This Weekend in St. Petersburg: January 12-13

Get lost in a surrealistic dream at the Lumiere Hall creative space, learn about the way people used to celebrate New Year in the Soviet Union, listen to jazz music at one of the most peculiar cathedrals in the city and catch the latest fashion exhibition: here is what’s on our list to do in St. Pete this weekend!

St. Petersburg. Credit: russkiesezony.com

Have you heard about Lumiere Hall, a creative space that organizes multimedia exhibitions and night screenings of popular Hollywood movies? From January 1 till March 11, this unique place will turn into a mysterious garden packed with a dozen interactive areas, ranging from spooky to grotesque, each inviting you to a fascinating journey. Talk to industrial robots, fall asleep in the middle of the ocean, and become a passenger of a surrealistic train that will carry you to a distant land full of magical creatures and dark shadows. The Fantasy Garden exhibition is open daily from 11am till 10 pm. Tickets start at 400 rubles and can be purchased here.

The Fantasy Garden exhibition. Credit: fiesta.city
The Fantasy Garden exhibition. Credit: fiesta.city

For those who desire to learn more about the way people celebrated the New Year in the Soviet Union and the Russian Empire, the St. Petersburg Toy Museum, the first private museum in the city and the second toy museum in Russia, is hosting an exhibition of Christmas decorations from the different periods of Russian history: from the 1930s’ pioneers figures and cheap cotton toys to the 1960s’ satellites and rockets. The museum is open every day from 11am till 7pm. Entrance ticket costs 200 rubles (and 100 rubles for students). Don’t miss your chance to gain some insight into the Soviet way of life and traditions.

Credit: fiesta.city
Credit: fiesta.city

Great news for jazz lovers! This weekend, as many as two amazing jazz events will take place in the Northern Venice: the New Year’s Festival at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall (a series of concerts on January 11-13 each kicking off at 7pm; tickets cost 2,000 rubles), and a jazz concert by the Olympic Brass band at one of the most atmospheric and peculiar cathedrals in St. Pete, the Lutheran Annenkirche church (at 7 pm on January 13; tickets cost 500 rubles and can be booked here).

An Olympic Brass concert at Annenkirche. Credit: fiesta.city
An Olympic Brass concert at Annenkirche. Credit: fiesta.city

Think that porcelain is only about ornate yet kinda boring cups and plates? Look at the picture below featuring a dress made of hundreds of porcelain sequins and think again. The author of this masterpiece, Tatiana Chapurgina, is an awardee of numerous international competitions and the lead artist of the Imperial Porcelain Factory. Organized by the State Hermitage and the Imperial Porcelain Factory company, and featuring both traditional porcelain creations such as vases and tableware, and porcelain dresses and accessories, the exhibition of Tatiana Chapurgina’s works Porcelain Fashion will be running in the General Staff building till March 10.

A dress by Tatiana Chapurgina. Credit: fiesta.city
A dress by Tatiana Chapurgina. Credit: fiesta.city

Enjoy your weekend!

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