St Petersburg is jam-packed with original and exciting cultural events this week—International Cultural forum and Side by Side LGBT Film Festival to name a few. And you’re not into these sort of things, we haven’t forgotten about parties, concerts and flea markets.
Event: Intelligent flea market
About: If you are a big fan of Russian flea markets, but you’re already over Udelnaya’s or find the other ones too boring, look no further! The Intelligent Flea Market offers a smart, vast range of vintage Russo-European handicrafts suitable for holiday gifts. Don’t forget to check their traditional food court.
When: Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November
Where: Gostiny Dvor sitting yard, 35 Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg, 191186
Event: St Petersburg International Cultural Forum
About: The International Cultural Forum is finally here. No matter your taste in art, music, performance, or educational events, you will certainly find something that interests you. The list of programmes includes classical concerts, ballets, an open lecture by the editor-in-chief of the Ekho Moskvy radio station, and many more cultural events. Check out the full programme in English here.
When: Thursday 16 November to Sunday 19 November
Where: Various locations
Price: Free to 5,000 roubles
Event: Classical night in the new planetarium
About: The Roof Music Group presents its new project: Where the Stars Do not Go Out, under the roof of the largest planetarium in the world. Handel, Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Rachmaninov, Debussy — all will echo under the starry night! Can you think of a better activity for a Tuesday evening?
When: Tuesday 21 November
Where: Planetarium No 1, 74C Obvodny canal, St Petersburg
Price: 1,800 roubles
Event: Side by Side LGBT Film Festival
About: The annual Bok-o-Bok or Side by Side LGBT Film Festival is probably one of the coolest and most exciting events of the year in St Petersburg. Celebrating their 10th anniversary, this year’s festival features films, documentaries, shorts, and panel discussions with directors, casts, and local activists and critics. Check out the programme here and adjust your calendars accordingly.
When: Thursday 16 November to Wednesday 22 November
Where: Various locations (check the schedule)
Price: 250 roubles (200 roubles for students)
Language: English and Russian
Event: Old-school films photo exhibition
About: Take a journey back to the 60th, 70th, and 80th when films were developed and then printed in a darkroom using the traditional methods with chemicals and enlarger. The show does not only exhibit photos, but also darkroom equipment and background information about the movies of which photos are featured. Contact Tarmo Thorström for more information at +7 931 585-58-21.
When: Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 18.00
Where: Finnish House (Suomi-talo), 8 Konyushennaya ulitsa, St Petersburg, 191186
Language: English, Russian and Finnish
Event: Non-Classic Night!
About: Party your socks off with freestyle rappers, DJs, and yes, a classical string quartet!
When: Friday 17 November
Where: Kuznya, 2 Admiralteysky canal embankment, St Petersburg, 190000
Event: Come and See
About: On 18 November Rodina will screen the 1985 Soviet movie Come and See. The evening will start with a lecture by the director and film critic Anton Dolin. The movie tells the story of a sixteen-year-old boy, Florya, who goes into the woods to join the partisans. Buy your tickets here.
When: Saturday 18 November
Where: Rodina, 12 Karavannaya Ulitsa, St Petersburg, 191023
Price: 300 roubles
Event: Ice Hockey: Dinamo VS Sokol
About: You can’t say you have experienced St Petersburg unless you have experienced a hockey game at the St Petersburg stadium: this weekend don’t miss the game between St Petersburg’s Dinamo and Krasnoyark’s Sokol. Buy your tickets here.
When: Sunday 19 November, from 5pm
Where: Yubileyny Sports Palace, 18 Prospekt Dobrolyubova, St Petersburg, 197198
Price: 50 roubles
Event: Matilda: Truths and Lies
About: The recent movie, Matilda, divided the country and stirred controversy, but how much of the movie is real and how much is fiction? This and much more is what you will discover during the four-hour tour about Matilda on Sunday. Find more information about the tour here.
When: Sunday 19 November, from 11am
Where: Departure from Vitebsk railway station. Find more information here.
Price: 1,200 roubles
Event: Dostoevsky Belated Birthday Quest
About: Celebrate Dostoevsky’s birthday at his own place. Discover more about one of the most famous St Petersburg’s writers in a fun quest about the author. Buy your tickets here.
When: Saturday 18 November at 1pm
Where: Meeting point: 5/2 Kuznechny pereulok,
Price: 300 roubles