Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Colombo (RCSC) is a representative of the Federal Agency for Commonwealth of Independent States, compatriots living abroad and International humanitarian cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) in Sri Lanka. It is located in the prestigious district of the capital under the name Colombo-7.
The Russian Centre in Colombo, initiated in the year 1973 has been contributing towards the bilateral relationship between the Russian Federation and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for over four decades. Although it may be discovered at the heart of Colombo, down Independence Avenue in the present era, the very first operations of the “Soviet Cultural Centre” took place at a building situated along Ramanayake Mawatha in Colombo 02. The current centre, which was declared open by the Late President J. R. Jayawardena began its operations in the year 1986.
Many have walked down the corridors of the Russian Centre in Colombo throughout the years, some names so big that have gained critical acclaim in national and international levels. As an organization dedicated towards the cultural enhancement of the society, the Russian Centre offers a bundle of opportunities to young students that are striving to pursue their passion for art. It offers lessons in the fields of Ballet, Art, Chess, Music and Drama, creating a unique persona for each student that enters through the doors of the centre. Celebration of the young talents of students is carried out at an annual basis through award ceremonies dedicated to the Russian School of Art, Music and Ballet. In addition to these activities, the centre also hosts Summer Camps for children whose vacations will be spent productively.
In addition to these opportunities offered to young students, the Russian Centre has become home to those who carry a passion in learning about all things Russia. Blessed with a library filed with literature by Russian and various other authors, the collection at one’s fingertips is massive. The regular events that celebrate special days of Russia and Sri Lanka are shared with both communities as a symbol of the strong and close knit relationship between the two countries, and are open to the general public that believes in cultural diversity and the richness of art.