Not only is winter officially coming to a close, but it’s also a long weekend. Be sure to celebrate both with our series of the hottest events happening in St Petersburg
Event: Exhibition Alexey Gan: Advanced Watching
About: On Thursday, the Russian artist Aleksey Gan will present his first personal project at the creative space Taiga. The artist will present his project based on the concept of observation. See more of his work here.
When: From 23 February until 1 March
Where: Taiga, 20 Palace Embankment, St Petersburg, 191186
Event: Concert Sergey Babkin
About: Experience a unique concert at Erarta with Sergey Babkin. The talented performer is known for his soul songs, but also for his numerous skills as an artist, actor, singer, author, and poet. His concerts are a great way to spend your evening in a homey atmosphere.
When: 23 February
Where: Erarta, 2 29th Line of Vasilievsky Ostrov, St Petersburg, 199106
Price: From 1000 to 10,000 roubles
Event: OFF by Roots United: Unlock
About: Within the Present Perfect Festival, during the weekend the design space ArtPlay will host different DJs from Russia, the United States, the Netherlands, and Ukraine.
When: 23 February, from 11pm to 8am
Where: ArtPlay Spb, 3 Krasnogvardeyskaya ploshad, St Petersburg, 195027
Price: 1,200 roubles. Buy your ticket here.
Event: Art Trend Exhibition
About: On the last weekend of February, the St Petersburg Art and Industry Academy will host a three-day event in which more than 300 international artists will present their works. Sculptors, artists, and jewellers will exhibit and sell all sorts of objects, from jewellery, clocks, paintings, accessories and more.
When: 23 to 26 February
Where: St Petersburg Art and Industry Academy, 13 Solyanoy Pereulok, St Petersburg, 191187
Price: 200 roubles
Event: Maslenitsa festival at the New Holland Island
About: For the first time ever, New Holland Island is hosting a four-day Maslenitsa festival with different events from folk dance classes to costume parties and traditional sewing workshops. Over the course of the four days the grill bar will be serving pancakes with both savory and sweet fillings including condensed milk, red caviar, ham and cheese, chicken and mushrooms, apples with cinnamon, and chocolate spread with bananas.
When: 23 February to 26 February, 2pm to 7pm
Where: New Holland Island, 2 Admiralteysky canal embankment, St Petersburg, 190000
Event: St Petersburg Black Days
About: From a Hawaiian banya party to a classical sightseeing tour, the events of St Petersburg’s black days include a variety of different activities. Give yourself the chance to do something different to enjoy the holiday weekend.
When: From 23 to 26 February
Where: Find the different locations and prices here.
Language: English and Russian
Event: Horizon Festival
About: The Residence Art and Technology QuartaRiata will bring international DJs for the Horizon Music Festival which will take place over the weekend. The lineup of electronic musicians features the Finnish DJ Olli Aarni, as well as others from Russia and abroad, including Abjective, Symphocat, and Unlogic Things.
When: 25 February, from 9pm to 6am
Where: QuartaRiata Residency Arts & Technology, 2-4 Zolotaya ulitsa, Petergof, St Petersburg, 198516
Price: From 1500 to 2,000 roubles. Buy your ticket here.
Event: Maslenitsa at the Summer Garden
About: On the last day of Maslenitsa, the Summer Garden of the State Russian Museum will hold a festival to say farewell to the winter. Visitors will be able to enjoy a rich programme including traditional games, contests, theatrical and musical performances and, last but not least, plenty of tasty pancakes. Find more Maslenitsa events here.
When: 26 February
Where: Summer Garden, 2 Kutuzov Embankment, St Petersburg, 191187
Price: 100 roubles (50 roubles for students)
Event: The Man Who Was Too Free film screening
About: Directed by Vera Krichevsky and written by the journalist Mikhail Fishman, the biographical documentary The Man Who Was Too Free retraces Boris Nemtsov’s political life two years after his death. The film will be screened at cinemas in Moscow, St Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Yaroslavl — the cities most closely linked to Nemtsov’s life.
When: From 25 February to 28 February.
Where: Angleterre Cinema Lounge, 24 Malaya Morskaya ulitsa, St Petersburg, 190000
Price: 275 roubles. Buy your ticket here.
Language: Russian with English subtitles
Event: Story of an experiment in 20th century German Theatre
About: Among the events that the Goethe German Institute of St Petersburg organises, this week there will be a lecture about German theatre. The figures of Brecht, as well as Piscator, will be analysed in the context of the Third Reich and the division between the East and the West.
When: 1 March, from 7.30pm to 9pm
Where: Goethe Institut, 58 Embankment River Moyka, St Petersburg, 190000