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How to Celebrate Russia Day in St. Petersburg

Published: June 12, 2014 (Issue # 1815)



  • The Admiralty, left, and nearby Palace Square will be the location of many events celebrating Russia Day.
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons

As Petersburgers look for ways to spend the long weekend in celebration of Russia Day on June 12, a number of cultural events offer festive entertainment for every taste, reports Fontanka.ru.

The official program includes a number of free tours dedicated to the history of St. Petersburg and Leningrad as well as the residents who contributed to the development of the city and its culture. To participate in the tours simply arrive at one of the following starting points between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The excursions cover a wide range of themes including, the 70th anniversary of the end of the Siege of Leningrad (gather at Gostiny Dvor metro station); the 310th anniversary of the Summer Garden (Summer Gardens); the 180th anniversary of the opening the Hermitage and the Alexander Column (meet under the arch of the General Staff building); Lermontov and St. Petersburg (the Griboyedov Canal entrance to the Nevsky Prospekt metro station); the 215th anniversary of Pushkin's birth (Gostiny Dvor metro station); the 285th anniversary of the birth of Catherine the Great (Ploshchad Ostrovskogo); the Mariinsky Theatre and the Conservatory (Teatralnaya Ploshchad); the 125th anniversary of the birth of Anna Akhmatova (Gostiny Dvor metro station); and the founding of St. Petersburg (Peter and Paul Fortress).

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., anyone interested in trying their hand at a bit of plein-air drawing can join artists who are waiting on the spit of Vasilievsky Island in the shadow of the Rostral columns and the spit of Zayachy Island next to the Peter and Paul Fortress to help participants capture iconic views of the city.

And what would a citywide celebration in St. Petersburg be without a few concerts? June 12 is no exception and from noon to 3 p.m. dancers will perform on special stages set up across the city center, to be followed by musical performances. Russian folk dances from the pre-Petrine era will be followed by a naval orchestra in the Alexandrovsky Gardens (near the Admiralty). Ploshchad Isskustv will feature dancing from the court of Peter the Great and the military orchestra of the Preobrazhensky Regiment. Malaya Konushennaya Ulitsa will be awash in ballroom dancing from the late 19th century followed by an orchestra dressed in period costume. In front of Dom Radio on Malaya Sadovaya Ulitsa, folk dances from across Russia will be performed followed by a concert by an orchestra in period costume. Alexandrovsky Park (Gorkovskaya metro station) will host an orchestra dressed in WWI uniforms, while on Ploshchad Ostrovskogo an orchestra will entertain audiences in modern military uniform.

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Thursday, Oct. 30


Dental-Expo St. Petersburg 2014 concludes today at Lenexpo. Welcoming specialists from throughout the federation, the forum is an opportunity for dentists to share tricks of the trade and peruse the most recent innovations in technology and equipment, with over 100 companies hocking their wares at the event.



Friday, Oct. 31


Put your grammar and logical thinking to the test in a fun and friendly environment during the British Book Center’s Board Game Evening starting at 5 p.m. today. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.



Saturday, Nov. 1


The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at today’s Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nation’s premier bodybuilding competition. Not only will men and women be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and a trip to represent their nation at Mr. Olympia but sporting goods and nutritional supplements will also be available for sale. Learn more about the culture of the Indian subcontinent during Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated in St. Petersburg this weekend at the Culture Palace on Tambovskaya Ul. For 100 rubles ($2.40), festival-goers listen to Indian music, try on traditional Indian outfits and sample dishes highlighting the culinary diversity of the billion-plus people in the South Asian superpower.



Sunday, Nov. 2


Check out the latest video and interactive games at the Gaming Festival at the Mayakovsky Library ending today. Meet with the developers of the popular and learn more about their work, or learn how to play one of their creations with the opportunity to ask the creators themselves about the exact rules.



Monday, Nov. 3


Non-athletes can get feed their need for competition without breaking a sweat at the Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament this evening at the Cube Bar at Lomonosova 1. Referees will judge the validity of each matchup award points to winners while the city’s elite fight for the chance to be called the best of the best. Those hoping to play must arrange a team beforehand and pay 200 rubles ($4.80) to enter.



Tuesday, Nov. 4


Attend the premiere of Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s latest film “Mommy” at the Avrora theater this evening. The fifth picture from the 25-year-old, it is the story of an unruly teenager but the most alluring (or unappealing) aspect is the way the film was shot: in a 1:1 format that is more reminiscent of Instagram videos than cinematic art. Tickets cost 400 rubles ($9.60) and snacks and drinks will be available.



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