What’s on in St. Petersburg this week: 16–22 January 2017

, updated on January 16, 2017

Festivals and city holidays

New Year retrospective films “Soviet films in cinema “Druzshba”

Don’t miss a chance to see New Year Soviet films in cinema “Druzshba”. Film “It can’t be true!” is on the screen on 18th of January, and film “Intervention” – on 25th of January. These films keep New Year atmosphere. The film session begins at 7:30 pm.

UNTIL 25 JANUARY 2017/ CINEMA “DRUZSHBA”/ PETERBURG-KINO.SPB.RU

The Forum “Event LIVE”

St. Petersburg is a host of the forum for professionals in event-industry and their customers. The central theme of this forum is innovative technologies and how they affect on event-industry. You can also take a part in analyzing the real business cases and discussing original ideas, getting acquainted with new technological equipment, and getting some pieces of advice.

19–20 JANUARY 2017/ CONGRESS CENTRE “PETROCONGRESS”/ FORUM.EVENT-LIVE.RU

Maine Coons Festival in Loft Project “Etagi”

Don’t miss the opportunity to see and caress maine coons, and make some photos. There are a lot of thematic lectures and films about the life of maine coons in the festival. Also everyone can communicate with the owners of these wonderful animals.

21–22 JANUARY 2017/ LOFT PROJECT “ETAGI”/ VK.COM/ETAGI_MAINE_COON

Stanley Kubrick retrospective films

Don’t miss the opportunity to see three film adaptations of the cult novel shot by the director-innovator Stanley Kubrick: “A Clockwork Orange”, “Barry Lyndon”, and “The Shining”. Retrospective film screening is a good reason to rediscover the masterpieces of classical cinema.

20–22 JANUARY 2017/ CINEMA “RODINA”/ RODINAKINO.RU

The Art program “Visiting the fairytale” from kindergarten for adults “Garden of Wonders”

The kindergarten for adults “Garden of Wonders” invites adults to visit the fairytale! Make a journey through the unknown paths of wonderland, create colorful worlds and beautiful dolls, and feel yourself like naughty little boy or carefree girl!

21 JANUARY 2017/ KINDERGARTEN FOR ADULTS “GARDEN OF WONDERS”/ VK.COM/CLUB134182680

Concerts and theatre highlights of the week

The concert “Masterpieces of vocal music: Ravel. Debussy”

Soloists of the Academy of Young Opera Singers perform chamber vocal music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. The style of the songs is very diverse – from impressionism to folk and classical style. This concert is a continuation of series of the French Impressionists’ music performances.

17 JANUARY2017/ MARIINSKY II/ MARIINSKY.RU

The Solo performance “Dialogues about American jazz” at the theatre “Masterskaya”

A solo performance of the actress Polina Sidikhina directed by Anna Zummer is a tough story about a modern woman who is trying to cope with the superhero complex. The solo performance tells about people and modern society with its uncertain and sometimes wrong concepts of price and values.

18 JANUARY 2017/ THEATER “MASTERSKAYA”/ VTEATREKOZLOV.NET

The music performance “The Master and Margarita” at the theater “Music Hall”

A music performance “The Master and Margarita” based on the novel of M.A. Bulgakov brings together stars of Russian music projects. The role of Woland is played by a winner of the “Golden Mask” Ivan Ozhogin, Margarita is played by Anastasia Makeyeva and the role of the Master is played by famous artist of music performances Anton Avdeev, and also Vyacheslav Shtyps and Anna Kovalchuk are participants. Great music accompaniment, wonderful costumes and a lot of 3D and video decorations are in this performance.

19–22 JANUARY, 2–3, 16–19 FEBRUARY 2017/ THEATER “MUSIC HALL”/ MUSICHALLSPB.RU

The opera “The Magic Flute” at the Mikhailovsky Theater

This Opera is a project of the Mikhailovsky Theatre and Opera de Lausanne. A fantastic story of the famous “Magic Flute” by Mozart is moved into the library of the Duchess Anna Amalia in city of Weimar, where the German choreographer Peter Hulme moved the action of performance in 2010. The premiere of the Mikhailovsky Theatre is the same version, as it was in Switzerland when the opera was staged by Peter Hulme.

17 JANUARY, 10 FEBRUARY, 3 MARCH, 25 APRIL, 28 MAY 2017/ MIKHAILOVSKY THEATRE / MIKHAILOVSKY.RU

The Concert “Golden Collection of Russian romance”

It’s a part of series of music performances dedicated to Russian vocal lyric song. Soloists of the Academy of Young Opera Singers of the Mariinsky Theatre perform the works of the great composers: Medtner, Taneyev, Cui and others. A concert of Medtner works is at the theater on 19th of January.

19 JANUARY, 3 MARCH, 30 APRIL, 9 JUNE 2017/ MARIINSKY II/ MARIINSKY.RU

The opera “Thus Do They All (Così fan tutte)” of the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory

The Opera directed by Götz Fischer is a cheerful, adventurous and funny performance. The director decided to make the opera without politics and not to transfer the opera action in the XX century. He makes an attempt to create the opera as it was in the age of Mozart. The Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory orchestra performs the music of opera.

18 JANUARY 2017/ THEATER “MUSIC HALL”/ MUSICHALLSPB.RU

The performance “Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the theater “Buff”

“Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a large-scale musical based on enchanting, wonderful comedy by William Shakespeare. There are three intersecting storylines in the play, connected with each other by the upcoming wedding of the Duke of Athens and the Queen of the Amazons. The performance is dedicated to the 450th anniversary of the playwrighter birth. It is full of songs, dances and acrobatic performances.

19, 29 JANUARY, 21 FEBRUARY 2017/ THEATER “BUFF”/ THEATRE-BUFF.SPB.RU

The Concert of group “Billy’s Band”

Blues concerts of St. Petersburg group Billy’s Band at the stage of Erarta museum has already become a tradition. Everyone can participate in this music event and visit group’s concert. The band performs its most emotional compositions mixed with cheerful hits.

20 JANUARY 2017/ MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART “ERARTA”/ ERARTA.COM

Exhibition highlights of the week

The exhibition “St. Petersburg and other cities in Vasily Sadovnikov paintings”

The exhibition includes the paintings of Vasily Sadovnikov. His works are dedicated to the Russian cities and, first of all, St. Petersburg. Russian capital of the age of Pushkin and Gogol, Dostoevsky and Pomyalovsky is depicted on the first author’s lithographs and watercolors paintings.

UNTIL 26 FEBRUARY 2017/ RUMYANTSEV MANSION/ WWW.SPBMUSEUM.RU

The exhibition “A man with a camera on the iPhone”

This exhibition is a project of the Japanese artist Nobushige Kono. The name of it “A man with the camera on the iPhone” gives reference to documentary film-experiment by Dziga Vertov “A Man with a Movie Camera”. The Japanese artist explores the modern life in the city in his video work.

UNTIL 22 JANUARY 2017/ ART CENTER “PUSHKINSKAYA-10”/ P-10.RU

The exhibition “Devoted to artists of besieged Leningrad …”

On the eve of the 72nd anniversary of the breakthrough of the besieged Leningrad, 27th of January, an exhibition devoted to artists of besieged Leningrad opens in the exhibition center of St. Petersburg Union of Russian Artists. Veterans and residents of besieged Leningrad as well as the artists can participate in the exhibition. Participation costs 200 rubles.

19–29 JANUARY 2017/ EXHIBITION CENTER OF ST. PETERSBURG UNION OF RUSSIAN ARTISTS/ VK.COM/FINEARTS

The exhibition “Architectural timelessness”

The exhibition “Architectural timelessness” showcases the installation devoted to fortifications of Kronstadt. Its creators are members of Interactive Art Workshop, a team of professionals in the field of interactive media. Visitors can walk in the forts and get to know their history with the help of virtual reality glasses, motion controller and sound accompaniment.

UNTIL 5 FEBRUARY 2017/ ART CENTER “PUSHKINSKAYA-10”/ P-10.RU

The exhibition “Tibet’s Light”

The exhibition discovers the works of photographer Alexander Dymnikov. His photos show the places hiding from the eyes in unapproachable Himalayas. The author tries to understand the mystery of Tibet. The photographs depict all the beauty of Tibet.

20 JANUARY – 3 APRIL 2017/ MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART “ERARTA”/ ERARTA.COM

«Impress» Exhibition

This exhibition includes works of Anna Belousova. The author explores the “trail of light as a physical phenomenon and as spiritual values in the culture”. She carries photos on the fabric, and then literally disassembles them into threads. Anna has already presented her projects in France, China, and Germany.

17–28 JANUARY 2017/ ART CENTER “BOREY”/ BOREY.RU

The exhibition “Stitched horizon”

The exhibition discovers the art objects of Yuri Nikiforov. His works depict wild radical stories, and reveal the dark side of human life. Yuri Nikiforov uses boards, wire, cloth and even the dirt from the street as materials. Graphics and monumental compositions of art objects consist the exhibition.

UNTIL 5 FEBRUARY 2017/ ART CENTER “PUSHKINSKAYA-10”/ P-10.RU

Things to do with kids

The Performance “Tereshechka” at the theatre “Teatr skazki” near the station Moskovskie vorota

The performance based on the fairytale by Sergei Sedov tells a famous folk story about Ded and Baba (grandfather and grandmother) who made a boy from a piece of log. It’s a story about the miraculous transformation, bad witches, silly girls, and love to their grandchildren, which knows no bounds.

17–19 JANUARY 2017/ ST. PETERSBURG PUPPET THEATER “TEATR SKAZKI”/ TEATRSKAZKI.SPB.RU

The Opera “The Tale of Tsar Saltan” at the Mariinsky Theatre

“The Tale of Tsar Saltan” is a music fairytale about good and evil. The performance consists brilliant poetry of Pushkin and great music of Rimsky-Korsakov. Synchronized subtitles in English are the peculiarity of this performance. The orchestra under the direction of Andrei Petrenko performs beautiful Rimsky-Korsakov compositions. Opera consists four acts with one intermission.

20 JANUARY 12 MARCH 2017/ MARIINSKY THEATRE/ MARIINSKY.RU

Lectures of Ilya Kolmanovsky in St. Petersburg

Biologist Ilya Kolmanovsky tells young and old fans about science on 21st of January. He discovers the medical aspects of aesthetic surgery, and whether it is possible to defeat aging. An interactive session for children “Hands and feet” is held on 22nd of January. Visitors learn what magical is in ordinary human feet and get to know the secrets of the legs and hooves.

21–22 JANUARY 2017/ BOUTIQUE HOTEL “HOTEL INDIGO” ST. PETERSBURG-TCHAIKOVSKY/ VK.COM/HOTELINDIGOSPB

The performance “Mr. Sherlock Holmes” at the theater “Za Chernoi rechkoi”

The performance “Mr. Sherlock Holmes” directed by Peter Vasilev tells about Sherlock Holmes adventures. Sherlock Holmes reveals all the mysteries in London. Detective play consists two acts and is based on two works of Arthur Conan Doyle: “The Sign of Four” and “A Study in Scarlet”. It immerses the audience into the old mystical London and introduces a well-known Holmes method of deduction. The play won the festival “Theatre of St. Petersburg – for children”. The performance lasts 1 hour 30 minutes.

21 JANUARY, 12 FEBRUARY 2017/THEATER “ZA CHERNOI RECHKOI”/ TEATRZCR.RU

Competition in English “Olympic Language Games” made by the company “London Gates Education Group”

The Center of additional education “London Gates Education Group” invites everyone to the Olympic Games in English! Young visitors compete for medals in creathletics, vocabulary relay and free skating. The young Olympians from 10 to 15 years old with a minimum level of English A2 + / B1 (A2 / Bi1) can participate in this competition. You need to register here if you want to participate in Olympic Language Games.

21 JANUARY 2017/ THE CENTER OF ADDITIONAL EDUCATION “LONDON GATES EDUCATION GROUP” / VK.COM/LONDON_GATES_SPB

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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