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

, updated on July 16, 2017

Festivals and city holidays

Lermontov_Kinofest_2.0 Film Festival

Films dedicated to the famous Russian poet Lermontov and his contemporaries are shown at this festival. The program includes feature films and documentaries produced by Russian and foreign filmmakers. Also you will have a chance to visit literary evenings and special exhibition dedicated to the heroes of Lermontov’s works.

17–28 JULY 2017/ LERMONTOV CENTRAL LIBRARY/ LERMONTOVKA-SPB.RU

Youth and wine, festival

Don’t miss a chance to visit a festival dedicated to wine! You can attend many workshops and lectures, where experts tell you interesting details about the history of one of the most ancient drinks. Also you can watch films about wine directed by Frenchmen. Brazilian jazz, American soul and disco-funk music create music atmosphere of festival.

21 JULY 2017/ ALEXANDRINSKY THEATER (NEW STAGE)/ VK.COM/MOLODOSTVINO

All-Russian Festival of Colors

It’s an annual festival of colors. You can throw at each other bright holi colors and listen to good live music there. Also you can participate in interesting competitions, raffle prizes and dance competitions. Visitors can take holi colors with themselves or buy at the festival. You will get a lot of energy and fun at this festival.

22–23 JULY 2017/ KIROVETS STADIUM/ VK.COM/COLORSFEST

Water Festival

This festival is devoted to the most pleasant thing in hot weather – water. You’ll have a chance to participate in water attractions and foam games. Also the festival has an informative part. You can listen to lectures about environment, searching for clean water and watch documentary films about the water element.

22–23 JULY 2017/ LENEXPO EXHIBITION COMPLEX/ VK.COM/WATER_FEST_SPB

Ice cream festival in Yusupov garden

Don’t miss an opportunity to visit one of the most delicious events of this summer! You can enjoy ice-cream of different varieties, tastes and even colors in Yusupov garden. Also you will participate in interesting competitions, various shows and workshops on creating of frozen delicacies.

22–23 JULY 2017/ YUSUPOVSKY GARDEN/ VK.COM/ICEFESTSPB

Concerts and theatre highlights of the week

Concert of Crystal Castles

The famous Canadian band Crystal Castles comes to St. Petersburg. The musicians perform experimental electronic music. The band comes to present its new album with new group member: the vocalist was replaced.

18 JULY 2017/ А2 GREEN CONCERT CLUB/ A2.FM

Trojans, opera

It’s an opera directed by Yannis Kokkos from Greece on the music of composer Hector Berlioz based on Virgil’s Aeneid. It uses various technological innovations, lighting effects and interesting stage solutions. The plot of opera tells you about such historical events as the trip of the Trojans in Carthage and the fall of Troy.

19 JULY 2017/ MARIINSKY THEATER/ MARIINSKY.RU

Dance performance of Todes

It’s a dance show of Alla Dukhova’s ballet troupe. Dancers present a new production named And the dream will be the same … You will see the world on the verge of fantasy and reality. The performance consists of dreams of Paris, dashing chases in the Wild West and amorous adventures. The whole story is transmitted through the dance.

20 JULY 2017/ OKTYABRSKIY BIG CONCERT HALL/ BKZ.RU

Concert of Billy’s Band

It’s a concert of one of the favorite St. Petersburg jazz band Billy’s Band which is held within the framework of the summer festival Roof Music Fest. Musicians perform their songs about the romance of St.Petersburg, white nights and love.

21 JULY 2017/ HI-HAT SUMMER TERRACE/ VK.COM/HIHATROOFTOP

Don Juan, performance

This performance is directed by Alexander Morfov from Bulgaria based on the novel of Jean-Baptiste Moliere. The plot tells you about the adventurer, seducer and rebel Don Juan. The director tries to understand the secrets of this lover, talks about secret desires of man and what makes us feel constrained or free. All of this is actual thing in modern society, where long-standing norms are being eroded.

22 JULY 2017/ KOMISSARZHEVSKAYA DRAMA THEATRE / TEATRVFK.RU

Jazz concert of Ronald Baker and Konstantin Khazanovich

Famous American singer and virtuoso trumpeter Ronald Baker performs on stage with multi-instrumentalist and one of the best Russian jazzmen Konstantin Khazanovich. Instrument of Russian artist is clarinet. The musicians perform both classical and modern jazz compositions.

23 JULY 2017/ TKACHI CREATIVE SPACE/ VK.COM/EVENT149375068

Exhibition highlights of the week

In bright light, exhibition

It’s an exhibition of a young artist Olesya Zhukovskaya, who works in St. Petersburg. The exhibition includes 20 paintings in the style of impressionism. The artist likes to use a colorful palette and work with contrast. One of the author’s favorite themes is flowers. She shows her vision of peace and love. The artist tries to depict feelings, emotions, dreams that exist in the big crazy modern cities with single inhabitants.

UNTIL 8 AUGUST 2017/ / ARTMUZA CREATIVE CLUSTER/ ARTMUZA.SPB.RU

Exhibition of Leonid Krivitsky

This exhibition shows the monumental works of Leonid Krivitsky. Portraits, landscapes, graphics, sculptures, and paintings on the theme of the Siege of Leningrad and the Soviet period of history. Also you can see the author’s triptych dedicated to the Holocaust – it’s his last work. The exhibition includes 50 works of Krivitsky.

UNTIL 31 JULY 2017/ MIKHAILOVSKY CASTLE/ WWW.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

Nikola Tesla – the man who illuminated the world, exhibition

This exhibition is dedicated to the physicist and inventor Nicola Tesla, without whom, perhaps, industrial revolution never happened. His ideas were bold, and he was an adventurer in the soul. The exhibition explores some of his inventions, as well as many little-known facts about the life of the great scolar.

UNTIL 10 SEPTEMBER 2017/ PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS/ WWW.SPBMUSEUM.RU

La Citta exhibition

It’s an exhibition of the artist Roman Lyapin. It includes 20 panoramic landscapes, which the author drew, based on his feelings about St. Petersburg and Rome. The artist draws expressively, his works are full of lightness and poetry. He enhances the mood of the painting using lights and colors. The author mixes classics and modernity themes, history, abstractions and natural motifs.

14 JULY 2017 – 14 AUGUST 2017/ ARTMUZA CREATIVE CLUSTER/ ARTMUZA.SPB.RU

Things to do with kids

Summer program in KidBurg museum

Young visitors will know more about different places in the world, foreign culture and traditions. Children will listen to the sound of national instruments of different countries. Traveling around the world begins at 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00 pm.

UNTIL 31 AUGUST 2017/ KIDBURG INTERACTIVE MUSEUM FOR CHILDREN/ KIDBURG.RU

The Golden Cockerel, opera

It’s a performance directed by Anna Matison on the music of the composer Rimsky-Korsakov. The opera is based on Pushkin’s famous fairytale. It’s a story of King Dadon, who, in order to save his kingdom, asked the Wiseman for help. So the king got a golden cockerel that warned of trouble. The opera lasts 3 hours.

22 JULY 2017/ MARIINSKY THEATER (NEW STAGE)/ MARIINSKY.RU

The Power of Imagination, Children’s program

Rosphoto Museum-Exhibition Center arranges special workshops for visitors up to 14 years old. Children will find out how to look at the photo from different angles, see the hidden meaning and author’s story. They will get to know about the secrets of right composition and right angle. Also children will learn the technical side of photography. The beginning of the workshops is at 13:00. Participation is free.

23, 30 JULY 2017/ ROSPHOTO STATE MUSEUM AND EXHIBITION CENTRE/ ROSPHOTO.ORG

Dwarf Nose, performance

It’s a puppet show based on the famous fairytale of the German author Wilhelm Hauf. It’s a story of an unhappy boy who is trying to get off the witch’s spell. She turned him into a dwarf with a terrible nose. The performance is interactive, so young viewers will directly participate in the development of the plot.

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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