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Cultural program

Culture Program in the framework of the Official Conference Program

Tuesday, 9th of September

17:00 – 18:30

Visit with a guide

The European Biennial of Contemporary Art

The State Hermitage, 28th of June – 31st of October

What is Manifesta?

Manifesta was conceived in the early 1990s as a nomadic, European biennial of contemporary art, responding to the new social, cultural and political reality that emerged in the aftermath of the Cold War. Formed from the desire to explore the psychological and geographical territory of Europe and provide a dynamic platform for cultural exchange throughout the region, it takes place every two years in a different European city. Along with the Venice Biennale and documenta in Kassel, Manifesta is one of the foremost art events in Europe.

Since 1996, Manifesta has taken place in Rotterdam, Luxembourg, Ljubljana, Frankfurt, Donostia/San Sebastián, the regions of Trentino–South Tyrol and Murcia, and most recently Genk in Belgium. Over the course of its nine Biennials and twenty years, over a million people have visited Manifesta’s events and participated in its programs. It has successfully presented artists, curators, young professionals, and trainees from as many as forty different countries, and in each edition continues to innovate and reimagine contemporary art practices. The tenth edition will be hosted by the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia and will run from June 28 until October 31, 2014.

The Manifesta Biennials are initiated and co-organized by the International Foundation Manifesta (Manifesta Foundation), an independent and not-for-profit organization with offices in Amsterdam. For more about Manifesta and previous editions please see the Manifesta Foundation’s website:

Wednesday, 10th of September

17:00 – 20:00

Overview tour of the Winter Palace of Peter the Great, visiting the Treasure Gallery of the State Hermitage Museum and current exhibitions

More then 3 000 000 items works of art and artefacts of the world culture. in the collection. About 2 950 000 visitors a year. The State Hermitage is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over three million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors. The State Hermitage Museum has its 250-anniversary in 2014.

Current Exhibitions

Thursday, 11th of September

09:00 – 10:00

Overview tour of museums, where sections are hold:

The State Museum of the Political History of Russia

The State museum of the history of religion

The A.S.Popov Central Museum of Communications

State Museum of the History of Saint-Petersburg (Peter and Paul Fort)

19:00 – 21:00

Restoration and Storage Centre of the State Hermitage

The ceremony of the new museum "open storage" halls opening. Overview tour

By buses from section meetings, for accompanying persons – by buses from the State Hermitage. Leaving at 18-00

Friday, 12th of September

The State Museum-preserve “ Tsarskoye Selo”

Closing ceremony. Farewell party.

By buses from the State Hermitage. Leaving at 9:00

Overview tour of the Catherine Palace.

13:00 – 13:40 – for participants who transfer to Yekaterinburg on flight at 16-05

14:00 – 16:00 – for all participants

Tour to the Agate Rooms just after the restoration

16:00 – 19:00 – groups of 15 persons each during the farewell party

The transfer will take the participants to the airport to go to Yekaterinburg at 14-00.

The transfer will take the participants back to the city every 30 minutes from 18:30.