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White Nights Festival

Listed under Festivals in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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During the summer months of May and June in St. Petersburg the city is so far north that the sun never quite sets, with both twilight and dusk leading only to daylight. The aptly named White Nights festival celebrates the arts of ballet, opera and classical music in the mystical atmosphere of the white northern light that bathes the city.

Carnivals also occur during the period of the White Nights, the largest being in the suburb of Peterhof, with actors in costume creatively portraying historical figures and events. The White Nights Festival is, in short, a fantastic dose of culture, enhanced by the beauty of nature. Just be sure to remember that although it's never dark out, you still need to go to bed at some point!

More info on the White Nights Festival from Wikipedia.

Written by  Amber Due.

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“Susan Hampshire's heaven on earth: St Petersburg”

I’ve only been to St Petersburg once but it was the most incredible experience, and though I was only there for a few days I managed to cram in a lot of sightseeing. The city, which was the Russian capital for more than 200 years, surpassed my expectati… Read more...

Written by press. Read the full article from Susan Hampshire in The Telegraph, 17th November

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Stars of the White Nights Festival

Imagine a festival at which all the best international opera, ballet and symphonic premiers of the season lit up the stage, one after another, and you would find yourself thinking of St. Petersburg's Stars of the White Nights Festival. It revolves around the Mariinsky Theatre and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall and began in the early 90s as a two-week event, but has grown to such proportions that it now packs the entire month of June with world class performances and spills over into the two adjoining months.

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