XX New British Film Festival

The well-loved annual festival of the fantabulous British cinema is back, bringing us the latest from the foggy island’s incomparable movie industry. This year’s program is a varied one as usual: head to the Avrora movie theater on Saturday November 9 to immerse yourself into the dark and dangerous couloirs of the music industry in Schemers (from 4pm, tickets), and get a jolly good fix of Britcom as served by the “delicate and witty” Days of the Bagnold Summer (from 7.30pm, tickets), and on Sunday November 10, let your heart go vroom, vroom, vroom with The Keeper (Trautmann), a biographical drama pitting love against sport (from 3pm, tickets), and follow the story of one very passionate Bruce Springsteen fan in the comedy drama Blinded by the Light (from 7pm, tickets).

Just a quick detour from our regular weekend program for the Downton Abbey devotees in our readership: pop by at the theater today, November 6 to watch the Casa de Crawley go tipsy-turvy in the preparation for the royal visit in the first full-screen adventure in the saga (from 7pm, tickets).

JazzLike festival

Looking for a nice place to recharge your batteries a bit? Head to the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines to add some sugar in your life thanks to the JazzLike live music festival. With jazz music performed sparkling with improvisation, sincerity and real emotions, the fun served by the whole experience will only be intensified thanks to the funky interiors of the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines.

Retro confectionery packaging exhibition

Oh please suppress a yawn, will you: the “Candy Is Eaten, Wrapper Is Left” exhibition promises to be a real treat, its display showcasing the peculiar and the sublime of the 19th-20th centuries Russian confectionery packaging industry. Chuckle at the “Stylish Gothic Candy” & co increasing your knowledge of the era along the way: “Back then, the unassuming candy wrapper was a powerful marketing tool, even serving as a propaganda mouthpiece in the Soviet times,” say the organizers. 

Handmade Fair

  • November 9-10, from midday to 9 pm
  • Sevkabel Port
  • Free admission

And be sure to check out the Handmade Fair, which this month takes place in one of St. Pete’s hippest public spaces, Sevkabel Port. The event will bring together over 200 local craftspeople, who will present their most unusual, mesmerizing and unique handmade crafts. The subtle Scandinavian decor and ornate oriental designs, dainty porcelain brooches and mind-blowing lampwork glass beads, exquisite immortelle bouquets and fancy glass florariums – there you can find it all! Apart from that, you can participate in a whole range of fun workshops, for example, make your own bath salt mix or paint an eco-bag, as well as listen to nice music, enjoy a cup of delicious coffee and admire the autumnal beauty of the Gulf of Finland!

Enjoy your weekend!