WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city will celebrate its Russian-speaking community with events from May 7 to May 15.
Immigrants from regions of the former Soviet Union account for a significant portion of the population of West Hollywood. Each year in May, the city, through its Russian Advisory Board, presents a series of events that engage the Russian-speaking community, as well as the community at large, with Russian heritage and culture.
This year’s lineup includes the observance of the 71st anniversary of Victory in Europe Day at 11 a.m. May 7 at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. Admission is free and open to the public.
Veterans of the Soviet military during World War II will be recognized.
The 15th annual Russian Arts and Culture Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 15 at Plummer Park. The festival is free and open to the public and it will include a day of entertainment, music, food vendors, Russian crafts and jewelry, and numerous local exhibitors.
The big stage on the lawn will feature the annual children’s concert from noon to 2:30 p.m., and there will be an annual gala concert from 5 to 7 p.m.
The 11th annual Russian Community Awards will take place at 4 p.m. with the Russian Advisory Board presenting four awards to individuals, businesses and organizations that have had a positive impact and bettered the lives of members of the Russian-speaking community in West Hollywood and the Los Angeles region.
According to a 2013 survey of the community, there are 3,872 people who live in West Hollywood who identify a former region of the Soviet Union as where they are from That represents about 11 percent of the city’s total population.
Information: Tatiana Rodzinek at (323) 848-6826.