and novel way, involving the whole family.

The evening will begin with guests arriving at 6.30 pm, welcomed by the famous Carousel Russian Folk Band. Everyone can watch with pride and pleasure the children’s talented performances, which will be staged approx 7-7.30 pm. A delicious Russian dinner will be served. Guests’ entries of their favourite cakes in our Best Home-Made Cake Competition will be proudly displayed for judging, after which everyone will be invited to taste the delicious assortment of cakes and tortes. And throughout the evening guests will enjoy wining, dining and dancing to the popular songs and music of Matrioshka’s in-house entertainers, Svetlana & Sasha. There will be free Easter Eggs for the children from the Easter Bunny, prizes for the Best Home-Baked Cakes, a Lottery Raffle – and lots of fun for everyone!

Book by email to or phone Elena on Hotline 0448 100 929

TICKET COST – $55 per Adult, $25 Children under 13, Children under 5 Free
Tables seat 10-12 persons. Please note: Strictly no ticket sales at the door.
DEADLINE Last day for purchasing tickets: WEDNESDAY 15 MAY 2016. BOOK NOW!


1. QUICK & EASY to pay by EFT
Payee/Account Name: Blessings
Commonwealth Bank details: BSB 063 106
Account Number: 1066 4916
Reference: YOUR NAME (this must be specified so that we know WHO has paid)
Send the banking confirmation by email to Include your postal address. Tickets will be mailed to you once payment is received. Or phone Elena on Hotline 0448 100 929 to arrange possible pickup.

Arrange with Elena on 0448 100 929 for cash payment & ticket pickup in Bentleigh & surrounding suburbs.

Please present your ticket on arrival for Lucky Guest Prizes.

Multicultural Youth Day 2016

Youth NYW RussianYoung people in the city of Banyule, plus Russian, Greek, Cypriot, Serbian, Antiochian, Macedonian and others, have the opportunity to participate in the first 2016 Multicultural Sports Day festival on Saturday the 16th of April.

This one day event will feature Soccer and volleyball competitions, tug of war, face painting, jumping castles, and a delicious range of multicultural food and wares hosted by a variety of Melbourne’s young ethnic community groups.

This will be an exciting event and provide local young people with a chance to get involved in their community. A collaboration between several youth groups, the Multicultural youth day sports  festival will be held at The Austrian Club Melbourne, 90 Sheehan Road, Heidelberg from 10am.

The event is part of National Youth Week, held from April 8 to 17 with organizations across Victoria running a diverse range of events to celebrate young people.

National Youth Week is an annual week-long celebration of young people aged from 12 to 25 years old, allowing them to express their creativity and have their say about issues important to them. It is a partnership between the Victorian and Federal Governments.

The Victorian Government believes that young Victorians have a valuable contribution to make in their local communities and is committed to helping them develop their skills and make their voices heard.

The Victorian Government recently consulted with thousands of young people on developing the government’s new youth policy, which will be announced later this year.

For more information on National Youth Week 2016 events visit

“This event is supported by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments”


Maslenitsa 2016

The Russian Ethnic Representative Council and the Russian House invite everybody to come and celebrate Maslenitsa – Slavic Pancake Festival.

Maslenitsa 2016 poster eng resize

This year, our festival will take place in cultural heart of Melbourne – Fitzroy. On Saturday, March 12 from 10 am Russian House will open its doors along Greeves street.

There will be live music, performances, Slavic dance and vocal ensembles. You’ll also find unique gifts, traditional Russian souvenirs, and taste the delicious traditional food and drink, including blini.


We will have interactive activities for the whole family!


Condolence book

Мы, Русское Этническое Представительство штата Виктория выражаем свои глубокие соболезнования родственникам людей, погибших при крушении самолета рейса 9268 Когалымавия над Синайским Полуостровом.

Эта страшная трагедия унесла жизни наших соотечественников, взрослых и детей. Мы скорбим вместе с семьями погибших и надеемся, что причины этой ужасной трагедии в ближайшее время будут расследованы

 Почетный Генеральный консул Российской Федерации, г-жа Ирина Брук,

Русское Этническое Представительство шт. Виктории и

Русский дом в Мельбурне сообщают, что открыта Книга Соболезнований.

 Книга будет доступна в среду, 4 ноября с 8.30 до 6:00 вечера, а затем с 11 часов утра до 3 часов в день в течение недели, для тех, кто, желает подписать книгу и отправить сообщение людям в Россию:

Русский Дом в Мельбурне

118 Greeves Street,

Fitzroy VIC 3065

Комитет Русского Этнического Представительства.

As the representative body of the Russian community in Victoria, the Russian Ethnic Representative Council express its heartfelt sympathy to those who lost loved ones in the tragedy of Kogalymavia Flight 9268, which crashed over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt on Saturday. Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and extended families – all grieve in their tragic loss.

We are saddened by this news as the international investigation commences its work in earnest to help those who have suffered find closure in their loss.

The Honorary Consul General of the Russian Federation, Ms Irina Bruk,

Russian Ethnic Representative Council of Victoria

Russian House in Melbourne


wishes to advise that a Condolence Book has been opened in relation to the recent Russian plane crash in Egypt.

The book will be available on Wednesday, 4 November from 8.30am to 6.00pm,  and then from 11 am to 3 pm daily  for a week, for those who are wishing to sign the book and send a message to people in Russia at:

 Russian House

118 Greeves Street,

Fitzroy VIC 3065

RERC Management Committee



Russian Resurrection Film Festival

ACMI Theatre, Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne

Thur 5 November 2015
6.30 pm arrival for 7 pm start

Battalion. First. Women’s. Eternal

“BATTALION”  is based on the true story of the 1st Russian Women’s Battalion. Maria Bochkareva was a Russian peasant who, after three years of serving in the army, attained the rank of non-commissioned officer in 1917. She petitioned the government to allow her to establish a battalion of female soldiers – the first in the history of human civilization. Instead of the conventional focus on male bravery, the movie tells of the hope that the Women’s Battalion would revitalize the fatigued & demoralised male soldiers, shaming them into resuming combat duties. Controversial? – watch it and decide for yourself…

This film will be followed by the

Just $60 per person includes Film plus After Party with Russian-themed food,
Vodka cocktails and live Russian entertainment!
featuring songs & music by CAROUSEL Russian Folk Band & VARDOS TRIO!

Year-in, year-out our patrons rave about our opening night parties as being by far the best of any other film festival – don’t be the only one not there!

Come dressed in Military Theme!
– black boots, red poppy flower – or just wear RED…
to remember & celebrate war heroes of all genders

We look forward to enjoying a great night with you, Russian Style!

BUY TICKETS direct from ACMI Cinema Box Office,
Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne
Online, or

or Contact ELENA METLENKO on
or Hotline 0448 100 929