Brighter days are coming: make sure to spend them in the best possible way

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Days are getting longer in St Petersburg, which means more time to meet new people, enjoy amazing concerts, parties, and art exhibitions

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Event: Arancini Day and Bella Italia
About: On Thursday the Italian restaurant Bella Italia will host a special event dedicated to the famous Sicilian dish arancini, fried rice balls stuffed with various fillings. During the event, you will have the chance to try three different types of arancini: with Bolognese sauce, ham and mozzarella, or salmon.
When: Thursday 11 May
Where: Bella Italia, 92 Fontanka Embankment, St Petersburg, 191180

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Event: The syndrome of the thermometer
About: Could a machine read my mind? Could it find out what I really think, what I truly feel and may not be aware of? It does not matter whether the machine scans my brain or analyses of my data, whether it is neuroscience or, as we say, Big Data. The point is: can a machine be an instrument of introspection? Don’t miss the public lecture by Pierre Cassou-Noguès – Professor at the University of Paris 8
When: Thursday 11 May
Where: European University of St Petersburg, 3A Gagarinskaya Ulitsa, St Petersburg, 191187
Price: Free
Language: English

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Event: A Single Man by Tom Ford
About: An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles. A Single Man is a 2009 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Isherwood. It is directed by Tom Ford in his directorial debut and stars Colin Firth. Watch a trailer for the movie and buy your tickets here.
When: Friday 12 May
Where: Cinema Rodina, 12 Karavannaya Ulitsa, St Petersburg, 191023
Price: 350 roubles
Language: English

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Event: Festival Drop the Top
About: This year, the A2 arena will host the Drop the Top street dance festival for the first time with dance competitions, workshops and numerous local and international dancers. The winner of the competition will be awarded a prize of 100,000 roubles.
When: From Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May
Where: A2 Green Concert, 3 Prospekt Medikov, St Petersburg, 197022
Price: 500 roubles, buy your ticket here
Language: Russian

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Event: Spring International Party
About: Meet new people from all over the world, enjoy some live music, and some good wine.
When: Saturday 13 May
Where: Ma Maison De Delicatesse, 48 Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg, 191186
Price: Free
Language: English

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Event: Brighter Days are Coming
About: Brighter days are coming to St Petersburg and it is time for the Street Art Museum to open its doors to its fourth season dedicated to the 1917 Russian Revolution. Besides the main exposition, the museum will host two more projects: Nikolay Super will present his Generations graffiti wall showing how the graffiti subculture has been developing from the USSR to these days, and Maksim Svitshyov will present his media-art and sound-art project in the upper floors of the Boiler-house space.
When: Saturday 13 May to 30 September
Where: Street Art Museum, 84 Shosse Revolyutsii, St Petersburg, 195248
Price: 350 roubles, buy your ticket here

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Event: Behance Portfolio Reviews 2017
About: Are you a designer, a photographer, or somehow connected to the digital and about to enter the world of work? Then this event is the perfect match for you. Enhance your portfolio with a team of experts who will provide you with personal feedback. Although the event will be held in Russian, many of the experts are fluent in English and will be available to help the non-Russian speakers too. Register here to participate.
When: Saturday 13 May
Where: OXTA lab, 5 Yakornaya Ulitsa, St Petersburg, 195027
Price: Free
Language: Russian

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Event: Hockey game: Russia VS Slovakia
About: For all the hockey fans or for those who are trying to get a better grasp of the Russian culture, you cannot miss this week’s hockey game between Russia and Slovakia.
When: Saturday 13 May
Where: Restaurant Schwaben Keller, 3 Shosse Revolyutsii, St Petersburg, 195027
Price: Free

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Event: International Party
About: Whether you are a local, or a newcomer don’t miss this opportunity to expand your circle of friends. Join the free international party to practice your foreign languages, play games, sing some karaoke and get to know many new interesting people.
When: Sunday 14 May, from 7pm
Where: Bud Place, 17 Bolshaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa,
Price: Free
Language: English

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Event: Team Game for Expatriates Round Two
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 14 May
Where: Dead Poets, 12 Zhukovskogo, St Petersburg, 191123
Price: Free
Language: English

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