The Buranovskiye Babushki or more fondly known as “The Russian Grannies” who represented Russia at Eurovision 2012 with the infectious “Party for Everyone”, took to the streets of London yesterday to open the “Maslenitsa Festival” of Russian Folk Music. Hailing from Buranovo, they were already a household name in Russia before the Eurovision Song Contest last year where they were catapulted into European fame as they came second in the Grand Final of the contest.
Such was the media interest in the Babushki yesterday that they had to perform an ad lib mini concert in Trafalgar square and then were whisked up the London Eye with Channel 4 for a Russian acoustic version of John Lennon’s “Imagine”.
The reason for their trip to London was for the Maslenitsa Festival. This is a Russian festival, celebrated in many parts of the world, and celebrates the imminent end of winter in Russian Folklore. They will be taking to the stage formally as part of the free celebrations in Trafalgar Square.
Source Eurovision Ireland, Channel 4 News and Newham Recorder
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