“Jours fixes in Bulgakovs’ House” is an ongoing creative project, which was started in the museum on the 13th of April 2006 to revive the tradition of Bulgakov’s family.
The project restores the atmosphere of musical and theatrical salons of late 19th – early 20th century.
Jour fixe (French – fixed day) was an expression in use before the October Revolution of 1917 in Russia. It had the meaning of a fixed day for receiving guests without any special invitation. Such home parties were traditional among intellectuals and were not just a refined amusement but they also generated a lot of creativity.
The Bulgakovs followed this tradition as well. The family was very keen on music: the father, who was an associate professor at the Kiev Theological Academy, played the violin, the mother played the piano and all the children played different musical instruments, admired opera and choral music. Jours fixes were held in the house № 13 each odd Saturday of the month. The repertoire was quite diverse: music, songs, amateur performances, charades, etc.
Our desire to revive the amazing atmosphere of Bulgakov family brought to life “Jours fixes in Bulgakovs’ House”. The 13th day of each month was set as the fixed day.
The guests of “Jours fixes in Bulgakovs’ House” are immersed into amazing atmosphere of the House. They enjoy listening to fine music, sharing impressions, roaming around the house with a glass of wine. You do not buy a ticket but you make a donation to the Charity Foundation of the Museum. This way all the guests of jours fixes become art patrons.
Both classical and contemporary music is presented at jours fixes. Each program is unique. The outstanding musicians take part in the recitals: Valentin Silvestrov, Vitaliy Godziatskiy, Viktoria Polevaya, Roman Kofman, Liudmila Voynarovskaya, Irina Semionenko, Anzhelina Shvachka, Sergey Skubak, Svetlana Shebaltina, Natalia Sviridenko, Anna Seredenko, Sonia Suldina, Miroslava Kotorovich, Yevgeniy Gromov and others.
The high artistic level of performers required an appropriate instrument. The instrument we had in the museum was an old piano of Bulgakovs’ confessor, father Aleksandr Glagolev. However, it did not suite the requirements of the project. We needed a grand piano. The search for such an instrument finished miraculously. We received an offer to purchase a unique salon grand piano, manufactured by the old piano company named Kerntopf and Son. But we didn’t have enough funds to buy it… Thus, started a charity fund-raising campaign The White Grand Piano.
To read more about this campaign and about the festival “Triumph of the White Grand Piano” visit the corresponding page of the site.
The “Jours fixes in Bulgakovs’ House” project is created and implemented by Irina Sirenko, curator of the Mikhail Bulgakov Museum.
The Museum is also offering “Jours fixes on request”. To have a jour fixe organized specially for you, please contact Irina Sirenko.
Sponsors of our Jour fixes are:
Many thanks to Chairman of the Management Board of UkrSibbank BNP Paribas Group Philippe Joannier
and company GULIEV WINES
Our sponsor was Teliani Valley
During 2 years the project was sponsored by UniCredit Bank.
UniCredit Bank operates not only in the financial sector but also is contributing into the social and cultural development. Deep-rooted attention to the Ukrainian society with further pro-active activities is one of our goals.
UniCredit Bank is committed to identifying, encouraging and supporting unique projects in music, art and sport.
On-going support for young talents is part of UniCredit Group company-wide focus on empowering optimism and confidence for our colleagues, for our customers and for the communities where we live and work – in order to help people shape their tomorrow today.
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