Starting Tuesday, May 2 until Saturday, May 5, the third-annual Matryoshka Festival offers one such opportunity to take a deep dive into the history and heritage of Russia when it gets underway tomorrow at City Walk in Al Wasl.
The Festival takes its name from the famous wooden nesting dolls, and promises to transform the iconic outdoor shopping complex into a fairytale setting, bringing together some of the most exciting aspects of Russian design, art, fashion, sport and cuisine.
There will be lots to keep Russian-natives and those curious about the culture entertained, including performances by prima ballerinas from the Mariinsky Theatre of St Petersburg and contemporary acts like Bis-Quit and Irakli, as well as fashion displays, light shows and a 3D art installation.
A huge marketplace, or Yarmarka will be erected, where UAE-based Russian vendors can peddle their wares. To further add a lochal twist, Dubai Police will showcase a gallery of exotic cars, as well as perform a repertoire of Russian and Emirati music at the grand opening on May 3.
Venue : City Walk, Al Wasl, 2 to 5 May, All-day, Free. Tel: (800) 637 227