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June 2017
16:00—20:00
Guided tour of Presidential Library: Bringing Together Past and Future
Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library 3, Senatskaya Ploshchad
Guided tour of Presidential Library: Bringing Together Past and Future

The Library is located in the heart of St. Petersburg, on Senatskaya Ploshchad, opposite the Bronze Horseman. Visitors will have an opportunity to spend time in the refurbished interiors of the Synod building, built by Carlo Rossi, to take in an exhibition on the history of the building, and to see unique documents from the repositories of the first national electronic library in Russia.

Guided tours will take place twice daily, at 16:00 and 19:00. Groups should assemble and participants meet their guides in the main foyer of the Presidential Library.

Please present your SPIEF 2017 participant badge to join the tour.

19:00—22:30
Petergof fountain unveiling ceremony
5, Torgovaya Plocshad, Petergof
Petergof fountain unveiling ceremony

The fountains of Petergof, created by the best architects, together form a UNESCO World Heritage site and symbolize Russia’s greatness. The water cascades are living music embodying the Renaissance., Baroque and Classical eras.

Sberbank takes an active part in the restoration and reconstruction of Petergof’s cultural sites. That work prompted the decision to erect a new city fountain in its historical place, on Torgovaya Ploschad.

The unveiling of the state-of-the-art musical fountain will expand the city’s sightseeing map and become another place drawing Petergof residents and visitors.

Access to the event is free.

19:30—22:00
Gala concert
Mikhailovsky Theatre, 1, Ploshchad Iskusstv
Gala concert

This concert opens the Year Against Melanoma initiative, whose primary goal is to attract wide public attention to melanoma in a bid to dramatically increase awareness among the population and medical professionals about how the disease can be prevented and treated.

The performance will feature ballet stars such as Denis Rodkin, Nikolai Tsiskaridze (Bolshoi Theatre), Irina Perren, and Marat Shemiunov (Mikhailovsky Theatre).

Premium Package participants may attend the event by invitation. You can find detailed information in your personal web office.

19:30—20:45
Grand opening of the St. Petersburg Palaces International Music Festival
Armorial Hall, Winter Palace, State Hermitage Museum, 2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad
Grand opening of the St. Petersburg Palaces International Music Festival

A concert performance of Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, featuring a 120-strong choir including world opera stars. The lead soloists will be the magnificent soprano Chiara Taigi, the last pupil of Renata Tebaldi and favourite singer of the Pope, and the renowned Spanish tenor Sergio Escobar. The Taurida International Symphony Orchestra will perform under the baton of leading contemporary conductor Marco Guidarini.

A ticket is required to attend this event; tickets can be purchased via your personal web office. The price of these tickets is not included in the package.

20:00—00:00
Welcome cocktail hosted by the Chairman of the SPIEF 2017 Organizing Committee
Blok Restaurant, Leningrad Centre, 4, Potyomkinskaya Ulitsa
Welcome cocktail hosted by the Chairman of the SPIEF 2017 Organizing Committee

Guests will include Russian and foreign statesmen, key speakers and moderators from the Forum, and heads of major corporations. The programme will feature popular jazz and pop performances by vocal and instrumental groups.

Premium Package participants may attend the event by invitation of the Organizing Committee.

20:00—01:00
Charity battle FRIENDS–FUN–ROCK’N’ROLL
DLT Department Store Loft 21/23, ulitsa Bolshaya Konyushennaya

The event will have a true rock festival atmosphere; the country’s principal financiers will take to the stage, with charity as their goal. This is an event for philanthropists who really know how to relax. An entire constellation of business and arts stars will take part in the Charity Battle. Ivan Streshinsky, Vladimir Zhelonkin, Dmitry Razumov, Igor Kamenskoy, Alain Crevet, and others will appear at the event as musicians. Charity will be the responsibility of Alexander Rappoport, Aram Mnatsakanov, Uliyana Sergeyenko, Isaac Correa, Ksenia Rappoport, and others. From start to finish, the event will be hosted by Ivan Irgant, Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

A charity donation is required to attend the event. You may obtain more information from the event’s organizers. You can find detailed information in your Personal Web Office.

18:00—21:00
Design 24/7. Eco-Technologies: A Fad or a New Reality?
ARTPLAY Spb art space, 3, Krasnogvardeyskaya Ploshchad
Design 24/7. Eco-Technologies: A Fad or a New Reality?

An exclusive evening event created especially for visitors to Russia’s cultural capital, ‘Design, Science and the Future’ will showcase future technologies, smart textiles, smart jewellery, interactive objects, the science of personal branding, the use of lasers in treating stress, and a fabulous first look at a new fashion collection.

Programme:

- Secrets from a Trendsquire (Moscow/Paris) expert

- ‘Future Technologies Here and Now!’, an interactive laser show from the Lux Aeterna Theatre. - An artistic eco-performance from the Art&Science group on how art and technology is becoming art.

Première of Far Away KINGDOM, a new collection by Russian designer Polina Raudson, integrating future technologies.

Present your SPIEF 2017 participant badge to access this event.

19:00—00:00
M-1 Challenge 79 international mixed martial arts (MMA) tournament
Yubileyny Sports Palace, 18, Prospekt Dobrolyubova
M-1 Challenge 79 international mixed martial arts (MMA) tournament

To mark its twentieth year, M-1 Global will treat spectators to ten exciting and uncompromising mixed martial arts matches. The most talented, decorated, and entertaining MMA fighters from around the world will step into the hexagonal ring and take each other on to claim the title of strongest fighter on the planet. The highlight of the evening will be a fight involving the legendary Russian MMA superstar Alexander ‘Storm’ Shlemenko. This will be a truly unforgettable celebration, and one of the most thrilling sporting events this summer. 

Premium Package participants may attend the event by invitation. You can find detailed information in your personal web office.

19:00—23:00
Grand opening of the ‘Silk Labyrinth’ exhibition
KGallery, 24, Nab. Reki Fontanki
Grand opening of the ‘Silk Labyrinth’ exhibition

The ‘Silk Labyrinth’ exhibition is an artistic and educational event which will provide a glimpse into the wonderful world of twentieth-century fashion design, giving visitors an opportunity to learn the history of sought-after accessories and listen to interesting lectures. Around 50 extremely rare designs have been provided to the exhibition by the Maison Carré Foundation, the largest private collection of Hermès silk scarves. Visitors will be able to trace much of the history of Hermès’ iconic scarves and mark 80 years since they entered mass production. In addition to the scarves themselves, the exhibition will feature some original sketches and the source materials which inspired the artists to create these designs. A multimedia display will give a visual demonstration of how Hermès scarves are made.

Premium Package participants may attend the event by invitation. 

19:00—00:00
Classical Music in the Castle
St. Michael’s (Mikhailovsky) Castle 2, Sadovaya Ulitsa
Classical Music in the Castle

Evening programme: a classical musical concert featuring leading soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre Maria Bayankina and Alexei Markov, a performance by Moral Code X, and exclusive guided tours of St. Michael’s Castle in Russian and English.

Premium Package participants may attend the event by invitation. You can find detailed information in your personal web office.

19:30—21:30
India Reception given by the Confederation of Indian Industry
Krysha Hall, Grand Hotel Europe (Belmond), 1/7, Ul. Mikhailovskaya
India Reception given by the Confederation of Indian Industry

The evening will feature a colourful programme of entertainment, including dance performances, an Indian fashion show, and Bollywood musical accompaniment. In addition to immersing themselves in Indian culture, guests will also be able to sample the variety of Indian cuisine, and establish business contacts with the large Indian delegation in a relaxed setting.

Premium Package participants may attend the event by invitation. You can find detailed information in your personal web office.

21:00—23:00
Charity auction in aid of the Konevsky Rozhdestvo-Bogorodichny monastery
Elena Tsvetkova House of Jewellery showroom 18, Angliyskaya Naberezhnaya
Charity auction in aid of the Konevsky Rozhdestvo-Bogorodichny monastery

As part of the celebrations marking the 625th anniversary of the founding of the Konevsky Rozhdestvo-Bogorodichny monastery set to take place in June 2018, the Elena Tsvetkova House of Jewellery has received a blessing to create a Eucharistic collection (employing the incredibly complex technique used to make stained glass enamel) and to collect contributions towards creating this collection for the Monastery.

Items from the Orthodox collection will be on display at the charity auction: icons, Easter eggs, portraits of saints created using the ancient technique of gold-plating by hand, frescoes (including those with mother-of-pearl), filigree, precious stones and pearls, and enamel work (including stained glass enamel).

Please present your SPIEF 2017 participant badge to access this event.

Exhibitions
08:00—20:00
Russian Industry 2.0 photo exhibition ‘Investment: Aiming for Results’
ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre, 64, Peterburgskoye Shosse
Russian Industry 2.0 photo exhibition ‘Investment: Aiming for Results’

A major photo exhibition illustrating the activities of Russian and foreign companies which have been successful in Russia and are cooperating with local producers, steelworks, ship- and aircraft-builders, and many other industries. The exhibition beautifully demonstrates the country’s enormous potential and will help to persuade foreign investors of the profitability of investing in the development of various Russian industries.

The exhibition is located in the Governors’ Club, pavilion H

12:00—18:00
Exhibition: The Best of Winter Insomnia 2017
St. Petersburg State Capella Choir 20, Naberezhnaya reki Moiki
Exhibition: The Best of Winter Insomnia 2017

The works by contemporary artists presented in this exhibition were created in-situ, directly inspired by listening to live music at the St. Petersburg Capella. The pieces were produced during the ‘Petersburg. Winter. Jazz.’ masterclass, held at the Capella in February 2017. Also on display will be new work by artist Ashot Khachatryan, created as part of the ‘Artists Paint Music’ project during a concert given on May 24, 2017 by the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra and conducted by People’s Artist of the USSR Vladislav Chernushenko.

Please present your SPIEF 2017 badge to gain access to the exhibition.

13:00—18:00
Excursion: 500 Years of Russian Singing Tradition, or 300 Steps of a Russian Emperor
St. Petersburg State Capella Choir 20, Naberezhnaya reki Moiki
Excursion: 500 Years of Russian Singing Tradition, or 300 Steps of a Russian Emperor

This excursion will take you on a journey through centuries of Russian singing tradition: the traditions and particular features of Russian choral singing, the long history of the Capella, the roles of the Russian tsars and emperors in its development, and the life of the Capella today. Those who attend will discover parts of the historical Capella building which are not usually seen by audiences, and will find themselves immersed in the creative atmosphere of the oldest concert hall in Russia.

The excursion is available by advance request. More detailed information can be found in your personal web office.

16:00—20:00
Guided tour of Presidential Library: Bringing Together Past and Future
Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library 3, Senatskaya Ploshchad
Guided tour of Presidential Library: Bringing Together Past and Future

The Library is located in the heart of St. Petersburg, on Senatskaya Ploshchad, opposite the Bronze Horseman. Visitors will have an opportunity to spend time in the refurbished interiors of the Synod building, built by Carlo Rossi, to take in an exhibition on the history of the building, and to see unique documents from the repositories of the first national electronic library in Russia.

Guided tours will take place twice daily, at 16:00 and 19:00. Groups should assemble and participants meet their guides in the main foyer of the Presidential Library.

Please present your SPIEF 2017 participant badge to join the tour.

00:00—00:00
‘So Easy To Be Nearby’ photo exhibition
1–3, Ul. Malaya Konyushennaya (at the corner of Cheboksarsky Pereulok)
‘So Easy To Be Nearby’ photo exhibition

The ‘So Easy To Be Nearby’ outdoor photo exhibition is the result of a cooperative project between two charity organizations, the Zvyozdy detyam (Stars for Children) foundation and Down Centre.

The photos depict children with special needs meeting well-known stars. The organizers hope to draw public attention to these children and help them find their place in life.
 

The exhibition is open around the clock.

St. Petersburg museums and surrounding areas
07:00—23:00
Catherine and Alexander Parks
7, Sadovaya Ul., Pushkin
Catherine and Alexander Parks

The magnificent palace complex at Tsarskoye Selo would not be complete without its parks, the most important of which, Catherine and Alexander, are named after the palaces that grace their grounds.

Catherine Park is divided into two parts – the regular Old Garden and an English landscaped park. Symmetry lies at the heart of the design of the Old Garden, with the palace at its centre, and strictly mapped out avenues, squares, pavilions, and sculptures.

Alexander Park spans around 200 hectares and flanks the courtyard of Catherine Palace. It is also divided into a regular part (the New Garden) and a landscaped park.

 

Access is available to Premium Package participants upon presentation of a badge.

10:00—17:00
‘Russia in the Great War’ exhibition in the Martial Chamber
5A, Fermskaya Doroga, Pushkin
‘Russia in the Great War’ exhibition in the Martial Chamber

This is the first museum in modern Russia dedicated to the tragic World War I period (1914–1917). It is located in the Sovereign’s Martial Chamber, conceived by Emperor Nicholas II as a pantheon of military glory.

On display at the exhibition are genuine military and household items belonging to those who took part in the First World War, as well as documentary and photographic materials from the Tsarskoe Selo Museum Reserve collection. In addition, interactive multimedia stands will tell the full story of the events of the war and those who participated in it.

 

Tickets for entry can be purchased at the museum ticket office.

10:00—17:00
‘The Arsenal of Tsarskoye Selo: The Imperial Arms Collection’ exhibition in the Arsenal building
Alexander Park, Pushkin
‘The Arsenal of Tsarskoye Selo: The Imperial Arms Collection’ exhibition in the Arsenal building

The ‘Arsenal of Tsarskoye Selo: The Imperial Arms Collection’ exhibition, curated in conjunction with the State Hermitage Museum, first opened in 2016. The exhibited items include a collection of Eastern bladed weapons, firearms from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and European arms and equipment from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, including armour, helmets, halberds, swords, and horse harnesses. The State Hermitage contributed some rare items from its collection for temporary display, including some sixteenth century armour from Nicholas I’s collection.

Tickets for entry can be purchased at the building’s ticket office.

10:00—14:30
Fabergé Museum
Shuvalov Palace 21, Nab. Reki Fontanki
Fabergé Museum

The Fabergé Museum, in the Shuvalov Palace, houses the world’s largest collection of works by the House of Fabergé. Here you can not only appreciate the exquisite jewellery masterpieces from the Imperial Easter Series commissioned by the two last Russian Emperors, but also cabinet gifts, lapidary art, silver, enamel, and jewelled Russian icons, all crafts in which Fabergé specialized.

Access is available to Premium Package participants upon presentation of a badge. 

 
13:00—20:30
Russian Museum. Michael (Mikhailovsky) Palace
4, Inzhenernaya Ul.
Russian Museum. Michael (Mikhailovsky) Palace

Michael Palace houses the Russian Museum’s main collections. It was built for Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich, one of the sons of Emperor Paul I, and designed by Carlo Rossi. The museum is home to works by Ivan Aivazovsky, Karl Bryullov, Ilya Repin, Ivan Shishkin, Vasily Surikov, Léon Bakst, Konstantin Korovin, Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, and other artists.

Access is available to Premium Package participants upon presentation of a badge. 

13:00—16:30
Russian Museum. St. Michael’s (Mikhailovsky) Castle
2, Sadovaya Ul.
Russian Museum. St. Michael’s (Mikhailovsky) Castle

St. Michael’s Castle is a cross between a medieval knight’s castle and a noble eighteenth-century European palace. Emperor Paul I commissioned Italian architect Vincenzo Brenna to build him this ceremonial residence to the Emperor’s own design (1797–1801). The palace halls house the permanent exhibition ‘Faces of Russia: Portrait Gallery of the Russian Museum’, the Open Sculpture Fund, and original sculptures from the Summer Garden. Temporary exhibitions are also held (Leonid Krivitsky).

Access is available to Premium Package participants upon presentation of a badge. 

13:00—20:30
Russian Museum. Marble Palace
5/1, Millionnaya Ul.
Russian Museum. Marble Palace

Built by Antonio Rinaldi in 1768–1785. It was used as a residence by Grand Dukes. The interior decoration of the palace is a rare example of the use of natural stone, with almost 30 varieties of marble and granite. Some of the palace’s halls house permanent exhibitions: the ‘Rzhevsky Brothers Collection’, the ‘Rooms of the Grand Duke Konstantin Romanov’, and the ‘Ludwig Museum at the Russian Museum’. There are also temporary modern art exhibitions (Hunt Slonem).

Access is available to Premium Package participants upon presentation of a badge. 

13:00—20:30
Russian Museum. Stroganov Palace
17, Nevsky Prospekt
Russian Museum. Stroganov Palace

This palace, which once belonged to the famous Stroganov family, is one of the best examples of Russian baroque architecture (built in 1754, architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli). Later redevelopment and interior decoration was carried out by Andrey Voronikhin, Carlo Rossi, Pyotr Sadovnikov, Harald Julius von Bosse, and others. The palace features a unique series of restored rooms and temporary exhibitions (‘Anna Azbel: Childhood Portrayed’).

Access is available to Premium Package participants upon presentation of a badge. 

13:00—20:30
Russian Museum. Benois Wing
2, Nab. Kanala Griboedova
Russian Museum. Benois Wing

The Benois wing was created in 1910–1912 by architects Leon Benois and Sergey Ovsyannikov. It is now home to permanent exhibitions of Russian art from the turn of the twentieth century, and temporary exhibition halls (‘Vasily Vereshchagin: To the 175th Anniversary of the Artist’, ‘The Art of Novgorod the Great in the Time of Prelate Macarius’).

Access is available to Premium Package participants upon presentation of a badge. 

Theatrical performances

A ticket is required to attend these events. They can be purchased via your personal web office. The price of these tickets is not included in the package.

19:00—22:35
Mariinsky Theatre
1, Teatralnaya Ploshchad
Mariinsky Theatre

Prokofiev, Betrothal in a Monastery. Lyrical comic opera.

19:00—22:10
Mariinsky II
34, Ul. Dekabristov
Mariinsky II

Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake. Fantastical ballet.

19:30—21:10
Mikhailovsky Theatre
1, Ploshchad Iskusstv
Mikhailovsky Theatre

La Sylphide, ballet in two acts.

Music by Herman Løvenskiold.

This ballet, which maintained the romantic dancing style for many years and became one of biggest theatrical legends of the nineteenth century, comes to our stage in Danish choreographer August Bournonville’s version. The illusiveness and unattainability of one’s dreams are revealed through the story of James, a young Scotsman. He has promised his heart to a girl from the local village but then comes across an enchanting spirit of the air, the sylph. Having forsaken everything on Earth, the young man attempts to get close to this spectral beauty.

20:00—22:40
Alexandrinsky Theatre
6, Pl. Ostrovskogo
Alexandrinsky Theatre

Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake.

Performed by the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre.

20:00—21:30
Performance by Yuri Bashmet and the All-Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra
Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, 20, Ul. Pisareva (entrance at 37, Ul. Dekabristov)
Performance by Yuri Bashmet and the All-Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra

The All-Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra was established in 2012. The first line-up, led by Yuri Bashmet, included 90 young musicians aged between 10 and 22 from 35 Russian cities. The orchestra was formed on the basis of a national competition that was unique in terms of its idea and scope.

The first part of the concert will feature young musicians performing as soloists. The second half will include Kol Nidrei by Max Bruch (soloist Yuri Bashmet) and Symphony No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven.

19:00—22:00
Gala reception given by the Governor of St. Petersburg
Manege Central Exhibition Hall 1, Isaakievskaya Ploshchad
Gala reception given by the Governor of St. Petersburg

Guests will have the opportunity to view the Best of Russia 2016 exhibition, a photography project unprecedented in scale and covering every region of Russia, and a showcase of works by Dashi Namdakov, a unique Buryat artist who has preserved his nation’s traditions while presenting them in a new, avant-garde light. There will also be performances from some of Russia’s best music groups across a variety of genres. Popular hits will be performed by the Ars Nova Jazz ensemble, led by Honoured Artist of Russia Petr Kornev, virtuoso trumpeter Vadim Eilenkrig, and the highly respected baritone and People’s Artist of Russia from the Mariinsky Theatre Vasily Gerello. Guests will also get a chance to see one of the most exciting phenomena of the Russian twenty-first century music scene: the St. Petersburg group Billy’sBand, who have created their own style with a mixture of blues, swing, jazz, and rock. A business meeting area will be arranged in the Manege courtyard.

Premium Package participants may attend the event by invitation. You can find detailed information in your personal web office.

19:00—22:00
“Meditation: the Sculptural Art of Dashi Namdakov” – exhibition
Manege Central Exhibition Hall 1, IsaakievskayaPloshchad
“Meditation: the Sculptural Art of Dashi Namdakov” – exhibition

The opening of the exhibition Meditation: The Sculptures of Dashi Namdakov will be held as part of the gala reception given by the Governor of St. Petersburg. This unique Buryat artist has preserved his nation’s traditions while presenting them in a new, avant-garde light. The combination of classical Eastern traditions and familiar European civilizations gives his work an unparalleled uniqueness, style, and character. Namdakov’s works are clear representations of figures from the ancient world. However, he is quite evidently a contemporary artist. It is almost as if his works revive forgotten forms and stories from bygone eras, bringing them to our world with all their energy and power. This idea of ancient and forgotten eras is a natural part of Dashi Namdakov’s artistic style.

From June 8 to 30, the exhibition will be open to guests and residents of St. Petersburg.

19:00—00:00
FIGHT NIGHTS GLOBAL 68 International MMA Tournament
Yubileyny Sports Palace 18, Prospekt Dobrolyubova
FIGHT NIGHTS GLOBAL 68 International MMA Tournament

The evening programme will feature more than ten hard-fought battles involving Russian and world MMA stars. The main event will be the fight for the title of FIGHT NIGHTS GLOBAL heavyweight champion between Moscow’s undefeated fighter Sergey Pavlovich and the star of St. Petersburg MMA, Sambo world champion Mikhail Mokhnatkin.

Another highly anticipated match will be the heavyweight super-fight between two stars of global MMA: four-time world Sambo champion and undefeated Russian fighter Vitaly Minakov, and Brazilian Antonio Silva, who acquired worldwide fame after an early victory over MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko.

FIGHT NIGHTS GLOBAL 68 will feature a debut by former UFC fighter from Donbass Nikita Krylov, whose rival will be the popular American fighter and former Bellator champion Emanuel Newton.

Premium Package participants may attend the event by invitation. You can find detailed information in your personal web office.

Exhibitions
08:00—20:00
Russian Industry 2.0 photo exhibition ‘Investment: Aiming for Results’
ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre, 64, Peterburgskoye Shosse
Russian Industry 2.0 photo exhibition ‘Investment: Aiming for Results’

A major photo exhibition illustrating the activities of Russian and foreign companies which have been successful in Russia and are cooperating with local producers, steelworks, ship- and aircraft-builders, and many other industries. The exhibition beautifully demonstrates the country’s enormous potential and will help to persuade foreign investors of the profitability of investing in the development of various Russian industries.

The exhibition is located in the Governors’ Club, pavilion H

12:00—18:00
Exhibition: The Best of Winter Insomnia 2017
St. Petersburg State Capella Choir 20, Naberezhnaya reki Moiki
Exhibition: The Best of Winter Insomnia 2017

The works by contemporary artists presented in this exhibition were created in-situ, directly inspired by listening to live music at the St. Petersburg Capella. The pieces were produced during the ‘Petersburg. Winter. Jazz.’ masterclass, held at the Capella in February 2017. Also on display will be new work by artist Ashot Khachatryan, created as part of the ‘Artists Paint Music’ project during a concert given on May 24, 2017 by the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra and conducted by People’s Artist of the USSR Vladislav Chernushenko.

Please present your SPIEF 2017 badge to gain access to the exhibition.

13:00—18:00
Excursion: 500 Years of Russian Singing Tradition, or 300 Steps of a Russian Emperor
St. Petersburg State Capella Choir 20, Naberezhnaya reki Moiki
Excursion: 500 Years of Russian Singing Tradition, or 300 Steps of a Russian Emperor

This excursion will take you on a journey through centuries of Russian singing tradition: the traditions and particular features of Russian choral singing, the long history of the Capella, the roles of the Russian tsars and emperors in its development, and the life of the Capella today. Those who attend will discover parts of the historical Capella building which are not usually seen by audiences, and will find themselves immersed in the creative atmosphere of the oldest concert hall in Russia.

The excursion is available by advance request. More detailed information can be found in your personal web office.

16:00—20:00
Guided tour of Presidential Library: Bringing Together Past and Future
Guided tour of Presidential Library: Bringing Together Past and Future
Guided tour of Presidential Library: Bringing Together Past and Future

The Library is located in the heart of St. Petersburg, on Senatskaya Ploshchad, opposite the Bronze Horseman. Visitors will have an opportunity to spend time in the refurbished interiors of the Synod building, built by Carlo Rossi, to take in an exhibition on the history of the building, and to see unique documents from the repositories of the first national electronic library in Russia.

Guided tours will take place twice daily, at 16:00 and 19:00. Groups should assemble and participants meet their guides in the main foyer of the Presidential Library.

Please present your SPIEF 2017 participant badge to join the tour.

00:00—00:00
‘So Easy To Be Nearby’ photo exhibition
1–3, Ul. Malaya Konyushennaya (at the corner of Cheboksarsky Pereulok)
‘So Easy To Be Nearby’ photo exhibition

The ‘So Easy To Be Nearby’ outdoor photo exhibition is the result of a cooperative project between two charity organizations, the Zvyozdy detyam (Stars for Children) foundation and Down Centre.

The photos depict children with special needs meeting well-known stars. The organizers hope to draw public attention to these children and help them find their place in life.

The exhibition is open around the clock.

16:00—21:00
‘Handwritten Treasures of the East on the Banks of the Neva’ exhibition
Novo-Mikhailovsky Palace, 18, Dvortsovaya Nab.
‘Handwritten Treasures of the East on the Banks of the Neva’ exhibition

The Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences is home to the largest collection of oriental manuscripts in Russia and one of the most valuable such collections in Europe. The exhibition will showcase its exceptional collection of Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, and Indian manuscript treasures, as well as ancient examples of Arabic writing, Persian and Mongolian miniatures, and Sanskrit manuscripts from various eras.

You must have a SPIEF 2017 participant badge or an invitation in order to gain access to the exhibition.

St. Petersburg museums and surrounding areas
07:00—23:00
Catherine and Alexander Parks
7, Sadovaya Ul., Pushkin
Catherine and Alexander Parks

The magnificent palace complex at Tsarskoye Selo would not be complete without its parks, the most important of which, Catherine and Alexander, are named after the palaces that grace their grounds.

Catherine Park is divided into two parts – the regular Old Garden and an English landscaped park. Symmetry lies at the heart of the design of the Old Garden, with the palace at its centre, and strictly mapped out avenues, squares, pavilions, and sculptures.

Alexander Park spans around 200 hectares and flanks the courtyard of Catherine Palace. It is also divided into a regular part (the New Garden) and a landscaped park.

Access is available to Premium Package participants upon presentation of a badge. 

10:00—17:00
‘Russia in the Great War’ exhibition in the Martial Chamber
5A, Fermskaya Doroga, Pushkin
‘Russia in the Great War’ exhibition in the Martial Chamber

This is the first museum in modern Russia dedicated to the tragic World War I period (1914–1917). It is located in the Sovereign’s Martial Chamber, conceived by Emperor Nicholas II as a pantheon of military glory.

On display at the exhibition are genuine military and household items belonging to those who took part in the First World War, as well as documentary and photographic materials from the Tsarskoe Selo Museum Reserve collection. In addition, interactive multimedia stands will tell the full story of the events of the war and those who participated in it.

Tickets for entry can be purchased at the museum ticket office.

10:00—17:00
‘The Arsenal of Tsarskoye Selo: The Imperial Arms Collection’ exhibition in the Arsenal building
Alexander Park, Pushkin
‘The Arsenal of Tsarskoye Selo: The Imperial Arms Collection’ exhibition in the Arsenal building

The ‘Arsenal of Tsarskoye Selo: The Imperial Arms Collection’ exhibition, curated in conjunction with the State Hermitage Museum, first opened in 2016. The exhibited items include a collection of Eastern bladed weapons, firearms from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and European arms and equipment from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, including armour, helmets, halberds, swords, and horse harnesses. The State Hermitage contributed some rare items from its collection for temporary display, including some sixteenth century armour from Nicholas I’s collection.

Tickets for entry can be purchased at the building’s ticket office.

10:00—17:00
‘Agate Rooms: The Way to Revival’ exhibition in the Cold Baths pavilion
Catherine Park, Pushkin
‘Agate Rooms: The Way to Revival’ exhibition in the Cold Baths pavilion

To the wing of the Great Palace at Tsarskoye Selo, whose mezzanine housed Catherine II’s private chambers, is adjoined a complex of buildings created between 1780 and 1794 by architect Charles Cameron. Various structures with different functions make up the ensemble, and are united by a single artistic thread: the Cameron Gallery, the Cold Bath pavilion with the Agate Rooms, the Hanging Gardens, the Flower Gardens and the Ramp. Cameron paid particular attention to the state rooms on the first floor of the Cold Baths: the Agate Rooms are decorated with marble, paintings, gilded bronze, patterned parquets, coloured jasper from the Urals and Altai cut by eighteenth-century Russian craftsmen with exceptional mastery.

Tickets for entry can be purchased at the building’s ticket office.

10:00—17:30
Russian Museum. Michael (Mikhailovsky) Palace
4, Inzhenernaya Ul.
Russian Museum. Michael (Mikhailovsky) Palace

Michael Palace houses the Russian Museum’s main collections. It was built for Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich, one of the sons of Emperor Paul I, and designed by Carlo Rossi. The museum is home to works by Ivan Aivazovsky, Karl Bryullov, Ilya Repin, Ivan Shishkin, Vasily Surikov, Léon Bakst, Konstantin Korovin, Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, and other artists.

Access is available to Premium Package participants upon presentation of a badge. 

10:00—20:15
Fabergé Museum
Shuvalov Palace 21, Nab. Reki Fontanki
Fabergé Museum

The Fabergé Museum, in the Shuvalov Palace, houses the world’s largest collection of works by the House of Fabergé. Here you can not only appreciate the exquisite jewellery masterpieces from the Imperial Easter Series commissioned by the two last Russian Emperors, but also cabinet gifts, lapidary art, silver, enamel, and jewelled Russian icons, all crafts in which Fabergé specialized.

Access is available to Premium Package participants upon presentation of a badge. 

10:00—17:30
Russian Museum. Benois Wing
2, Nab. Kanala Griboedova
Russian Museum. Benois Wing

The Benois wing was created in 1910–1912 by architects Leon Benois and Sergey Ovsyannikov. It is now home to permanent exhibitions of Russian art from the turn of the twentieth century, and temporary exhibition halls (‘Vasily Vereshchagin: To the 175th Anniversary of the Artist’, ‘The Art of Novgorod the Great in the Time of Prelate Macarius’).

Access is available to Premium Package participants upon presentation of a badge. 

Theatrical performances

A ticket is required to attend these events. They can be purchased via your personal web office. The price of these tickets is not included in the package.

19:00—22:45
Mariinsky Theatre
1, Teatralnaya Ploshchad
Mariinsky Theatre

Prince Igor

Opera in two acts with a prologue.

Music by Alexander Borodin.
Libretto by the composer based on Old Russian epos The Tale of Igor´s Raid.

19:00—22:30
Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall
20, Ul. Pisareva, (entrance from 37, Ul. Dekabristov)
Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall

Weinberg, The Idiot. Opera.

19:00—22:10
Mariinsky II
34, Ul. Dekabristov
Mariinsky II

Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake. Fantastical ballet.

19:30—21:10
Mikhailovsky Theatre
1, Ploshchad Iskusstv
Mikhailovsky Theatre

La Sylphide, ballet in two acts.

Music by Herman Løvenskiold.

This ballet, which maintained the romantic dancing style for many years and became one of biggest theatrical legends of the nineteenth century, comes to our stage in Danish choreographer August Bournonville’s version. The illusiveness and unattainability of one’s dreams are revealed through the story of James, a young Scotsman. He has promised his heart to a girl from the local village but then comes across an enchanting spirit of the air, the sylph. Having forsaken everything on Earth, the young man attempts to get close to this spectral beauty.

20:00—22:40
Alexandrinsky Theatre
6, Pl. Ostrovskogo
Alexandrinsky Theatre

Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake.

Performed by the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre.

18:00—22:00
Petersburg.Live Festival
Dvortsovaya Pl.
Petersburg.Live Festival

A music festival dedicated to the 55th anniversary of Viktor Tsoi’s birth, with performances by popular rock groups such as Piknik, Pilot, Kukryniksy, Northern Fleet, Brigade Contract, and The Hatters, who will perform Kino’s best-known songs. In addition, large festival screens will show rare footage of speeches, an interview with Viktor Tsoi, and previously unseen archive materials from the private collections of family and friends. The audience will also be treated to a few musical surprises.

Premium Package and Standard Package participants may attend the event by invitation. You can find detailed information in your personal web office.

19:00—20:30
Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (laVerdi)
Alexandrinsky Theatre, 6, Pl. Ostrovskogo
Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (laVerdi)

The laVerdi orchestra, founded in Milan in 1993, is one of the most successful musical ensembles in Italy, and around the world. The orchestra has been awarded a Grammy, has performed at the BBC Proms, and undertaken numerous world tours. It has a repertoire which includes the best works from a number of centuries, ranging from Bach to the symphonic masterpieces of the nineteenth century and the music of twentieth-century composers. The St. Petersburg concert programme will include works by Tchaikovsky, Respighi, and Brahms.

Premium Package and Standard Package participants may attend the event by invitation. You can find detailed information in your personal web office.

Exhibitions
08:00—20:00
Russian Industry 2.0 photo exhibition ‘Investment: Aiming for Results’
ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre, 64, Peterburgskoye Shosse
Russian Industry 2.0 photo exhibition ‘Investment: Aiming for Results’

A major photo exhibition illustrating the activities of Russian and foreign companies which have been successful in Russia and are cooperating with local producers, steelworks, ship- and aircraft-builders, and many other industries. The exhibition beautifully demonstrates the country’s enormous potential and will help to persuade foreign investors of the profitability of investing in the development of various Russian industries.

The exhibition is located in the Governors’ Club, pavilion H

10:00—18:00
‘Handwritten Treasures of the East on the Banks of the Neva’ exhibition
Novo-Mikhailovsky Palace, 18, Dvortsovaya Nab.
‘Handwritten Treasures of the East on the Banks of the Neva’ exhibition

The Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences is home to the largest collection of oriental manuscripts in Russia and one of the most valuable such collections in Europe. The exhibition will showcase its exceptional collection of Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, and Indian manuscript treasures, as well as ancient examples of Arabic writing, Persian and Mongolian miniatures, and Sanskrit manuscripts from various eras.

You must have a SPIEF 2017 participant badge or an invitation in order to gain access to the exhibition.

12:00—18:00
‘Silk Labyrinth’ exhibition
KGallery, 24, Nab. Reki Fontanki
‘Silk Labyrinth’ exhibition

The ‘Silk Labyrinth’ exhibition is an artistic and educational event which will provide a glimpse into the wonderful world of twentieth-century fashion design, giving visitors an opportunity to learn the history of sought-after accessories and listen to interesting lectures. Around 50 extremely rare designs have been provided to the exhibition by the Maison Carré Foundation, the largest private collection of Hermès silk scarves. Visitors will be able to trace much of the history of Hermès’ iconic scarves and mark 80 years since they entered mass production. In addition to the scarves themselves, the exhibition will feature some original sketches and the source materials which inspired the artists to create these designs. A multimedia display will give a visual demonstration of how Hermès scarves are made.

Please present your SPIEF 2017 badge to gain access to the exhibition.

12:00—18:00
Exhibition: The Best of Winter Insomnia 2017
St. Petersburg State Capella Choir 20, Naberezhnaya reki Moiki
Exhibition: The Best of Winter Insomnia 2017

The works by contemporary artists presented in this exhibition were created in-situ, directly inspired by listening to live music at the St. Petersburg Capella. The pieces were produced during the ‘Petersburg. Winter. Jazz.’ masterclass, held at the Capella in February 2017. Also on display will be new work by artist Ashot Khachatryan, created as part of the ‘Artists Paint Music’ project during a concert given on May 24, 2017 by the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra and conducted by People’s Artist of the USSR Vladislav Chernushenko.

Please present your SPIEF 2017 badge to gain access to the exhibition.

16:00—20:00
Guided tour of Presidential Library: Bringing Together Past and Future
Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library 3, Senatskaya Ploshchad
Guided tour of Presidential Library: Bringing Together Past and Future

The Library is located in the heart of St. Petersburg, on Senatskaya Ploshchad, opposite the Bronze Horseman. Visitors will have an opportunity to spend time in the refurbished interiors of the Synod building, built by Carlo Rossi, to take in an exhibition on the history of the building, and to see unique documents from the repositories of the first national electronic library in Russia.

Guided tours will take place twice daily, at 16:00 and 19:00. Groups should assemble and participants meet their guides in the main foyer of the Presidential Library.

Please present your SPIEF 2017 participant badge to join the tour.

00:00—00:00
‘So Easy To Be Nearby’ photo exhibition
1–3, Ul. Malaya Konyushennaya (at the corner of Cheboksarsky Pereulok)
‘So Easy To Be Nearby’ photo exhibition

The ‘So Easy To Be Nearby’ outdoor photo exhibition is the result of a cooperative project between two charity organizations, the Zvyozdy detyam (Stars for Children) foundation and Down Centre.

The photos depict children with special needs meeting well-known stars. The organizers hope to draw public attention to these children and help them find their place in life.

The exhibition is open around the clock.

St. Petersburg museums and surrounding areas
07:00—23:00
Catherine and Alexander Parks
7, Sadovaya Ul., Pushkin
Catherine and Alexander Parks

The magnificent palace complex at Tsarskoye Selo would not be complete without its parks, the most important of which, Catherine and Alexander, are named after the palaces that grace their grounds.

Catherine Park is divided into two parts – the regular Old Garden and an English landscaped park. Symmetry lies at the heart of the design of the Old Garden, with the palace at its centre, and strictly mapped out avenues, squares, pavilions, and sculptures.

Alexander Park spans around 200 hectares and flanks the courtyard of Catherine Palace. It is also divided into a regular part (the New Garden) and a landscaped park.

Access is available to Premium Package participants upon presentation of a badge. 

10:00—17:00
‘Russia in the Great War’ exhibition in the Martial Chamber
5A, Fermskaya Doroga, Pushkin
‘Russia in the Great War’ exhibition in the Martial Chamber

This is the first museum in modern Russia dedicated to the tragic World War I period (1914–1917). It is located in the Sovereign’s Martial Chamber, conceived by Emperor Nicholas II as a pantheon of military glory.

On display at the exhibition are genuine military and household items belonging to those who took part in the First World War, as well as documentary and photographic materials from the Tsarskoe Selo Museum Reserve collection. In addition, interactive multimedia stands will tell the full story of the events of the war and those who participated in it.

Tickets for entry can be purchased at the museum ticket office.

10:00—17:00
‘The Arsenal of Tsarskoye Selo: The Imperial Arms Collection’ exhibition in the Arsenal building
Alexander Park, Pushkin
‘The Arsenal of Tsarskoye Selo: The Imperial Arms Collection’ exhibition in the Arsenal building

The ‘Arsenal of Tsarskoye Selo: The Imperial Arms Collection’ exhibition, curated in conjunction with the State Hermitage Museum, first opened in 2016. The exhibited items include a collection of Eastern bladed weapons, firearms from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and European arms and equipment from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, including armour, helmets, halberds, swords, and horse harnesses. The State Hermitage contributed some rare items from its collection for temporary display, including some sixteenth century armour from Nicholas I’s collection.

Tickets for entry can be purchased at the building’s ticket office.

10:00—17:00
‘Agate Rooms: The Way to Revival’ exhibition in the Cold Baths pavilion
Catherine Park, Pushkin
‘Agate Rooms: The Way to Revival’ exhibition in the Cold Baths pavilion

To the wing of the Great Palace at Tsarskoye Selo, whose mezzanine housed Catherine II’s private chambers, is adjoined a complex of buildings created between 1780 and 1794 by architect Charles Cameron. Various structures with different functions make up the ensemble, and are united by a single artistic thread: the Cameron Gallery, the Cold Bath pavilion with the Agate Rooms, the Hanging Gardens, the Flower Gardens and the Ramp. Cameron paid particular attention to the state rooms on the first floor of the Cold Baths: the Agate Rooms are decorated with marble, paintings, gilded bronze, patterned parquets, coloured jasper from the Urals and Altai cut by eighteenth-century Russian craftsmen with exceptional mastery.

Tickets for entry can be purchased at the building’s ticket office.

10:00—20:15
Fabergé Museum
Shuvalov Palace 21, Nab. Reki Fontanki
Fabergé Museum

The Fabergé Museum, in the Shuvalov Palace, houses the world’s largest collection of works by the House of Fabergé. Here you can not only appreciate the exquisite jewellery masterpieces from the Imperial Easter Series commissioned by the two last Russian Emperors, but also cabinet gifts, lapidary art, silver, enamel, and jewelled Russian icons, all crafts in which Fabergé specialized.

Access is available to Premium Package participants upon presentation of a badge. 

10:00—17:30
Russian Museum. Michael (Mikhailovsky) Palace
4, Inzhenernaya Ul.
Russian Museum. Michael (Mikhailovsky) Palace

Michael Palace houses the Russian Museum’s main collections. It was built for Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich, one of the sons of Emperor Paul I, and designed by Carlo Rossi. The museum is home to works by Ivan Aivazovsky, Karl Bryullov, Ilya Repin, Ivan Shishkin, Vasily Surikov, Léon Bakst, Konstantin Korovin, Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, and other artists.

Access is available to Premium Package participants upon presentation of a badge. 

10:00—17:30
Russian Museum. Benois Wing
2, Nab. Kanala Griboedova
Russian Museum. Benois Wing

The Benois wing was created in 1910–1912 by architects Leon Benois and Sergey Ovsyannikov. It is now home to permanent exhibitions of Russian art from the turn of the twentieth century, and temporary exhibition halls (‘Vasily Vereshchagin: To the 175th Anniversary of the Artist’, ‘The Art of Novgorod the Great in the Time of Prelate Macarius’).

Access is available to Premium Package participants upon presentation of a badge. 

Theatrical performances

A ticket is required to attend these events. They can be purchased via your personal web office. The price of these tickets is not included in the package.

16:00—18:00
Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall
20, Ul. Pisareva, (entrance from 37, Ul. Dekabristov)
Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall

Mozart. Sergei Babayan (piano).

19:00—22:45
Mariinsky II
34, Ul. Dekabristov
Mariinsky II

Saint-Saëns, Samson and Delilah. Opera.

19:00—21:00
St. Petersburg Chamber Opera
33, Galernaya Ul.
St. Petersburg Chamber Opera

The Familiar Melodies of Italy

Scenes and arias from famous operas by Gioachino Rossini, Gaetano Donizetti, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, and other popular Italian songs. 

19:00—20:15
Large Italian Skylight Hall, State Hermitage Museum
34, Dvortsovaya Nab.
Large Italian Skylight Hall, State Hermitage Museum

Ave Maria The Mikhailovsky Theatre at the Hermitage.

Programme:

Felix Mendelssohn, Three motets for female choir, organ, and soloists: Veni Domine, Laudate pueri, Dominica il post Pascha.

Ave Maria: versions by Giulio Caccini, Johann Sebastian Bach and Charles Gounod, Gaetano Donizetti, Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt, Luigi Luzzi, Antonín Dvořák, and Giuseppe Verdi.

20:00—22:55
Mariinsky Theatre
1, Teatralnaya Ploshchad
Mariinsky Theatre

Minkus, Don Quixote Ballet.

20:00—22:00
Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall
20, Ul. Pisareva, (entrance from 37, Ul. Dekabristov)
Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall

Butsko, Diary of a Madman, mono-opera.

20:00—22:00
Out-of-town opening of the St. Petersburg Palaces Music Festival
Throne Room, Catherine Palace, Tsarskoe Selo, 7, Sadovaya Ul., Pushkin
Out-of-town opening of the St. Petersburg Palaces Music Festival

David Daniels, a countertenor with a unique tone of voice, will perform arias from the repertoire of the legendary Farinelli, operas by Vivaldi, Handel, Monteverdi, the part of Oscar Wilde from Theodore Morrison’s Oscar and arias from works by Gershwin.