About Us

The Russian Language School of Saskatoon is a young folk group that performs the traditional Russian, Ukrainian and Gypsy songs and dances. We do have two groups: kids and adults performances. Through our school we are trying to keep the heritage of our motherland and to keep the kids knowledge of their roots. We believe in the peace power of art and try to include various multicultural songs and dances in our repertoire. The families who are involved in our group did come from all over the ex-USSR countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, etc. We do have a group of Canadian families who are interested in Russian culture and language so we are running the special program for them as well.

The students of the school are performing at most of the bigger Saskatchewan folk events as Canada Day celebration in Saskatoon, Folk Fest in Moose Jaw, Sour Cherry Festival in Bruno, the Fringe week in Saskatoon, etc.

We are really interested in establishing the new contacts and we love to travel! Please have a look at our gallery so you know how we look like. For any questions please contact our representatives:
* Olga Kougiya – (306) 260 8388 (cell), koughia@mail.ru
* Oleg Kougiya – (306) 380 4552 (cell), oleg.koughia@gmail.com

A brief biography of Fun Balagan Folk Group:
Fun Balagan Folk Group was created in April 2014 on the basis of Russian Language School of Saskatoon to encourage our kids performing efforts and share our cultural heritage with the community. We perform traditional Russian and Russian Gypsy songs and dances. We are a new but very enthusiastic group and haveparticipated in such events as Regina Mosaic Festival, Saskatchewan Intercultural Association 50th Anniversary, Canada Day Celebration, Moose Jaw MotifFestival, the Potash Corp Fringe in Saskatoon and Bruno Cherry Festival.

A brief description of the performance:
The performance consists of 5 traditional and popular Russian songs:

1. May there always be sunshine! is a popular children’s song sung by a mixed choir of kids and adults in both Russian and English. The inspiration for the song had been the four lines of the refrain, which were composed in 1928 by a four-year-old boy.

2. A happy song is presented by thechildren’s choir. It is a lively song about how a simple ‘’la-la-la” catching tune travels round the globe and makes everyone happy.

3. Let us pick some raspberries. In this folk song the kids show how they pick berries, make pies and then invite everyone to try their bakery efforts.

4. Korobushka(or Korobeiniki, English translation: Peddlers) is a nineteenth-century Russian folk song presented by the adult choir. It tells of an incident between a peddler and a girl “haggling” over a price, with the details only being said in metaphor. There are several variants of the song and sometimes it is known as Tetris Song outside Russia.

5. Adults and kids are finger and thumb. This final children’s song is about the friendship that cannot be divided and is performed by a mixed choir of kids and adults.