The City of West Hollywood, also known as the Creative City, arguably has more art per square mile than any other City in the country, all managed through WeHo Arts - the combined efforts of the City's Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission and Arts Division. West Hollywood hosts an array of cultural events throughout the year which showcase a variety of entertainment and musical styles. Russian speaking community introduces its cultural heritage to the community at large. Examples include the “Bard” song performances, authors appearances, dancing competitions, ballet performances, romance singing, chamber music concerts, etc.
Many other popular Russian entertainment events take place in West Hollywood each year, including performances by local bands singing Jewish songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, and Russian as a tribute to the many local Russian-speaking people of the Jewish faith. A variety of other performances are sponsored by the City including shows from LA’s hottest young Russian-American rock bands, children's performances, readings by local authors, and poets as well as classical and folk musicians.
Annual Awards Ceremony
The City hosts an annual Ceremony and Awards Presentation to honor exemplary leaders within the West Hollywood, and Russian-speaking community. The event includes special guests, live entertainment, and awards are given for Outstanding Community Service, Role Model of the Year, and an Achievement in Business Award.
Tributes and Memorials
The City of West Hollywood has created two monuments in remembrance of the City’s Russian and Russian-American veterans. Located at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, the Russian Veterans Memorial is a monument in honor of World War II veterans from the former Soviet Union. Also located at Plummer Park, the Babi Yar Memorial is a memorial in memory of those who lost their lives during World War II at Babi Yar, a ravine, which was turned into a massive grave for Holocaust victim. The ravine is located near Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. The Russian speaking community is changing, and the issues of concern have shifted from simple communication barriers to a more complex integration into the life of the City.