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From timeless classics to easy-reading yet delightful contemporary stories, here are our editorial team’s personal recommendations on summer favorites that will keep you turning pages and learning about Russia in the process.
Dost thou miss theater, thespian? We thought as much. Here are four world-class theater and opera offerings you can watch for free this weekend.
You might already know that St. Petersburg is renowned for the fascinating natural phenomenon of white nights. But what are they, and what is it that makes them so special? Let’s find out.
“How to make culture digital?” - this is a question that has been brought up at the recent Lectorium 2.0. Senior employees of theaters, museums and concert halls from Russia, Azerbaijan, Belgium and Sweden spoke online about how they were facing isolation and their attempts at solving the associated problems. Read about the future’s relevant professions, new formats and virtual guests in this article by ITMO.NEWS.
Did you know that every Russian child spends their 11 years at school memorizing poems (and sometimes even prose excerpts) for literature classes? And while some might look back on these memories in terror, personally, I found the experience to be rather enjoyable. What’s true for most of us, however, is that we still remember quite a few lines and they’re sometimes all that’s needed to find a key to that mysterious Russian soul of ours.
During his quarantine in the village of Boldino, Alexander Pushkin managed to write an unprecedented amount of works. He finished Eugene Onegin, wrote The Belkin Tales, Little Tragedies and over thirty poems and other works in the three-month period. We decided to follow the poet’s example and make the most out of this forced isolation. Popular science lectures and museums are going online, international websites are providing free access to educational courses, and countless apps prove that you can follow an exercise routine outside your gym. For those who are staying at home, we have prepared the most detailed guide on what to do this weekend and beyond.
Self-isolation doesn't mean getting bored. With St. Petersburg cultural landmarks closed until further notice, we'd like to take you on a no-expenses-needed tour of Russia’s unusual regional museums. Pour yourself that cuppa – and let’s go!
We all know that St. Petersburg is a city where culture in all its diverse shapes and forms can be found in abundance – what with all the libraries, theaters and museums that surround you literally every time you go out for a walk. Sometimes it feels like the magic of its theaters, museums and libraries can only be discovered by the trusted few. Well, those at Intelligentsia, ITMO’s culture club, happen to know just how to break this uncanny spell.
Halloween is almost here, and it's time for all things mysterious and scary. As we’ve already explored the spooky characters of Russian folklore in last year’s article, this time we’ve decided to focus on the many mystical sights of St. Petersburg.
To be honest, I’m not exactly a fan of the Soviet mid-20th century sci-fi; to me, it seems somewhat lacking in style in comparison to its predecessors, and it was the later works that really made a name for the genre. Then again, it certainly is quite unconventional, and is interesting from many a standpoint other than the literary one.