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The cultural programme of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is published

May 25, 15:46 UTC+3
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The timetable of the cultural programme of the 20th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum has been posted on the official SPIEF website. This year, it includes theatre performances, thematic presentations, films and documentaries, sports competitions and gala matches, and a variety of excursions.

According to Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee – Executive Secretary Anton Kobyakov, the Forum’s cultural programme in 2016 promises to be very interesting and varied. “We have applied maximum efforts to ensure that our guests highly appraise the life of St. Petersburg and take away pleasant impressions and memories of the many brilliant cultural events within the scope of the Forum”, he noted.

As usual, some of the cultural, sporting and entertainment events will take place on a charitable basis. In particular, on 15 June, the Mikhailovsky Theatre will host a charity evening in support of combating cancer with the participation of world ballet stars: Nikolay Tsiskaridze, Ekaterina Krysanova, Andrey Merkuriev, Denis and Anastasia Matvienko, Irina Perren and Marat Sheminov. The next day, the premiere will be staged of the inclusive performance “An absolutely unbelievable event. Marriage”, created by the Deaf-blind Support Fund So-edinenie at the Scientific Research Institute for children with limited opportunities.

Within the scope of the SPIEF 2016 cultural programme, it is also planned to hold the All-Russia Charitable Event “Under the Flag of Kindness” – the football-music festival Art-football. The organisers and participants include: Arkady Dvorkovich, Sergey Lavrov, Sergey Shaigu, Andrey Sharonov, Vyacheslav Fetisov, Denis Mantsuev, Edgard Zapashniy, Mikhail Boyarskiy, Dmitry Kharatyan, Valeriy Syutkin, Vladimir Soloviev and other leading Russian politicians, performers, sportsmen and journalists. Each year, within the scope of the event, large-scale sports events and concerts are held in various Russian regions. The fund collected will be used to treat seriously ill children.

On 17 June, St Petersburgers, Forum guests and participants are invited to the Palace Square by the Marinsky Theatre symphony orchestra under the leadership of Valeriy Gergiev. The concert is dedicated to the year of Russian Cinema and the 125th anniversary of the birth of composer Sergey Prokofiev and will include music from the films Alexander Nevsky and Ivan Grozny directed by Sergey Eisenstein.

The gala event in the name of St. Petersburg Governor for SPIEF 2016 guests and participants will be held on 17 June at the Manege Central Exhibition Hall.

This year, it is planned to hold a large number of sporting events and competitions. On 17 June, the first ever SPIEF RACE will start from St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Forum participants and accredited journalists may take part in the race together with well known public figures and Olympic champions. The route of the SPIEF RACE will link historical places in the city, including: Palace Square, the Winter Palace, Cathedral of Saviour on the Blood and Kazan Cathedral. The event’s main mission is to popularise sport and a healthy lifestyle.

There will be gala matches of hockey, football, basketball, martial arts tournaments, tennis, chess, billiards and golf matches.

A repertoire in all the city’s leading theatres has been prepared for all the Forum days. Guests and participants in the Forum may visit thematic exhibitions devoted to outstanding ballet dancers Vladimir Vasiliev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. A film biography of Rudolf Nureyev will be shown as part of the Year of Cinema.

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will take place from 16 through 18 June 2016 under the slogan Capitalising on the New Global Economic Reality.

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