Posts by: Rachel South

06 Jan
2020
St Petersburg’s heritage is steeped with literature. Literary greats such as Dostoevsky,  Pushkin, Gogol and Akhmatova have used the city as a backdrop for their works, immortalising St Petersburg as a surreal and mythical place.   Given the city’s literary history and the voracious reading appetite of Russian people, St Petersburg’s streets are home to ...
30 Dec
2019
One of the best ways to get to know a city is walking around and exploring local haunts. And when moving to a new place, finding a regular spot to eat and relax can almost feel like a second home. So what better place to start than exploring the local cafes? Fortunately, cafe culture has ...
08 Nov
2019
I can’t believe that three months have gone so fast! But as the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun, and my time at Liden and Denz has been brilliant. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to continue studying Russian whilst exploring my favourite city. I have wholeheartedly enjoyed studying at ...
05 Nov
2019
St Petersburg is a city of courtyards. All buildings large or small, intricate or plain, in the city centre or on the outskirts, have one thing in common – the двор (pronounced ‘dvor’). This is a word that anyone visiting St Petersburg should know! Delve into the двор and you’ll experience St Petersburg off the ...
25 Oct
2019
Port Sevkabel is one of St Petersburg’s most innovative new projects. A multifunctional events space and creative centre situated in a cable factory on the seafront, it is one of the most popular sites in the city. I have been to numerous events and festivals at Sevkabel, but was until recently unaware of what goes ...
28 Sep
2019
St Petersburg is the cultural capital of Russia. It seems only fitting, then, that alongside the museums, galleries and opulent palaces should spring up an industry of informal culture defined not by decades of high art and history, but by those currently living in St Petersburg. This has arrived in the form of ‘creative clusters’. According ...
18 Sep
2019
ArtMuza is a creative complex and museum of modern art located in a former musical instrument factory on Vasilievskii Island. A cross between a gallery, artists’ studio, and creative cluster in the style of Etazhi, Artmuza does not just exhibit art but involves the local community in St Petersburg’s cultural scene. Entry to Artmuza is ...
05 Sep
2019
Venturing through a dark alleyway next to a corner shop, probably the last thing you’d expect to discover is an expansive and fascinating museum of non-conformist culture whose roots stretch into the Soviet period and beyond. Yet, behind an unassuming door, you’ll find Art Centre Pushkinskaya 10. It first appeared in 1989 as a squat ...
30 Aug
2019
A seasoned traveller and no stranger to the streets of St Petersburg, Ronald Knox, from Philadelphia, has just completed three weeks at Liden and Denz. As part of his travels this year, Ronald decided to pay St Petersburg a visit. Despite being caught out by the capricious St Petersburg weather, Ronald thoroughly enjoyed his time ...
21 Aug
2019
My name is Rachel, and I will be spending the next 3 months interning and studying Russian at Liden and Denz, in Russia’s cultural capital, St Petersburg. I first became interested in Russian history at school and always wanted to learn another language, so I decided to throw myself in at the deep end, and ...