A couple of days after Anzac day Sydney Balalaika orchestra players boarded a bus bound for Canberra. It would be a joint celebration.


Australia & Russia hold their respective veteran’s days two weeks apart & the SBO had been invited to perform at Russia’s Victory Day diplomatic celebration, in the James Fairfax theatre at the Australian National Gallery.


It would be an evening of music, memories and coincidences. While Australia had just celebrated 100years since the WW1 Gallipoli landings, Russia was about to celebrate 70 years since the USSR’s victory over Nazi Germany in WW2, a victory that was so important in recent Russian history.