Program Review: Art and Museums in Russia

The Art and Museums Program was a highly fulfilling and engaging experience, combining guided museum tours with independent research. I would recommend this program to any student who is interested in Russian art, culture, and history, and who is not afraid to be a little adventurous. The program will have a lasting effect on my […]

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Russia’s ‘Ticket Mafia’ and Other Challenges to Managing Russian Cultural Institutions

The “ticket mafia” has long been a problem in Russia. Scalpers buy tickets, often at deep discounts by employing the pensioners who qualify for them, and then sell the tickets at wildly inflated costs. This is not, however, the most interesting inefficiency in managing Russia’s cultural institutions. For instance, the story below details the Bolshoi’s […]

Night of the Museums Held Across Russia

Участники акции «Ночь в музее» по всей России удивлялись и восхищались грандиозными представлениями Throughout Russia, a grand Night at the Museum amazes and delights attendees Сотни тысяч россиян сегодня легли спать лишь под утро. Акция Ночь в музее объединила десятки регионов, сотни площадок. Стать героем фильма без кинопроб, прикоснуться к древностям или посмотреть на рыцарское […]

Russian Cultural Language and News: April, 2019

This month: Chekhov Festival of Modern Theater; Bolshoi Presents Shakespearean Passion This resource looks at culturally-informative Russian news broadcasts and presents each with rhetorical and contextual analysis as well as a brief vocabulary list aimed at intermediate-level Russian students.   Chekhov Festival of Modern Theater Selling Out Russia Channel reports that this year, the famous […]

St Petersburg’s 10 Most Artistic Coffee Shops and Cafes

In the last few years, coffee culture has exploded across Russia, with new, local coffee shops popping up everywhere from Moscow to Vladivostok. However, perhaps the hippest and most intellectual take on coffee culture can be found in St. Petersburg, a city that stands apart in its reverence for art and culture. Here are ten […]

Guide to Irkutsk’s Museums

Irkutsk, far from Moscow at the other end of the vast Russian empire, was once a major exile destination for dissident aristocrats and intellectuals. Because of this, it grew into a center of culture and learning to all of Siberia and also became a focal point for early transport and communication infrastructure efforts that sought […]

Guide to Vladivostok’s Museums

Vladivostok has a fascinating history and culture. To present this, it shares in Russia’s strong museum tradition, with many well-curated museums throughout the city. The city has long been a naval and trading port and thus has many museums specifically dedicated to this heritage. However, it also has a surprising number of art galleries and […]

Loft Project Etagi

The Loft Project Etagi is a creative space located on St Petersburg’s Ligovsky Prospect. Affectionately known as “the loft” by those who frequent it, it is community-driven project to develop modern art in St. Petersburg. It has a nuanced history that reflects Russia’s transition from communism to a market economy and represents Russians’ desire to […]

Guide to St Petersburg’s Museums

St Petersburg is the center of Russia’s rich museum tradition. Museums here are as pletiful as they are diverse. Art, history, literature, music, and science – all things that Russia is known for – can be found in St. Petersburg’s museums – and often with several subjects presented at once. The famously ecclectic Kuntskamera, for […]

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