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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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Tuesday, Jan. 27


Observe the 71st anniversary of the end of the Siege of Leningrad on Palace Square with a free concert at 7 p.m. Listen to WWII-era songs and the poetry of Olga Bergholz while you peruse outdoor exhibitions dedicated to life during wartime. The event is capped off by a fireworks display at 9 p.m.



Stop by the Lexica School of Foreign Languages at 73 Ligovsky Prospekt from now until Friday for a free English lesson. The classes start at 7 p.m. and cover all levels, from Beginner to Advanced. Registration by telephone on 7641692 and a desire to improve your skills are the only prerequisites.



Wednesday, Jan. 28



Feel like becoming a publishing mogul? Stop by the Freedom anti-cafe at 7 Ulitsa Kazanskaya today at 8 p.m. where Simferopol, Crimea-based founder and chief editor of the Holst online magazine will talk about creating an internet magaine, including what stories to cover, how find an audience and build a team, where to find inspiration and how to stand out from the crowd. Admission is the normal price of the anti-café — 2 rubles per minute, which includes tea and snacks.



Learn everything you always wanted to know about wine, and perhaps a bit more, at the Le Nez du Vin seminar for wine lovers. Held at the WineJet Sommelier School, 100 Bolshoy Prospekt Petrograd Side, at 7:30 p.m., the event will cover wine production, the basics of wine tasting, the concept of terroir and the various countries where wine is produced. Tickets are 750 rubles and include a wine tasting. Register by calling +7 921 744 6264.



Thursday, Jan. 29



Attend a master class on how to deal with complicated business negotiations today at the International Banking Institute, 6 Malaya Sadovaya Ulitsa. Running from 3 to 6 p.m., Vadim Sokolov, an assistant professor at the St. Petersburg State University of Economics, will introduce aspects of managing the negotiation process and increasing its effectiveness. Attendance is free with pre-registration by telephone on 909 3056 or online at www.ibispb.ru



Celebrate what would be writer Anton Chekov's 155th birthday at the Bokvoed bookshop at 46 Nevsky Prospekt. Starting at 5 p.m., the legendary author will be feted with readings of his stories and short performances based on his plays by various St. Petersburg actors. Chekov's book will also be offered at a 15% discount during the event.





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