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31 May – 3 June 2017

Gala reception given by the Governor of St. Petersburg
Manege Central Exhibition Hall 1, Isaakievskaya Ploshchad

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.

“Meditation: the Sculptural Art of Dashi Namdakov” – exhibition
Manege Central Exhibition Hall 1, Isaakievskaya Ploshchad

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.

FIGHT NIGHTS GLOBAL 68 International MMA Tournament
Yubileyny Sports Palace 18, Prospekt Dobrolyubova

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.

Zvenigorod Armoury’ exhibition of archaeological discoveries
ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre, 64, Peterburgskoye Shosse

The ‘Zvenigorod Armoury’ exhibition of archaeological discoveries has been curated using items excavated at the Central Ring Road construction site near the town of Zvenigorod, in Moscow Region. Among the exhibits, there are a large number of wonderfully preserved items illustrating religious devotion, daily customs and habits, and armaments. The crowning glory of the collection are the unique military helmets belonging to Ivan the Terrible’s ‘hand-picked thousand’, his corps of elite troops in sixteenth century Russia. Guests and participants of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will be able to see these incredibly rare discoveries during the period May 31 to June 3, 2017.

The exhibition is located in pavilion H, in front of the entrance to the Governors’ Club.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Catherine and Alexander Parks
7, Sadovaya Ul., Pushkin

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.

‘Russia in the Great War’ exhibition in the Martial Chamber
5A, Fermskaya Doroga, Pushkin

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.

‘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, 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.

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

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.

Russian Museum. Michael (Mikhailovsky) Palace
4, Inzhenernaya Ul.

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.

Russian Museum. Benois Wing
2, Nab. Kanala Griboedova

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

Fabergé Museum
Shuvalov Palace 21, Nab. Reki Fontanki

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.

Mariinsky Theatre
1, Teatralnaya Ploshchad

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.

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

Weinberg, The Idiot. Opera.

Mariinsky II
34, Ul. Dekabristov

Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake. Fantastical ballet.

Mikhailovsky Theatre
1, Ploshchad Iskusstv

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.

Alexandrinsky Theatre
6, Pl. Ostrovskogo

Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake.

Performed by the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre.