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Art and culture Of Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg is a cultural center of world significance, often referred to as the "Cultural capital" of Russia.
The city has 8464 cultural heritage sites (historical and cultural monuments), including 4213 cultural heritage sites of
Federal significance, which is almost 10% of all monuments protected by the state on the territory of the Russian
Federation. Employs more than 200 museums and their branches (including the Hermitage (about three million works
of art and monuments of world culture), Russian Museum (the most extensive Museum of Russian art), the Central
naval Museum, Museum of Academy of arts of Russia, the state Museum of urban sculpture, Museum of history of
St. Petersburg, Museum of anthropology and Ethnography named after Peter the Great (Kunstkammer), the
Palace-Park reserve museums Peterhof, Oranienbaum, Tsarskoe Selo, Pavlovsk, Art-center "Pushkinskaya, 10",
Erarta Museum of contemporary art, state Museum of A. S. Pushkin Museum of defense and blockade of Leningrad
and others); Lenexpo exhibition complex; more than 70 theaters (including the Mariinsky theater, Alexandrinsky
theater, Mikhailovsky theater, Bolshoi drama theater named after G. A. Tovstonogov, St. Petersburg academic
Comedy theater named After N. p. Akimov, Maly drama (Theater of Europe), St. Petersburg academic theater named
after Lensovet, "Baltic house", the academic drama theater named after V. F. Komissarzhevskaya, the theater of
clowning "Litsedei", St. Petersburg state circus and many others); 1100 libraries (the largest among them are the
Russian national library (Public), the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Presidential library named after
Boris Yeltsin); more than 50 cultural and leisure institutions; more than 50 cinemas.
Facade of the Mikhailovsky Palace
Russian National Bibliotheque
There are several creative
universities in Saint Petersburg: the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory of Saint Petersburg, and the Academy Of Russian ballet
named after A. Ya. Vaganova, Russian state Institute of performing arts, St. Petersburg Institute of painting, sculpture
and architecture named after Repin, St. Petersburg Stieglitz Academy of art and industry, St. Petersburg Roerich art
school. There are about 10 film studios in the city, including the oldest Lenfilm and Lennauchfilm.
In 2011, St. Petersburg hosted almost 1,000 exhibitions, more than 120 premieres, and almost 300 festivals. among them:
the Mariinsky international ballet festival, the Stars of white nights international art festival, the Ploshchad
Iskusstva international winter festival, the Dance Open international ballet festival, the palaces of St. Petersburg
International music festival, the white night Swing international jazz festival, the vanguard to the present day
international art festival, the Festival of Festivals international film festival, and the Olgino international
biker festival, international theater festival "Baltic house", international competition-festival of children's
and youth creativity "Holiday of childhood".
From 1981 to the beginning of the 1990s, the Leningrad rock club operated in Leningrad, which marked the beginning
of the legalization of rock bands in the city. The club was organized by the groups "picnic", "Aquarium", "Zoo",
"Myths", and later participated in its work by the groups" auction"," cinema"," Alice"," Pop mechanics"," DDT",
" zero " and many others. Now the city has a club-Museum of Viktor Tsoi "Kamchatka", the singer's grave
in the Theological cemetery is a place of pilgrimage for his admirers.
On may 26, 2013, during the celebration of the 310-year anniversary of the city's Foundation, a mass performance of songs
about St. Petersburg was held. 4,335 people on St. Isaac's square sang 14 songs to the accompaniment of a Symphony
orchestra for an hour. The event can enter the Guinness book of records.