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7th International Street Theater Festival "Yelaghin Park" in Saint Petersburg
May 29, 2017 11:15

One of Russia’s largest street art festivals will be held on the Yelaghin Island in the heart of Saint Petersburg on the early days of summer.
The festival will bring together remarkable street theaters from Russia, England, France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Poland and Belarus. South Korea will participate in the festival for the first time this year.
On the early days of June, visitors to the Yelaghin Park will be greeted by stilt walkers, magicians, clowns, mimes, and even giant dinosaurs as well as absolutely unexpected characters.

The Festival Program

will include several hundred performances and histrionics of all possible genres - from short improvisational scenes to grandiose canvases. There will be more than ten festival locations operating at the same time, and every visitor will choose an event to his or her personal liking, be it family productions or avant-garde plastic theater oriented at the most schooled spectators.
The British are preparing a strikingly unique performance with a sophisticated engineering structure - a mega wheel, as well as original decoration and water trick effects. Italians will bring to Russia moving podiums, which are going to travel with the actors all over the park.

The Festival Area
will fall into several zones: an experimental one, an interactive one and the zone of main shows. This year, there will be a children's playground, where nannies will look after the kids. For the first time, there will be a music fan zone as well, where visitors and performers will communicate in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere accompanied with live music. This is where you can also participate in master classes, take pictures with the artists you like and ask for their autographs.

The "Yelaghin Park" Festival will be opened with a special show on the Big Square
. Even those who cannot visit the park on this day will be able to watch it - an online broadcast will be arranged.

The Setting
The Kirov Central Park of Culture and Recreation is an oasis of nature, located on the Yelaghin Island practically in the center of the city, in the Neva Delta. Like any formal garden, it combines beauty and favor, simplicity and grandeur, with its unique landscapes and architectural monuments conducive to long walks and reflections. In the 18th century, the first stone palace and pavilions were built in the park. A little later, Carl Rossi mounted here a magnificent palace for the Russian Empress Maria Feodorovna.
Today the park on Yelaghin Island is one of the most favorite family recreation places of Saint Petersburg. Here you will enjoy the beauty of nature to the singing of birds. The park is inhabited by nearly hand-held squirrels, which do not mind eating nuts gladly offered by guests.
In the summer time there are cafes, tennis courts and a boat station open in the park. In winter you will find here a free skating rink, as well as everything needed for sledging and skiing. There is even a small zoo in the park.
The park consists of Yelaghinostrovsky Palace, the Greenhouse Complex, and the Kitchen and Stables building, where exhibitions are held. Three bridges lead to the island, connecting it with Krestovsky and Kamenny Islands, as well as to the Primorsky District.


From 5 pm to 9 pm on June 2;
from 1 pm to 10 pm on June 3;
from 1 pm to 10 pm on June 4.
The Kirov Central Park of Culture and Recreation, 4, Yelaghin Island, next to the Krestovsky Island metro station, Saint Petersburg  


Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: Theater Festivals Street Art Festivals in Saint Petersburg Yelaghin Park  

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