On September 14, the Russian Cultural Centre in Beijing held a concert featuring the Sydney orchestra of Russian folk instruments "Balalaika”. The concert was not only an event in the cultural life of Russian compatriots but also attracted the attention of a most demanding audience. That evening, the Russian Cultural Centre had visitors from a number of CIS countries, high-ranking diplomats from other countries, representatives of the Ministries of Culture and Education of China, Culture of China, and correspondents from Russian and Chinese media.
The orchestra members are of different national origins - the descendants of the first Russian immigrants still call themselves "harbintsy" (i.e. from Harbin, China) as well as Ukrainians, Poles, Serbs, N. American, Chinese and of course Australians. All of them are residents of distant Sydney – and they all have a united and sincere love of Russian songs and music.
Besides Beijing, the Sydney orchestra of Russian folk instruments "Balalaika" gave a concert in Tianjin, which was attended by more than 500 people - teachers and students at the local university, representatives of the city government with standing room only. The performance was repeatedly interrupted by applause and there were speeches and flowers presented. Senior diplomats of several countries as well as local cultural figures praised the skill and professionalism of soloists and orchestra musicians. In impromptu speeches, they also expressed their deep gratitude to the artists.