What’s on in St. Petersburg this week: 1–7 May 2017

, updated on May 1, 2017

Festivals and city holidays

Water Lanterns Festival

Don’t miss a chance to visit one of the most beautiful festivals. You can make a wish and put the lanterns on the water to make your dream come true. Also you will listen to beautiful music and see laser and light shows. You can bring the lanterns with you or buy them in the park.

6–7 MAY 2017/ BABUSHKIN PARK OF CULTURE AND LEISURE/ VK.COM/WATER_FEST

Victory Spring – 2017, military and historical festival

A festival dedicated to life in the war period starts in the park of the 300th anniversary on the eve of the great Victory Day on May 9. The festival includes exhibition of military equipment where you can touch everything. Also you can participate in various army entertainments, for example, the obstacle course, and watch the competitions between other participants.

2–9 MAY 2017/ PARK OF SAINT PETERSBURG 300 ANNIVERSARY/ VK.COM/KRASNAYAZVEZDA

Open Your Mind 2017, Experimental Dance Festival

Experimental Dance Festival will be in Erarta museum of contemporary art. The festival includes competitions between the best young street dancers and young actors who aren’t afraid to experiment in dancing. Dance battles, where the dancers show how they dance in different techniques are at Battle Day on May 6. Dance performances, where actors show their expressiveness and dance experiments are at Stage Day on May 7.

6–7 MAY 2017/ ERRATA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART/ WWW.ERARTA.COM

ColorsGO, Colorful race

It’s a truly spring event – a race under accompaniment of energetic music. All participating athletes will be showered with colorful holi paint powder. You can continue a party with holi paint powder and dances after the race. Entrance is free, participation in race – 300 rubles (with gifts). Children under 6 years participate free. It begins at 15:00.

1 MAY 2017/ BABUSHKIN PARK OF CULTURE AND LEISURE/ VK.COM/COLORSGO

Fashion shows in St. Petersburg

Sergey Lukovsky, the founder of many Russian fashion shows and the model school, organizes the fashion shows and lectures for everyone. His program is divided into 4 thematic blocks, each of them is associated with a certain clothing brand. Upcoming dates: period 28 April – 3 May is devoted to Wrangler, 5–10 May – Gloria Jeans and Ulla Popken, 12–17 May – Strellson & GEOX and Uniqlo.

UNTIL 21 MAY 2017/ PITER RADUGA, SHOPPING AND ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX/ VK.COM/TRKRADUGA

Concerts and theatre highlights of the week

Christmas Cantata, performance

It’s a charity performance dedicated to the culture of South Korea with the participation of Gracias, the Orthodox Choir. This theatrical and musical spectacle has been already shown in many countries of the world and received positive reviews. It tells about values of life, importance of relationships between people, hopes and dreams.

2 MAY 2017/ MUSIC HALL THEATER/ MUSICHALLSPB.RU

Glass of water, performance

It’s a historical performance, which unites the struggle for the Spanish inheritance and the struggle for the heart of the young officer. This performance tells about love, passion, palace intrigues, heroes and the English kingdom. You will immerse into a whirlpool of events.

3 MAY 2017/ YOUTH THEATER ON THE FONTANK / MTFONTANKA.SPB.RU

SunSay Concert

It’s a solo concert of Andrei Zaporozhets, one of the members of 5’Nizza music band. His music is a mix of reggae, soul, dub and pop. He sings about love, changes, life and ordinary people, creating an atmosphere of joy and warmth, reviving hopes and dreams.

4 MAY 2017/ AURORA CONCERT HALL CLUB/ AURORA-HALL.RU

Lonely people, performance

A young director Denis Khusniyarov presents his new performance based on the play of Gerhart Hauptmann. It’s a story about people, love, dissatisfaction with life, mental anguish and changes.

4 MAY 2017/ DRAMA THEATER ON VASILYEVSKY/ TEATRVO.RU

Elder Son, performance

It’s a performance based on Alexander Vampilov’s play. You will see the Soviet era of the 1960s, listen to Okudzhava’s songs performed by young actors and find out the price of spiritual affinity and what the lies can lead to. It’s a touching story with comedy elements directed by Grigory Kozlov.

5 MAY 2017/ MASTERSKAYA THEATER/ VTEATREKOZLOV.NET

La Traviata, opera

This opera is one of the main masterpieces of the Italian composer Verdi. It tells about the courtesan who charms with her mind and beauty a higher society and attracts the attention of a beautiful young man, revealing her soul to him. The director is British Claudia Scholti. The conductor is Valery Gergiev.

7 MAY 2017/ MARIINSKY THEATER (NEW STAGE)/ MARIINSKY.RU

Exhibition highlights of the week

Carla Tolomeo’s Garden of Delights, exhibition

This exhibition discovers the unusual beautiful furniture by Italian designer Carla Tolomeo. Her works are decorated with palaces of emirs, residences of ministers and villas of Hollywood stars. The designer had painting classes in the studio of Giorgio de Chirico, whose metaphysical art is closely connected with surrealism. Ideas of Tolomeo made a real sensation in the world of design and provided the author with world fame. According to the artist, an inexhaustible source of inspiration for her is the memories of the parents’ home. The fantastic furniture of Carla Tolomeo looks like a props to Alice in Wonderland fairytale.

UNTIL 21 MAY 2017/ THE MUSEUM OF MUSIC/ THEATREMUSEUM.RU

Colors of Tibet, photo exhibition of Elena Bogdanova

This exhibition features photos of Elena Bogdanova from her journey in Tibet. She tries to capture the light and spirituality of this place, show non-tourist side of Tibet, and transmit a piece of mountain air and the smells of juniper. Her works inspire to travel far from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

UNTIL 31 MAY 2017/ ARTMUZA CREATIVE CLUSTER/ ARTMUZA.SPB.RU

Vasily Vereshchagin. To the 175th anniversary of his birth, exhibition

This exhibition showcases 220 paintings created by the master of battle painting and an ethnographic artist. Vereshchagin was a traveler who visited the Russian North, the Caucasus, the Balkans, Central Asia, Japan, Palestine, and India. His paintings reflect not only life in these places, but also the artist’s own impressions. The exhibition includes paintings from the collections of the main national Russian museums.

UNTIL 24 JULY 2017/ BENOIS WING (RUSSIAN MUSEUM)/ RUSMUSEUM.RU

Under clothes. History of design of underwear, exhibition

This exhibition is dedicated to the clothes hidden from the eyes of society. It includes about 150 items of women’s and men’s underwear, from the XVIII century until now, including the clothes of Hollywood stars. Also you will see how the wearing of different clothes influences to the body, and what kind of experiments with clothes are being carried out to look beautiful.

UNTIL 30 JULY 2017/ ERARTA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART/ WWW.ERARTA.COM

A penny saved is a penny gained, exhibition

This exhibition includes coins, paper money and securities that have been in vogue from the era of Peter The Great to 1915. Also you can see archival photographs, portraits of the reformers of the monetary system in Russia, as well as sculptures, paintings and graphic works, one way or another connected with money in the Stroganov Palace.

UNTIL 8 MAY 2017/ STROGANOV PALACE (RUSSIAN MUSEUM)/ RUSMUSEUM.RU

Things to do with kids

Alye parusa (Scarlet Sails), performance

This performance is based on the work of Alexander Grin directed by Lithuanian Raymundas Banionis. It’s a story about Captain Grei and a young girl Assol. this performance tells about the first love, big dreams and miracles.

7 MAY 2017/ BALTIC HOUSE THEATER/ BALTIC-HOUSE.RU

Workshops in Petrovsky Water Area museum

Don’t miss a chance to visit workshops in Petrovsky Water Area museum! You will learn to create breadboard models, listen to theatrical excursion under the direction of Peter I, learn about Russian fashion in different epochs, city legends and much more. Workshops and excursions are held in the museum on Saturdays and Sundays.

1–28 MAY 2017/ PETROVSKY WATER AREA MUSEUM/ PETERAQUA.RU

Mowgli, performance

Don’t miss a chance to visit Music Hall Theater where actors tell you a story about a boy living in a jungle and his best friends are wild animals. This is a musical performance based on Kipling’s book. The actors are young students studying in the children’s studio of the theater. This performance is intended for children over 3 years old.

6, 20 MAY 2017/ MUSIC HALL THEATER/ MUSICHALLSPB.RU

Carlson, performance

It’s a story about the friendship between a boy named Kid and Carlson, who lives on the roof. A director Svetlana Sukhanova adds new details to the familiar story. For example, Kid gets to know about the past of his father. This performance is based on the work of Astrid Lindgren and it’s interesting to both children and adults.

7 MAY 2017/ KOMEDIANTY DRAMA THEATER/ KOMEDIANTY.COM

 

About Nadezhda Vasileva

Tell about unique places, get acquainted with interesting people, inspire and show unexplored in popular guidebooks side of St. Petersburg, that's why I'm writing. Saint Petersburg is a city of romance, changeable weather and ambiguous people, and I want everyone who found yourself in this city could feel the beating of its heart, learn its mysteries and secret passages.

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