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Cultural programme

Welcome reception

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

19:00 – 23:30

On May 15, Forum participants will have a unique chance to enjoy a concert of Dmitri Alexeev, a pianist whom music connoisseurs call the most insightful and memorable Chopin player in the world. He has been living and working in Great Britain for a long time and he rarely graces his Russian fans with concerts here. Few existing recordings of this player’s performances are highly sought after by collectors and experts. To listen Alexeev playing live Chopin and Rachmaninoff is a great luck; a thing to cherish and remember for ages.

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Dmitri Alexeev has been living and working in London for a long time and rarely graces his Russian fans with concerts here. Few existing recordings of this player’s performances are highly sought after by collectors and experts. His dynamic, precise and fluent playing style strikes not just the ordinary music lovers but the professionals as well:

“...Colossal and well-weighted force… There was undeniable physical impact, from the first, perfectly placed chords of Chopin's late Polonaise-Fantaisie and the poetry rising from them at the start of the programme to the triumphant last of Schumann’s Études Symphoniques at the official end... There aren’t many pianists who can produce a resonance that goes right through your body as you sit at some distance from the stage.” David Nice, The Arts Desk

“Alexeev has the uncanny ability of discerning each mazurka’s unique character and individual utterance. For me Alexeev’s handling of Chopin’s intricate voice-leading and idiosyncratic harmonies is most impressive. Alexeev’s set will confidently take its place among the best.” Patrick Rucker, Gramophone Magazine

Impressions are the best gift you can possibly give yourself. The participants of the VIII St Petersburg International Legal Forum will have a rare opportunity to see Alexeev performing live Chopin and Rachmaninoff and to get a thrilling, mind-blowing and monumental impression that will stay with you forever.

Reception on Behalf of Co-Chairmen of the International Insolvency Forum

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

18:30-20:00

Partner of the Reception – Clifford Chance law firm

Venice of the North: boat trip along rivers and canals of St. Petersburg

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

20:00 – 22:00

We are pleased to invite you to join a boat trip in St. Petersburg, which will reveal the city from a completely different perspective.

To apply for the tour please forward the request via Personal Office menu «Tour included in the Delegate Package».

The deadline for applications is April 30th, 2018.

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St. Petersburg has really earned its poetic appellation, Venice of the North. Standing on a scatter of islands, the city is crossed by dozens of rivers and canals, lined by gorgeous embankments with fancy openwork railings. The banks of the rivers and canals are spanned by hundreds of bridges, ranging from huge steel structures with draw-spans in the middle to elegant suspended wooden foot-bridges. The buildings facing the river embankments are truly majestic, and you get the best viewing angle from the water.

19:30 – boarding of the shuttles outside the SPBILF official hotels

20:00 - 22:00 – boat tour of St. Petersburg’s rivers and canals

22:00 shuttle ride back from the boat landing to the SPBILF official hotels

Please note that the boats will sail strictly on schedule, without any delays, so please be there on time.

Legal Street Evening

May 17, 2018

20:00 – 00:00

Legal Street is the most unusual part of SPBILF’s evening programme. Following the tradition established in previous years, on Thursday May 17, one of St Petersburg’s central streets will change its name and become pedestrian for one day just for the participants of St Petersburg International Legal Forum, while the Forum’s partners – major legal firms – throw different parties on Legal Street.

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Rubinsteina street, which connects Nevsky Prospect and Five Corners street intersection is famous not only because of the fact that author Sergei Dovlatov used to live here or legendary rock bands who used to perform here and not even because this is home for Lev Dodin’s MDT theatre. Here constructivist buildings sit next to the examples of the Northern eclectic. This street is just 755 metres long, yet is a home of nearly 70 bars, cafés, restaurants, pubs, clubs, lunch dives and burger joints. In one evening Forum participants will be able to visit a gangsters’ den and an acoustic concert of a rock idol, an elegant soiree and a performance of a bombastic pop band. Cocktails and jazz, dances and DJ sets, tasting sessions, short plays, prize draws, rave parties and bar hopping – that's what Legal Street is about.

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Legal Street 2017 photo gallery is here.

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