Explore the Dvor – St Petersburg’s most Instagrammable courtyards

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… Continue reading

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E-visa to St. Petersburg (for free!)

The nightmare of getting a visa

Applying for a visa can sometimes be a nightmare. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the film “ The 12 tasks of Asterix”, but there’s a scene that marvellously depicts how I feel whenever I have to deal with this type of paperwork. I have done it several times already, but I still feel… Continue reading

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Port Sevkabel – a waterfront wonderland

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… Continue reading

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Vegetarianism in Russia – when two worlds meet 

Although vegetarianism is a huge topic, especially in Western countries, it is rather a less known one in Russia. However, since the number of vegetarians (and vegans!) worldwide is growing steadily, it is interesting to give those coming to Russia an insight into the situation here. My experience so far  I have been a vegetarian… Continue reading

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Liden & Denz organizes an excursion to the Russian Railway Museum

Liden & Denz organizes an excursion to the Russian Railway Museum in Saint Petersburg. But why should we care about it, why is it interesting for us? Russia is an enormous country, that needs to be connected, so it’s railway system is of key importance even to this day. Lot of us just takes trains… Continue reading

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Creative Clusters – St Petersburg’s unique cultural development

The central courtyard

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… Continue reading

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Artmuza – a creative complex open to everyone

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… Continue reading

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Pushkinskaya 10 – A haven of underground culture

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… Continue reading

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