What’s on in St. Petersburg this week: 19–25 December 2016
Festivals and city holidays
Christmas Fair at Pionerskaya Square
The biggest fair in St. Petersburg will open the doors on 24 December. There will be expected a lot of entertainment: skomorokhes (traveling actor in Rus, who sang, danced, showed tricks) and good gypsies, musical concerts, theatrical performances and different contentswith Christmas gifts for visitors. You will get acquainted with the Christmas traditions of different countries, and gastronomy lovers can participate in cooking workshops. Traditionally, at the fair will be sold a variety of Christmas decorations, gifts and all kinds of sweets.
24 DECEMBER 2016 – 8 JANUARY 2017/ PIONERSKAYA SQUARE (NEAR THE BRYANTSEV YOUTH THEATRE)/ РОЖДЕСТВОВСПБ.РУ
Ice skating rink in the Tauride Garden
The ice skating rink works in the entertainment center “Tavricheskiy Sad” in the Tauride Garden where you can ice skate under accompaniment of festive music. This rink is usually used for trainings of hockey clubs and skating schools. But during the Christmas and New Year holidays this ice skating rink is opened for all lovers of this kind of sport. The entertainment center has comfortable changing rooms, café and skate rental.
UNTILTHE END OF THE SEASON/ TAURIDE GARDEN (“TAVRICHESKIY SAD”)/ WWW.TAVRSAD.COM
«Magerfest» is a festival with energetic music and lots of varieties of beer from 15 breweries’ representatives of St. Petersburg. Festival is traditionally organized by “MagerBrewery”, this year it’s celebrating its 5th anniversary. Musical guests of the festival – alternative rock band “Mashnin Band” and punk band “Marraderi”.
25 DECEMBER 2016/ CLUB “ZAL OZIDANIJA”/ CLUBZAL.COM
Festival “Art Christmas tree”
The festival includes a fair with a variety of original products made of metal, glass and ceramics, exclusive clothes, costumes, and other handmade things. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in workshops on decorative and applied arts, see the art exhibition and the musical performance.
24–25 DECEMBER 2016/ SAINT PETERSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY OF INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES AND DESIGN/ SUTD.RU
The Festival “Japan” in the Loft project “Etagi”
This festival will explore everything Japanese: from the cultural peculiarities to traditional cuisine. You will see a lot of cosplay, buy anime and manga books, and other exotic Japanese things. Special food tracks with overseas food and sweets will be arranged. Don’t miss the opportunity to listen lectures about Japan, national and modern music, see an exhibition of works by artists from Osaka, ikebana, origami and other entertainment. Special guest is the most Japanese dog in the world, Akita Inu.
24–25 DECEMBER 2016/ LOFT PROJECT “ETAGI”/ LOFTPROJECTETAGI.RU
The Festival of ice sculptures “Ice Fantasy” in the Peter and Paul Fortress
This year the large tent in the Naryshkin bastion will discover the annual festival of ice sculptures. The main art object is a huge six-meter sailboat. There you can see the beloved characters of fairytales and the symbol of the coming year. Welcome everyone.
24 DECEMBER 2016 – 1 MARCH 2017/ PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS/ WWW.SPBMUSEUM.RU
Concerts and theatre highlights of the week
Concert “Ave Maria”
The ensemble of soloists of the theater “Music Hall” will perform a festive New Year’s program. Guests will hear the Christmas music of European composers from different centuries: music by Bach, Gounod, Verdi, Brahms, Schubert and others. The program also includes well-known Christmas songs of the Soviet and Russian composer: Isaac Dunayevsky, Alexander Kolker, Andrei Petrov, and more.
25 DECEMBER 2016/ THEATER “MUSIC HALL”/ MUSICHALLSPB.RU
Concert of Intars Busulis
The Latvian singer Intars Busulis will perform on the stage at the Concert Hall “Oktybrskij” well-known songs of Raimond Pauls, compositions at the crossroads of funk, jazz and pop music, as well as hits from his own album “Gravity”.
25 DECEMBER 2016/ THE CONCERT HALL “OKTYBRSKIJ”/ BKZ.RU
The performance “Idiot” at the Theatre on Vasilevsky
This is a new stage interpretation of the history of knyaz Myshkin by Dostoevsky directed by Vladimir Tumanov. The play is full of unexpected details, vivid images, complex human relationships and powerful emotions. The performance lasts more than three hours with one intermission.
20 DECEMBER 2016, 17 JANUARY 2017/DRAMA THEATRE ON VASILEVSKY/ TEATRVO.RU
The Concert of the band “Markscheider Kunst”
Don’t miss the opportunity to listen the best songs of the famous music band “Markscheider Kunst”. The musicians sing songs mainly in blues style, and recently their compositions have had Latino, Jamaican and ethnic motifs. Welcome all lovers of good music.
23 DECEMBER 2016/ RESTAURANT “GRIBOEDOV-HILL”/ GRIBOEDOVCLUB.RU
The performance «Antarctica» at the theater “Na Liteinom”
The performance based on the play of young playwrights Ulyana Gitsarevais inspired by real events. It’s a story about three explorers and their dog named Mishka on the Antarctic station “Molodeznaya”. There is a lot of humor and optimism in the play, and it tells about the power of the spirit and the love of life.
20 DECEMBER 2016, 10 AND 31 JANUARY 2017/ DRAMA THEATRE “NA LITEINOM”/ NALITEINOM.RU
The Concert “Music in films”
The concert will take place on the stage of Capella. In honor of the Year of Russian cinema familiar music from famous and beloved films will sound. Young musicians will perform all compositions of the concert.
20 DECEMBER 2016 /SAINT PETERSBURG COURT CHAPEL/ CAPELLA-SPB.RU
The musical performance “In a dream and in reality” at the theater “Buff”
In honor of the New Year holidays young actors of the theater “Buff” will perform a new program based on the popular hits of Russian and foreign music. All the visitors will immerse into incredible fun atmosphere under accompaniment of beloved music. The performance will take place in the Mirror Hall of the theater.
17–20, 22, 25, 30 DECEMBER 2016, 2, 5, 13, 15, 22, 29 JANUARY 2017/ THEATER “BUFF”/ THEATRE-BUFF.SPB.RU
The performance “Four Tango dances of Love” at the Youth Theatre on the Fontanka
The performance is dedicated to one of the hottest dance in the world – tango. Explore the nature of heroines. Discover more about the human love and passion. The play directed by Sergei Morozov is the first stage interpretation of works by French playwright Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt.
20 DECEMBER 2016, 27 JANUARY 2017/ YOUTH THEATRE ON THE FONTANKA/ MTFONTANKA.SPB.RU
Exhibition highlights of the week
The exhibition “Ivan Aivazovsky. To the 200th anniversary of his birth”
The anniversary exhibition of one of the main Russian marine painters will discover significant, as well as less well-known paintings to the general public. Сollections of the Central Naval Museum, Museum “Peterhof”, Sea Cadet Corps, Museum “Tsarskoye Selo” will be shown. The exhibition will include lots of documents, diplomas, letters, navigational instruments, models of ships, flags and more.
22 DECEMBER 2016 – 10 MARCH 2017/ BENOIS WING (RUSSIAN MUSEUM)/ RUSMUSEUM.RU
The exhibition “Back in Leningrad”
The exhibition “Back in Leningrad” of the artist Andrey Semenov is artist’s memories about the city. The exposition of paintings-memories includes landscapes and sketches. In addition, the exhibition will showcase the paintings dedicated to other cities in the world.
UNTIL 16 JANUARY 2017/ MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART “ERARTA”/ ERARTA.COM
The Exhibition “The way of invisible miracles” of Valerius Ivanov
The artist «tells» an interesting story about kindness, love and expectation of miracles. His paintings are sort of wishes of happiness and goodness for visitors. Welcome everyone.
19 DECEMBER 2016 – 31 JANUARY 2017/ “ARTMUZA” CREATIVE CLUSTER/ ARTMUZA.SPB.RU
The Exhibition-sale of jewelry “Sunny Georgia visits winter St. Petersburg”
Famous jewelers Anna Dzanukashvili and Marina Natsvlishvili will present interesting things created in the native Georgian technique, minankari, and products made of unusual stones. The exhibition will take place in the jewelry center «Russkie samotsveti». Showpieces presented at the exhibition can be purchased. Welcome all the connoisseurs of beauty and art.
UNTIL 14 JANUARY 2017/ JEWELRY CENTER “RUSSKIE SAMOTSVETI”/ RUSSAM.RU
The Exhibition “Mañana”
The name “Mañana” translated from Spanish means “tomorrow”. The exhibition includes paintings of Philip Kazak which are dedicated to his summer trip around Spain. His good-naturedly ironic works make people believe that “tomorrow’s tomorrow will be better than yesterday’s today”. The author depicts his exhibition as “a romantic positive”.
UNTIL 31 JANUARY 2017/ “ARTMUZA” CREATIVE CLUSTER/ ARTMUZA.SPB.RU
The Exhibition “The mysterious inhabitants”
You have a chance to see a unique exhibition of alien beings, created by Japanese master Yasuhito Yudagava. The exhibition will show fantastic exhibits made of mechanical elements. Creating these beings Yasuhito Yudagava uses about 1000 details. Most of his works are in private collections and part of international exhibitions.
UNTIL 15 JANUARY 2017/ SHOPPING MALL “ADMIRAL”/ WWW.OBITATELIVSELENNOY.RU
The Exhibition “Your inner home” of Nadezhda Albul
The exhibition will discover unusual things made of various industrial waste. Due to the materials which are used and the unique of art objects the author creates a special space for a new understanding of the surrounding world. The main idea of this exhibition is environment preservation.
20 DECEMBER 2016 – 31 JANUARY 2017/ “ARTMUZA” CREATIVE CLUSTER/ ARTMUZA.SPB.RU
Things to do with kids
The XI International Festival “Faces of modern pianism”
During 12 days music for piano – solo, in ensembles and with orchestra – will sound at the stage of the Mariinsky II Theatre. The winners of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, the participants of the St. Petersburg festivals, and the rising stars of world pianism will perform the music of great composers such as Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Schubert, etc. One of the parts of the festival is a program named “Children –for children”, there young pianists play for young listeners.
UNTIL 30 DECEMBER 2016/ MARIINSKY II/ MARIINSKY.RU
The performance “Twelve Months” at the Children’s Drama Theatre “Na Neve”
The performance based on the fairytale by Samuil Marshak will be staged at the theater “Na Neve” by the director Tatiana Savenkova. She has created a very special spectacle, decorated with bright and unusual things, and colorful costumes. Welcome all young visitors to immerse into the wonderful world of fairytales.
17, 20, 21 DECEMBER 2016/ CHILDREN’S DRAMA THEATRE “NA NEVE”/ TNANEVE.SPB.RU
The Performance “Buratino against Carabas, or Long live Ded Moroz!” at the Theater of fairytales at the Moskovskie vorota
This is a New Year story featuring the characters of “The Golden Key” book, Ded Moroz and Snegurochka. Young visitors can participate in the performance. Ded Moroz will make different contests and quizzes for children and the bravest ones will be invited up by Snegurochka on the stage to read poems and sing songs next to the fairytale characters.
UNTIL 28 DECEMBER 2016/ ST. PETERSBURG PUPPET THEATER OF FAIRYTALES AT THE MOSKOVSKIE VOROTA/ TEATRSKAZKI.SPB.RU
New Year programs for children in “KidBurg”
Children’s city of professions “KidBurg” invites young citizens to participate in the cheerful New Year programs. Children will learn new skills, go in search of adventures, meet with Ded Moroz and receive gifts. The museum-theater “Skazkin Dom” will open the doors for the young guests and there they can take a part in some interactive performances.
UNTIL 11 JANUARY 2017/ CHILDREN’S CITY OF PROFESSIONS “KIDBURG”/ KIDBURG.RU
New Year Carnival “Zaychestvo”
The main hooligan St. Petersburg circus “Upsala Circus” will show a special program with a lot of unexpected transformations, magic and fun. The main character of this performance is a hare. In addition, the program of the carnival will have the carrot feast, active outdoor plays, unlimited interactive actions and original gifts.
24–25, 28–31 DECEMBER 2016, 2–8 JANUARY 2017/ “UPSALA CIRCUS”/ UPSALACIRCUS.RU
The Concert “Jazz for preschoolers”
The legendary music band “Leningrad Dixieland” will held traditional creative open lesson for young students. They will discover jazz style. The musicians will gladly share the secrets of creating music and sing a few classic compositions, and kids can learn a lot of new and interesting things.
25 DECEMBER 2016/ ST. PETERSBURG STATE JAZZ PHILHARMONIC HALL/ JAZZ-HALL.RU