2017 Cultural Events

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2017 Cultural Events



About the festival



SKIF, Sergey Kuryokhin International Festival

SKIF discovers new names in modern and progressive music of various countries. There are no style or genre constraints: jazz, folk, rock, metal, diverse electronic music etc. are welcome.

St. Petersburg


Usadba Jazz Festival

Annual international open-air jazz festival held in Arkhangelskoye estate.

Moscow region

June 3


Grand international music festival.



SDikaya myata

International festival. Memorable music, street theaters, fire shows, night open-air movie shows await the guests.

Bunyrevo village (Tula Region)

June 23-25

Nashestvie Rock Festival

Russia’s main rock music festival

Zavidovo (Tver region)

July 7-9


Grand festival of rock, punk, hip-hop and alternative music.

Yaroslavl region

June 30 — July 2

Park Live Festival

International music festival. System of a Down slated as the headliner of the 2017 festival.


July 5

Afisha Picnic Festival


Late July

V-ROX Festival

International music festival


August 4-6

Kaliningrad in Rock Festival

Oldest and largest rock festival in the western part of Russia.


August 26–27

New Wave

International musical competition among young performers of popular music.





One of the main film festivals in Russia open to Russian and international filmmakers.



Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF)

Second oldest film festival in the world (after Venice) attended by Russian and international movie stars. Many films have their opening nights in Moscow during the festival.



Pacific Meridians

International film festival for Asia Pacific countries. Participants from around 60 countries attend it every year.




Golden Mask

Russian national theater festival. An annual award of the same name bestowed in all theater genres (drama, opera, ballet, musical, puppet theater). Best Russian theater companies come to Moscow for the event.



Volga Theater Seasons Pan-Russian Festival

A multi-genre festival covering ballet, opera, drama and puppet performances. Pan-Russian Laboratory of Theater Critique, where members of the jury and well-known critics discuss the plays, runs during the festival.



2017 Student Events

Student Spring

A pan-Russian student creativity competition that includes hundreds of university festivals and 11 inter-regional events between March and May. Participants (students of Russian universities) demonstrate their talents in singing, dancing, acting and other performing arts.

Tula, May

KVN Top League

KVN (Club of the Funny and the Witty) Top League is the main series in the annual tournament of budding comics among Russian students. The best KVN teams compete in the Top League, and the winner is hailed as the Club Champion. All games are broadcast on Russian TV.

The series take place in Moscow throughout the year - 1/8 finals (February, March), quarter finals (summer), semifinals (autumn) and finals (December).

Ice Cream Festival

Summer city holiday.

Moscow, June-July

Keening KVN

Annual music festival of KVN teams. Teams only compete in a musical contest.

Kaliningrad region, Svetlogorsk, July

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 Tale of Igor’s Campaign (1187) turns 830 years
  • 175 years since the first publication of the first volume of Dead Souls by Nikolay Gogol (1842)
  • 165 years ago Hermitage museum opened in St. Petersburg (1852)
  • 140 years ago Leo Tolstoy published Anna Karenina (1877)
  • 140 years Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet premiered (1877)
  • 120 years anniversary of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (1897)
  • 115 years anniversary of Gorky’s The Lower Depths (1902)
  • 60 years ago Kalatozov’s movie The Cranes Are Flying premiered, soon to become a classic (1957)
  • 60 years ago (October 4, 1957) the space era began when Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite.
  • Alexander Scriabin, a famous composer was born 145 years ago (January 6, 1872-1915)
  • Sergey Korolev, an outstanding scientist, rocket and spacecraft engineer, was born 110 years ago (January 12, 1907-1966)
  • Ivan Shishkin, a renowned landscape artist, was born 185 years ago (January 25, 1832-1898)
  • Valentina Tereshkova, the first female cosmonaut and pilot, was born 80 years ago (March 6, 1937)
  • Mstislav Rostropovich, an outstanding cello player and conductor, was born 90 years ago (March 27, 1927-2007)
  • Korney Chukovsky, a writer, literary critic and essayist, was born 135 years ago (March, 31 1882-1969)
  • Bella Akhmadulina, a Russian poet, was born 80 years ago (April 10, 1937-2010)
  • Igor Severyanin, a modernist poet, translator and memoir writer, was born 130 years ago (May 4, 1887-1941)
  • Russian writer Konstantin Paustovsky was born 125 years ago (May 31, 1892-1968)
  • Avantgarde artist Marc Chagal was born 130 years ago (July 6, 1887-1985)
  • Marine artist Ivan Aivazovsky was born 200 years ago (July 29, 1817-1900)
  • Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, an outstanding Russian scientist and inventor, the founder of modern astronautics, was born 160 years ago (September 17, 1857-1935)
  • Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva was born 125 years ago (October 8, 1892-1941)
  • Samuel Marshak, poet, translator, writer of classic children’s books, was born 130 years ago (November 3, 1887-1964)
  • Russian director Eldar Ryazanov was born 90 years ago (November 18, 1927-2015)

2017 Sporting Events

20th European Short-Track Championship

January 22 to 24


Formula 1 Russia Grand Prix

April 30


2017 Confederation Cup (soccer tournament for national teams under the aegis of FIFA)

June 17 to July 2

Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi

Sambo World Championship




5 Steps to Applying to a Russian University

Official website about higher education in Russia for foreigners

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