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SPIEF 2019 Culture Festival to Feature the Rock Band Bi-2 and Classic Opera Stars

Russian rock band Bi-2  Alexandr Ryumin/TASS
Russian rock band Bi-2
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St.Petersburg, April 26. A new format of festival will be presented for the city’s residents and guests by the St. Petersburg Government with the support of the Roscongress Foundation during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on 6–8 June 2019. The festival’s creative concept will allow to combine events of different genres: from performances in leading theatres and exhibitions in the St. Petersburg’s famous museums to an extensive musical programme and tours. The goal of the festival is to create a unique brand and to put a signature St. Petersburg musical event on the map.

Two concerts will be held on Palace Square in St. Petersburg as part of the ‘From Classics to Rock’ music festival. On 7 June, classical genre will be represented by one of the world’s leading classical opera tenors, Andrea Bocelli, along with a guest soprano, a celebrity opera singer, soloist of the Vienna Opera, Aida Garifullina. The concert will be held with the support of Tinkoff Bank, the general partner of the Forum.

On 8 June, classic and rock will come together on Palace Square: as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Gala concert, the legendary rock band Bi-2 will perform, accompanied by the symphony orchestra conducted by the Merited Artist of Russia Felix Aranovsky. Thanks to their fruitful cooperation and friendship, the band and the famous conductor recorded the orchestral versions of the best Bi-2 hits, and they will present them to the public at the SPIEF culture festival.

Age group 18+

The event starts at 20:00. Admission is free.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, exhibitions, and public events.

The Roscongress Foundation was founded in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

The Foundation’s events draw more than 80,000 participants each year from 195 countries, with more than 10,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 2,500 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with economic partners from 75 countries worldwide.