Eastern European

Bang on a drum: Members of Brooklyn Raga Massive will perform at the Bang on a Can Festival at the Brooklyn Museum on May 6. (Photo by Stefano Giovannini via Brooklyn Daily)

30th Year of ‘Bang on a Can’

Asian, Culture, Eastern European, Middle Eastern May 5, 2017 at 5:26 pm

On May 6, musicians will gather at the Brooklyn Museum for the 30th year of the “Bang on a Can” music festival, reports Brooklyn Daily.

Radio-TV hosts Victor Topaller (left) and George Tsikhiseli. (Screenshots via BRIC TV)

‘Two Mics in Brighton Beach’

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Media May 4, 2017 at 3:48 pm

In “Two Mics in Brighton Beach,” produced for BRIC TV’s BK Stories show, two Russian-speaking radio-TV hosts with different point of views discuss Trump, Russia and immigration.

Among the current projects at the Center for Traditional Music and Dance is an exploration of different Colombian dance rhythms. (Photo courtesy of CTMD via City Limits)

Immigrants and the Arts

City Limits profiles an organization that offers cross-cultural initiatives featuring the music and dance of different immigrant cultures.

(Photo via Nowy Dziennik)

Poles, Others, Wait Longer for Citizenship

Eastern European, Immigration April 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm

Gaining citizenship is a longer process than it once was. Nowy Dziennik explores some of the reasons why.

Lauren Frommr holds her pisanki egg up to a flame in order to melt the wax off.  She is a student at a pisanki egg class at the Ukrainian Museum in Manhattan on March 26.

The Ukrainian Art of Pysanky

Eastern European, Featured Posts, Religion, Traditions April 13, 2017 at 1:38 pm

The Ukrainian Museum in Manhattan held egg decorating workshops ahead of the Eastern Orthodox celebration of Easter.

(Photo via Brighton Beach News)

Belarusian Freedom Day in NYC

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Manhattan April 7, 2017 at 2:50 pm

Belarusians marked Freedom Day in Union Square by speaking out against the Belarusian government’s crackdown on protesters during the unofficial holiday in the country, reports Brighton Beach News.

(Photo via V Novom Svete)

Russian-Speaking and Without Papers

Eastern European, Immigration, New York April 5, 2017 at 5:07 pm

A Belarusian, a Russian and a Ukrainian immigrant, all without papers giving them legal status, spoke with V Novom Svete about their lives here.

A scene in Greenpoint. (Photo by Anna Arciszewska via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish, and Living in the U.S. without Papers

Eastern European, Immigration, New York March 24, 2017 at 2:58 pm

Nowy Dziennik spoke with Poles working without papers, some for many years.

Letitia James (Photo by Matthew Cohen via V Novom Svete)

The Public Advocate Meets with the Russian Community

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James met with members of the Russian-speaking community in Coney Island recently, V Novom Svete reports.

The Richmond Hill branch of Outreach has recently started offering services in Polish. (Photo by Kasia Szczesniak via Nowy Dziennik)

‘Outreach’ Helps Polish Immigrants Fight Addiction

Eastern European, Queens, Social Services February 28, 2017 at 12:11 pm

The nonprofit Outreach offers therapy services to fight drug and alcohol addiction for Polish immigrants in their native language, reports Nowy Dziennik.

From the trailer for "Zaritsas"

Eastern European Immigrant Experience On Screen

Eastern European, Immigration, Queens, Women May 12, 2016 at 3:17 pm

Two films on the lives of Eastern European women in NYC, “English” and “Zaritsas,” will be screened in Ridgewood, Queens, reports QNS.

Jacek Marchwinski (Photo by Alexksandra Slabisz for Voices of NY)

How Polish Immigrants Became Entrepreneurs

First generation Polish immigrants describe what drove them to persevere as entrepreneurs, and talk about the next generations and their plans.

Andrew Romay at the May 2016 graduation reception for immigrants who went through ARNIC's programs. (Photo by Olga Makukh courtesy of ARNIC)

How Andrew Romay Helped New Immigrants

Eastern European, Immigration, Video February 10, 2017 at 2:46 pm

The Hungarian immigrant and entrepreneur Andrew Romay, who in 2012 founded the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC) at the English-Speaking Union, died on Feb. 10. Voices of NY republishes a video profile of the Center.

(Photo via Fort Greene Focus)

Getting Russian and Creole on the Ballot?

Asian, Caribbean, Eastern European, Immigration, Latino, Politics April 29, 2016 at 3:14 pm

Russian and Haitian Creole voting materials and interpretation will be added to Spanish, Chinese, Bengali and Korean, if various city council members have their way, reports Sheepshead Bites.

The Albanian Fashion Show started with Kosovo-based designer’s Valdrin Sahiti work. (Photo via Illyria)

First Albanian Fashion Week Held in NYC

Culture, Eastern European, Manhattan April 18, 2016 at 3:06 pm

Hundreds attended the Albanian Fashion Show in Manhattan, the culmination of the city’s inaugural Albanian Fashion Week, reports Illyria.