What’s on in St. Petersburg this week: 20–26 February 2017

, updated on February 20, 2017

Festivals and city holidays

Big Maslenitsa (Butter Week) in Peterhof

Peterhof park invites children and adults on a spectacular show Big Maslenitsa. There are folk songs, dances, traditional competitions in agility, strength and speed, tasty pancakes, pies and hot tea at the show. Also you can participate in workshops on crafts. The show closes with burning scarecrow of Maslenitsa.

25 FEBRUARY2017/ PETERHOF/ PETERHOF.RU

The project “Jazz unites continents”

Russian-American trio and a legend of Russian jazz perform on the stage of Jazz Philharmonic Hall. John Davis, guest from overseas, bassist Gregory Zaitsev and drummer Igor Ignatov play jazz songs with multiinstrumentalist David Goloshchekin from St. Petersburg.

22 FEBRUARY 2017/ JAZZ PHILHARMONIC HALL / JAZZ-HALL.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.

23–24 FEBRUARY 2017/ LOFT PROJECT ETAGI/ VK.COM/ETAGI_MAINE_COON

Defender of the Fatherland Day at the Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden extends the operating time and slightly changes the format of visit at the Defender of the Fatherland Day. You can join the excursion tour at any time, without waiting until gather a large group. Also you will find the Russian largest collection of plants from different parts of the Earth. Many plants have already blossomed of the Botanical Garden by the Defender of the Fatherland Day.

23 FEBRUARY 2017/ SAINT PETERSBURG BOTANICAL GARDEN / BOTSAD-SPB.COM

Literary concert “Defender of the poetry Day”

Okhta Lab Library invites you to visit a special program dedicated to the Defender of the Fatherland Day. You will see the literary and theatrical concert. Young talented poets, writers and artists perform at the concert. Free admission.

23 FEBRUARY 2017/ OKHTA LAB SPACE/ OKHTALAB.RU

Concerts and theatre highlights of the week

The concert of music band Lube

It’s a traditional concert in honor of the Defender of the Fatherland Day where famous patriots of Russia, music band Lube performs. Also it’s a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the singer of the group, Nikolay Rastorguev. The group performs its best songs in the sports and concert complex Ledovyi Dvorets.

26 FEBRUARY 2017/ SPORTS AND CONCERT COMPLEX LEDOVYI DVORETS/ NEWARENA.SPB.RU

The opera “Das Rheingold” at Mariinsky-II Theatre

The opera “Das Rheingold” is an exciting action, based on the Scandinavian myths. This work put on the map Richard Wagner name and he earned unprecedented popularity. It’s a story about ancient gods and Valhalla. This opera is a part of the tetralogy “Ring of the Nibelungs”. Love, war and adventures are in the opera. It lasts 2 hours 40 minutes and performed in German (accompanied by synchronized subtitles in Russian).

22 FEBRUARY 2017/ MARIINSKY-II THEATRE / MARIINSKY.RU

The concert of Sergei Babkin

Actor and musician Sergey Babkin performs his songs in St. Petersburg. He can create warm and friendly atmosphere at his concerts. He writes songs and composes music and everyone can find something in his songs. Former member of group  «5’nizza» performs at Erarta museum in solo format as a bard with a guitar.

23 FEBRUARY 2017/ MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART ERARTA/ ERARTA.COM

The performance “The Dawns Here Are Quiet” in the theater Masterskaya

“The Dawns Here Are Quiet” is a performance staged by Pauline Nevedomskaya and based on famous same name novel by Boris Vasilyev. It’s about the heroines of WWII, the war, cruelty and absurdity of the world in which we live. It is a drama in two acts about the life, death and love.

23 FEBRUARY, 23 MARCH 2017/ THEATER MASTERSKAYA/ VTEATREKOZLOV.NET

The concert of group “Galaxia”

The group “Galaxia” is a union of two talented guitarists Vladimir Kuharev and Vasilyi Khramov. The musicians regularly perform at various concert venues in the city. They perform their songs and you can enjoy the flamenco guitar, the authors’ improvisations, popular music and other musical delights. Entrance for Donation.

25 FEBRUARY 2017/ CREATIVE CLUSTER ARTMUZA/ ARTMUZA.SPB.RU

The performance “The Tempest” by Shakespeare at the Komissarzhevskaya Theatre

This performance is a version based on Shakespeare work and staged by the Bulgarian director Alexander Morfova. There is an excellent decorations and costumes, lighting effects, as well as the ballet choreography. The performance is very unusual and, one might say, magical. The actions take place on an island lost in the ocean. Heroes get there by accident and they aren’t welcomed.

24 FEBRUARY, 8 MARCH, 26 MARCH 2017/ KOMISSARZHEVSKAYA THEATRE/ TEATRVFK.RU

The performance “Fathers and Sons” at the theatre Na Liteinom

It’s a premier based on drama of the Irish playwright Brian Friel. The director is Sergei Morozov. This performance explores the unity between different generations. All people have parents and then they become parents. What you should take from the past and what you should leave there. What your future will be. The performance asks the questions that concern everyone.

25 FEBRUARY, 11 MARCH 2017/ THEATRE NA LITEINOM / NALITEINOM.RU

The concert of Chamber Choir Utopia & Reality

Choir Utopia & Reality was founded in 2011 by two conductors, Urshey Lah from Slovenia and Ragnar Rasmussen from Norway. This is an international group of young singers, specializing in contemporary choral music. The concert will feature excerpts from cantatas “Innermost talk” by Nikolay Sidelnikov, compositions of the Slovenian composer Lojze Lebich, Suite on verses of Lorca by the Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, composition “Peace on earth” by Arnold Schoenberg, compositions of the choir conductor Ragnar Rasmussen are performed at the concert. It closes with Norwegian folk song “Wedding procession sørfold”.

21 FEBRUARY 2017/ MARIINSKY THEATER (CONCERT HALL)/ MARIINSKY.RU

Igor Baskin and D-sound project on an exposition “Ludwig’s museum in the Russian Museum”

Musical project “Ludwig’s museum in the Russian Museum” takes place in the Marble Palace: Jasper Jones’s picture “Shadow” (1959) from Ludwig’s Museum is played by the St. Petersburg D-sound project group in the Russian Museum. D-sound project is a composer and improvisational, sound-musical project of the artist Igor Baskin, on crossing of modern academic music, sound vanguard and conceptual art, a part of the St. Petersburg Transconceptualism direction. This is the third performance within the joint large-scale project with the Russian Museum on creation of “musical copies” of the known pictures from an exposition of the museum.

20 FEBRUARY 2017/ MARBLE PALACE (RUSSIAN MUSEUM)/ RUSMUSEUM.RU

Exhibition highlights of the week

The exhibition “World of Russian nobility”

“World of Russian nobility” discovers the French art from the collections of the Yusupov family. Yusupov dynasty began to create a unique collection of paintings and sculptures from the end of the XVIII century. The exhibition includes 27 paintings of representatives of the “gallant century”. You can also see 8 miniature copies of ancient monuments in the Yusupov Palace.

UNTIL 31 MARCH 2017/ YUSUPOV PALACE / YUSUPOV-PALACE.RU

The Exhibition  New East Photo Prize 2016

New East Photo Prize is the first international prize for photographers from Russia, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Central Asia. This exhibition includes the photos of the finalists New East Photo Prize 2016. Among them – Katrina Kepule from Latvia, Sasha Rudenskaya from Russia, Lana Stoichevich from Croatia, Vladimir Vasilev from Bulgaria, Syarek Michal from Poland and other authors. They think about national identity and the mechanisms of memory in their documentary and staged photographies.

UNTIL 26 MARCH 2017/ MUSEUM AND EXHIBITION CENTER ROSFOTO / ROSPHOTO.ORG

The exhibition “Ivan Aivazovsky. To the 200th anniversary of the artist birth”

Russian Museum presents the exhibition dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of the most famous Russian marine painters. It includes the paintings from the collections of Russian Museum, Central Naval Museum, “Peterhof” Museum, Sea Cadet Corps, and “Tsarskoye Selo” Museum. There are emblematic works of the painter, as well as less known works to the general public, documents, diplomas, letters, navigational instruments, models of ships, flags and much more.

UNTIL 20 MARCH 2017/ BENOIS WING (RUSSIAN MUSEUM)/ RUSMUSEUM.RU

The final exhibition of the competition “The Muse should work”

The exhibition includes the paintings of participants of the competition “The Muse should work”. The Competition “The Muse should work” is an opportunity for young artists to show their works, make a successful start on the art market and get some pieces of advice from experts. Members of the jury who are Honored Artists of Russia and members of the Union of Artists of Russia chose 50 participants whose works you can see at this exhibition.

3 FEBRUARY – 20 MARCH 2017/ CREATIVE CLUSTER ARTMUZA/ ARTMUZA.SPB.RU

The group exhibition “Fiction in life” in Erarta museum

The exhibition includes works in the genre of Surrealism and Fantastic Realism. The authors of paintings are artists who have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art earlier. The idea of the exhibition was born from observing the exhibiting process, when a real extravaganza happened: post apocalypse was near the lyrical works, city landscapes coexisted with oases of psychedelic dreams. One of the part of the exhibition is the sci-fi section.

UNTIL 10 APRIL 2017/ MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART ERARTA/ WWW.ERARTA.COM

The exhibition “Something like the truth”

The exhibition “Something like the truth” discovers surrealistic paintings of Edward Bubovich, which show living houses, animated machines, and winged towers. It’s a changed reality, the present time which is clothed in metaphor. Graphic worlds of Edward Bubovich impress by their independence: it seems everything’s possible in these worlds.

UNTIL 5 MARCH 2017/ ART CENTER PUSHKINSKAYA 10/ P-10.RU

Things to do with kids

The Performance “Roadside Picnic” at  Za Chernoi rechkoi theater

The performance is based on the novel of Strugatsky brothers. The director is Andrey Korionov. It’s about moral choice and responsibility. The performance tells about what to do with strange things which are left on the Earth by aliens. The performance lasts 2 hours 30 minutes with one intermission.

26 FEBRUARY 2017/ ZA CHERNOI RECHKOI THEATER/ TEATRZCR.RU

The performance “The Snow Queen” at the St. Petersburg Demmeni Marionette Theatre

“Snow Queen” at the St. Petersburg Demmeni Marionette Theatre is a deep and inspiring play based on the famous work of Hans Christian Andersen. It is an enchanting fairytale as well as serious and honest story about love and loyalty, self-sacrifice and courage. The authors show a fabulous story as an allegory to life in a modern society in which a person has to fight for the purity of his soul and resist countless temptations.

24–26 FEBRUARY, 30, 31 MARCH 2017/ ST. PETERSBURG DEMMENI MARIONETTE THEATRE / DEMMENI.RU

The Ice Ballet “Sleeping Beauty”

“Sleeping Beauty” is a show of music, ballet and ice-skating from the St. Petersburg Ice Ballet theater. Favorite fairytale is performed at the ice area under accompaniment of music by Tchaikovsky. All actors are professional skaters of the highest level. Costumes and stage decorations are colorful and expressive. The combination of elements of ballet and ice-skating, fire and flames, turns the show into a unique performance.

24 FEBRUARY 2017/ CIRCUS IN AVTOVO/ CIRCUS-AVTOVO.RU

The performance “The Little Prince”

“The Little Prince” in a modern interpretation of the parable of Antoine de Saint-Exupery is a synthesis of puppet and drama theater and video projections. Puppet characters and the actors become equal participants in the action, and animation and visuals give the performance a contemporary sound. The main themes of the play are difficult search of yourself, ability to keep a promise, responsibility for words and deeds. Before the starting of performance young viewers can express their fantasies using pencils and paper.

25 FEBRUARY 2017/ ANNA AKHMATOVA MUSEUM AT THE FOUNTAIN HOUSE / AKHMATOVA.SPB.RU

The concert “Jazz for preschoolers”

The legendary music band “Leningrad Dixieland” holds a traditional creative open lesson for young students. They will discover jazz style. The musicians gladly share the secrets of creating music and sing a few classic compositions, and kids can learn a lot of new and interesting things. Also the band performs  some funny and energetic melodies.

26 FEBRUARY 2017/ ST. PETERSBURG STATE JAZZ PHILHARMONIC HALL / JAZZ-HALL.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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