What’s on in St. Petersburg this week: 17–23 April 2017

, updated on April 17, 2017

Festivals and city holidays

St. Petersburg VI Biennale of Architecture

This biennale is a festival dedicated to architecture. You can visit a lot of workshops, lectures and discussions with participants of the festival on preserving cultural heritage and future of architecture. The main event of this biennale is an exhibition of all kinds of architectural projects, already built or just planned. You need to fill registration form for entering.

18–24 APRIL 2017/ ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM/ VK.COM/EVENT142571125

Easter Festival

Mass festivities will be in St. Petersburg in honor of the Easter holiday. The main events of the festival are at the Kazan Cathedral – musical concerts, opera and choral performances and broadcasting the divine service are held on 16th of April and a massive flash mob for everyone is on 23rd of April. You can visit a lot of workshops on painting the eggs and decorating Easter cakes on Malay Konushennaya street during the week.

16–23 APRIL 2017/ KAZAN CATHEDRAL/ VK.COM/EASTER_2017

Evening of one-act ballets of the Netherlands Dance Theater NDT 1

The artists of neoclassical Netherlands Dance Theater perform three one-act ballets in the framework of the Dance Open International Ballet Festival. These ballet productions combine plastic choreography, symbolism of dance, unusual music and metaphorical plot. Each of the ballets is special and not united with others, but together they are a kind of combination of several kinds of art.

21–22 APRIL 2017/ ALEXANDRINSKY THEATER/ ALEXANDRINSKY.RU

Light Festival

The light show is dedicated to several topics: the historical heritage of St. Petersburg, Russian sports and especially football. A beautiful presentation will be shown on the walls of the St. Petersburg Arena stadium using visual, musical and pyrotechnic effects. The entrance to the festival is free, the main show begins at 22:00.

22 APRIL 2017/ ST. PETERSBURG ARENA STADIUM/ LFSPB.RU

Concerts and theatre highlights of the week

Turandot Opera

The French director Charles Roubaud shows his opera on the stage of the Mariinsky Theater. It’s a story about the love of Prince Calaf to the princess Turandot, who hates men and makes three difficult riddles for all the boys who are wedded to her. A composer Puccini created music for the opera, but he couldn’t finish it. The ending of this version of opera is wrote by Luciano Berio.

18 APRIL 2017/ MARIINSKY THEATER/ MARIINSKY.RU

The Storm, performance staged by the National Ballet of Poland

Polish choreographer Kshishtof Pastor and Iranian artist Shirin Neshat show a new ballet production based on Shakespeare’s Storm on the stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater. It unites classical elements and avant-garde motifs. The peculiarity of this ballet is a combination of unusual music, visual effects, video, splendid costumes and elaborated choreography.

19 APRIL 2017/ ALEXANDRINSKY THEATER/ ALEXANDRINSKY.RU

Melodies of Hollywood and Broadway concert

Famous melodies of Hollywood movies and hits of popular musicals are performed on the stage of the Jazz Philharmonic Hall. Young and talented vocalists under the accompaniment of the ensembles of David Goloshchekin and Peter Kornev sing best song of the repertoire of the XX century.

20 APRIL 2017/ JAZZ PHILHARMONIC HALL/ JAZZ-HALL.RU

Requiem of Mozart performing

A Mariinsky Theater Orchestra performs a legendary funeral melody. Requiem is one of Mozart’s most famous compositions.

23 APRIL 2017/ MARIINSKY THEATER (CONCERT HALL)/ MARIINSKY.RU

Theater. Takeaway project

It’s a project of director Alexei Ershov. It includes seven performances, which will be shown during the several weeks. The director mixes traditional and modern elements and motifs in his stage productions. You will see a documentary theater, and street art, and a free dialogue with the audience. The emphasis of his performances is on the lives of ordinary people. The peculiarity of the project is that the exact time and place will be known only in a few hours before performing and you’ll find out it on the official page of the project.

16, 23, 30 APRIL, 7, 14 MAY 2017/ НЕСКОЛЬКО ТЕАТРОВ/ WWW.FACEBOOK.COM

Splin music band concert

A famous and beloved Splin rock group performs in native St. Petersburg. People like the songs of this group because of the meaning of texts and the easiness of the melody. Splin band sings hits of past years as well as songs from the new album The Key to the Cipher at the concert.

22 APRIL 2017/ ICE PALACE SPORT AND CONCERT COMPLEX/ NEWARENA.SPB.RU

Exhibition highlights of the week

The exhibition of Georgy Vereisky

The exhibition discovers the legacy of Georgy Vereisky. He is one of the classics of the Soviet graphic school, which continued the traditions of “World of art” (“Mir iskusstva”) society, and author of the remarkable portraits of the Russian artists. Vereisky created portraits, landscapes and genre compositions, using the techniques of lithography, etching, and pencil drawing. The exhibition includes landscape works that are little known to the wide spectator – images of Leningrad and Moscow, and its’ suburbs – and acquaints the public with the special features of the artist’s talent. It showcases about 150 graphic works – drawings, etchings and lithographs from the collection of the Russian Museum and State Tretyakov Gallery.

UNTIL 15 MAY 2017/ MIKHAILOVSKY CASTLE (RUSSIAN MUSEUM)/ RUSMUSEUM.RU

Look Differently, exhibition of humorous paintings

This exhibition includes the paintings of young Petersburg artist Anastasiya Aleskerova. The artist suggests looking differently at familiar things. A play of words is in the center of her paintings. You can look at the usual phrases and words from another point of view.  Don’t miss a chance to enjoy the stylish, humorous works of the artist.

UNTIL 30 APRIL 2017/ ARTMUZA CREATIVE CLUSTER/ ARTMUZA.SPB.RU

Shifting Metaphors: Cuba in Changing Times, exhibition

The exhibition features the photos made by the modern Cuban photographers and dedicated to the life of this island nation. You will see a view to what’s happening in the country in local residents’ eyes. It’s about the past, present and future of Cuba. The exposition includes not only photography, but also collages, animation, documentary shooting and multimedia experiments.

21 APRIL – 25 JUNE 2017/ ROSFOTO STATE MUSEUM AND EXHIBITION CENTER/ ROSPHOTO.ORG

Best of West, exhibition

The exhibition “Best of West” is a photo exhibition of Dean West. The project includes photographs from the author’s series “In detail”, “Olympia”, “Church” and “Fabrications”, as well as several advertising projects. The universe of Dean West is a fantasy world that exists under the rules of the photographer. He makes his own mythology, balancing between the real and the imaginary. The photographer collaborated with Disney, MTV, Fox Sports, SONY, and other large companies. His works are included in the prestigious collections of contemporary art and the personal collection of Elton John.

UNTIL 21 MAY 2017/ ERARTA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART / ERARTA.COM

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.

20 APRIL – 24 JULY 2017/ BENOIS WING (RUSSIAN MUSEUM)/ RUSMUSEUM.RU

R-point, exhibition of the artist Grace Darko

The exhibition explores all types of the artist’s work: graphics, sculpture, painting and digital art. It’s divided into parts, each of which is both part of the exposition and a separate whole one. The first part of the exhibition showcases the sculptures and sketches on the life of night creatures. The second part is pictures describing artist’s traveling. The third part is dedicated to study of people.

UNTIL 24 APRIL 2017/ ARTMUZA CREATIVE CLUSTER/ ARTMUZA.SPB.RU

Things to do with kids

Biblionight 2017

Libraries, bookstores and art spaces become a place for meeting of all lovers of literature for one night. You will see a new look at the classic masterpieces, know about modern authors and is it worth to read their books and visit the thematic film screenings and various workshops that are somehow connected with books and literature. Beginning is at 18:00 on 21st of April.

NIGHT 21–22  APRIL 2017/ SEVERAL PLACES/ PL.SPB.RU

Harlequin, XIV All-Russian Festival of Theater Arts for Children

It’s the largest theater festival for children. This festival includes the performances of various genres created by theaters throughout Russia. You will see the opera, musicals, documentary productions, clown numbers and even ethnoperformances. Also everyone can participate in workshops and lectures of theater professionals. The jury will choose the best performances in different nominations in the framework of the festival.

17–25 APRIL 2017/ ZAZERKALJE THEATER/ VK.COM/CLUB36483762

The Beginning. The First Picture, performance

A director Natalya Lapina stages an unusual production dedicated to the history of the creation of the world on the stage of the Bryantsev Youth Theater. It’s a story about the first human who learns to live, feel, love and be happy surrounded by angels. The performance lasts 1 hour 20 minutes without intermission.

14, 16, 20 APRIL, 14, 20 MAY 2017/ BRYANTSEV YOUTH THEATER/ TYUZ-SPB.RU

Cat in Boots, performance

It’s a cheerful performance, where the main character is a cunning and smart cat in boots. The peculiarity of this production is that the characters of the play can start declaiming Shakespeare or reading Pushkin with inspiration. Both children and adults will be interested in this performance because of the mixing the plot of children’s fairytale and classic works of literature.

22 APRIL 2017/ DRAMA THEATER ON VASILEVSKY/ TEATRVO.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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