What’s on in St. Petersburg this week: 15–21 May 2017
Festivals and city holidays
Vivat Russian Cinema! Festival
It’s the XXV anniversary festival dedicated to Russian cinema. You can watch a lot of classics, documentary and achievements of modern Russian cinema as well as cartoons at 5 venues in St. Petersburg. Also the festival’s program includes special thematic film screening. The entrance is free
UNTIL 17 MAY 2017/ SEVERAL CINEMAS/ VIVATKINORUSSIA.RU
Cover Party Festival
It’s a festival that brings together different music groups on one stage. All of them for one night forget about their author projects and perform other musicians’ songs. Among the participants of the show are both legendary bands and beginning stars. You will listen to the songs of different genres.
18 MAY 2017/ KOSMONAVT CLUB/ COSMONAVT.SU
To work by bicycle, public action
Everyone is welcomed to exchange a car or subway for a bicycle for one day. All participants can eat healthy and tasty meal and drink water or fresh juice at special points located around the city. Many cafes, restaurants and bars participate in this action.
19 MAY 2017/ ON THE CITY’S STREETS/ SPB.BIKE2WORK.RU
Night of museums 2017 in St. Petersburg
It’s a night when all St. Petersburg museums are open and welcome to visitors at night. Don’t miss a chance to visit many places at a single price – 400 rubles. The main themes of Night of museums 2017 are the ecology and the anniversary of the October Revolution of 1917. Metro and buses work at night without interruptions.
20–21 MAY 2017/ ST. PETERSBURG MUSEUMS/ ARTNIGHT.RU
Epic Con Festival
It’s a festival dedicated to cinema, TV series and computer games. You will see a lot of new computer game projects, achievements of modern technologies, the latest news in the cinema. Also Russian and foreign guests-celebrities visit this festival.
20–21 MAY 2017/ SAINT PETERSBURG SPORTS AND CONCERT COMPLEX/ WWW.EPICCON.RU
Fountains Opening Day
It’s a long-awaited opening of fountains in Peterhof. The symbolic beginning of the warm season is at 2 pm. You will see a costume show, music concerts and fireworks at the festival.
20 MAY 2017/ PETERHOF/ PETERHOFMUSEUM.RU
Restaurant day in St. Petersburg
It’s a day when lovers of cooking open small kitchens around the city. Also officially working cafes, restaurants and bars participate in this action too. Everyone has a chance to make his gastronomic tour around St. Petersburg.
20 MAY 2017/ CAFES, RESTAURANTS, BARS OF THE CITY/ VK.COM/RESTAURANTDAYSPB
Concerts and theatre highlights of the week
Mozart. Little nocturnal serenade, concert
It’s Mikhail Gantvarg’s concert in the Shostakovich Philharmonic. The virtuoso violinist performs the best compositions of Bach, Mozart and Schubert under accompaniment of Soloists of St. Petersburg Ensemble.
15 MAY 2017/ SHOSTAKOVICH PHILHARMONIC/ PHILHARMONIA.SPB.RU
It’s a drama, where chaos of emotions reigns in everything. The plot tells about the endless hatred, injustice of life, and hopelessness. Events of the play take place in ancient Greece after the murder of the ruler committed by his wife. This opera was written by composer Richard Strauss.
17 MAY 2017/ MARIINSKY THEATER (NEW STAGE)/ MARIINSKY.RU
Evening of live jazz
Don’t miss a chance to visit a concert where musicians perform best of the jazz. There are no restrictions on repertoire or merit. You will listen to both beloved classics and author’s jazz compositions, little known to the public.
19 MAY 2017/ MUSEUM OF SOVIET ARCADE MACHINES/ VK.COM/EVENT141699577
Concert of Peter Nalitch
Peter Nalitch, the composer of special author’s lyrics, visits St. Petersburg. The former participant of Eurovision sings new songs and performs instrumental compositions unknown to the public.
19 MAY 2017/ ERRATA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART/ ERARTA.COM
Time to Live, performance
It’s a musical performance based on the famous novel by Erich Maria Remarque. The plot tells you a difficult love story with ups and catastrophic downs. Minimalism of decorations and visual effects, good acting, musical accompaniment and choreography create a performance filled with symbolism and philosophical overtones.
16 MAY 2017/ VYBORGSKY PALACE OF CULTURE/ VK.COM/WEARY_GODS
Concert of Manizha
Singer Manizha Sangin gives her first solo concert in St. Petersburg. She became famous thanks to the Instagram. The listeners love her not only for the music, but also for the unusual videos. And the recognizable style of her songs (between ethnic and soul) doesn’t allow confusing with the music of others.
20 MAY 2017/ ICE PALACE SPORTS AND CONCERT COMPLEX / NEWARENA.SPB.RU
Exhibition highlights of the week
The art of Great Novgorod in the era of Saint Macarius, exhibition
This exhibition showcases icons, utensils for worship services, and other memorable items created in Novgorod in the 16th century during the reign of Macarius. It’s believed that it was Macarius who laid the foundation for the further development of Novgorod art. You can also see photos depicted how the restoration work and excavations were carried out.
UNTIL 1 AUGUST 2017/ BENOIS WING (RUSSIAN MUSEUM)/ RUSMUSEUM.RU
Salvador Dali. Surrealist and classic exhibition
An exhibition dedicated to the art of one of the most eccentric artists of the world, Salvador Dali, is in St. Petersburg for the first time. You will see his paintings and graphic works from the museums and private collections. His surrealistic paintings portray both real and inexplicable fantastic world. The exhibition includes 150 works of the artist.
UNTIL 2 JULY 2017/ FABERGE MUSEUM / VK.COM/FABERGEMUSEUM
Manolo Blanik. Shoes as art, exhibition
The exhibition includes about 30 drawings and 200 pairs of different shoes from the personal archive of Spanish designer Manolo Blanik. His works are elegance, splendid and have their own unchanging style. This exhibition explores the different directions of the designer’s work and it’s divided into six unofficial blocks, reflecting it.
UNTIL 23 JULY 2017/ HERMITAGE GENERAL STAFF / HERMITAGEMUSEUM.ORG
On the way to Arcadia, exhibition of paintings by Konstantin Kansky
This exhibition includes the paintings of the Krasnodar artist Konstantin Kansky. He depicts fairytale worlds existing in parallel reality and we can only see them dreaming. The artist deliberately uses such methods as hyperbole and exaggeration. But when he depicts terrestrial images, there is nothing magical in them. They look chaste and poetic.
UNTIL 22 MAY 2017/ ARTMUZA CREATIVE CLUSTER/ ARTMUZA.SPB.RU
Architectural Abstractionism, exhibition
This exhibition includes the works of the artist Igor Shirshkov. The main character of his paintings is an electric light, which, as one of the primary elements of the composition creates unusual images. The exhibition discovers the influence of light which gives symbolism and internal philosophy to Shirshkov art.
UNTIL 28 MAY 2017/ NOVYI MUSEUM/ WWW.NOVYMUSEUM.RU
Things to do with kids
It’s a musical for family viewing. This show is a premiere with original music and three-dimensional decorations based on the story The Fairytale of Tsar Berende, known for movie Barbara the Fair with the Silken Hair. It’s a dynamic story full of intriguing adventures about events in dreamland Zapodvolje. This performance consists several shows and during one of these someone from young audience can become a participant in fairytale building. It’s a wonderful journey into the world on the edge of a fairytale and reality.
20, 21 MAY 2017/ MUSIC HALL THEATER/ MUSICHALLSPB.RU
Deniska’s Stories, performance
It’s based on Victor Dragunsky’s book. Ksenia Dragunskaya, the writer’s daughter and a writer and playwright, staged this performance. The play Deniska’s Stories is a whole world of sincere, simple, funny and at the same time instructive stories. The main character is a grown-up boy named Deniska. You will meet with the grown-up characters of these stories and remember a lot of comical situations which Deniska got into. The performance lasts 2 hours 20 minutes with one intermission.
21 MAY 2017/ BRYANTSEV YOUTH THEATRE / TYUZ-SPB.RU
Moomin-troll and the wizard’s hat, performance
It’s a puppet show based on the fairytales of the Swedish writer Tove Jansson. You will know more about the adventures of lovely Moomin-Trolls and their friends. The performances of this theater are interactive, and the audience can participate in what’s happening on the stage. Moomin-troll and the wizard’s hat is also interactive performance. It’s intended for children 4–10 years old.
16, 20, 27 MAY 2017/ KARLSSON HAUS THEATER/ KARLSSONHAUS.RU
Baby and Carlson, performance
It’s a musical performance by Blue Bird Theater, which tells you about the adventures of Baby and his friend Carlson. Director is Anastasia Udalova and St. Petersburg composer created the music. Also the participant of Voice. Children-2 show Evdokia Malevskaya has a role in this performance.
21 MAY 2017/ MUSIC HALL THEATER/ MUSICHALLSPB.RU