Holidays in Russia

Holidays in Russia with descriptions, histories and official days off for 2017 A list of those holidays of cultural importance in Russia. Dates, days off, and histories of the holidays are all listed. New Year / Новый...

Art in Russia

Any student interested in art should see our sister site, ARTINRUSSIA.org. ARTINRUSSIA is a division of The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) dedicated to helping artists develop their personal practice through the educational...

Remembrance of WWII in St. Petersburg

Throughout my program in Russia these past few months, the toll of the Second World War, has often been present and palpable. During World War II and the Great Fatherland War, the name Russians give...

Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg

Mikhailovsky Theater Sleeping Beauty/Спящая красавица The Nutcracker/Шелкунчик Mikhailovsky.ru tickets starting at about 750 ru for each show Arts Square in St, Petersburg is the location of the Russian Arts Museum, the Grand Hall of the...

XVI International Winter Festival in St. Petersburg

XVI International Winter Festival December 13-25, 2015 Arts Square Yuri Temirkanov (Artistic Director of the Festival) Philharmonia.spb.ru The International Winter Festival is an annual musical festival that takes place in December at Arts Square. This...

St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia

St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra Yuri Temirkanov (director)  St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra Alexander Dmitriev (director) Philharmonia.spb.ru Growing up listening to symphonic works of Beethoven, Liszt, and Wagner and being involved with orchestra...

Pin-up Exhibition at Art Center in St. Petersburg

Art Center Dumskaya Ulitsa, 4 Tickets from 150 rubles Strolling around the second story of the Art Center space on Dumskaya, posters and calendars showcase nearly a century’s worth of art. Many know of pin-ups,...

Russian Symphonies in St. Petersburg

The Symphony Orchestra of the State Primorsky Theater Of Opera and Ballet Yekaterina Mechetina (piano) Anton Lubchenko (conductor)  Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall Mariinsky.ru The Russia School of Classical Music has greatly contributed to the genre...

Peterland Aquapark in St. Petersburg

Peterland Aquapark (Питерлэнд Аквапарк) Приморский пр., 72 From 1000 rubles At times, life in St. Petersburg can get a bit mundane. Even with the world-class ballet and numerous museums to attend to, everyday routines can...

The Oprichnik in St. Petersburg

The Oprichnik/ Опричник Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall Mariinsky Opera Theater, Ballet, and Academy of Young Opera Singers Valery Gergiev (conductor) Mariinsky.ru I am so excited about studying in St. Petersburg because I get the chance...

Dead Souls in St. Petersburg

Dead Souls/ Мёртвые души Mariinsky II Mariinsky Opera Theater Valery Gergiev (conductor) Mariinsky.ru Ever since I saw Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck, I have become a huge fan of 20th century opera. Some of my favorite...

All Prokofiev Concert in St. Petersburg

The Mariinsky Orchestra Denis Matsuev (piano) Valery Gergiev (conductor) Mariinsky.ru Matsuev.com Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) was one the greatest Russian composers who lived during the Soviet Era. Prokofiev composed for many genres (symphonies, operas, ballets) and...

Botanical Garden in St. Petersburg

Botanical Garden in St. Petersburg ул. Профессора Попова 2, (Petrogradskaya Metro) Open 10am – 6pm; Last admission is at 4 pm. Closed Mondays, Fridays Tickets start at 40 rubles (see below for details) Botsad-spb.com Whether...

Prince Igor in St. Petersburg

Prince Igor/ Князь Игорь Mariinsky Opera, Chorus, and Ballet Pavel Smelkov (conductor) Mariinsky.ru Opera is one of the most remarkable art forms that have been created in cultural history. Opera combines all the elements of...

‘Beatnik Market’: Russian Beat in St. Petersburg

Универмаг «Битник» Итальянская улица 17 find them on Facebook Interested in some retro fashion or events while in Piter?  Between Nevsky and the Russian Museum, the Beatnik project boasts a bar and a gallery/event space. ...

Watching Russian Hockey in Saint Pertersburg

SKA Saint Petersburg Hockey Team SKA.ru Along with music, sports are a huge part of my life. I’ve swam and dived and, in high school, was the team manager of our Varsity Women’s Basketball team....

Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra in St. Petersburg

Concert Hall/ Концертный зал Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra Lucas Debargue (piano) Valery Gergiev (conductor) http://www.mariinsky.ru/en/ There is nothing I love more than playing in a symphony orchestra. I have performed with an orchestra on the...

Remembering Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg

Day of Russian Music in Saint Petersburg Art Square; Free Admission The St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra Director: S. Kochanovsky The music of Petr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) has been very impactful on me since I...

Swan Lake at the Alexandrinsky Theater St. Petersburg

Alexandrinsky Theater / Александринский театр Alexandrinsky.ru Ticket Office: 9:00 – 18:00 Monday through Friday ~1500 rubles per person (for good seats) Swan Lake was not the first ballet I had been to, but it was definitely...

A Trip to Tsarskoye Selo from St. Petersburg

Tsarskoye Selo: Catherine Palace and Park / Царское село: Екатерининский дворец и парк Cost: Catherine Park – 120 rubles (60 w/student ID); Catherine Palace – 520 rubles (260 w/ student ID); Hours: Park – 10am-7pm;...

The Opening of the Fountains in Peterhof

The Opening of the Fountains in Peterhof/ Открытие фонтанов в Петергофе Большой Петергофский дворец, Петергоф, Россия Cost: 500 rubles (400 w/ student ID) Open: 10am-6pm Daily; 10am-7pm on Holidays and Weekdays Peterhof-express.ru For the small...

Guide to Radio in St. Petersburg

Radio has been used since the early 20th century for art, entertainment, social value, information sharing, political purposes, and more. Alexander Popov, a key player in the invention of radio, made his discoveries in Kronstadt,...

Leningrad Zoo

Leningrad Zoo / Ленинградский зоопарк парк Александровский, 1 Phone: +7 (812) 232-8260 +7 (812) 230-1926 Main Zoo Hours: daily 10-21 Exoterium Hours: daily 11-21 Ticket Price: 500 rubles (200 rubles with student ID) Cashiers close...

Personal Experience: Homestay St. Petersburg

During my seven month stay in St. Petersburg, I opted to live in a homestay with a Russian host family. I initially had images of a small apartment with carpets on the walls and lace...

Personal Experience: Playing Baseball in St. Petersburg

Many SRAS students seek to add extracurricular activities to their time abroad to help them integrate into their communities, improve language skills, and make new friends outside their classes. Particularly in Russia, where universities do...

6 Ways to Beat the Heat During a Russian Summer

Russia isn’t known for being a particularly warm country, but summers can see many areas of Russia warm up to over 90 or 100 degrees Fahrenheit. St. Petersburg, nestled on the northern coast of the...

Rugby in St. Petersburg

“As long as a person is athletic and has a drive to improve himself, little to no experience is required to come practice with us. The team is close-knit, and everyone is willing to help...

Memorial Apartment Museum of Dmitri Mendeleev

Free (small donations encouraged/expected) Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00-16:00 Twelve Collegia Building, Mendeleevskaya Liniya on Vasilievskiy Island Must call in advance to organize a visit +7 (812) 328-9744 www.eng.spbu.ru/university/culture/museums/mendeleev Dimitri Mendeleev, best known as the creator of...

Baseball in Russia

Think there’s no baseball in Russia? Think again. America’s favorite pastime is gaining popularity across Russia. Real baseball stadiums can be found in Moscow and its suburbs and Vladivostok, with notable participation in local leagues...