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Birthday Celebrations

Published: May 28, 2014 (Issue # 1813)



  • Children enjoying the ice cream festival on Sunday.
    Photo: Nina Filimonova

  • St. Isaacs Square was a sea of white as thousands gathered to sing together.
    Photo: Alexandra Gurskaya

  • Tuesdays celebrations.
    Photo: Eugene Egorov

  • Rain didnt dampen the dancing spirit as more than 4,000 locals danced down Nevsky Prospekt.
    Photo: illusion studio

  • Celebrations on Sunday ended with a free gala concert on Palace Square
    Photo: Stas Levshin

On May 27, St. Petersburg officially celebrated its 311th birthday however, city celebrations began days before. Kicking off the festivities was a choir event on May 24 held at St. Isaacs Square, which saw almost 5,000 professional and amateur singers, aged from seven up to 92, gather together and sing.

Attending the event was President Vladimir Putin and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, which was also dedicated to celebrating the Day of Slavic Writing and Culture.

This wonderful tradition of choir singing has taken shape right in front of our eyes; we hear songs that unite our great Russia because these songs are the very history of our people, its culture and soul, said Putin, speaking at the event.

The celebrations on Sunday started with an ice cream festival held at Ploschad Ostrovskogo. Children from orphanages enjoyed free amusement rides while all guests were treated to samples from a 500 kilogram pancake.

At 2 p.m. the same day, another choir sang on Birzhevaya Ploschad. The choir was made up of 700 pupils from school No. 56. Despite the heavy rain, the young singers still performed. Meanwhile at St. Isaacs Square, the choir from the day before was replaced with a military orchestra from the Western military district.

At 5 p.m. more than 4,000 people danced on Nevsky Prospect, starting from Sadovaya Ulitsa through to Naberezhnaya Reki Moiki. All participants wore clothes in the colors of the Russian flag, with spectators also invited to join in on the fun.

A free gala concert called Gala of Opera and Ballet Stars was also held at 9 p.m. on Palace Square, which included both opera and dance performances.

We were worried about the event after the heavy rain just before the concert as a lot of equipment was damaged, said Ekaterina Galanova, general producer of the event. It was the best present when the weather improved and, in the end, thousands of people attended.

Celebrations on Sunday ended with a traditional firework display.

Yesterday, the citys official birthday, flowers were placed by the Bronze Horseman, a monument depicting Peter the Great, the founder of the city. Celebrations then continued at the Peter and Paul Fortress, where the city was founded on May 27, 1703.





 

ALL ABOUT TOWN

Wednesday, Sept. 3


Although thesand sculptures at the Peter and Paul Fortress are more centrally located and therefore more visible to the throngs of tourists, the 300th Anniversary Park of St. Petersburgs own collection closes today so fans of the classic beach activity should get there while they can.



Thursday, Sept. 4


Vladimir I. Danchenkov, Head of Baltic Customs, will be in attendance during AmChams Customs and Transportation Committee Meeting convening this afternoon at the organizations office near St. Isaacs Square at 3 p.m.



Friday, Sept. 5


Scrabble lovers and chess masters get their chance to assert their intellectual dominance at the return of the British Book Centers Board Game Evenings tonight. Held weekly on Friday nights, the event gives both board game lovers and those hoping to improve their English the chance to meet, greet and compete. Check out the centers VK page for more details.



Saturday, Sept. 6


Athletes will relish the chance to get the latest gear and try out something new at I Choose Sport, an annual event at Lenexpo forum that plans to welcome more than 30,000 people this week to the international exhibition center. Not only will visitors get to try their hand at various athletic endeavors but they will also be able to peruse equipment that can fulfill their dreams of becoming a champion.


Local KHL team SKA St. Petersburg open their season this evening at home against Lokomotiv Yarovslavl at the Ice Palace arena next to the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. See their website for a full schedule and available tickets.



Sunday, Sept. 7


Check out retro and antique cars at Fort Konstantin on Kronstadt Island in the Gulf of Finland at FORTuna, a yearly car festival that highlights the eccentricities of the Soviet automobile industry. A car race, contests and a stunt show will give visitors a chance to rev their engines.



Monday, Sept. 8


This evening marks the opening of the two-week ballet festival High Season at the Mikhailovsky Theater. Check the theaters website for more details about performances and featured dancers.



Tuesday, Sept. 9


Discuss the latest news and issues at the AmCham Hazardous Waste Management Roundtable this morning in the Tango Conference Hall of the Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge on Birzhevoy Pereulok. Starting at 9 a.m., planned topics include the Krasny Bor landfill and waste transportation between Russia and Finland.


Learn more about the citys modern architectural trends at the SPIBA Real Estate and Construction Committees meeting on the topic Contemporary Petersburg Style: What is It? Participants will get the chance to discuss whats in-demand with RBI Holdings Irina Petrova and Lubava Pryanikova, and the current state of the local real estate market. Please confirm your attendance by Sept. 5 through SPIBAs website if you wish to attend.



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