What’s on in St. Petersburg this week: 10–16 July 2017

, updated on July 9, 2017

Festivals and city holidays

VK Fest 2017

Don’t miss a chance to visit one of the biggest and long-awaited summer festivals in St. Petersburg! Many Russian musicians such as L’One, Mumiy Troll, BI-2 perform at this event. Also you can see and try different technological innovations there. For example, riding a gyroscope or using a virtual reality glasses. A special zone with food courts, cosplay and much more are at this festival.

15–16 JULY 2017/ PARK OF THE 300TH ANNIVERSARY OF ST. PETERSBURG/ VK.COM/FEST

Media In, festival of Media Arts

It’s a festival where media artists from Russia and Europe participate in. The main goal of this event is showing the trends that exist in the media art to the audience. You will see video art, audiovisual performances and all kinds of installations at this festival.

14–16 JULY 2017/ ALEXANDRINSKY THEATER (NEW STAGE)/ ALEXANDRINSKY.RU

Chili Pizza Festival

You will be able to taste different types of Italian pizza at this festival. Chefs use a special oven, and you will see how the pizzas are cooked. Also you can taste various pasta. Everyone can participate in workshops, cook the ideal pizza and learn something interesting about the Italian culture.

15–16 JULY 2017/ PITER RADUGA SHOPPING AND ENTERTAINMENT CENTER/ VK.COM/TRKRADUGA

Gamma Festival 2017

This festival is held in the building of the Stepan Razin brewery. More than 85 artists and musicians from different countries perform on 5 stages. You will see street-art, various installations and media performances. Neoclassic, house, techno, electronics and much more are sounded there.

14–17 JULY 2017/ STEPAN RAZIN BREWERY/ WWW.GAMMAFESTIVAL.RU

Concerts and theatre highlights of the week

It’s St. Petersburg, baby! Night jazz performance

It’s a musical performance. The plot tells you about a writer who fell into a love triangle. A simple solution whom to choose turns into unusual twists of fate, incidents and sleepless nights. This musical production is dedicated to the white nights of St. Petersburg. The jazzman Billy Novak performs along with the city’s best musicians in this performance.

11, 27 JULY 2017/ AKIMOV COMEDY THEATRE/ AKIMOVKOMEDIA.RU

Anna Karenina, ballet

It’s a ballet of the choreographer Alexei Ratmansky on the music of the composer Rodion Shchedrin. The play is based on the same name work of Leo Tolstoy. It’s not the traditional version of the famous ballet, where the main part was performed by Maya Plisetskaya. But Ratmansky kept the general atmosphere. The fate and portents are the main themes of this performance.

11, 12 JULY 2017/ MARIINSKY THEATER (NEW STAGE)/ MARIINSKY.RU

Concert of Depeche Mode

The famous British band Depeche Mode visits St. Petersburg again. The musicians perform songs in the synth-pop style. This year they present their new fourteenth album at this concert. You will get in unforgettable music show.

13 JULY 2017/ ST. PETERSBURG SPORTS AND CONCERT COMPLEX/ SPBCKK.RU

Loneliness in the network, performance

It’s a performance of director Henrik Baranovsky based on the same name work of Vishnevsky. It’s a story about online dating. Characters get acquainted, try to understand their feelings, and understand what they want throughout the virtual reality. You will see an Internet romance on the theater stage.

14, 21 JULY 2017/ BALTIC HOUSE THEATER/ BALTIC-HOUSE.RU

Life and destiny, performance

It’s the famous stage production of the director Lev Dodin based on the work of Grossman. The plot tells you about a scientist who lives in a totalitarian state. The play touches different topics: how to exist in totalitarian society and cope with the world catastrophe, which creeps up in the form of World War II and Nazism. The director shows not the global consequences of such events, but small, human catastrophes.

15 JULY 2017/ THE MALY DRAMA THEATRE – THEATRE OF EUROPE/ MDT-DODIN.RU

Concert of Imagine Dragons

The famous American indie rock band Imagine Dragons visits in St. Petersburg. The group has become famous throughout the world for 4 years, and been the nominee and prize-winner of many international music awards. Their music mixes rock, pop and electronics genres. The musicians perform the songs from the new album, as well as beloved hits at the concert.

16 JULY 2017/ ICE PALACE SPORTS AND CONCERT COMPLEX/ NEWARENA.SPB.RU

Exhibition highlights of the week

Nefertari and the Valley of the Tsars, exhibition

Don’t miss a chance to visit an exhibition where the collection of the Egyptian Museum in Turin will be presented! Its main theme is the period of the New Kingdom. The items from the tomb of Queen Nefertari, the wife of Ramses II, are in the center of this exhibition. They were found in the XX century in the Valley of the Kings. Also you will see the objects, found in other places, portraits of the rulers of Ancient Egypt, parts of sarcophagi, various jewellery, furniture, tools and other exhibits.

UNTIL 10 JANUARY 2018/ HERMITAGE/ HERMITAGEMUSEUM.ORG

The Muses, photo exhibition

It’s an exhibition of Mikhail Shestakov. You will see many portraits of people. Photographer emphasizes on their uniqueness and beauty, which sometimes cannot be noticed in everyday life. The people on the author’s photos seem to shine, and his models seem to be perfect. The exhibition includes 25 photographs.

15 JULY – 2 AUGUST 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

Black and White, exhibition

It’s an exhibition of artist Oleg Yakhnin. You will see his graphics and black and white paintings. Also several colorful works are shown at this exhibition too. The artist like to depict landscapes and portraits of contemporaries.

UNTIL 21 AUGUST 2017/ ERARTA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART/ WWW.ERARTA.COM

Secrets of Leonardo da Vinci, interactive exhibition

This exhibition is dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci. You will see his various inventions. He worked in medicine, optics, mechanics and other fields. The main thing of this exhibition is that you can touch everything and see how it works.

UNTIL 26 DECEMBER 2017/ THE EXHIBITION CENTER OF THE UNION OF ARTISTS/ VK.COM/EVENT149648601

Things to do with kids

Sing, Jussi, sing!, performance

It’s an interactive perfirmance for the youngest viewers. The play is based on the fairytale of Scandinavian writer Sven Nurdqvist. The plot tells you about a kind uncle Petson and his wonderful pets. It’s a story about friendship, kindness and understanding. You will participate in action and decide how the fairytale will end.

15–16 JULY 2017/ KARLSSON HAUS THEATER/ KARLSSONHAUS.RU

Bioexperimentanium exhibition

Bioexperimentanium is an interactive exhibition where children learn more about different biological processes and phenomena. They can touch, run, and try everything. This exhibition includes 60 training installations. Also group and individual excursions are held and young visitors can become real experimental scientists during them.

UNTIL 31 DECEMBER 2017/ KONUSHENNAYA, 2 ART SPACE/ VK.COM/BIOEXPERIMENTANIUMSPB

The Tale of Tsar Saltan, opera

It’s a musical performance for young spectators. It uses Pushkin’s original poems on the music of the composer Rimsky-Korsakov. Synchronous English titles are shown for foreign guests. The plot of the fairytale tells you about betrayal, cunning, deception, nobility and kindness.

15 JULY 2017/ MARIINSKY THEATER/ MARIINSKY.RU

Moomin-troll and the wizard’s hat, performance

It’s a puppet show based on the fairytales of the Swedish writer Tove Jansson. You will know more about the adventures of lovely Moomin-Trolls and their friends. The performances of this theater are interactive, and the audience can participate in what’s happening on the stage. Moomin-troll and the wizard’s hat is also interactive performance. It’s intended for children 4–10 years old.

16, 22 JULY 2017/ KARLSSON HAUS THEATER/ KARLSSONHAUS.RU

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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