What’s on in St. Petersburg this week: 29 May – 4 June 2017

, updated on May 28, 2017

Festivals and city holidays

Kinozvuk (Cinema sound), festival of soundtracks

The Chamber Orchestra TenBitZ Collective performs at the concert. The musicians perform the author’s versions of the famous melodies from the movies, cartoons and even video and computer games. You will listen to the familiar motifs from The Simpsons and The Lion King cartoons, as well as from Super Mario and Mortal Combat games.

31 MAY 2017/ ERARTA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART/ ERARTA.COM

Step Towards! Festival

Participants of this festival are people with disabilities. They prove that, if you want to do something you can do it. The compositions of Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov are performed at the festival. A special guest is Michel Tyrabosko, who has lost wrists of his hands, but he perfectly performs music on the pan flute.

30 MAY 2017/ SHOSTAKOVICH PHILHARMONIC/ PHILHARMONIA.SPB.RU

Rainbow International Theater Festival

It’s a theater festival for young actors. Theaters from different countries participate: Estonian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Turkish, French, German, Swiss and, of course, Russian troupes. They perform in an innovative style using unusual dramaturgy and stage direction.

30 MAY – 5 JUNE 2017/ BRYANTSEV YOUTH THEATER/ TYUZ-SPB.RU

Urban Culture Festival 2017

It’s a street art festival, where you can find a lot of street art, street dancing, extreme sports and music. Visitors will be able to participate in various workshops on tattooing, graffiti, street dance, learn to make interesting haircuts and much more. Among the musical participants of the festival are Noize MC, Little Big, and Anacondaz.

3–4 JUNE 2017/ STREET ART MUSEUM/ STREETARTMUSEUM.RU

The cycling festival in Sosnovka park

Don’t miss a chance to participate in the cycling festival. You can ride not only on a bicycle, but also on rollers, and scooters. Also you can participate in interesting quests, various competitions and raffle prizes. The festival begins at 10:00 am, you need register.

3 JUNE 2017/ SOSNOVKA PARK/ VK.COM/VELOOPEN

Petersburg live Festival

Victor Tsoi would be 55 years old in 2017 and this festival is timed to this date. Famous Russian rock musicians perform at the Palace Square. All of them are united by the music of Kino music band. Among the participants of the festival is Picnic, Pilot, Kukryniksy, The Hatters, 25/17, Severny Flot (Northern Fleet), and Brigadny podryad (Brigade contract). A special guest is the guitarist of the Kino music band Yuri Kasparian.

3 JUNE 2017 PALACE SQUARE/ VK.COM/PETERSBURG_LIVE

Elagin Park VII International Festival of Street Theaters

The festival includes the performances of theaters from different countries: Russia, England, France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Poland, Belarus and even South Korea. Artists show the numbers on stilts, tricks and clownish numbers. You can choose the genre of the performance: from family to avant-garde and very innovative stages. Also you can visit different recreation areas, children zone and workshops.

2–4 JUNE 2017/ ELAGIN ISLAND/ VK.COM.ELAGINFEST

Concerts and theatre highlights of the week

Concert of Denis Matsuev

Denis Matsuev is one of Russian talented pianists. He performs classics as well as jazz compositions. Double-bass player Andrei Ivanov and drummer Alexander Zinger together with young participants of the Blue Bird contest play at the concert too.

30 MAY 2017/ OKTYABRSKIY BIG CONCERT HALL/ BKZ.RU

Concert of Frank Wildhorn

Frank Wildhorn is a Broadway composer. Actors from Germany, Austria and Russia perform the compositions made by foreign guest. The concert is held under the accompaniment of the Musical Comedy Theater orchestra, conductor is Cohen Schuts from Austria. This concert is timed to the City Day and the upcoming premiere of The Count of Monte Cristo.

31 MAY 2017/ LENSOVET PALACE OF CULTURE/ LENSOVETA.RU

Governor, performance

It’s a new work of Andrei Moguchy. The basis of this performance is the narrative work of Leonid Andreev. This is the first first premiere of 2017, marked by a very controversial jubilee, the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution. Andreev’s text became a response to the murder of the mayor of Moscow, Sergei Aleksandrovich, committed by the Socialist-Revolutionist Kalyaev. The writer-symbolist focuses not on the crime, but on the confrontation of the individual and formal debt.

1, 28, 29 JUNE 2017/ TOVSTONOGOV GREAT DRAMA THEATER/ BDT.SPB.RU

Bi-2 music band concert

Bi-2 is a famous Russian rock band. It performs in St. Petersburg under accompaniment of live orchestra. The conductor is Felix Aranovsky, the music group has been cooperating with him for ten years. It will be a spectacular concert. Bi-2 performs classics of Russian rock.

2 JUNE 2017/ OKTYABRSKIY BIG CONCERT HALL/ BKZ.RU

The Maidens, performance

It’s a performance by the director Roman Viktyuk based on the work of Jean Genet. The plot tells the story about maidens who send their boss to prison for killing his wife, and then begin to play possible scenes of this murder in the house. It’s a play with elements of crime and at the same time very tragic. Plasticity, make-up, unusual costumes and the actors’ play make this performance one of the most popular of Viktyuk’s works.

2 JUNE 2017/ MUSUC HALL THEATER/ MUSICHALLSPB.RU

Exhibition highlights of the week

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.

31 MAY – 3 JULY 2017/ MIKHAILOVSKY CASTLE/ WWW.RUSMUSEUM.RU

Line of Naive, exhibition

It’s the author’s exhibition of Dmitry Isavnin. The artist uses many colors, words, different images and methods. This approach helps him create a unique world where sensuality and naturalness prevail. Most of the author’s works are in private collections around the world. Don’t miss an opportunity to see Dmitry Isavnin’s works in real.

UNTIL 20 JUNE 2017/ ARTMUZA CREATIVE CLUSTER/ ARTMUZA.SPB.RU

Autoruins, exhibition

It’s an exhibition of the artist Alexandra Ovchinnikova. The author depicts in paintings retro cars of 1950-1960-ies. She sees vehicles as living beings and makes parallels between cars and people. Bright images and expressiveness of the forms of cars in her paintings help to better understand the soul of mechanical horses.

UNTIL 18 JUNE 2017/ ERARTA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART/ WWW.ERARTA.COM

Imprinted Childhood, exhibition

Don’t miss a chance to visit a photo exhibition of Anna Azbel. You can see many children’s portraits there. Her works are characterized by strong emotionality and sincerity of feelings. She doesn’t do staged photos. Anna Azbel creates a unique children’s world, where everything is filled with tenderness, joy and love. The exhibition includes about 70 author’s photographs, made in different parts of the world.

UNTIL 10 JULY 2017/ STROGANOV PALACE/ WWW.RUSMUSEUM.RU

Colors of Tibet, photo exhibition of Elena Bogdanova

This exhibition features photos of Elena Bogdanova from her journey in Tibet. She tries to capture the light and spirituality of this place, show non-tourist side of Tibet, and transmit a piece of mountain air and the smells of juniper. Her works inspire to travel far from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

UNTIL 31 MAY 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.

1 JUNE – 31 AUGUST 2017/ KIDBURG INTERACTIVE MUSEUM FOR CHILDREN/ KIDBURG.RU

Sunny dandelion, children’s festival

This festival is timed to the Children’s Day. Young visitors can participate in different workshops in the Tauride Palace. They will learn to draw with paint or sand, weave baubles, cook and much more. The festival begins at 11 am. Also you can listen to music at the concert at 2:00 pm. Admission is free, but you need register.

3 JUNE 2017/ TAURIDE PALACE / VK.COM/SOLNECHNI_ODUVANCHIK

Birthday of a fairytale, performance

It’s an interactive performance where the visitors can help the main characters to find the Fairytale. The plot begins with the fact that everyone celebrates the birthday of the Fairytale, but it disappears somewhere. The searching leads the characters and their young friends to various magical worlds, which are familiar to everyone thanks to all children’s tales. The performance lasts 60 minutes.

4 JUNE 2017/ ALEXANDRINSKY THEATER (NEW STAGE)/ ALEXANDRINSKY.RU

Journey of Nils with wild geese, musical performance

This performance is based on the work of Selma Lagerlöf. It’s a story about the naughty boy named Nils, who suddenly became smaller. He goes to amazing journey with his new friend – goose Martin, and tries to become taller again.

3 JUNE 2017/ MUSIC HALL THEATER/ MUSICHALLSPB.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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