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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, July 31


Develop your leadership abilities during a lecture by famous Russian author and coach Radislav Gandapas. The event starts at 9 a.m. at 5 Lodeinopolskaya Ulitsa. The price for entry is 20,500 rubles ($570).


Relax and enjoy a Parisian atmosphere with some romantic and laidback jazz tunes during the Night of French Music at Lenny Jam Cafe, 63 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 250 rubles ($7).


The Women’s Business Club is hosting a Beauty Brunch where participants are invited to discuss the latest news in the beauty industry and listen to lectures by professional stylists in the business.



Friday, Aug. 1


Bikers from all around the world will gather to take part in a parade, extreme shows and rock concerts during the International Biker Festival that revs its engines today and runs through Aug. 3 near Olgino Hotel, 4/2 Primorskogo Shosse.


The Peter and Paul Fortress will be turned into an open-air cinema today and tomorrow as part of the 5th International Short and Animation Film Festival. A huge screen across the fortress walls will air short films non-stop with board games, photo sessions and other activities also on offer for visitors. For more information, visit www.opencinemafest.ru



Saturday, Aug. 2


Gatchina Palace Park Museum will host its second annual Night of Light, an impressive audio-visual show across the night sky. Tickets are 600 rubles ($16).


If graphic design is more your thing then check out Illustration Day, where you will be able to visit an exhibition, attend lectures by professionals and even show experts some of your own work. The event starts at noon at Zona Deystvia, 73 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 350 rubles ($10).



Sunday, Aug. 3


History lovers shouldn’t miss the chance to see reenactments of World War I battles in Pushkin at noon. Besides exciting war scenes, visitors can enjoy live music, historical costumes, an equestrian show and a fancy-dress parade starting from the Moscow gates.


Garage Sale, the popular and growing flea market where nothing is priced over 500 rubles ($14.11), starts today at noon in Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt. Be sure to get in early to score a bargain. Entry costs 50 rubles ($1.40)



Monday, Aug. 4


Continue the working week with a calm and steady mind with a free yoga lesson at 7 p.m. in the Bukvoyed store at 23A Vladimirsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Aug. 5


Visit The Romanov Dynasty doll exhibition today, where more than fifty porcelain dolls depicting Russian rulers, and made by Olina Ventzel, will be on show. The exhibition continues through Aug. 31 in Sheremetyev Palace, 34 Fontanka Naberezhnaya.



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