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01 July – CHECKLIST Epsiode 6 – Travelling an ideal tourist route around Russia takes Misha to the region of Lipetsk where he’s greeted by flame-breathing dragons, takes a horse ride to walk with Llamas before visiting the town of Usad’Ba, a favourite of the Romanov Royal House. Taking to the sky he gets a birds-eye view of the beautiful green surroundings with Russia’s gliding champion pilot, joins an archeological dig to discover Russia’s link to Iranian shephards of the Bronze age and the Mongul empire before finishing off his trip with a ‘taste of France’ in what must be the smallest village in Russia.


18 June 2021CHECKLIST Episode 5 – Misha takes us to Sakhalin, a region of Russia known for its ski resort that cuts through the centre of town of Gorny Vozdukh and where a hot volcanic river creates hot springs. He goes crabbing before getting to taste some local seafood delicacies. He endures a very long snowmobile ride out to Cape Pelican and finally visits a local Korean family who are descendants of Koreans who settled in this part of Russia. 


05 June 2021Yaroslavl Region hosts Folk Tradition Festival “Khranimie vekami” – The opening of the all-Russian folk tradition festival “Khranimie vekami” will take place – one of the largest and most significant events on a federal scale for the preservation and popularization of folk culture. It will be held with the support of the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs and Russian Yarmarki LLC. The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation will also assist in holding the festival.

The festival is organized by the Cultural Code Foundation for the Support and Implementation of Spiritual, Patriotic and Socio-Cultural Projects. Media partners of the event are TV BRICS, TASS, as well as OTR and Spas TV channels. In 2021, the festival will bring together two events that are close in concept and content, dedicated to folk traditions. These are the folk tradition Festival “Khranimie vekami” and the annual regional festival of Russian hospitality “Kleb-da-Solba” (variant of the Russian proverb “bread and salt” on the Russian river Sol’ba, ed.). The main theme of the upcoming joint Festival “Khranimie vekami” will be the traditions of Russian folk culture, coming from the depths of the centuries – songs, dances, crafts, hospitality.

The event will take place at two concert venues: vocal groups of folk and sacred music will perform on the stage inside the Nikolo-Solbinsky monastery, and the main festival stage will be located outside the walls of the monastery, on the banks of the Solba river – the main program of the holiday will be presented on this site. Dance and musical groups will show their distinctive, bright performances. The leading representatives of the Russian stage are invited to the Festival as special guests: Lev Leshchenko, Nikolai Baskov, Marina Devyatova, Sergei Volchkov and others.


05 JUNE 2021 – In what must be a first in the world since Covid-19, 5000 delegates came to St Pietersburg in Russia to take part in the Spief ’21 conference. The focus was clearly on recovering economically after the pandemic, and this event showed not just the resilience of people to want to congregate and engage face-to-face but primarily focused on developing business models which have grown through the necessity to find new ways of working due to the pandemic itself. Russia in particular has seen a significant rise in local domestic e-commerce and has actively encouraged local small businesses to partner with and supply bigger national companies enabling a strong local economic recovery. Suddenly small businesses across the world have also had to master digital technologies and Russia in particular turned to it’s Brics partner China to establish new opportunities and the exchange of technologies for e-commerce to be developed across Russia. Tourism is also big business in Russia and the development of tourism clusters has brought about significant interest to encourage local travel.

View the RussiaTV report covering the Spief ’21 conference now via DUrbanTV’s exclusive TVBrics channel.


28 May 2021 – As part of our association with the International Tourism Film Festival Africa (ITFFA) and TVBrics, DUrbanTV presents the Russian Travel Series ChekcList, which takes us through the most unexpected and unbelievable experiences from Russia’s natural landscapes, vast territories and diverse cultures.
Checklist Episode 4 – As the smallest region in Russia the Altai Republic may only have one city, Gorno-Altaysk. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in experiences. In the 4th episode of our TVBRICS Travel Russia series presenter Misha visits the Manzherok Ski resort, speeds over ice and water on the partly frozen Lake Teletskoe, a Unesco world Heritage site, enjoys local cuisine at a converted old printing house, takes selfies with reindeer and goes Husky dog-sledding. After such hectic activity he finds calm at the fire ritual of a local Shaman priest before bravely enduring a black Banya room steam and broom-beating session at one of the worlds Top20 health resorts.


21 May 2021 – Season’s first shipment of fruit from South Africa arrives at St. Petersburg

The first ship with this season’s fresh fruit from South Africa has arrived in the port of St. Petersburg. Filled with apples, pears, tangerines, lemons and grapefruit on board, the shipment totalled 3,500 tons of fresh fruit. South African fruit has been on Russian shelves for almost 30 years. The Russian consumer “eats” a tenth of all the fruit that South Africa grows for export. Georgiy Keshishyan, manager of the chartering department, told TV BRICS about the progress of fruit transportation from South Africa to Russia. “Baltic Shipping has acted as a fruit shipping operator for 20 years. This season we used refrigerated vessel able to maintain required temperature in the cargo holds with an accuracy of half a degree, at the same time keeping humidity, CO2 emissions and exchanges. The quality of refrigerated cargo transportation is much higher than on other devices,” Keshishian said. He added that the cargo is going to St. Petersburg directly, without any transshipments. The ship is expected to take 21 days to reach St. Petersburg from Cape Town, and 25-26 days from Durban’s port of embarkation.

“Next year Russia and South Africa will celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations. South Africa is already one of the top three fruit exporters to Russia, and we are working to expand trade relations,” Political Advisor Cecile Heppes said. Cooperation between the two countries in the supply of agricultural products began in 1994, when South African apples and grapes were delivered to Moscow for the first time in early spring. Since then, the volume of deliveries has steadily increased. South African citrus fruits are the most popular in Russia. In addition, apples, pears, and grapes are exported. Suppliers from South Africa manage to maintain attractive prices: high-quality oranges from South Africa are cheaper on Russian shelves than European products. Due to the optimal combination of price and quality, every fourth orange on the table of the Russian people is from South Africa.

TV BRICS correspondents are preparing a report from the port of St. Petersburg.

21 May 2021 – As part of our association with the International Tourism Film Festival Africa (ITFFA) and TVBrics, DUrbanTV presents the Russian Travel Series ChekcList, which takes us through the most unexpected and unbelievable experiences from Russia’s natural landscapes, vast territories and diverse cultures.

Checklist Episode 3 – Check List presenter Misha visits the region of the native Shor people of Kemerovo to see the incredible petroglyphs (wall carvings), their ancient air burial sites and a museum dedicated to their culture at Tomskaya Pisanitsa. He gets down and dirty in the coalmining region of the Kuznetsky basin, visits Sheregesh ski resort, tries ‘ice-floating’ therapy, shares some Shor traditional food and learns of the traditional Shaman ritual and tells the legend of golden tears at the Verblud outlier rock.
10 May 2021 
As part of our association with the International Tourism Film Festival Africa (ITFFA) and TVBrics, DUrbanTV presents the Russian Travel Series ChekcList, which takes us through the most unexpected and unbelievable experiences from Russia’s natural landscapes, vast territories and diverse cultures.

Checklist Episode 2 – Misha visits the winter wonderland and wide open spaces of the Zabaikalsky National Park, discovers a very welcoming hot spring baths and tries out some ice fishing inside a Yurt hut on the ice. Then he visits Tibetan monks at Ivolginsky, a place of worship for Buddhists all over the world and sees how true Tibetan traditional medicine is practiced before witnessing the beautiful contrast in culture of the Russian Orthodox lifestyle in the ancient Russian ‘living’ village at Desyatnikovo. Finally Misha joins a travelling village of true steppe nomads with the Buryat people, who have an unexpected form of traditional transport for this region.

03 May 2021 
As part of our association with the International Tourism Film Festival Africa (ITFFA) and TVBrics, DUrbanTV presents the Russian Travel Series ChekcList, which takes us through the most unexpected and unbelievable experiences from Russia’s natural landscapes, vast territories and diverse cultures.
CHECKLIST – Episode 1 –  View Russia with presenter Misha as he takes us on his ‘CheckList’ of experiences and culture of Khakassia, a region of central Russia.
The Republic of Khakassia is a country of mountains, steppes, rivers, lakes and valleys of incredible beauty steeped in legend and mystery. The Khakas or Khakass (Khakas), are a Turkic people who live in the region of Khakassia and speak the Khakas language. Misha takes us to the most powerful hydro-electric dam in the Russia, reveals ancient folklore, provides a taste of local foods and goes skiing at a resort frequented by Vladimir Putin himself. And of course, in Russia, you’re guaranteed lots of snow.


29 April 2021

TV BRICS presents the works of Russian photographers at an exhibition in South Africa.

On April 29, the photo exhibition “Fragments of Russia: through the lens” opens in Stellenbosch (South Africa). 3 photographers and photo artists from Russia: Ilya Petrov (Omsk), Alexander Slobodin (Moscow), Alexander Beskov (Sochi) will take part in the exhibition. TV BRICS will present the works of Ilya Petrov and Alexander Slobodin. The event is organized by Zest fruit, the world leader in fruit exports from South Africa.

The exhibition “Fragments of Russia: through the lens” will be held with the support of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Cape Town. The general media partner is TV BRICS international media network. The exhibition will be held in the Marvol gallery (Hazendal Wine Estate 7599, Stellenbosch, South Africa).

Russian photographers will present photos from their native regions: Moscow Region, Omsk Region, Krasnodar Krai. Ilya Petrov, a photographer from the “Omsk Zdes” news agency, will offer visitors to the art gallery a series of images that glorify his fellow countrymen as a little bit crazy, but persistent and cheerful people.

“Natives of Omsk are able to keep faith in future, even in spite of unfriendly landscapes around. We want to show you this infinitely strong Siberian spirit today” Ilya Petrov, the author of the photos says.

Alexander Slobodin, photographer, TV BRICS cameraman (Moscow), offers a series of photos in the genre of photo reportage to South African art lovers. Alexander Slobodin visited more than 50 countries, among which his favorite destinations are Latin America, the United States, and Cuba. At the exhibition in Stellenbosch “Fragments of Russia: through the lens”, Alexander will present a series of photos made in Moscow, Zelenograd, Dolgoprudny and other cities near Moscow.

The photos taken by Alexander Beskov will tell visitors about Sochi, the Russian Riviera.

The grand opening of the exhibition of photos dedicated to Russia will be held on April, 29 at 17:30 local time at the Marvol gallery. The exhibition is free to visitors.

12 April 2021
Anniversary of the First Man In Space – Yuri Gagarin
On April 12th, 60 years ago his famous “Let’s Go!” sounded across the world and man became one step closer to space as soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin spent 108 minutes orbiting the Earth. This incredible journey has led not only to man landing on the moon and exploring Mars, but the technologies developed have led to the world being an even smaller place as we now communicate globally through satellite technologies.
Watch the Yuri Gagarin documentary which celebrates the first-man-in-space and shows how the BRICS countries are collaborating to ensure each of our countries can benefit and be more involved in future space programme developments.
Watch Now ONLY on DUrbanTV’s dedicated TVBrics Channel.

16 March 2021

“Days of South Africa” a series of cultural and educational events officially launches at the Moscow International Multimedia Centre (MMMC).

The program includes the opening of the exhibition of South African photographer Theuns Botha – “Our Friend South Africa”, and the private screening of the film ” Russian Antarctica.

The series of events aimed at strengthening humanitarian cooperation between Russia and South Africa is an initiative of the TV BRICS international media network, implemented with the support of the Embassy of South Africa in Moscow and the Russia – South Africa Business Council at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Сhargé d’affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in the Russian Federation, H.E.Madivha Aaron Mudimeli will officially open the “Days of South Africa”. The guests of honor will be Igor Morozov, Chairman of the Coordinating Committee for Economic Cooperation with African Countries, and Mikhail Fateev, Head of the Food and Agriculture at the Russia-South Africa Business Council.

The exhibition of the South African photographer Theuns Botha, who collaborated with the largest agricultural magazine in South Africa “Landbau”, will introduce visitors of the MMMC with rural landscapes and sketches from the daily life of local farmers. Photos by Theuns Botha is well known not only in South Africa but also in many countries of the world.

The central event of the “Days of South Africa” will be the premiere of the documentary film “Russian Antarctica. The story in the Sequel” (2020). The film is dedicated to the Russian Antarctic expedition of the Russian navigators F. F. Bellingshausen and M. P. Lazarev on the sloops “Vostok “and” Mirny”, which discovered Antarctica on January 16(28), 1820.

200 years later, the round-the-world expedition of three modern Russian sailing ships “Kruzenshtern”, “Sedov” and “Pallada”, made in the year of the 200th anniversary of this trip, repeated the route of the discoverers of the sixth continent, visiting the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa.

The film will be presented by the creative team: Alexander Ilyin, head of the international media project “Rendezvous with Russia”, Anna Golikova, director of the film, Andrey Shemyakin, artistic director of the international media project “Rendezvous with Russia” and Vice-President of the Russian Guild of Film Critics.

The Russian TV premiere of the film will take place on March, 13 on the TV BRICS channel. The international premiere of the “Russian Antarctica” film in English is scheduled on the BRICS TV channel, broadcasting in 30 countries of the African continent.

At the initiative of the non-profit partnership for the promotion of cinema and tourism “KiT”, the program of the Days of South Africa includes the presentation of a commemorative plaque to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica by Russian navigators. The plaque will be installed in Cape Town in 2021.

For more information regarding the program of the Days of South Africa please go the website


10 February 

The International Tourism Film Festival Africa (ITFFA) has opened entries for the international version of their event; the deadline for submissions is 15 March 2021.

In spite of the year that was 2020, last year saw over 900 entries from 92 countries, making it clear that there was not only appetite but great enthusiasm for more interaction with African and South African tourism film and video content. READ MORE



Watch more on DUrbanTV – TVBrics Digital World.


27 January

Russian dancers perform to traditional Chinese folk music

Xi’an guyue is a large wind-and-percussion ensemble of folk music that has been played in Xi’an, China (formerly called Chang’an) and its surroundings areas for over a thousand years. With an expansive music structure and sophisticated style, Xi’an Guyue is a fitting representation of traditional Chinese instrumental music.

Seven students from the Chinese Classic dance society of the Saint Petersburg State University of culture and arts appeared in front of local landmarks.

Watch more on DUrbanTV – TVBrics Digital World.


25 January 2021

Mass vaccination against Covid-19 begins in Moscow, Russia. People are not only getting vaccinated in hospitals and polyclinics but also in shopping centres. This innovative step has been taken to ensure the population of Moscow can access vaccinations easily and quickly. Watch more on DUrbanTV – TVBrics Digital World.


17 Dec 2020

Know Your Durban Film featured on Rendesvous-With-Russia

TV BRICS team shared several movies to be screened in the framework of the Rendesvous with Russia Film festival. Here are links to the promotion of DUrbanTV’s Know Your Durban, proudly sponsored by Durban Tourism to promote local tourism within the city during covid-19 lockdown in South Africa. Please note all the materials are in Russian only:  (KnowYourDurban announcement around 3 min)

The screening of KnowYourDurban, a production sponsored by Durban Tourism to encourage locals to discover there own city was scheduled for TX at 19:30 (Moscow time)


17 Nov 2020

The XII BRICS Summit

Representing almost a third of the planet’s territory and almost half of the World’s population the BRICS countries have been together for many years, but this is the first time the G5 Summit has been held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which also resulted in the pandemic being one of the main topics of the event for the leaders at this years XII BRICS summit.


10 Nov 2020

The lockdown has brought about incredible ways of working. Not least of these is the collaboration of orchestras. The Russian Orchestra has not let the Coronavirus keep them from performing at their peak and went digital to bring music to the people.

Watch more on DUrbanTV – TVBrics Digital World.


28 Sept 2020



SouthBridge Group and Brazil Africa Institute sign partnership to bring Brazilian investors closer to the African opportunities

Both organizations seek to jointly create a platform that will make it easier for Brazilian investors approaching the vast opportunities available on the African continent

KIGALI, Rwanda, September 28, 2020/ — SouthBridge Group ( signed a Collaboration Agreement with The Brazil Africa Institute ( (IBRAF). The Agreement was signed by Professor João Bosco Monte, President of IBRAF, and Andrew Alli, CEO of the SouthBridge Group.

Both organizations seek to jointly create a platform that will make it easier for Brazilian investors approaching the vast opportunities available on the African continent, creating a fruitful environment for successful future partnerships. The partnership will support the  identification and analysis of the main business possibilities that exist in the short, medium, and long term on the African continent and in which Brazilian sectors can take advantage of working with partners from within Africa and the rest of the world.

The Agreement between SouthBridge Group and IBRAF comes also to endorse the Brazil Africa Forum 2020 ( as one of the main business environments for partnerships between the two regions. The event will feature the presence of major players from both markets and opportunities for strategic meetings with investors during the forum and beyond.

BAF 2020 takes place on the 3rd and 4th of November in an exciting online edition. The theme for the forum is “Overcoming the Challenges of the Pandemic: What’s Next?”. Registration is free and is now open.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of SouthBridge Group.


About SouthBridge Group:
SouthBridge Group ( is the holding company of a pan-African enterprise that provides financial solutions and advisory services to public and private clients across the African continent. The SouthBridge Group has a strong reputation in fund structuring, debt advisory and restructuring, as well as project finance.  It also engages in investments and asset management through SouthBridge Investments.

About Brazil Africa Institute:
The Brazil Africa Institute (IBRAF) ( is a non-profit organization that aims to promote international cooperation and engagement between Brazil and the African continent, defending the economic development of countries, the convergence of private sector interests, and the enhancement of multilateral relations.

SouthBridge Group


07 September 2020

Three laureates of the Global Energy Prize were identified following the results of the Meeting of its International Award Committee. They are Carlo Rubbia from Italy, Peidong Yang from the USA, and Nikolaos Hatziargyriou from Greece.

Carlo Rubbia has been awarded in the Conventional Energy nomination for the promotion of sustainability of energy use in the field of nuclear waste and natural gas pyrolysis.

Peidong Yang has been recognised in Non-Conventional Energy nomination for pioneering invention of nanoparticle based solar cell and artificial photosynthesis.

Nikolaos Hatziargyriou earned his award in the New Ways of Energy Application nomination for his contribution to the stability of power grid system by pioneering smart and microgrid system by using artificial intelligence.

The Meeting of the Committee was held on September 7. The laureates were announced on Tuesday in the city of Kaluga at Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics, during the ceremony participated by Acting Governor of Kaluga Region Vladislav Shapsha, President of the Global Energy Association Sergey Brilev, and Chairman of the Association’s Board of Trustees, Vice Chairman of the World Energy Council Oleg Budargin.  Rae Kwon Chung, the Chairman of the Award Committee and the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, attended the ceremony via conference call.

This year’s geography of applications for the Prize’s shortlist has considerably expanded – 78 scientists from 20 countries were put forward. In 2019, only 39 scholars from 12 countries took part in the Prize’s nomination cycle.

The applications for each category were submitted in almost equal numbers, there are 29 in the Non-Conventional Energy nomination, 27 – in Conventional Energy one, and 22 in the New Ways of Energy Application. 15 out of 78 candidates were chosen for the shortlist through international expertise.

Since 2003, 42 researchers have become the Global Energy Prize laureates representing 15 countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, Ukraine, and the USA.

The President of the Association Dr Sergey Brilev explained that the Kaluga Region was not chosen by accident, as the member companies of the Global Energy Association have recently launched several important projects in Central Russia, while the region itself has itself originated the truly global energy of thought, which led to conquering both space and the peaceful atom.

Global Energy Association members are PJSC Gazprom, PJSC Surgutneftegaz, and Rosseti FGC UES.


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