For the 19th time an International Festival of Theatres in CIS and Baltic countries will be held in St. Petersburg. This year it is organized on 6-13 April 2017 under the auspices of St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.
For the first time the Festival “Meetings in Russia” was held by the Baltic International Festival Centre Foundation in 1998 and became the biggest festival of Russian theatres in CIS and Baltic countries.
Leading Russian-speaking theatres of neighbouring countries, such as prominent participants as well as young theatres, have contributed to the festival agenda.
The saturated program of the festival will present performances of the Mikhail Chekhov Riga Russian Theatre (Latvia), Tbilisi Griboedov Theatre (Georgia), State Academic Russian Drama Theatre named after M. Gorky in Astana (Kasakhstan), Bishkek City Drama Theatre (Kyrgyz Republic), Donetsk National Academic Musical and Drama Theatre, Mogilev Region Puppet Theatre (Republic of Belarus) and other well-known theatres.
Spectators will see performances based on Russian and foreign classical literature, as well as on modern drama.
For theatre professionals and amateurs the vast additional program is prepared.
The festival will be held in light of the centenary of the revolution of 1917, which is reflected in its events.
Educational program, which has always been a crucial part of each festival “Meetings in Russia”, will be dedicated this year to the creative work of Vladimir Mayakovsky. Young artists of Russian theatres will attend series of workshops on scenic speech, take course of lections on history of revolutionary theatre and visit theatres and museums of St. Petersburg. The educational program will result in the performance based on a famous play by Vladimir Mayakovsky “Mistery-bouff”.
The evening of soviet songs “Light up the fire” in the form karaoke contest for participants and their colleagues from St. Petersburg is going to be one of the brightest events of the festival.
In the theatre lobby there will be organized an exhibition of posters of Russian theatres abroad named “Windows of Growth”, where playbills of based on soviet drama performances of different years will be presented.
You may purchase the tickets for the Festival performances here.