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Events 2020

2020 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.

2020 Cultural Events

Music
Name About the festival Location Time

Sergey Kuryokhin International Festival (SKIF)

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

St Petersburg

May

Usadba Jazz Festival

An annual international jazz festival.

Moscow region, Arkhangelskoye Estate Museum

30-31 May

“Wild Mint”

International festival Lively music, street theatres, fire shows and open air night screenings for guests.

Tula region, Bunyrevo village

19-21 June

“Nashestviye” Rock Festival

 The largest Russian rock festival.

Tver region, Zavidovo

24-26 July

“Dobrofest” Festival

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

Yaroslavl
Levtsovo airfield

9-12 July

Park Live Festival

International music festival.

Moscow

17-19 July

“Afisha Picnic” Festival

An annual music festival held in Moscow’s Kolomenskoye Park every summer.

Moscow

August

V-ROX Festival

International music festival.

Vladivostok

August

Kaliningrad in Rock Festival

Rock festival in western Russia.

Kaliningrad

August

“New Wave”

International contest between young performers of popular music.

Sochi

24-29 August

Music

Sergey Kuryokhin International Festival (SKIF)

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

St Petersburg

May

Usadba Jazz Festival

An annual international jazz festival.

Moscow region, Arkhangelskoye Estate Museum.

30-31 May

“Wild Mint”

International festival Lively music, street theatres, fire shows and open air night screenings for guests.

Tula region, Bunyrevo village

19-21 June

“Nashestviye” Rock Festival

 The largest Russian rock festival.

Tver region, Zavidovo

24-26 July

“Dobrofest” Festival

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

Yaroslavl
Levtsovo airfield

9-12 July

Park Live Festival

International music festival.

Moscow

17-19 July

“Afisha Picnic” Festival

An annual music festival held in Moscow’s Kolomenskoye Park every summer.

Moscow

August

V-ROX Festival

International music festival.

Vladivostok

August

Kaliningrad in Rock Festival

Rock festival in western Russia.

Kaliningrad

August

“New Wave”

International contest between young performers of popular music.

Sochi

24-29 August

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. Moscow cinema houses run premiers during the festival.

Moscow

April

“Kinotavr” Festival

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

Sochi

7-14 June

“Pacific Meridians”

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

Vladivostok

September

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. Moscow cinema houses run premiers during the festival.

Moscow

April

“Kinotavr” Festival

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

Sochi

7-14 June

“Pacific Meridians”

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

Vladivostok

September

Theatre

“Golden Mask” all-Russia Theatre Festival

“Golden Mask” is also an annual national theatre award presented to best performances of all theatre art genres - dramas, operas, ballets, operettas, musicals and puppet theatres.
On the festival dates, representatives of the best Russian theatre groups come to the Russian capital.

Moscow

January – 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 will open with a carnival procession along the Severnaya Dvina Embankment.

Arkhangelsk

June

Theatre

“Golden Mask” all-Russia Theatre Festival

“Golden Mask” is also an annual national theatre award presented to best performances of all theatre art genres - dramas, operas, ballets, operettas, musicals and puppet theatres.
On the festival dates, representatives of the best Russian theatre groups come to the Russian capital.

Moscow

January – 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 will open with a carnival procession along the Severnaya Dvina Embankment.

Arkhangelsk

June

Other festivals

Arkhstoyaniye

Europe and Russia’s festival of land art and landscape art objects.

Nikola-Lenivets Park (Kaluga region)

26-28 June

Circle of Light

International festival of lighting designers and 2D and 3D graphics professionals who run light shows on frontages of well-known buildings.

 

Moscow

September

“Scarlet Sails”

Russian school leavers festival. The main character is a ship with scarlet sails gliding along the  Neva river with music playing and fireworks ablaze.

St Petersburg

Late June

Other festivals

Arkhstoyaniye 

Europe and Russia’s festival of land art and landscape art objects.

Nikola-Lenivets Park (Kaluga region)

26-28 June

Circle of Light

International festival of lighting designers and 2D and 3D graphics professionals who run light shows on frontages of well-known buildings.

 

Moscow

September

“Scarlet Sails”

Russian school leavers festival. The main character is a ship with scarlet sails gliding along the  Neva river with music playing and fireworks ablaze.

St Petersburg

Late June

2020 Student Events

KVN Premier League

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

KVN shows run in Moscow from February to October; the finals take place in December

“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.

Rostov-on-Don (university student finals)

Irkutsk (Vocational school/college student finals)

Kazan («CIS Student Spring»).

May

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

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

KVN shows run in Moscow from February to October; the finals take place in December

“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.

Rostov-on-Don (university student finals)

Irkutsk (Vocational school/college student finals)

Kazan («CIS Student Spring»).

May

Singing KiViN

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

Svetlogorsk, July 

 

Sport Events 2020

World Toboggan Championship

 

Sochi

14-16 February

Ball Hockey World Championship

Irkutsk

28 March – 5 April

 

UEFA Euro 2020

St Petersburg

13 June – 13 July

World Chess Olympiad

Moscow

August

 

World Toboggan Championship

 

Sochi

14-16 February

Ball Hockey World Championship

Irkutsk

28 March – 5 April

 

UEFA Euro 2020

 

St Petersburg

13 June – 13 July

World Chess Olympiad

Moscow

August

 

Important 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 2020:

  • 15 January – 170th birthdate of outstanding Russian mathematician Sofya Kovalevskaya.
  • 15 January – 225th birthdate of Russian writer and diplomat Alexander Griboyedov, author of the Woe from Wit comedy in verse.
  • 29 January – 160th birthdate of Russian writer Anton Chekhov.
  • 10 February – 130th birthdate of Russian wrtier Boris Pasternak, a Nobel Prize laureate, author of the Doctor Zhivago novel.
  • 18 February – 240th birthdate of Russian painter Alexei Venetsianov.
  • 2 March – 220th birthdate of Russian poet Yevgeny Baratynsky, a representative of the Golden Age of the Russian poetry.
  • 22 April – 150th birthdate of Vladimir Lenin, a Russian revolutionary.
  • 7 May – 180th birthdate of famous Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, author of the Swan Lake and Nutcracker ballets, the Seasons piano cycle etc.
  • 24 May – 80th birthdate of Russian poet Iosif Brodsky, a winner of the Nobel Prize in literature.
  • 24 May – 115th birthdate of Mikhail Sholokhov, a Russian writer and Nobel Prize laureate.
  • 21 June – 110th birthdate of Russian poet Alexander Tvardovsky, author of the Great Patriotirc War “Vasily Terkin” poem. 
  • 7 September – 170th birthdate of Russian writer Alexander Kuprin
  • 22 September – 120th birthdate of Russian linguist Sergei Ozhegov, author of Dictionary of the Russian Language and co-author of the Explanatory Dictionary of the Russian Language ed. by Ushakov. 
  • 3 October – 125th birthdate of Russian lyric poet Sergei Yesenin.
  • 22 October – 150th birthdate of Russian writer Ivan Bunin, a Nobel Prize winner.
  • 20 November – 95th birthdate of Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya.
  • 25 November – 210th birthdate of famous Russian surgeon and scientist Nikolay Pirogov.
  • 28 November – 140th birthdate of Alexander Blok, a poet of the Russian Silver Age.
  • 5 December – 200th birthdate of Russian poet Afanasy Fet.
  • 31 December – 120th birthdate of Russian linguist Ditmar Rozental.
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