What’s on in St. Petersburg this week: 8–14 May 2017

, updated on May 9, 2017

Festivals and city holidays

Festival of Tulips

You have an opportunity to enjoy tulips blossoming on Elagin Island. They begin to bloom every year in May. You will see many varieties of tulips, including rare ones at the festival. Also you can listen to a good music and participate in florists’ competitions.

13–14 MAY 2017/ ELAGIN ISLAND/ VK.COM/FESTIVALTYULPANOV

Lemonade and Mojito Festival

Don’t miss a chance to visit a festival on the roof of Etagi Loft project. You can enjoy tasty and invigorating drinks and listen to good music. Also you can visit different exhibitions which are already held in this loft project. A panoramic view of the beautiful St. Petersburg is a nice bonus for you.

UNTIL 9 MAY 2017/ ETAGI LOFT PROJECT/ VK.COM/KRISHA_FESTIVAL

Victory Day

The 72nd anniversary of the Great Victory in WWII is celebrated on May 9, 2017. The center of all celebrations is Palace Square, where you can see a parade with military personnel and equipment, and in the evening – a concert. Also you’ll have a chance to see a parade of ships on the Neva River, listen to the People’s Chorus of the Victory near the Kazan Cathedral, visit thematic exhibitions in museums and other events in different parts of the city. The celebration closes with a beautiful salute at 10 pm.

9 MAY 2017/ PALACE SQUARE/ PETERSBURG4U.COM/VICTORY-DAY

Immortal Regiment, patriotic action

Thousands of citizens and visitors of the city with photographs of their relatives – participants of the Great Patriotic War, will go on the main streets of Saint Petersburg on May 9. Everyone can take a part in this action. It begins at 2 pm. near Ploshad Alexandra Nevskogo metro station. The procession finishes at the Palace Square, where a concert is organized in the evening.

9 MAY 2017/ PLOSHCHAD ALEXANDRA NEVSKOGO METRO STATION/ VK.COM/POLK_RUSSIA

Sakura Matsuri, festival of Asian cherry blossom

Don’t miss an opportunity to see how Asian cherry blooms. You will see this beautiful event and participate in a special holiday program of the Botanical Garden.

13–14 MAY 2017/ BOTANICAL GARDEN/ BOTSAD-SPB.COM

Concerts and theatre highlights of the week

Music of Victory, concert

It’s a free musical event in honor of the Victory Day in the Alexander Park. The soloists of the Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky theaters perform the best works from the repertoire of Russian classics under the accompaniment of the Sozvezdie Chamber Orchestra. The concert begins at 19:00.

8 MAY 2017/ ALEXANDER PARK/ PETERSBURG4U.COM/ALEXANDER-PARK

Swan Lake ballet

It’s an updated version of the ballet on Tchaikovsky’s music staged by the Tchaikovsky Ballet Theater. The main difference of this performance is an unusual choreography (comparing with classical version). Dancers create asymmetrical and slightly fantastic images on the stage. The ballet tells you a story of a beautiful swan-girl Odette, and its ending is different from the traditional.

6, 9, 10 MAY 2017/ ALEXANDRINSKY THEATER/ ALEXANDRINSKY.RU

Life for the Tsar, opera

It’s one of the most famous works of the composer Glinka. This opera is based on the history of the Romanov family and a peasant who saves the life of the tsar. This patriotic performance is about the strength of spirit and faithfulness. The orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater under the leadership of Valery Gergiev performs the opera.

11 MAY 2017/ MARIINSKY THEATER (NEW STAGE)/ MARIINSKY.RU

Spring of Victory! Concert

Young actors of the Edelweiss Art Center perform in St. Petersburg. Their program is dedicated to the Victory Day. You will see dance numbers and listen to musical performances.

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

The Barber of Seville, opera

It’s a classical version of the famous opera of Rossini. This opera is a funny story about love, treason and endless jealousy. The atmosphere of Italy of the XIX century is transmitted by the beautiful stage design and performing in Utalian.

12 MAY 2017/ SAINT PETERSBURG OPERA THEATER/ WWW.SPBOPERA.RU

Star Trekking, show

The actors of Licedei Theater perform their best numbers. This show unites young and elder actors who became legendary. This performance is filled with optimism, fun and joy.

13 MAY 2017/ LICEDEI CLOWN & MIME THEATER/LICEDEI.COM

Exhibition highlights of the week

The Holiday Comes to You, exhibition

Don’t miss a chance to see street art from Russia, France, Holland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Iran, USA and Australia. This exhibition discovers the concept of revolution in various spheres of human life. It showcases different art objects and installations. Also the artists hold workshops and lectures where they tell you about their art.

13 MAY – 30 SEPTEMBER 2017/ STREET ART MUSEUM/ STREETARTMUSEUM.RU

The exhibition of Marcello Lo Giudice

Lo Giudice works with the abstract line and uses special figurative means to represent the geographical forms and processes. Man-made and procedural factors are the core aspects of his art. He manually creates a texture surface, where the form materializes in color and the texture irregularities cast relief and shadows. His abstract works are metaphoric and become a symbolic analog of the Creation. There are no landscape features in his works and the images rather have a geological and demiurgic sense.

UNTIL 15 MAY 2017/ MARBLE PALACE (RUSSIAN MUSEUM)/ RUSMUSEUM.RU

Ballet fine lines by Madina, exhibition

This exhibition includes the graphic works of the artist Madina Abidova. Her art combines a classic beauty and modern interpretation of elegance. Madina pays much attention to the aesthetics of fashion and modern vision of the classics. The exhibition showcases artist’s sketches of ballerinas and things referring to ballet.

UNTIL 22 MAY 2017/ ARTMUZA CREATIVE CLUSTER/ ARTMUZA.SPB.RU

Expression of color, exhibition

This exhibition includes the works of Dmitry Kustanovich. The artist uses a color in his own way, with which he symbolically conveys the mood of the painting and touches the finest strings of the human soul. The exhibition features beautiful still life paintings, bright landscapes, as well as views of St. Petersburg.

UNTIL 10 SEPTEMBER 2017/ KUSTANOVICH GALLERY/ DKUST.COM

Capsule of Time, exhibition of Andrei Strelnikov

This exhibition is dedicated to the abandoned and almost destroyed buildings of St. Petersburg. A historian, member of the Russian Geographical Society and a part-time photographer, Andrei Strelnikov, tries to convey through his photographs the value of such buildings which save the romance of the past and the history of other people. Among the buildings on the photos you will see Brusnitsyn mansion, Vega mansion, Baron Stieglitz mansion and Russian Bank for Foreign Trade.

UNTIL 12 JUNE 2017/ ERARTA CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM/ ERARTA.COM

Things to do with kids

Canterville Ghost, performance

It’s based on the famous Oscar Wilde’s parody of the Gothic literature. This performance is an interpretation of the play, and the main idea lies in the fact that the world must be perceived as a place where incredible things can happen. Peculiarity of the performance is using of video art.

11–12 MAY 2017/ BRYANTSEV YOUTH THEATER/ TYUZ-SPB.RU

The Magic Flute, children’s opera

It’s the opera on Mozart’s music in a slightly simplified version for children. You will listen to traditional music of the composer and see modern video technologies. The plot tells about the adventures of a young man who goes to save the kidnapped daughter of the Queen.

14 MAY 2017/ ZAZERKALJE THEATER/ ZAZERKAL.SPB.RU

TECHWeekend 3.0 Festival of Technologies, Science and Inventions

Don’t miss a chance to see the latest achievements of modern technologies. Scientists and professors tell you the plans of technology for the future, explain what science is and show the objects from the past. Also you can take a part in scientific workshops, taste space food and nano ice cream and much more.

13–14 MAY 2017/ MUSEUM OF COMMUNICATION/ RUSTELECOM-MUSEUM.RU

The Wizard of the Emerald City, performance

It’s a children’s performance based on the fairytale of Alexander Volkov. It tells about the adventures of girl named Ellie, her dog Totoshka, Scarecrow, Woodcutter and Cowardly Lion. It’s a fairytale about good and evil. The director and author of the play is Valery Sarukhanov.

12–13 MAY 2017/ PUPPET THEATRE OF FAIRYTALES / TEATRSKAZKI.SPB.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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