Rave like a Berliner, talk to the mayor of Hamburg, and watch the best movies from star director Fatih Akin – these are events you can’t miss during the 14th German week in St Petersburg
Although the 20th century marked a tumultuous period in German-Russian relations, many people forget that German architects, teachers, and bakers lived door to door with Russians in St Petersburg before the revolution in 1917. The 14th German Week (5–12 April) reminds us of the long history of German-Russian ties as well as the diverse and peaceful partnership between people from both countries. The week comes equipped with parties, concerts, discussions, and much more. Prospekt Magazine picked out some events you definitely shouldn’t miss.
Event: Opening gala ballet performance
About: The opening ceremony of this year’s German week is a gala performance by John Neumeiers youth ballet (Bundesjugendballett in German) featuring 8 talented dancers. Choreography by John Neumeier, Kevin Haigen, and Maša Kolar.
When: Wednesday 5 April, 7pm
Where: St Petersburg Theatre of Musical Comedy, 13 Italyanskaya ulitsa, St Petersburg, 191186
Price: From 500 roubles
Event: Open discussion with Hamburg’s first mayor
About: The partnership between Hamburg and St Petersburg has existed for more than 60 years. In honour of the anniversary, Olaf Scholz, the first mayor of Hamburg, will visit St Petersburg to talk with students about German-Russian Relations and the role of harbor cities in a globalized world
When: Thursday 6 April, 11.30am
Where: High School of Journalism and Media Communication, St Petersburg State University, 26 1-ya liniya, St Petersburg, 199034
Price: Free, registration needed
Event: Fatih Akin retrospective film screening
About: From 6 to 9 April, Avrora will screen movies by the famous German director Fatih Akin. The first movie will be Head-On (Gegen die Wand, literally, Against the Wall), a drama about a German-Turkish girl who sees a fictitious marriage as the only way to escape from her ultra-conservative family. The movie won the Golden Bear at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival. The other movies by Akin that will be shown at the festival are listed here.
When: Thursday 6 April, 7pm
Where: Avrora, 60 Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg, 191023
Price: From 200 to 300 roubles
Language: German with Russian subtitles
Event: Free German language course
About: Der, die, das! Wieso, Weshalb, Warum? Goethe Institute in St Petersburg invites everyone who is brave enough to join a German language lesson for free!
When: Thursday 6 April, 7pm and Tuesday 11 April, 7pm
Where: Café D, Goethe-Institut St Petersburg, 58 Embankment River Moyka, St Petersburg, 190000
Price: Free, registration here
Event: Berlin Club Night pres. by Tresor
About: Germany’s capital is known for its world famous techno-scene. This Saturday St Petersburg will get a taste of the spirit of Berlin’s most intense raves.
The evening starts with a screening of SubBerlin – The Story of Tresor a documentary about the legendary club Tresor. Club-founder Dimitri Hegemann will talk about the roots of Berlin’s techno culture. At midnight, Stackenschneider club will finally open its doors with German and Russian DJs behind the decks.
When: Saturday 8 April, Movie screening 7pm, Club night 11.59pm
Where: Movie screening & discussion: Taiga Art Space, 20 Palace Embankment, St Petersburg, 191186
Club: Stackenschneider, 2 Konjuschennaja Ploschad
Price: Free, registration for the movie screening here
Event: Live Concert with Annette Adar
About: German musician Annette Adar not only covers songs from artists like Friedrich Hollaender, Kurt Weill, Nikolaj Strelnikov, but also integrates diaries, letters and memoirs by these artists into her performance.
When: Sunday 9 April, 6pm
Where: Art Salon Nevsky, 24 Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg, 191186
Price: 500 to 600 roubles
Language: German, Russian
Event: Dance performance by Tim Acy
About: Who am I and who knows it? Antje Pfundtner, aka Tim Acy, is looking for the answer. In her solo show, the dancer plays with the interdependency between the audience and performer.
When: Tuesday 11 April, 7.30pm
Where: Alexandrinsky theatre, 49A Embankment River Fontanka, St Petersburg, 191023
Price: 400 roubles
Language: German, Russian
The full programme of events for the 14th German week in St Petersburg can be found here.