Still from 'The Golden Age of the Russian avant-garde' exhibition. Copyright: Central Exhibition Hall, Manege, Moscow

Still from 'The Golden Age of the Russian avant-garde' exhibition. Copyright: Central Exhibition Hall, Manege, Moscow

Still from 'The Golden Age of the Russian avant-garde' exhibition. Copyright: Central Exhibition Hall, Manege, Moscow

Have you ever imagined a painting coming to life? From 14 April, art fans in Russia will be able to do just that, when Peter Greenaway and Saskia Boddeke's 'The Golden Age of the Russian Avant-Garde' opens at the Moscow Manege exhibition venue, supported by British Council Russia. The exhibition animates art from Russia's influential avant-garde movement, as the British

Akram Khan’s latest work iTMOi (In the Mind of Igor) will travel to Russia as part of the programme; photo © J Louis Fernandez

Akram Khan’s latest work iTMOi (In the Mind of Igor) will travel to Russia as part of the programme; photo © J Louis Fernandez

Akram Khan’s latest work iTMOi (In the Mind of Igor) will travel to Russia as part of the programme; photo © J Louis Fernandez

2014 is the UK-Russia Year of Culture, a great opportunity for the two countries to come together and find out about each other's cultures outside the media. Our director in Russia, Paul de Quincey, explains the relationship and why we have reason to look up.

Some of the things you can do as an international scientist is study luminescence in sea creatures and dance with Moscow ballerinas. Photo by TimOve on Flickr under Creative Commons

Some of the things you can do as an international scientist is study luminescence in sea creatures and dance with Moscow ballerinas. Photo by TimOve on Flickr under Creative Commons

Some of the things you can do as an international scientist is study luminescence in sea creatures and dance with Moscow ballerinas. Photo by TimOve on Flickr under Creative Commons

As a scientist, you have to travel and co-operate world-wide, says Professor David Phillips CBE. Here, he recounts how he made friends with Soviet scientists and authorities when he went on a year-long fellowship to Moscow as a young man. He presented this story at a British Council session during the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) last week.

What ideas would architects concoct with no restrictions? Our Paper Salon turned up a few imaginative solutions. (Image credit: Ross Anderson)

What ideas would architects concoct with no restrictions? Our Paper Salon turned up a few imaginative solutions. (Image credit: Ross Anderson)

What ideas would architects concoct with no restrictions? Our Paper Salon turned up a few imaginative solutions. (Image credit: Ross Anderson)

What's the point of designing buildings that may never be built? The British Council's Alastair Donald explains the value of 'paper architecture' after our recent Paper Salon in London, part of the Venice Takeaway exhibition.

The Kremlin (image credit: olpol via flickr)

The Kremlin (image credit: olpol via flickr)

The Kremlin (image credit: olpol via flickr)

Paul de Quincey, country director of British Council Russia, writes about how the UK/Russia Year of Culture in 2014 came about and what the year means for UK-Russia relations.