This week in St Petersburg: hang out with a husky or Dostoevsky

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Defeat the dark of the winter and explore St Petersburg with our list of weekly events. This week will not only marked by numerous events to commemorate the anniversary of the siege of Leningrad, but also cultural events and concerts. Take a weekend trip to Toksovo to escape the city and enjoy some winter sports in good company

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Event: Art lecture: the figure of genius in art
About: The series of lectures about art continues with St Petersburg artist and photographer Asi Nemchёnok who will lecture at Studio 2×2 about the figure of the genius in art. The lecture will be accompanied by the display of a rare collection of artwork on the screen from artists like Vrubel, Kusama, Van Gogh, and many others.
When: 26 January, 7 pm
Where: Golitsyn Loft, 20 Fontanka river embankment, St Petersburg, 191028
Price: 350 roubles
Language: Russian

Event: Fireworks festival victory salute
About: 27 January marks the anniversary of the end of the siege of Leningrad, one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Russian history. The event is an annual tradition of St Petersburg, where citizens recall city’s libteration with a firework festival held at the Field of Mars.
When: 27 January, 8 pm
Where: Field of Mars, St Petersburg, 191186
Price: Free

Event: St Petersburg’s Choir concert
About: If going outside in this chilly weather isn’t appealing to you, here is another way to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the lifting of the siege of Leningrad. On Friday, St Isaac’s Cathedral will host a special programme dedicated to the siege with a concert by the St Petersburg’s Choir directed by Vladimir Begletsov. The programme will include Russian sacred music, Russian folk songs and others dedicated to the topic of war, and also readings of Russian poems.
When: 27 January, 7 pm
Where: St Isaac’s Cathedral, 4 St Isaac’s Square, St Petersburg, 190000
Price: Free
Language: Russian

Event: Husky weekend with international and Russian friends
About: Spend an alternative weekend with a crowd of foreigners and Russians alike. The two-day trip to Toksovo includes activities like husky riding, skiing, snowboarding, board games and much more. Fill in the form here and hurry up, applications are only accepted until 26 January.
When: 28 and 29 January
Where: Toksovo, see location here
Price: 4,500 roubles
Language: English, Russian

Event: Theatre performance Crime and Punishment
About: The Aleksandrinsky Theatre will put on a theatre performance based on Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. The performance is directed by the artistic director of the Hungarian National Theatre, Attila Vidnyansky, for the first time on the stage of the Theatre. There are only four shows planned, and the first starts on the 28th.
When: 28 January, 5pm
Where: Aleksandrinsky Theatre, 6 Ploschad Ostrovskogo, St Petersburg, 191011
Price: From 200 to 2,500 roubles
Language: Russian

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Event: Space Yoga
About: Have you ever tried to do yoga in space? In honor of the Year of Gagarin, the new design centre in St Petersburg ARTPLAY will hold a yoga marathon in a rather unusual environment. The yoga classes will take place alongside the exhibition Kosmos. Love. Images from space will be projected on the walls accompanied by the live music of DJs that will send you to a trip to space and back.
When: 28 January, 6 pm
Where: ARTPLAY Spb, 3 Krasnogvardeyskaya ploshad, St Petersburg, 195027
Price: 1,500 roubles

Event: Star sonnets
About: St Petersburg Planetarium combines science with art in a special feature of Russian poet, translator and painter Maximilian Alexandrovich Voloshin. These poetry reading nights will have the Russian artist will read his sonnets, collected in the work named Corona Astralis sharing with the audience what he discovered during his introspective search.
When: 28 January, 7.30pm
Where: St Petersburg Planetarium, 4 Park Aleksandrovskiy, St Petersburg, 197101
Price: 150 roubles
Language: Russian

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Event: Cyberfest opening
About: Taiga Space will host the Audiovisual installation of the Spanish-British artist Francesc Martí as part of the Cyberfest Festival. The artist explores the audiovisual sampling method, when images and sounds of the real world – captured and digitised – cut, mixed, processed, and remount the production of new audiovisual materials.
When: 29 January, 6 pm
Where: Taiga Space, 20 Palace Embankment, St Petersburg, 191186
Price: Free

Event: The Jews and the Russian Revolution: historical reflections with Vitali Dymarsky
About: The Grand Choral Synagogue of St Petersburg opens its doors to talk about history and current issues. On 29 January, the editor-in-chief of the radio station Echo of Moscow Vitaly Dymarsky will give a historical lecture about the Jews and the Russian Revolution.
When: 29 January, 6.30 pm
Where: The Grand Choral Synagogue, 2 Lermontovskii Prospekt, St Petersburg, 190121
Price: 350 roubles
Language: Russian

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Event: Film screening Bight of the Twin
About: After its worldwide screening in Krakow, Tel Aviv, London and New York, the documentary Bight of the Twin will premiere in Russia at Erarta Museum. The film tells the story of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and the Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker Hazel Hill McCarthy III’s journey to Ouidah in Benin to explore the origins of the Vodoun (Voodoo) religion.
When: 29 January, 9 pm
Where: Erarta, 2 29th Line Of Vasilievsky Ostrov, St Petersburg, 199106
Price: 350 roubles
Language: English

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Event: Theatre performance Notre Dame de Paris
About: The Astana Opera will take place for the third time at Mariinsky Theatre to perform the two-act ballet Notre Dame de Paris with a choreography by Roland Petit. The Mariinsky Chorus and Orchestra will accompany performers from Kazakhstan. The production is made dazzling with Maurice Jarre’s music, specially composed for the production, the costumes by couturier Yves Saint Laurent, and underlined by the sharpness choreography of Roland Petit.
When: 1 February, 7 pm
Where: Mariinsky Theatre II, 34 Dekabristov Ulitsa, St Petersburg, 190000
Price: From 1,200 to 4,300 roubles


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