What’s on in St. Petersburg this week: 5–11 June 2017

, updated on June 3, 2017

Festivals and city holidays

Imperial Gardens of Russia, festival

It’s an open-air exhibition of flowers. This year’s theme is the avant-garde. You will see all sorts of landscape compositions, floral art objects and garden installations. The Russian avant-garde art inspires the authors. Also this festival includes the works dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution and the year of ecology in Russia.

9–18 JUNE 2017/ MIKHAILOVSKY PARK/ IGARDENS.RU/IMPERIAL-GARDENS-FESTIVAL

Wings on the Neva 2017, festival

This festival is a competition in jet-surfing in the water area of the Neva near the Peter and Paul Fortress. Jet-surfing is an extreme sport, when a person skates on the water. Also different exhibitions of artists and music concerts are held on the territory of the fortress.

9–10 JUNE 2017/ PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS/ WINGSONTHENEVA.RU

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.

10–12 JUNE 2017/ KIROVETS STADIUM/ VK.COM/COLORSFEST

The Comic Book Festival

Don’t miss a chance to visit one of the best summer events – the Comic Book Festival! You will find not only various editions of domestic and foreign comics and Japanese manga, but also contests, photo sessions with favorite characters of animated series and movies. You will be able to visit the entertainment areas and places where everyone can chat with bloggers, animators, illustrators, and writers.

10–11 JUNE 2017/ STREET ART MUSEUM/ BIGFEST.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.

6 JUNE 2017/ MARIINSKY THEATER/ MARIINSKY.RU

Bely. Petersburg, performance

This performance is based on Andrei Bely’s Petersburg. The plot tells you about people, who are tired of constant brain activity and suffering from pessimism. They live in St. Petersburg. The main place of action is the consciousness of one of the characters, and all the rest are only forms of his thought. The music was composed by Georgy Firtich, director is Gennady Trostyanetsky.

6–7 JUNE 2017/ MUSICAL COMEDY THEATER/ MUZCOMEDY.RU

Concert of Christophe Barati, Istvan Vardai and Zarina Shimanskaya

Talented musicians from Russia and Hungary perform at the Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall. Christophe Barati is a violinist from Hungary became famous at the age of 9, Istvan Vardai is a cellist from Hungary, already well-known all over the world, and Zarina Shimanskaya is a pianist from St. Petersburg, performing solo concerts in European cities. Three young people unite to play their favorite songs.

7 JUNE 2017/ MARIINSKY THEATER (CONCERT HALL)/ MARIINSKY.RU

Thunderstorm, performance

It’s a performance made by the director Andrei Moguchyi and based on Ostrovsky’s work. Moguchyi’s stage productions are always something new and unusual. He tries to confront the surrounding chaos and create a new artwork. This performance doesn’t have something boring and usual. It’s filled with strong emotions and tension. Thunderstorm of Andrei Moguchyi won’t leave anyone indifferent.

2, 8 JUNE 2017/ TOVSTONOGOV BOLSHOI DRAMA THEATER/ BDT.SPB.RU

Concert of the Blind Orchestra

This concert is an experiment of musicians from the SPb Blind Orchestra band. Participants perform blindfolded at the scene. They play unusual, outlandish music without any style restrictions under the guidance of a conductor. It will be a truly extraordinary concert.

8 JUNE 2017/ ERRATA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART/ WWW.ERARTA.COM

Jewels, ballet

It’s an unusual ballet created by choreographer George Balanchine. It consists of three parts: Emeralds, Diamonds and Rubies. Compositions of Foret, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky sound in this ballet. The main emphasis is on the beautiful choreography, which is enhanced by bright costumes. Director uses the minimum decorations.

10–11 JUNE 2017/ MARIINSKY THEATER/ MARIINSKY.RU

Exhibition highlights of the week

The mode of being, exhibition

It’s an exhibition of the artist Oleg Ivakhno. Most of all he likes to depict the city landscapes and still life images. The artist constantly experiments and develops his technique. Many of his paintings are in private collections in Russia, Germany, the USA and Belgium. Don’t miss an opportunity to enjoy the works of Oleg Ivakhno.

UNTIL 19 JUNE 2017/ ARTMUZA CREATIVE CLUSTER/ ARTMUZA.SPB.RU

Born by the wind of Apsheron. Azerbaijani artists of the 1960s–1980s, exhibition

This exhibition explores the works of classics of the Azerbaijani painting of the XX century. It showcases artworks of artists who were rebels and innovators and influenced on modern art of Azerbaijan. Most of the paintings are dedicated to the beauty of the Apsheron peninsula. It’s a symbol of their motherland and an endless source of inspiration for artists. The exposition includes more than 40 paintings and sculptures from the collections of the largest museums in Azerbaijan.

UNTIL 27 AUGUST 2017/ ERRATA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART/ WWW.ERARTA.COM

Exhibition of Hunt Slonem

It’s a personal exhibition of the American neo-expressionist. You will see famous rabbits of Slonem, single or in a group with butterflies and parrots. Also the exhibition includes many paintings with floral compositions, and new works (for example, Visit to the Kremlin, after his visiting to Moscow). The artist pays much attention to the spiritual connection between nature and human civilization in his paintings. Don’t miss a chance to get acquainted with the personal techniques of the master, feel his artistic style and style of painting.

UNTIL 26 JUNE 2017/ MARBLE PALACE (RUSSIAN MUSEUM)/ WWW.RUSMUSEUM.RU

Exhibition of Pierre Matisse

It’s an author’s exhibition of grandson of the famous Henri Matisse. Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali had a great influence on the artist’s works. You will see 40 paintings of Pierre Matisse, including his works, created for Beautiful M show, and a large installation called Love is in the air, dedicated to love. The main condition for visiting this exhibition – you should be a person being in love: with no matter what or who.

8 JUNE – 1 AUGUST 2017/ LENINGRAD CENTER/ LENINGRADCENTER.RU

The Birth of the Image (Naissance de l’image), exhibition

It’s an exhibition of the artist Irina Kuznetsova. The author isn’t only an artist, but also a poet and director. She creates a variety of art objects based on her observations of life. The exhibition features graphics, paintings, poetry, photos and video art. The art helps the artist to express her unusual ideas. Works of Irina Kuznetsova are t in many private collections in Russia, Germany, Switzerland and the USA.

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

Things to do with kids

Baronets, circus program

It’s a real circus gift from the famous trainer and artist from Georgia – Gia Eradze. You will see tricks with trained animals, acrobatics, numbers under the circus dome, ballet numbers, and light and scenic decorations. Tigers, leopards, black panthers, bears, horses, wolves, camels and other animals are participants of this amazing show.

3, 4, 10–18, 22, 24, 25, 29 JUNE 2017/ ST. PETERSBURG CIRCUS/ WWW.CIRCUS.SPB.RU

Wine from dandelions, or Don’t move! performance

It’s an unusual performance based on Ray Bradbury’s famous autobiographical work. A director Adolf Shapiro animates a childhood of the famous science fiction writer on the stage of Bryantsev Youth Theater. This performance tells you about the transience and purity of childhood, the value of memories, and the nostalgia for the past years. Also the director tries to show that children both in the United States and in Russia see the world in the same childish way, and it doesn’t matter which continent you were born on.

7–10 JUNE 2017/ BRYANTSEV YOUTH THEATER/ TYUZ-SPB.RU

Walking with Winnie the Pooh, performance

It’s a children’s performance based on the work of Alan Milne. Director Ruslan Kudashov uses the original story, and also complements the story with games, entertainment and interactive acts. It’s about how to be happy every day, not be afraid to make mistakes and keep trying no matter what.

10 JUNE 2017/ BOLSHOI PUPPET THEATER/ PUPPETS.RU

Baby and Carlson, performance

It’s a performance based on the work of Astrid Lindgren. The plot tells you a story of ordinary boy who meets Carlson flying on the roof. Young visitors will know more about exciting adventures of these two guys. It’s about friendship, family values and the ability to dream. Director uses a classic storyline of the characters.

11 JUNE 2017/ MASTERSKAYA THEATER/ VTEATREKOZLOV.NET

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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