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Events 2019

2019 Cultural Events
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Every day Russia holds many interesting events such as concerts, festivals, theme parties, championships and competitions. See information on the key cultural, sport and student events of the year.

2019 Cultural Events

Music
Name About the festival Location Time
Sergey Kuryokhin International Festival (SKIF) The festival highlights new names in modern and progressive music across different countries. It is not limited to particular music styles or genres and embraces jazz, folk, rock, metal and electronic music. St. Petersburg May
Usadba Jazz Festival An annual international outdoor jazz festival in the Arkhangelskoye Estate. Moscow region June
Maxidrom A grand international music festival Moscow June
“Wild Mint” An international festival.Vibrant music, street theatres, fire shows and open-air night screening await guests. Tula region, Bunyrevo village 28-30 June
Nashestvie Rock Festival The largest Russian rock festival. Tver region, Zavidovo 5-7 July
Dobrofest Festival A large rock, alternative, punk and hip hop music festival Yaroslavl region 11-14 July
Park Live Festival An international music festival. Moscow July
Afisha Picnic Festival Anmid-summer music festival held in Moscow’s Kolomenskoye Park. Moscow late July
V-ROX Festival An international music festivall. Vladivostok August
Kaliningrad in Rock Festival The oldest and largest rock festival in western Russia. Kaliningrad August
“New Wave” An international contest for young performers of popular music. Sochi September

Music

Sergey Kuryokhin International Festival (SKIF)

St. Petersburg

May

The festival highlights new names in modern and progressive music across different countries. It is not limited to particular music styles or genres and embraces jazz, folk, rock, metal and electronic music.

Usadba Jazz Festival

Moscow region

June

An annual international outdoor jazz festival in the Arkhangelskoye Estate.

Maxidrom

Moscow

June

A grand international music festival.

“Wild Mint”

Tula region, Bunyrevo village

28-30 June

An international festival.Vibrant music, street theatres, fire shows and open-air night screening await guests.

Nashestvie Rock Festival

Tver region, Zavidovo

5-7 July

The largest Russian rock festival.

Dobrofest Festival

Yaroslavl region

11-14 July

A large rock, alternative, punk and hip hop music festival.

Park Live Festival

Moscow

July

An international music festival.

Afisha Picnic Festival

Moscow

late July

Anmid-summer music festival held in Moscow’s Kolomenskoye Park.

V-ROX Festival

Vladivostok

August

An international music festival.

Kaliningrad in Rock Festival

Kaliningrad

August

The oldest and largest rock festival in western Russia.

“New Wave”

Sochi

September

An international contest for young performers of popular music.

Cinema
Moscow International Film Festival The world’s second largest film festival after the Venice Festival. Russian and international film stars are among the participants. Premiers run at Moscow cinema houses during the festival. Moscow April
Kinotavr Festival A major Russian film festival involving Russian and international film makers. Sochi June
Pacific Meridians The International Film Festival of the Asian-Pacific region is an annual event bringing together representatives of some 60 countries. Vladivostok September

Cinema

Moscow International Film Festival

Moscow

April

The world’s second largest film festival after the Venice Festival. Russian and international film stars are among the participants. Premiers run at Moscow cinema houses during the festival.

Kinotavr Festival

Sochi

June

A major Russian film festival involving Russian and international film makers.

Pacific Meridians

Vladivostok

September

The International Film Festival of the Asian-Pacific region is an annual event bringing together representatives of some 60 countries.

Theatre
Golden Mask All-Russia Theatre Festival Golden Mask is also an annual national theatre award to best performances in all theatre art genres: dramas, operas, ballets, operettas, musicals and puppet theatres. The best Russian theatre groups come to the Russian capital for the festival. Moscow February – April
Volga Theatre Seasons Festival A multi-genre festival. The programme includes ballets, operas, dramas and puppet plays. The All-Russia Theatre Criticism Laboratory is a performances review platform for judges and well-known critics during the festival. Samara April
International Street Theatre Festival in Arkhangelsk Theatre groups from across the world present open air performances at several venues in the city. The festival opens with a carnival procession along the Severnaya Dvina Embankment. Arkhangelsk June

Theatre

Golden Mask All-Russia Theatre Festival

Moscow

February – April

Golden Mask is also an annual national theatre award to best performances in all theatre art genres: dramas, operas, ballets, operettas, musicals and puppet theatres. The best Russian theatre groups come to the Russian capital for the festival.

Volga Theatre Seasons Festival

Samara

April

A multi-genre festival. The programme includes ballets, operas, dramas and puppet plays. The All-Russia Theatre Criticism Laboratory is a performances review platform for judges and well-known critics during the festival.

International Street Theatre Festival in Arkhangelsk

Arkhangelsk

June

Theatre groups from across the world present open air performances at several venues in the city. The festival opens with a carnival procession along the Severnaya Dvina Embankment.

2019 Student Events

KVN Premier League Russian students’ top stand-up comedy shows at the annual competition between the best KVN teams. The winner becomes the KVN Club champion. KNV games are shown on Russian television. The game season venue is Moscow. The 1/8 finals take place in February and March, the quarterfinals in the summer, the semifinals in the autumn and the finals in December before the New Year.
Student Spring An all-Russian student performing arts contest featuring hundreds of university and 11 regional festivals from March till May. The participants are Russian universities students who show their talents in singing, dancing, theatre art and other genres. Perm Territory, May
Ice Cream Festival City summer festival. Moscow, June – July
Singing KiViN An annual music festival of KVN (Russian humour TV show) teams which only compete at a music contest. Svetlogorsk, July

KVN Premier League

The game season venue is Moscow. The 1/8 finals take place in February and March, the quarterfinals in the summer, the semifinals in the autumn and the finals in December before the New Year.

Russian students’ top stand-up comedy shows at the annual competition between the best KVN teams. The winner becomes the KVN Club champion. KNV games are shown on Russian television.

Student Spring

An all-Russian student performing arts contest featuring hundreds of university and 11 regional festivals from March till May. The participants are Russian universities students who show their talents in singing, dancing, theatre art and other genres.

Perm Territory, May

Ice Cream Festival

Moscow, June – July

City summer festival.

Singing KiViN

Svetlogorsk, July

An annual music festival of KVN (Russian humour TV show) teams which only compete at a music contest.

Commemorative dates

Russia commemorates important dates every year, such as the birthdates of writers, artists, poets and other culture figures, as well as the dates marking the birth of classical masterpieces. As a rule, premiers, exhibitions and festivals are part of celebrations. Following are the key dates Russia will mark in 2019:

  • 255th anniversary of the establishment of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg
  • 8 February – 185th birthdate of Dmitri Mendeleyev, a Russian chemist who discovdred the periodic law of chemical elements
  • 13 February – 250th birthdate of Ivan Krylov, a Russian fabulist
  • 9 March – 85th birthdate of Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet cosmonaut and the first ever human to journey into outer space
  • 1 April – 210th birthdate of Nikolai Gogol, a Russian literature classic
  • 24 April – 120th birthdate of Vladimir Nabokov, a Russian writer, poet and translator
  • 6 June – 220th birthdate of Alexander Pushkin, a great Russian poet and writer
  • 23 June – 130th birthdate of Anna Akhmatova, a Russian Silver Age poet
  • 8 July – 125th birthdate of Peter Kapitsa, a Soviet physicist and engineer, a founder of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
  • 26th September – 170th birthdate of Ivan Pavlov, a Russian scientist, a physiology or medicine Nobel Prize winner
  • 3 October – 205th birthdate of Mikhail Lermontov, a Russian poet and writer

Sport Events 2019

XXIX World Winter Students Games Krasnoyarsk 2-12 March
Men’s World Boxing Championship Sochi September

XXIX World Winter Students Games

Krasnoyarsk

2-12 March

Men’s World Boxing Championship

Sochi

September

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