St. Petersburg was founded on 27 May (O.S. 16 May) 1703. In 2019, the city of Peter celebrates its 316th anniversary, and on this occasion, an extensive cultural and entertaining programme, including festivals, parades and concerts, was prepared for all residents and visitors of St. Petersburg.
One of the first events, dedicated to the memorable date, is the opening of the XIV St. Petersburg International Book Fair. From 23 to 26 May, in the territory of the Mikhailovsky Manege (Manezhnaya Square, 2), visitors will be able to find new books from all over Russia and the world from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The first international transport festival ‘SpbTransportFest’, which unites many similar events, takes place from 23 to 25 May. Its central event is the V St. Petersburg International Parade of Retro Transport on May 25. A parade column will pass through the central part of the city, about 250 retro cars will join it.
‘Annual Ice Cream Festival in St. Petersburg’ is held on May 25 and will last 10 hours: from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Organizers offer all guests to try delicious ice cream, to ride the attraction and to see performances of musical groups. All these events will be available in the morning, and the opening ceremony will be held at 1 p.m.
The V Big Bicycle Parade will start from Oktyabrsky Concert Hall on May 26 at 11 p.m. The finish line will be located on the territory of the 300th-anniversary park. The length of the route will be 17 kilometres.
At 1 p.m., Nevsky Prospekt will literally thunder. Thousands of drummers will walk along the main street of the city. All viewers will witness the most massive drum crescendo in the world at the end of the show.
On May 26, the St. Petersburg Ball of Nationalities will take place on the Birzhevaya Square on Vasilyevsky Island. The multinational holiday, traditional for the city and long since beloved by St. Petersburg citizens, will demonstrate the ethnocultural diversity and unity of people who live in the Northern Capital and introduce the traditional culture of the people of Russia, Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
At noon, on May 26, a grand circus procession will start from Karavannaya Street in the direction of Birzhevaya Square: famous circus actors Zapashny brothers will ride the horses at the head of the column. At 2 p.m. on the territory of the Big St. Petersburg Circus, there will be a performance 'World Epicenter'.
Opera Gala on the Palace Square on May 26 will bring together some of the best, if not the best voices of the world opera for the seventh time. The entrance to the concert will open at 8 p.m., and the performance itself will last 2 hours, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The premiere of the show ‘Singing Bridges’ will be held at 11 p.m. For those who have come to admire the unique spectacle, live music will be performed by the ‘Northern Symphony’ Orchestra with the participation of soloists from the ‘Music Hall’ Theatre. At midnight at the Palace Bridge, the musicians will perform the “Hymn to the Great City” by Reinhold Gliere.
The ceremony of laying flowers to the monument of Peter the Great on Senate Square will take place on May 27. Members of the St. Petersburg Government, heads of district administrations and honoured guests will attend the ceremony.