2016 Cultural Events

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2016 Cultural Events



About the festival



Nashestvie rock festival

Russia’s premier rock festival. The festival features such Russian rock stars as Nochnye Snaipery, Leningrad, Chaif, Surganova and Orchestra, Smyslovye Gallutsinatsii, Splin, and others.

Tver Region, Zavidovo

first half of July

Afisha's Picnic

One of the largest Russian music festivals. Leading participants: Zemfira, Ivan Dorn, The Horrors, SBPC, Nike Borzov, and Kiesza.

Moscow, Kolomenskoye


Dikaya Myata

International festival. Concertgoers are offered an impressive variety of music, street theatre, a fire show extravaganza, outdoor movie screenings at night, and a delicious food court.

Alexinsky District of Tula Region

June 4–26

Sergey Kuryokhin International Festival (SKIF)

The festival aims to discover new names in modern and progressive music from different countries. The festival has no restrictions whatsoever in terms of style or genre: jazz, folk, rock, metal, different styles of electronic music, and much more.

Saint Petersburg


Novaya Volna

International music contest for young pop performers.




Moscow International Film Festival

The second oldest film festival in the world (after the Venice Film Festival). The festival is attended by Russian and international film stars. During the festival, premieres are shown in different cinemas around Moscow.


End of June


A major Russian film festival attended by Russian and foreign filmmakers.


Early June

Meridians of the Pacific

International Film Festival of Asian-Pacific Countries. Attended by representatives of about 60 countries each year.




Golden Mask

A Russian theatre festival and annual prize with the same name. The award is presented for the best performances in all genres of theatrical art, including drama, opera, ballet, operetta, musical comedies, and puppet theatre. Members of Russia’s best theatre troupes all come to Moscow during the festival.



The Russian festival Volga Theatre Seasons

A multi-genre festival. The festival features ballet, opera, drama performances, and puppet shows as well as the Russian Laboratory of Theatre Criticism for judges and critics to discuss the shows presented at the festival.



2016 Student Events


Russian contest of students' creative art. Hundreds of university events and 11 interregional festivals are held from March to May. The participants – students from Russian institutions of higher education – show off their talents in singing, dancing, acting, and other genres.

The final festival is held in May (in a different city each year).

KVN Major League

KVN Major League (Club of the Jolly and the Quick-Witted) is a major annual tournament among up and coming Russian student comics. The best KVN teams take part in the Premier League. The winner becomes Club Champion. The games are broadcast on national TV.

Seasonal games are held in Moscow and include a round of 16 (February, March), a quarterfinal (summer), a semifinal (fall), and a final (December, before New Year’s Eve).

Singing KiViN

Annual musical festival of KVN teams (Club of the Jolly and the Quick-Witted). This is a purely musical contest.

It is held in Svetlogorsk (Kaliningrad Region) in summer.

Dates to remember

Russia celebrates a number of memorable dates on each year: birth dates of writers, artists, poets, and other cultural figures, and anniversaries of certain classics. Celebrations generally feature different events: premieres, exhibitions, and festivals. In 2016, Russia will celebrate the following:

  • the 250th anniversary of the birth of Nikolai Karamzin (December 12);
  • the 160th anniversary of the birth of Victor Vasnetsov (May 15);
  • the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mikhail Bulgakov (May 15);
  • the 125th anniversary of the birth of Osip Mandelstam (January 15);
  • the 125th anniversary of the birth of Russian poet and columnist Ilya Ehrenburg (January 26);
  • the 150th anniversary of the publishing of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment (January).

2016 Sporting Events

Bandy World Championship

January 31–February 12

Ulyanovsk, Dimitrovgrad

World Single Distance Championships

February 11–14

Kolomna (Moscow Region)

XX European Short Track Speed Skating Championships

January 22–24


Ice Hockey World Championship

May 6–22

Moscow, St. Petersburg

European Sambo Championship




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