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St. Pete Prepares to Flick the Switch

Published: March 29, 2014 (Issue # 1803)



  • Diners at Japanese restaurant chain Dve Palochki (Two Sticks)will be able to purchase extra minutes to continue dining in the dark.
    Photo: For SPT

The center of St. Petersburg will be plunged into darkness Saturday night in support of Earth Hour a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) event raising awareness on climate change.

Over 20 main buildings and bridges in St. Petersburg will have their lights switched off for one hour, starting at 8.30 p.m. Moscow time, reported Interfax Thursday. Buildings involved in the initiative include the Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress and the Strelka of Vasilievsky Island, while bridges include the Troitsky, Blagoveshchensky, and Dvortsovy (Palace) and Birzhevoy.

According to Interfax, energy saved in the city during the hour is expected to be double the amount last year due to the increased number of businesses participating.

A big local participant this year will be Japanese restaurant chain Dve Palochki (Two Sticks). Not only will guests dine by candlelight during the hour, but they can also purchase extra minutes to continue dining in darkness after the hour has passed. All proceeds from the purchase of these minutes will be donated to the Altai snow leopard conservation fund also run by WWF.

More than 20 million Russians are expected to take part in the global Earth Hour event, according to WWF Russia campaign director Igor Chestin, reported Itas-Tass Wednesday.

Two billion people across the globe and about 7,000 participating cities joined the event last year. Russia first took part in Earth Hour in 2008, reported Itas-Tass.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Aug. 21


Time is running out to see the fantastic creations on display at the 2014 Sand Castle Festival on the beach at the Peter and Paul Fortress. Adhering to the theme of Treasure Island, visitors can wander amongst larger-than-life interpretations of pirate life or attend one of the workshops held to educate a future generation of sand artists. The castles will remain on the beach until Aug. 31.



Friday, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


Classic Finnish cartoon characters the Moomins expect to receive a warm welcome from Russian fans during todays Moomin Festival at the Pearl Plaza Shopping Center at 51 Petergofskoye Shosse. Become a kid again or introduce a new generation to the beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson.



Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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