“Transfiguration Meetings” festival
takes place in Moscow since 2015
by initiative of the Transfiguration Brotherhood

Festival venue «Russian Spiritual Poetry»

Russian Spiritual Poetry 

The event Spiritual Poetry and Folk Singing, explores the way in which within traditional culture, folk song is a link between generations, registering memories, reflecting life trends, the lives of specific people and of society. Participants are intent upon revealing how a more accurate image of folk-Russia differs from the popular “varnish-thin” version, represented by the Russian Matryoshka doll. The authentic Russian folk tradition of spiritual poetry and folk song can help us see the depth of the Russian people’s Christian worldview.


  • Workshop discussion with Andrey Kotov, the founder and artistic director of the Sirin Ensemble – an ancient Russian folk music ensemble.

Questions for Discussion:

  • What qualities or characteristics, typical of the Russian person, come out in folk music and spiritual poetry? What traditions have we lost and which are important to revive?
  • Authentic tradition: is it our grandmothers’ business or the property of scholars and ethnographers?
  • In our current atmosphere of globalization and destruction of traditional values, can folk music be a transfiguring force, bearing the spirit of authentic peace, forgiveness and reconciliation?

Сoordinator –  Olga Zalischanskaya