Cultural programme

17–23 September

St. Petersburg Open International Tennis Tournament

The 23rd St. Petersburg Open International Tennis Tournament will take place at Sibur Arena Stadium in St. Petersburg on 17–23 September. 

The tournament has been won at different times by such international tennis stars as Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Marat Safin, Mikhail Yuzhny, Gustavo Kuerten, Andy Murray, Marin Cilic, Milos Raonic, and Alexander Zverev. 

Based on the results of independent voting by players, the St. Petersburg Open was ranked as the best tournament of 2015 in the ATP World Tour 250 series. 

Dima Bilan will headline the tournament’s closing ceremony. 

You can attend the event by presenting your Forum participant’s badge.


19 September, 19:00–21:00

Opera and ballet gala concert

Mariinsky II (the new stage of the Mariinsky Theatre)

34, Ulitsa Dekabristov 

Gala concert featuring Mariinsky Theatre opera and ballet soloists. 

Admission by ticket only. Tickets may be obtained by showing your accreditation at the Tauride Palace, or at the cultural programme stand in the Domed Hall. 

You must register for the event in advance, in the ‘Cultural Programme’ section of your personal web office.

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20 September, 19:00–21:00

Evening in Planetarium No. 1

Event organized with support from the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade

Planetarium No. 1, 74C, nab. Obvodnogo kanala

Planetarium No. 1 with a 37-meter diameter dome is located in the building of the largest old gas holder in Russia. The main hall is equipped with a system of 40 powerful projectors. Unique multimedia content is created with the participation of the best design studios from the around the world!

The programme of the event includes:

− Performance of charismatic violin virtuoso Nikita Demin;

– Women in Space, a lecture about dreamers and achievers. Guests will find out about the life and work of women who possessed outstanding courage, all under the largest projection dome in the world.

– A feature film about the Planetarium, the origin of the Universe and the exploration of outer space.

Please register for the event in the Cultural Programme section of our Personal Web Office.

Please present your Forum participant badge to gain entry to this event.

Transfer service from the Tavricheskiy Palace to the Planetarium No. 1 is available for all registered guests.


21 September, 20:45–22:00

The Autumn Festival of Fountains: A Theatrical Novel, a multimedia performance at Peterhof’s Grand Cascade

The Peterhof Palace 

This event for is for guests and residents of St. Petersburg, and Forum participants.

The fountain show is a significant event in the cultural life of St. Petersburg, which will combine the work of video artists, soloists from St. Petersburg musicals, dancers, and unusual performers. The visual elements of the show will be supported by numerous special effects and fireworks. 

You must register for the event in advance, in the ‘Cultural Programme’ section of your personal web office.

Please note that the festival will be held on open land at the Peterhof Palace, so we recommend that you bring warm clothes, comfortable shoes, and an umbrella.