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St. Petersburg is home to more than 200 museums; the city welcomes millions of tourists from all over the world each year. The main points of attraction for many thousands are still the Hermitage, Peterhof and other famed sights. But is the city ready for new influences and forms of modern art – and, if so, how can we preserve the balance between the rich cultural heritage and the newest trends? These and other questions were the topic of discussion at the closing session of the III International Spatial Development Forum on September 28.
Three centuries ago, Peter the Great had decreed that St. Petersburg’s streets were to be lit with oil lanterns. Thus, the country’s new capital became the first Russian city to have public lighting. Today, St. Petersburg remains one of the country’s best examples of urban light environment. But each year, new approaches to lighting design, architecture and smart-city engineering appear all over the world. This field itself is becoming a platform not only for lighting designers, architects and artists, but for scientists, researchers and IT specialists as well. Participants of the roundtable discussion “Light in the City: design or programming. New technological developments and tools for modern urban analysis” discussed the future, why modern cities require more than a safe light environment, and how to use new technologies to change the approach to street lighting.
The case-tournament LeaderCup Legal Ads took place at the “Boiling Point” creative space organized by Russian Agency for Strategic Initiatives. It was dedicated to fighting unauthorized advertisements and illegal graffiti in St. Petersburg. 10 teams made up of 150 local students proposed more than 50 various solutions to solve the issues related to maintaining the Northern Capital’s refined image. ITMO University’s students who took part in the tournament have secured the second place. ITMO.NEWS spoke with their members and found out more about how everyone can help against illegal advertising and graffiti.
Tomorrow, on May 27th, it's the City Day - our Northern Capital turns 314! Each year, St. Petersburg’s citizens and guests participate in the citywide celebration, which involves all kinds of attractions and events. In fact, there are so many of them that it can be hard to just make your choice! We’ve decided to mention some of the events we liked, so choose your piece of the St. Petersburg City Day puzzle, and prepare for an unforgettable experience.
Spring is here in St. Petersburg, the sun is shining and everyone is ready for some art, culture and good times. So if you’re in St. Petersburg this weekend and are looking for the best way to spend these days, it’ll be hard not to miss the history, art and culture splurge on offer. All you need to do is simply step outside - but it never hurts to be prepared, which is why we’ve listed the top must-see events for you.
Despite the fact that every year the movie industry produces a plethora of New Year films, perennial movies such Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, It’s a Wonderful Life and the Wizard of Oz top the tables for the most evocative — continually watched and re-watched at Christmas and New Year by generation upon generation. In Russia, the same movie traditions prevail — from year to year we are happy to meet the same beloved characters and their adventures in a clutch of films that have become the embodiment of the holiday. Here are several examples that are an integral part of New Year celebrations in Russia.