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Events in Saint Petersburg - May 2019

Steam Train Trip To Fountains Opening Ceremony In Peterhof On May 18, 2019

The solemn opening ceremony of the high fountains season in Peterhof will take place on May 18, 2019. You have a chance to experience a very unusual way to get to the celebration which even residents have never used as such a tour will be made for the first time. A special steam train trip will be organized to take visitors from St. Petersburg to Peterhof and back after the ceremony. A few excursions (in Russian) are included into the tour package.

For the first time in modern history (we just don’t know if such a trip has ever been made in the past), a steam train will take passengers from St. Petersburg to Peterhof to get them to the ceremony and then back. It will definitely be the first time in history when using railway for going to see the fountains of Peterhof makes sense.

The operating company has more than 15 steam locomotives in St. Petersburg, all of which are kept in proper working order and used in weekend tours to picturesque suburbs, including Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) or Gatchina and for doing other jobs. Most of them were manufactured in the middle of the XXth century. For railway fans we note that it’s unfortunately impossible to know in advance the type of a loco that will be pulling cars to the destination. This information is typically available in the morning of a tour day.

Cars are modern, filled with all the amenities needed for a comfortable journey, including air conditioning, easy chairs (in the photo below) and entertainments for kids. You will be also served snacks with tea. Having a cup of tea on board is a kind of a ritual for many Russian railway travelers.

Steam Train Trip To Fountains Opening Ceremony In Peterhof On May 18, 2019

“DUTCH SEASONS” Festival (22-25.05.19)

The Dutch Seasons is the International Cultural and Educational Project of the Dutch Institute in St. Petersburg and the Dizzy Dutch Duck Community. His main mission is to acquaint the Russian public with the modern musical culture of Holland and create a platform for creative dialogue and exchange of experience in the field of music education between specialists from both countries. As part of the project, concerts, lectures and master classes from experts from the Netherlands are held. The guest of the upcoming festival will be the superstar of the Netherlands stage, saxophonist, composer, teacher of the Amsterdam Conservatory Jasper Blom.

From: 22 May 2019
Till: 25 May 2019
Address: Alexandrinsky Theater New Stage, St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatrical and Musical Art, Bushe Coffee Lab

“DUTCH SEASONS” Festival (22-25.05.19)

“STARS OF THE WHITE NIGHTS” 27th Music Festival (22.05-21.07.19)

“Stars of the White Nights” is the biggest international music forum in Russia, which was initiated by Valery Gergiev. The festival playbill annually presents more than two hundred programs: world premieres, the best opera and ballet performances, concerts of symphonic and chamber music. This year the Mariinsky Theater will present operas by Mozart, Wagner, Puccini, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky. The performances will be held with the participation Placido Domingo, Ildar Abdrazakov, Olga Borodina, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Yulia Matochkina and other famous performers. The ballet billboard includes masterpieces of classical heritage and modern choreography. In the performances of “Anna Karenina” and “Carmen Suite” the leading roles will be performed by the outstanding ballerina Diana Vishneva.

From: 22 May 2019
Till: 21 July 2019
Address: Mariinsky Theater, Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall, Mariinsky-2

“STARS OF THE WHITE NIGHTS” 27th Music Festival (22.05-21.07.19)

“REMUSIK” 6th St. Petersburg International New Music Festival (21-25.05.19)

The festival contributes to the promotion and development of contemporary composer’s creativity. The unique musical project offers the audience the diversity of modern styles and trends and presents the world and Russian musical premieres. The festival playbill includes concerts and master classes, seminars, round tables, lectures, and creative sessions with composers. On the music forum opening day, a concert of the Zurich ensemble of new music, which has received world recognition, will take place. The team will perform in Russia for the first time and will present six premier contemporary composers.

From: 21 May 2019
Till: 25 May 2019
Address: Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall, Alexandrinsky Theater New Stage, Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory, “Lumiere Hall” Creative Space, State Museum of Urban Sculpture. Mikhail Anikushin's Workroom, “Jaani Kirik” Concert Hall

“REMUSIK” 6th St. Petersburg International New Music Festival (21-25.05.19)

XXVII Russian film festival “Vivat Cinema of Russia!” (20-24.05.19)

“Vivat Cinema of Russia!” is the country’s largest festival, dedicated to Russian cinema. Cinema theaters of St. Petersburg will host premiers and retrospective screenings, meetings with well-known filmmakers, film crews, and famous guests of the festival. The festival will feature competitive and out-of-competition programs, special shows, exhibitions and dedication evenings.

From: 20 May 2019
Till: 24 May 2019
Address: “Oktiabrsky” Concert Hall, “Moskva” Cinema Center, “Peterburg-Kino”. Cinema Centers: “Rodina”, “Avrora”, “Voshod”, “Druzba”, “Filmofond”, “Zanevsky”

XXVII Russian film festival “Vivat Cinema of Russia!” (20-24.05.19)

“STAR BORN IN ST. PETERSBURG” 2nd Russia-Wide Competition-Festival (18-23.05.19)

St. Petersburg is the cultural capital of Russia, which gave the country and the world a whole galaxy of cultural and art workers. It was here that many composers, singers, musicians, actors, directors, artists, filmmakers were able to reveal their talent and gain fame. The festival is conceived as an annual meeting of creative youth with outstanding figures of art and culture - the "Stars", born in St. Petersburg, and gained fame throughout the world. In 2019, the music forum is dedicated to the work of the Soviet and Russian composer, People’s Artist of Russia Yakov Dubravin. Students and graduates of musical educational institutions, student choral groups and instrumental ensembles, professional performers, concert musicians and teachers are invited to participate in the competition. In the program: competitive auditions, creative meetings, master classes, a gala concert and awarding the finalists of the competition.

From: 18 May 2019
Till: 23 May 2019
Address: “Svyatoduchovsky” Center of Orthodox Enlightenment of the Holy Trinity Alexander Nevsky Lavra, Peter the Great St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University. White Hall, “Oktiabrsky” Concert Hall

“STAR BORN IN ST. PETERSBURG” 2nd Russia-Wide Competition-Festival (18-23.05.19)

“GOLDEN MASK - 2019” Russian National Theater Award and Festival. “GOLDEN MASK IN THE CINEMA” Project (17-23.05.19)

In 2019, the project “Golden Mask in Cinema” will be held for the fifth time and will be one of the highlights of the Year of the Theater. The program includes performances that have become nominees and laureates of the Russian National Theater Award Golden Mask. Live broadcasts will take place in cinemas in more than 60 cities of Russia. Petersburg viewers will see the play Hamlet | Collage of the Theater of Nations - a joint project of the outstanding director Robert Lepage and actor Yevgeny Mironov.

From: 17 May 2019
Till: 23 May 2019
Address: “Admiralteysky” Shopping and Entertainment Center, “Aurora” Cinema Center, “Formula Kino”: “Pearl” Cinema Center, "Gallery" Cinema Center; “Karo 9 Varshavskiy Express” Cinema Center, “Cinema 5”, “Karo 11 Ohta”

“GOLDEN MASK - 2019” Russian National Theater Award and Festival. “GOLDEN MASK IN THE CINEMA” Project (17-23.05.19)