The first week of December is upon us with list of events to get you ahead on Christmas shopping and to impress any visiting guests with a dazzling light show at the Hermitage. For a deeper look, plan a visit to Cinema Angleterre for one of the many Russian premiers at ArtDocFest or head to Aurora for the Festival of German cinema. As always, there are a few party places to hit up on the weekend
About: St Petersburg is set-up to host the ArtDocFest for the third year in a row. This festival will present 38 showings, 22 of which are Russian-themed films such as Pavlensky: People and Power about the controversial performance artist Petr Pavlensky who set fire to the Federal Security Service entrance last year, or Father telling the story of the Russian Orthodox church and Orthodox life. Also worth mentioning, Russian director Vitaly Mansky’s film will be screened on 2 December. Check out this film guide for more insights and the full line-up here.
When: 1 December-9 December
Where: Cinema Angleterre, 24 Malaya Morskaya St Petersburg
Price: varies (roughly 250 to 350 roubles)
Language: varies with subtitles (call for specific film+7 812 494 5990)
Event: Festival of the German cinema
About: During the first week of December, the cinema Aurora will host the 13th festival of the German cinema. The festival will open on Thursday with the movie Ich und Kaminski (Kaminski and I) and it will feature some of the best movies from contemporary German cinema. Find the complete programme here.
When: 1 December-4 December
Where: Aurora, 60 Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg, 191011
Price: 300 roubles
Language: German, Russian
Event: Market Weekend
About: On the first weekend of December, ETAGI will open its doors to the most creative artists and designers in the city. Vendors will sell their works for two days in a row. It will be the perfect event for those who still have to buy their Christmas gifts and want to surprise their friends and relatives with something original and hand-made from St Petersburg.
When: 3 December-4 December, from 9am to 9pm
Where: Loft Project ETAGI, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, St Petersburg, 191040
Price: Free for buyers
Event: Back in Leningrad. Exhibition by Andrei Semenov
About: Maybe just for today, forget St Petersburg and all her grayness and go back to the old colourful Leningrad with Semenov’s exhibition. Born in 1961 Leningrad, the artist features everyday life and characters in his paintings with motifs of the city, beggars and the upper class, all represented in beautiful vivid colours.
When: 2 December- 16 January 2017
Where: Erarta, 2 29th Line Of Vasilievsky Ostrov, St Petersburg, 199106
Price: 500 roubles, 350 roubles for youth
Event: Photo exhibition John Lennon and Yoko Ono: a New York love story
About: For the first time in St Petersburg after having visited the best galleries all over the world, the forty shots that have told the love story of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
When: 3 December-7 February 2017
Where: KGallery, 24 Naberezhnaya Reki Fontanki, St Petersburg, 191028
Price: 50-100 roubles
Event: Concert Follow the Compass
About: Follow the Compass is an instrumental duo based in St Petersburg composed by Alex on the bass and Ksenia on keyboards. Their music is inspired by natural sounds and mixed with the sound of keyboards and bass for a harmonic arrangement. Find their music here.
When: 2 December, 8pm
Where: Art Loft 4’33, 4 Birzhevoy Pereulok, St Petersburg, 199034
Price: 300-400 roubles
Event: Technopark Anniversary
About: On 3 December Technopark will celebrate its 3rd anniversary and what better place to celebrate it than the freshly opened club DOT? The line-up for Saturday will include Sascha Dive, Bvoice, Tripmastaz, Utah, Papanov and many more artists. See the complete line-up here and enjoy the weekend!
When: 3 December, 11pm
Where: DOT, 30 Kozhevennaya liniya, St Petersburg, 199106
Price: 200-600 roubles
Event: Poetry Workshop and Lecture
About: This lecture and workshop gives you a peak into the mind of the eccentric Russian poet, Sergei Alexandrovich Esenina. The debaucherous life of Esenina could be discussed for hours, but this lecture and workshop focuses on his legendary work during the Silver Age and how to influence your own myth-making.
When: 3 December, 7pm
Where: Golitsyn Loft, 20 Fontanka Embankment, St Petersburg, 190121
Price: 100 roubles
Event: Chat with the Hermitage Director
About: An online meeting will be held at the State Hermitage where St Petersburg residents can pitch questions to the Museum Director, Mikhail Piotrovsky. The theme of the meeting will discuss the happenings of this year as well as plans for the future. Virtual attendees can ask qusetions about exhibitions, museum policies, the Hermitage’s significance as a cultural centre and the like. You can write in your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop them on VK or Facebook. Check out the live broadcast here.
When: 5 December, 11am
Where: Online Broadcast
Event: Hermitage Day, Mystery of Light show
About: Brighten up your dark winter nights with a fantastic, 3D light show! For three years in a row, the Hermitage light show event will be enticing the crowds for the Hermitage’s birthday at the Palace Square. The facade of the Winter Palace will be hosting a changing screen every 10 minutes with musical accompaniment by Sergei Prokofiev, Maurice Ravel, Schnittke, Shostakovich and Aram Khachaturian. Admission to the Hermitage is also free on 7 December!
When: 7 December, 6pm to 10pm
Where: Palace Square, St Petersburg, 198324