Cultural programme 2016

15–18 June 2016

ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre
64, Peterburgskoye Sh.

The Conquest of the Russian Arctic. Yakov Khalip, Heir to the Russian Avant-Garde

A photography exhibition about past and present Arctic research in Russia.

The exhibition will be based around a unique photo essay shot by the famous Russian photographer Yakov Khalip during a 1938 expedition to rescue Ivan Papanin’s crew from the first drifting station in the world, North Pole-1. Forum participants who visit the exhibition will also be able to learn about Russia’s current achievements in Arctic exploration.

The exhibition is located in the ground-floor lobby of the Congress Centre.

ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre
64, Peterburgskoye Shosse

Russian Industry photo exhibition

The exhibition showcases a vast array of industrial activities taking place across Russia, introducing the business community to the everyday life of Russian factories and plants, as well as a range of industry-specific professions. Forum visitors will be given a fascinating and diverse insight into Russian industry.

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

ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre
64, Peterburgskoye Shosse

Exhibition of paintings by Fyodor Konyukhov

The venue of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will also host a presentation of unique projects by the Fyodor Konyukhov Green Planet Charitable Foundation and expeditions under preparation by this well-known Russian traveller and researcher.

The picture exhibition is located in the Gallery at the Expoforum Convention and Exhibition Centre, opposite pavilion Н (3).

Shuvalov Palace
21, Fontanka River Embankment

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 produced in the Fabergé workshops.

Access to the exhibition is available to Premium Package participants upon presentation of a SPIEF 2016 participant badge.

24, River Fontanka Emb.


For the first time, the public will have the chance to see rare photographs of renowned ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov taken by the well-known New York photographer Robert Whitman over the course of 30 years. Unique shots from rehearsals, fashion photo shoots, and ironic snapshots taken at home fully reveal the multifaceted personality of this legendary artist.

You must have a SPIEF 2016 participant badge in order to access the exhibition.

Novo-Mikhailovsky Palace
18, Dvortsovaya Emb.

Manuscript 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 2016 participant badge or an invitation in order to access the exhibition.

Hermitage Theatre
34, Dvortsovaya Emb.

Charity inclusive play A Completely Unexpected Event. The Marriage

Professional actors and performers with disabilities work together on an equal footing in this performance of Nikolai Gogol’s play. The performance shows that people with different abilities can work together to create a work of art that audiences will want to see. The project has been organized with the active participation of Yevgeny Mironov, Artistic Director of the Theatre of Nations.

Premium Package participants may attend the event by invitation. You can find detailed information in your Personal Web Office.

Presidential Library named after Boris Yeltsin
3 Senatskaya Square

Guided tour of the Presidential Library: Blending the Past with the Future

The library is located in the heart of St. Petersburg on Senatskaya Square, opposite the Bronze Horseman. Visitors are offered a unique opportunity to see the restored interiors of the Holy Synod, designed by Carlo Rossi, examine the exposition devoted to the building’s history and touch unique documents from the stock of Russia’s first national electronic library.

For more information about guided tours, see the “Requesting Guided Tours” section of your Personal Web Office.

Yusupov Palace
94, Nab. reki Moiki

A creative evening with People’s Artist of the USSR and international ballet legend Vladimir Vasiliev in the Private Theatre of the Yusupov Palace.

Vladimir Vasiliev. Dance and Destiny exhibition

During the evening Mr. Vasiliev will share his most vivid memories of his life, and excerpts from memorable ballet performances by the dancer and Ekaterina Maximova will be shown. There will be readings of Vladimir Vasiliev’s poetry by both the maestro himself and other famous St. Petersburg artists. Young ballet dancers will perform at the event with the Concert Choir of St. Petersburg under the direction of Honoured Artist of Russia Vladimir Begletsov.

In addition to photographs of the most interesting and memorable performances, events, and meetings with legends of international, Soviet, and Russian art of the great dancer and his partner on stage and in life, Ekaterina Maximova, the exhibition will feature Vladimir Vasiliev’s own paintings, for which he continues to win recognition as an artist throughout the world.

Premium and Standard Package participants may attend the event by invitation. Please visit your Personal Web Office for more detailed information.

Sibur Arena
8, Futbolnaya Alleya

FIGHT NIGHTS GLOBAL 50 Mixed Martial Arts Tournament

The main event of the tournament will be the legendary Fedor Emelianenko’s first fight in Russia following his decision to resume his sporting career! The programme also includes fights between the strongest Russian MMA fighters.

Premium and Standard Package participants may attend the event by invitation. Visit your Personal Web Office for more detailed information.

Central Exhibition Hall Manege
1, Isaakievskaya Ploshchad

Gala Reception of the Governor of St. Petersburg

Central Exhibition Hall Manege will host the Gala Reception of the Governor of St. Petersburg that will mark the 20th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on June, 17. This will be the first event to open a new page in the history of the major cultural centre of St. Petersburg after the renovation. The guests will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the modern art and enjoy the performances of the best musicians of St. Petersburg: Maxim Leonidov, the iconic Russian music performer, David Goloshchekin, the jazz legend, Bis-Quit, popular instrumental band, as well as the leading opera singers of the Mariinsky Theatre. For the whole evening the Manege court will turn into a cozy lounge, perfect for negotiations and business talks.

Buff Theatre
26, Zanevsky Pr.

Diary of an Adventurer

Musical based on Alexander Ostrovsky’s Enough Stupidity in Every Wise Man.

Mariinsky Theatre
1, Teatralnaya pl.

Madama Butterfly

Japanese tragedy in three acts.

Music by Giacomo Puccini.

Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa after the play by David Belasco, which was in turn based on the magazine story by John Luther Long.

Musical Director: Valery Gergiev.

Sung in Italian with Russian surtitles.

Mikhailovsky Theatre
6, Pl. Iskusstv

Die Zauberflöte


Opera in two acts.

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

A joint project of the Mikhailovsky Theatre and the Opéra de Lausanne with the support of André and Rosalie Hoffmann.

Conductor: Mikhail Tatarnikov.

St. Petersburg State Capella Choir
20, River Moika Emb.

Concert by the St. Petersburg State Capella Choir and Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Alexander Chernushenko, People’s Artist of Russia. The programme includes masterpieces of symphonic music and the greatest Russian and world classics.

St. Petersburg State Chamber Music Theatre (St. Petersburg Opera)
33, Ul. Galernaya

Cavalleria rusticana

This is one of the most famous works of the verismo art movement (from the Italian word vero, meaning ‘true, true to life’) in Italian literature, music, and visual arts of the late nineteenth century. The music is enchantingly beautiful and touching. The work’s bright, catchy melodies and its dramatic depth of expression have ensured its place in the repertoire and brought its composer, Pietro Mascagni, world fame.

Mariinsky II
34, Ul. Dekabristov

The Bronze Horseman

Ballet in three acts.

Music by Reinhold Glière.

Libretto by Peter Abolimov, after the poem by Alexander Pushkin.

Choreography by Rostislav Zakharov and Yuri Smekalov.

Alexandrinsky Theatre
6, Pl. Ostrovskogo

Anna Karenina

A performance by the St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy.

This ballet was first staged in 2005 to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. It is one of the most popular in the theatre’s repertoire. It has been performed for ten years now to unfailing acclaim in the greatest theatres in Russia and around the world. In the ballet, Boris Eifman focuses on the Anna-Vronsky-Karenin love triangle, telling the tragic story of the spiritual rebirth of a woman engulfed by sensual passion.

Palace Square

Concert by the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev for the residents of St. Petersburg and Forum guests and participants.

The concert celebrates the Year of Russian Cinema and the 125th anniversary of the birth of composer Sergei Prokofiev. The audience will hear music from the films, directed by Sergei Eisenstein.

Premium and Standard Package participants may attend the event by invitation. Visit your Personal Web Office for more detailed information.