This week’s featured events in St. Petersburg, 2 – 8 November 2015
Festivals and urban holidays
The Second International Festival of Arts “The Living Gulf”
The festival dedicated to the culture and nature of the Baltic region is designed as a large art exhibition. The festival features extensive cultural program including creative meetings, presentations, performances, concerts, workshops and lectures. Festival visitors can learn a lot about the culture and ecology of the region, taste ecological tea, learn to draw fish in the Japanese style, meet with the singer Maria Kapuro and even buy a kitten. Location – Creative cluster “ArtMuza.”
Until 24 November 2015
Night of Arts
Cultural and educational event “Night of Arts” is a part of the Year of Literature in Russia. The main venues are the museums and cultural centers of the city. Museum-Preserve “Tsarskoye Selo” holds a special program from 18:00 to 21:00 in the building of the Martial Chamber. Theatre “Baltic House” invites its guests behind the scenes and The House of Music in Alexeyevskoye Palace organizes guided tours of the state rooms.
3 November 2015
The National Unity Day in St. Petersburg
To celebrate the national holiday Wednesday declared a public holiday. No major street events this year are planned, except for performances of amateur groups of national diasporas in the Alexander Park and a concert in the Grand Concert Hall “Oktyabrsky”.
4 November 2015
International Organ Festival
Two interesting concerts are performed as a part of this festival: one by the British organist Kevin Bowyer on Monday and another by the organist from Hague, Ben van Oosten on Tuesday, both at the Concert Hall of Mariinsky Theatre. The closing ceremony of the festival is held on Thursday 6 November with participation of organist Thierry Escaich and the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra under Valery Georgiev.
Until 6 November 2015
International Festival of Chamber Music “Silver Lyre”
Concerts of classical music performed by great musicians from around the world are held in the Great Concert Hall and the Small Philharmonic Hall. The closing concert “Anything can Saxophone” is performed by saxophone quartet from Germany and orchestra “Saxophones of St. Petersburg” in the Great Concert Hall on November 7.
Until 7 November 2015
Neva Choral Assemblies 2015
Performances of choirs of Mikhailovsky Theatre, Saint-Petersburg Capella, student and children’s choirs, accompanied by a symphony orchestra in the Academic Capella, Sheremetev Palace, St. Sampson Cathedral and the Cathedral of St. Peter-and-Paul on Nevsky Prospect are in this festival programme. The closing ceremony of the festival is scheduled for 20:00 November 8 in St. Isaac’s Cathedral, with the participation of all choirs’ members.
Until 8 November 2015
Theatre highlights of the week
Concert of Dmitry Khvorostovsky
This performance as a part of concert cycle “Hvorostovsky and Friends” is held in the Concert Hall “Octobyabrsky”. This time famous singer presents the opera diva Elina Garanca.
2 November 2015
Ice show “Snow King – 2”
The show featuring renowned skaters Evgeny Plushenko, Irina Slutskaya, Johnny Weir, Brian Joubert, Tomas Verner is performed on the stage of the Ice Palace.
3 – 8 November 2015
Ballet “Cabaret Butterfly”
Russian show ballet “Bize Lisa” presents an incredible cabaret show at the theater on Kolomenskaya. The opera company has toured with great success worldwide and they are compared with the Parisian theater “Moulin Rouge.”
6 November 2015
Interesting exhibitions of the week
“Maltese order” exhibition
The exhibition at the Hermitage tells the story of the Order, part of the exhibition is devoted to the period of history when the Russian Emperor Paul I was the Grand Master of the Order.
Until 8 November 2015
Days of Italian Culture
An extensive program presents series of lectures and exhibitions at the Museum of History of Religion.
Until 13 November 2015
The exhibition “Roerich – revived paintings”
A new multimedia exhibition was opened at the creative space “Lumiere Hall”. This time there are more than 300 works of the painter created during his travels in the Himalayas and the Altai. On many screens the paintings are presented in the ps3D format and accompanied by stereo music.
Until 13 December 2015
The exhibition “Petersburg datsan. At the centenary of the church”
The exhibition is dedicated to the first Buddhist temple in Europe – datsan Gunzechoyney. The temple was built in the early 20th century in St. Petersburg, later it was destroyed and than recovered in 1990. The exhibition is held at the Engineering building of the Peter and Paul fortress.
Until 29 November 2015
The exhibition “Convent of Mercy.” The Art of Tibetan Buddhism
The exhibition is dedicated to the art of Tibetan Buddhism. It is located at the third floor of the Winter Palace of the Hermitage.
Until 7 January 2016
“Divine Maya” exhibition
An interesting project by Museum of theatrical art dedicated to the great prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theatre, Maya Plisetskaya. The exhibition presents costumes of the great ballerina, and also famous couturiers work, created under the influence of her performances.
Until 8 November 2015
Translation by Polina Romanova