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Lufthansa Jewel of Russia Festival, 27-31 October 2007

A significant UK-Russian/International Festival of Literature, Arts, Opera and Classical Music called Jewel of Russia was held in St Petersburg from 27-31 October 2007, the first ever festival of its kind to be held in Russia.
Lufthansa Jewel of Russia was a truly dazzling, high profile, poignant and memorable festival.

The festival featured distinguished cultural and media personalities such as Nobel Laureate Sir VS Naipaul, Jasper Conran, Hanif Kureishi, Oscar-winner script writer, Sarah Lucas, Martin Amis, Valery Gergiev, director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Charles Saumarez Smith, director of the National Gallery, John Tusa, managing director of Barbican, Jon Snow, main presenter of Channel 4 news, Stephen Friers, the "Queen"/ s director and Tony Hall, CEO of the Royal Opera House among many others.

The festival programme included climate change, freedom of speech and other important subjects.

The festival venues include the State Hermitage Museum, Mariinsky Theatre and Ethnographic Museum among others. 
Lufthansa, Rocco Forte Hotels in St Petersburg, Russian Standard Vodka, MTS, Land Rover are the Jewel of Russia Sponsors.
Informational partners are BBC Russian Service, International Herald Tribune, Hermitage Magazine and Sy Petersburg Times, London Courier and MENU Magazine.
With the supposrt of British Council.
St Petersburg was founded by Tsar Peter the Great as a "window to Europe" and the festival aims to strengthen cultural relations between Britain and Russia. Today, St Petersburg serves as one of the major cultural centers in the world. St Petersburg has always been known for its high-quality cultural life.

We are thrilled to be holding events at the State Hermitage Museum. It is one of the largest, oldest, most important and famous art galleries and museums of human history and culture in the world. The vast Hermitage collections are displayed in six buildings, the main one being the Winter Palace which used to be the official residence of the Russian Tsars.

Our opera, concerts and classical music performances were held at the Mariinsky Theatre which is a world-renowned theatre of opera and ballet.  For pictures please go to the Gallery.


Lufthansa Jewel of Russia Festival

 






 

We are holding a significant UK-Russian/International Festival of Literature, Arts, Opera and Classical Music called Jewel of Russia. It will be held in St Petersburg from 27-31 October 2007. It is the first ever festival of its kind to be held in Russia. Jewel of Russia will be a truly dazzling, high profile, poignant and memorable festival.

The festival will feature distinguished cultural and media personalities such as Nobel Laureate Sir VS Naipaul, Jasper Conran, Hanif Kureishi, sarah Lucas, Martin Amis, Valery Gergiev, director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Charles Saumarez Smith, director of the National Gallery, John Tusa, managing director of Barbican, Jon Snow, main presenter of Channel 4 news and Tony Hall, CEO of the Royal Opera House among many others.

The festival programme will include climate change, freedom of speech and other important subjects.

The festival venues include the State Hermitage Museum, Mariinsky Theatre and Ethnographic Museum among others.  Rocco Forte Hotels in St Petersburg are the festival hotel sponsors.

As you know, St Petersburg was founded by Tsar Peter the Great as a "window to Europe". The festival aims to strengthen cultural relations between Britain and Russia. Today, St Petersburg serves as one of the major cultural centers in the world. St Petersburg has always been known for its high-quality cultural life and therefore we are delighted to be holding Jewel of Russia in this magnificent city. 

We are thrilled to be holding events at the State Hermitage Museum. It is one of the largest, oldest, most important and famous art galleries and museums of human history and culture in the world. The vast Hermitage collections are displayed in six buildings, the main one being the Winter Palace which used to be the official residence of the Russian Tsars.

Our opera, concerts and classical music performances will be held at the Mariinsky Theatre which is a world-renowned theatre of opera and ballet.
We hope you will join us at the festival.  The festival programme and full participant list will be added to this page by August 2007.
 

Jewel of Russia 
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Venues 

State Hermitage Museum

Ethnographic Museum, Marble Hall

Mariinsky Theatre

Galitzine Library

Rocco Forte Hotels - Astoria and Angleterre
 

Confirmed International Participants 
 
Nobel Laureate Sir VS Naipaul
Sarah Lucas, artist
Jasper Conran, fashion designer
Jon Snow, broadcaster and newscaster
Charles Saumarez Smith, Director of the National Gallery and CEO-designate of the Royal Academy
Sir John Tusa, Managing Director of the Barbican Centre and Chairman of Wigmore Hall
Hanif Kureishi, screenwriter and author 
Danny Moynihan, curator, artist and author
Tony Hall, CEO of Royal Opera House, London
British Ambassador to Russia HE Tony Brenton
Mark Jones, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London 
Geordie Greig, Editor of Tatler
Alex James of Blur, musician
Dylan Jones, Editor of GQ
Tony Chambers, Editor  of Wallpaper
Norman Rosenthal, Exhibitions Secretary of the Royal Academy of Arts 
Orlando Figes, author

More names will be added to our list of participants  


Russian Participants
 
Nikolai Uskov, GQ editor
Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky director
Mikhail Piotrovsky, Hermitage director 
Vladimir Moisseyevitch Grussman, Ethnographic Museum director
Aliona Doletskaya, Vogue editor  
Andrei Moguchi, theatre director  
Lev Dodin, theatre director
Arkady Ippolitov, art historian and curator
Ekaterina Andreeva, art critic and curator
Sergei Bugaev Afrika, artist  
Georgy Gurianov, artist
Denis Simachev, fashion designer
Lev Danilkin, literary critic
Vladimir Sorokin, author
Pavel Pepperstein, author and philosopher
Renata Litvinova, actress, cultural icon and film-maker 
Boris Khlebnikov, film-maker
Alexei Popogrebsky, film-maker
Andrey Khlobistin art historian, curator