Musica Italiana concert 

One of our favorite spots on Vasilyevsky Island, the Lutheran Church of Saint Michael, is hosting a classical music concert to greet the spring that is finally gracing us with somewhat warmer temperatures. This weekend, you will get to hear compositions by such giants as Bach and Vivaldi, among others, performed by professional musicians on the organ and the mandolin. Don’t forget to complete your day’s outing by visiting some of the spots from our very own route on the island. 

Earth METAXIS media art festival 

METAXIS is an international media art festival that is held in several cities around the globe at once. This year, the event’s key theme is Earth, the only world we know and the only planet available for us to live on in the near future. Visitors will have the chance to experience works by artists from France, Japan, the USA, Colombia, and other countries showcasing the many incredible life forms of our home planet. Preserving and cherishing life – these are the main ideas of the event, which will undoubtedly make an even greater impression when explored in the unusual setting of the planetarium.

Coffee and Cigarettes at Angleterre

Directed by Jim Jarmusch, this film is a sequence of glimpses into regular encounters over, you guessed it, coffee and cigarettes. It invites you to piece together the common theme of all conversations. And you will do this detective work while watching well-known actors and musicians muse on a variety of topics, from Tesla coils to insecticides, in black and white. Do you think you are up for the job?

See the Unseen: technological research at the Russian Museum

Credit: Maxim Kotov (@maxim_ktv) on Unsplash

Credit: Maxim Kotov (@maxim_ktv) on Unsplash

  • April 14 - May 16; Wed, Fri, Sat-Sun: 10 am - 6 pm; Mon: 10 am - 8 pm; Thu: 1 pm - 9 pm; Tuesdays are days off
  • Mikhailovsky Palace (State Russian Museum)
  • 550 rubles (270 rubles for students – offline purchase only)

This tiny but remarkable exhibition offers you a glimpse into what goes on at museum laboratories, perhaps in the very moment that you are walking down the building’s main halls. How do you trace a painting’s origin? What is hidden under all the layers of paint? How different were the original ideas from the actual paintings we have grown to love? At this exhibition, you will have the chance to learn more about these topics and the research done by the museum’s specialists. So, next time you see a painting, you will know what it took to discover all the details written on the card next to it.