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Birthday Celebrations

Published: May 28, 2014 (Issue # 1813)



  • Children enjoying the ice cream festival on Sunday.
    Photo: Nina Filimonova

  • St. Isaacs Square was a sea of white as thousands gathered to sing together.
    Photo: Alexandra Gurskaya

  • Tuesdays celebrations.
    Photo: Eugene Egorov

  • Rain didnt dampen the dancing spirit as more than 4,000 locals danced down Nevsky Prospekt.
    Photo: illusion studio

  • Celebrations on Sunday ended with a free gala concert on Palace Square
    Photo: Stas Levshin

On May 27, St. Petersburg officially celebrated its 311th birthday however, city celebrations began days before. Kicking off the festivities was a choir event on May 24 held at St. Isaacs Square, which saw almost 5,000 professional and amateur singers, aged from seven up to 92, gather together and sing.

Attending the event was President Vladimir Putin and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, which was also dedicated to celebrating the Day of Slavic Writing and Culture.

This wonderful tradition of choir singing has taken shape right in front of our eyes; we hear songs that unite our great Russia because these songs are the very history of our people, its culture and soul, said Putin, speaking at the event.

The celebrations on Sunday started with an ice cream festival held at Ploschad Ostrovskogo. Children from orphanages enjoyed free amusement rides while all guests were treated to samples from a 500 kilogram pancake.

At 2 p.m. the same day, another choir sang on Birzhevaya Ploschad. The choir was made up of 700 pupils from school No. 56. Despite the heavy rain, the young singers still performed. Meanwhile at St. Isaacs Square, the choir from the day before was replaced with a military orchestra from the Western military district.

At 5 p.m. more than 4,000 people danced on Nevsky Prospect, starting from Sadovaya Ulitsa through to Naberezhnaya Reki Moiki. All participants wore clothes in the colors of the Russian flag, with spectators also invited to join in on the fun.

A free gala concert called Gala of Opera and Ballet Stars was also held at 9 p.m. on Palace Square, which included both opera and dance performances.

We were worried about the event after the heavy rain just before the concert as a lot of equipment was damaged, said Ekaterina Galanova, general producer of the event. It was the best present when the weather improved and, in the end, thousands of people attended.

Celebrations on Sunday ended with a traditional firework display.

Yesterday, the citys official birthday, flowers were placed by the Bronze Horseman, a monument depicting Peter the Great, the founder of the city. Celebrations then continued at the Peter and Paul Fortress, where the city was founded on May 27, 1703.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


Classic Finnish cartoon characters the Moomins expect to receive a warm welcome from Russian fans during todays Moomin Festival at the Pearl Plaza Shopping Center at 51 Petergofskoye Shosse. Become a kid again or introduce a new generation to the beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson.



Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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