Renovated metro and concert on Palace Square: St. Petersburg celebrates City Day

Festivities will continue until the end of the weekend
Share 27 May 2016
Sergey Konkov/TASS
Passengers at the metro station "Vasileostrovskaya" of the Nevsko-Vasileostrovskaya Line in the St. Petersburg metro, opened after reconstruction

St. Petersburg residents will receive renovated metro station "Vasileostrovskaya" as a present for the City Day  - the station had been closed for almost a year - as well as a classical music concert on Palace Square.

"The 313th birthday of St. Petersburg will be celebrated with a gala concert "Classics at Palace Square". Tradition of public concerts of world stars of the classical scene against the backdrop of the city's architectural landscape this year also celebrates the first small anniversary - five years," press service of the city government said.

"In honor of the City Day – the day St. Petersburg was founded - the evening's program will feature the most popular classical works by Rossini, Verdi, Bizet, Kalman, Puccini, Strauss, some of them will be performed by People's Artist of Russia Anna Netrebko. This will be the premiere open air performance of the opera singer in St. Petersburg," the press service added.

The concert will be available to the public and free. According to the organizers, the stage will be seen from anywhere in the improvised concert hall, thanks to large-sized LED screens that will be installed at the square.

Prior to the evening concert, city residents will be able to use the metro station "Vasileostrovskaya" that underwent renovation works for 11 months. According to the press service of the metro, renovation works included repairing escalators, replacing light fixtures, retiling lobby, installing new windows, stained glass windows and doors, building new premises of ticket halls.

Laying flowers and launching fountains
Events dedicated to the City Day, traditionally began with laying flowers at the Bronze Horseman – a monument to the legendary founder of the St. Petersburg Peter the Great. Representatives of local authorities, public and honorary citizens of St. Petersburg attended this ceremony. The midday cannon shot from a fortress - one of the first buildings in St. Petersburg – was the signal for the beginning of the holiday.

At the same time fountains were started in the oldest St. Petersburg park - Summer Garden. "The unusually warm and sunny month of May allowed the gardeners to plant more than 2 million summer flowers by the end of the month - planting annuals usually begins in the first half of June," the committee on municipal improvement said.

St. Petersburg residents can continue celebrating the City Day over the weekend. Numerous concerts, festivals, street festivities are planned. On Saturday, the festival of sand sculptures will open on the beach at the Peter and Paul Fortress.

On the same day, residents and visitors of the city will be able to see the ceremony of changing the honor guard at the Peter and Paul Fortress for the first time this year. Personnel of the 165th Separate Infantry guard of honor guard and the orchestra of Staff of the Leningrad Military District participate in the ceremony.