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.

Stable Wing of the Yusupov Palace
94, River Moika Emb.

Vladimir Vasiliev. Dance and Destiny exhibition

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.

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

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 the 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.

Alexandrinsky Theatre
6, Pl. Ostrovskogo

Anna Karenina

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.

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.

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.

Mariinsky II
34, Ul. Dekabristov

A Christmas Tale

Opéra féerie in two parts.

Music by Rodion Shchedrin.

Libretto by the composer based on the story by Božena Němcová as translated by Nikolai Leskov, as well as Russian folk tales.

Musical Director and Conductor: Valery Gergiev.

Rodina Cinema
12 Ul. Karavannaya

Special screening of the documentary feature film Rudolf Nureyev: Dance to Freedom

An exclusive screening of the film, which was nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award, about the life of the most outstanding ballet dancer of the twentieth century.

Bolshoi Ballet principal Artem Ovcharenko, who plays Nureyev, will personally introduce the film.

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

Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall
20, Ul. Pisareva (entrance at 37, Ul. Dekabristov)

Recital by Olga Borodina (mezzo-soprano)


Gustav Mahler, five songs based on poems by Friedrich Rückert, and romances by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Pianist: Dmitry Yefimov.

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

Palace Extravaganza

A gala concert. Conductor: Robert Luther. The programme includes scenes from the very best of the theatre’s repertoire performed by young opera stars.

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

BRODSKY & PIAZZOLLA (Two Hours in the Tank)

St. Petersburg Concert presents Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi Jr., Honoured Artist of Russia Tatyana Kuznetsova, and the Divertissement Chamber Orchestra.

The concert will feature the poems, letters, and memoirs of Joseph Brodsky which, surprisingly, are perfectly complemented by Astor Piazzolla and Charlie Chaplin’s music.

Mariinsky Theatre
1, Teatralnaya Pl.


Fantasy ballet in two acts.

Music by Adolphe Adam.


Gisele: Alina Somova

Count Albrecht: Xander Parish.

Mikhailovsky Theatre
1, Pl. Iskusstv

I Love You, Peter's Great Creation...

The première of a two-act ballet by the American choreographer Lar Lubovitch based on the narrative poem The Bronze Horseman. The choreographer, inspired by Pushkin’s work, says he has tried to create a fitting tribute to the brilliant Russian poet and the beauty of the country’s northern capital. Lubovitch tells the tragic story of Pushkin’s characters through the language of contemporary choreography.

Gatchina Museum-Preserve
1, Krasnoarmeyskiy Pr., Gatchina

The Bondmaid


A musical fantasy based on the operetta The Bondmaid by Nikolai Strelnikov, which will be staged by the St. Petersburg Theatre of Musical Comedy in the open air by the walls of the Jordan façade of the Great Gatchina Palace.