This week, St Petersburg will offer many opportunities to make new friends and have fun. Check out the expat team game at Dead Poets, a quest at the Hermitage, and the Taste of Iran cooking event. Discover the best events for making new friends and more in our weekly selection
Event: Concert Bastille
About: Bastille is a British indie pop band formed in 2010 in London. Having begun as a solo project, they later expanded to include a keyboardist, guitarist, and a drummer. The band is heavily inspired by David Lynch’s TV series Twin Peaks and even collaborated with him on some projects.
When: Friday 10 March, 8pm
Where: A2 Green Concert club, 3 Medikov Prospekt, St Petersburg, 197022
Price: From 2,000 to 4,500 roubles (tickets)
Event: Classical Music Concert
About: Sergei Stadler and his orchestra will perform a classical music concert at Manege Museum’s Arena, playing symphonic overtures and excerpts from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, as well as the famous Eroica Third Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven. The concert will be part of the closing ceremony of the 85 Years of St Petersburg’s Union Of Artists exhibition.
When: Friday 10 March, from 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Where: Manege Central Exhibition Hall, 1 Isaakievskaya Ploschad, St Petersburg, 190000
Event: Moments. Roma Zver photo exhibition
About: In seven years of travelling to more than 150 cities in the world, the Russian musician Roma Zver has taken numerous and different pictures to remember his trips. Moments is the name of his exhibition at St Petersburg’s Erarta Museum where visitors can see 60 photos taken between 2009 and 2017.
When: From Saturday 11 March to Sunday 19 March
Where: Erarta, 2 29th Line of Vasilievsky Ostrov, St Petersburg, 199106
Price: from 350 to 500 roubles
Event: La Traviata opera
About: Get a little fancy, get a little culture! Watch an American production of the famous La Traviata opera by the incredibly popular Italian composer, Giuseppe Verdi.
When: Saturday 11 March
Where: Avrora Cinema, 60 Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg, 191023
Price: 900 roubles
Language: Italian with Russian subtitle
Event: Young Pope debate
About: Ancient philosophy and religious experts, together with art historians, will discuss the famous TV series The Young Pope and the role of the Vatican in our century in an engaging debate. Apart from the discussion with different experts, there will be time to watch parts of the series’ episodes.
When: Saturday 11 March, 4pm
Where: Okhta Mall, 5a Yakornaya ulitsa, St Petersburg, 195027
Event: Taste of Iran
About: This week try Iranian cuisine with Eli from Tehran, Iran. Cook the most famous Iranian dishes like Zereshk Polow, Maast-o Khiar, Halway-e khorma and wash it all down with Sharbat-e Ablimu – a refreshing lime syrup. The number of places is limited so hurry up and book your spot here.
When: Saturday 11 March, noon
Where: Cafe TERKI, 4 Teatralnaya Ploshad, St Petersburg, 190000
Price: 1,000 roubles
Event: Quest in the Hermitage Museum
About: Explore the most famous museum in St Petersburg in an entertaining way with an international group of people. Participants will be divided into teams of three to four people and will be assigned a route and some tasks, which will reveal interesting facts about the museum.
When: Sunday 12 March, 1pm
Where: Cafe Эрмитаж on the ground floor, 2 Palace Square, St Petersburg, 190000
Price: Quest fee 300 roubles (entrance to the museum is not included, but it is free of charge for students)
Event: Team Game for Expatriates in The Dead Poets Bar
About: The Dead Poets bar, frequented by many expats, has organised a special game to accelerate expats’ integration into Russian culture. During the evening you will get to know new people, share your experiences, and learn something new about the country you live in.
When: Sunday 12 March, 6pm
Where: Dead Poets, 12 Zhukovskogo, St Petersburg, 191123
Event: Why Must a Social Scientist, Specialising in Russia LEARN RUSSIAN LITERATURE?
About: Attend this public lecture at the European university which aims to give the most compelling answer to the question in its title. The speaker for the day will be Gerald Mikkelson, a Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies at the University of Kansas in the US. Currently, he is a guest scholar in St Petersburg, at Pushkinsky Dom, the Institute of Russian Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, where he is working on a monograph on Alexander Pushkin.
When: Wednesday 15 March
Where: European University of St Petersburg, 3A Gagarinskaya Ulitsa, St Petersburg, 191187
Event: Last chance to ice skate at New Holland Island’s ice rink
About: New Holland Island is celebrating the official start of spring and announced that their ice rink is only open until 15 March. This will be a great chance to enjoy the perfect weather. You can take skates for rent or sharpen your personal skates at the rental pavilion.
When: Wednesday 15 March
Where: 2 Admiralteyskogo Kanala, St Petersburg, 190000
Price: 100-450 roubles (varies depending on the day and time)