In the build up to our 16th Open Forum, FICPI would like to share with you information about the Open Forum location, the social programme and some of lesser known, yet quite exciting destinations in the beautiful city of St Petersburg.
This first issue features our conference hotels and three delightful destinations.
From time to time, until October, you will receive further updates on where to eat, night life spots, cultural events, shopping highlights and much more.
Once called a ‘Window to the West’, St Petersburg is a melting pot of authentic Russian heritage, striking architecture, and world-famous art and cultural museums. Situated in the heart of the city on the bustling Nevsky Prospekt, Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg offers easy, direct access to major sites of cultural, artistic and economic interest for both leisure and business guests.
Offering every conceivable modern luxury for the discerning international traveller, Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg creates an unforgettable guest experience. Encapsulated in a venue of rare distinction, overflowing with art and beauty, every guest can be assured of unparalleled luxury and world-class hospitality.
The Saint Petersburg Mosque (Russian: Санкт-Петербу́ргская мече́ть), when opened in 1913, was the largest mosque in Russia, its minarets attaining 49 meters in height and the impressive dome rising 39 meters high. The mosque is situated in downtown St Petersburg, so its azure dome is perfectly visible from the Trinity Bridge across the Neva. It can accommodate up to five thousand worshippers.
The founding stone was laid in 1910 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the reign of Abdul Ahat Khan in Bukhara. By that time, the Muslim community of the Russian capital exceeded 8,000 people. The projected structure was capable of accommodating most of them. The architect Nikolai Vasilyev patterned the mosque after Gur-e Amir, the tomb of Tamerlane in Samarkand. Its construction was completed by 1921.
Worshippers are separated by gender during a worship service; females worship on the first floor, while the males worship on the ground floor. The Mosque was closed to worshippers from 1940 to 1956.
Built in the 18th century and refurbished in 2001, the Radisson Royal Hotel, St Petersburg lies along Nevsky Prospect, the main thoroughfare of this vibrant city. From the hotel’s position, walk to St Petersburg attractions like the Gostiny Dvor and Passage shopping centres or the impressive State Russian Museum. Catch a train at the nearby metro station to reach other cultural sites like the ever-popular Hermitage or the Mariinsky Theatre. Choose from 164 elegant rooms and suites, each with high-end amenities like free high-speed wireless Internet, satellite television, 24-hour room service and heated bathroom floors.
Taste fresh, creative international dishes at the on-site restaurant Barbazan, which also houses a fine collection of wines that you can select from when you visit the restaurant’s walk-in cellar. For a cool drink and delightful atmosphere, stop by Cannelle Bar, which also offers light meals and lovely views of the city. Stay at your physical peak with a trip to our fitness centre, giving you a selection of cardio and strength-training equipment along with a sauna, Jacuzzi whirlpool and private massage room.
Loft Project ETAGI is not only a cultural centre, but a pioneer in loft design and one of the largest exhibition spaces in St Petersburg. Since 2007, the centre has occupied a former bakery at Ligovsky,74. The centre currently consists of two modern art galleries, several exhibition areas, the Green Room Café, LOCATION Hostel with three design rooms ,and a rooftop area with a stunning view of the city, all occupying an area of 3,000 square metres.
Contemporary expositions in Loft Project ETAGI make up a part of the diverse programme, which also consists of lectures and discussions on art and design, film screenings, theatrical performances, as well as classes on curating and various workshops for children.
In addition to exhibitions and educational activities, Loft Project ETAGI is involved in organising benefit shows for social change in collaboration with the best art resources in the city. The centre is also involved in a variety of international projects surrounding contemporary art in association with various cultural institutions in the EU.