Listen parmupille, free jazz and organ music
You can listen to Katarin Raska’s concert on the August 5 in “Belaya Vorona” coffee shop (37, Karl Marx St.). Come for parmupille music, free jazz and organ music. The famous jew’s harp player performs famous Estonian and Norwegian melodies like this:
The only Katarin’s concert in Irkutsk will begin at 7 PM. Tickets are sold at the entrance for 200 rubles.
The concert of the international festival of the intuitive, improvisational, free-jazz and intellectual music will move to “Khudozhestvenniy” cinema (24, Karl Marx St.) on the August 7 and 8.
Russian and German stars of free jazz will perform on the first day of the festival together with the “Kovcheg” ethno-project. The presentation of “This kind of music”, a BBC and Leo Records movie by Oksana Matievsky, will happen on the same day. Choreographic sketches and an art performance by “Rhombic Dodecahedron” creative association will complement the musical show on the second day of the festival.
The tickets will cost 350–600 rubles. Book the tickets and their delivery by calling +7 (914) 012-58-39.
If you want more solemn and majestic kind of music, come to the organ hall of the Irkutsk Regional Philharmonic Hall on 1, Sukhe-Bator St. Something remarkable will happen here every week.
- On August 9, 16, 23 and 30, the hall will host classical music concerts for children. The concerts will start at 15:00, and the tickets will cost 250–300 rubles.
- On August 19 and 26, a musician and composer Grigorutse Decebal will play Bach, Handel, Buxtehude and Böhm. The concerts will start at 18:30, and the tickets will cost 300–350 rubles.
- On August 22 you’ll hear more Bach, this time performed by an Italian organist Giampaolo Di Rosa. The concerts will start at 18:30, and the tickets will cost 500–600 rubles.
The tickets are sold at the box office of the organ hall daily from 12:00 to 19:00. The phone number of the box office is +7 (39-52) 20-35-69.
Discover Dinosaurs and “The Soul of Asia”
If you ever wanted to meet a T. Rex, a Triceratops or a Carnotaurus, do it now. “Noosphere”, a museum complex on 1, Sedov St., will send its visitors on an adventure on a “Dinosaur Planet” throughout all August. It’ll be easy to lose track of time at the exhibition. If you only want to take a quick look, come straight to the “Living Dinosaur Gosha” show and see what the ancient reptiles moved and sounded like. The show will run for ten minutes hourly from 13:00 to 18:00.
If you enjoy the arts of sculpture and painting, visit Viktor Bronstein gallery at 3, Oktyabrskaya Revolutsia St. “The Soul of Asia” exhibition will be featured here until the end of August. The gallery will exhibit over a hundred art objects by various artists from Buryatia and Irkutsk region. One of those objects is “Tiger and Bird” by Dashi Namdakov, a world-renowned sculptor. This will be the first exhibition of “Tiger and Bird” in Russia.
You can visit the exhibition from 10:00 to 20:00 every day except Monday. The tickets cost 200 rubles for children, 250 rubles for adults and 150 rubles per person for groups of ten people and up. Taking pictures and filming videos is free of charge.
The gallery is open from 11:00 to 20:00 seven days a week. The tickets cost 50 rubles for children and 150 rubles for adults.
See theater plays on a big screen and movies under an open sky
The theatrical movie season is an regular occurrence for Irkutsk. “Khudozhestvenni” cinema has been showing theatrical plays on a big screen for a while now. Choose what to see this month:
- August 4, 19:00: “Private Lives” by the Chichester Festival. The tickets will cost 450 rubles.
- August 11, 19:00: “Swan Lake” by the famous Bolshoi Theatre. The tickets will cost 350 rubles.
- August 18, 19:00: “Every Man” by the Royal National Theatre. The tickets will cost 450 rubles.
- August 23, 15:00: “Vincent van Gogh: A new way of seeing”, a documentary. The tickets will cost 250 rubles.
- August 25, 19:00: “The Twelfth Night” by the Shakespeare Globe Theatre. The tickets will cost 450 rubles.
Do you want both to catch a movie and to breathe some evening air? Come to see a movie under an open sky in the courtyard of the Volkonski manor on 10, Volkonski St.
The tickets are sold at the cinema box office on 24, Karl Marx St. The box office is open from 10:00 to 22:00. Book the tickets by calling +7 (39-52) 25-59-84.
Don’t forget to check up on the schedule beforehand. The movies are canceled when the weather is bad. To make sure you have a ticket, reserve one in advance by calling +7 (39-52) 41-98-61 or buy one online. The tickets cost 200 rubles.
Learn interesting stuff on Irkutsk regional museum tours
The museum will conducts a tour of memorial and historical sites of Irkutsk on Saturdays at 11:00 throughout all of August. In two hours, you’ll learn about Irkutsk past, architecture and outstanding people whose lives were connected to Irkutsk. The participation fee is 350 rubles.
On August 5, 12 and 18 at 11:00, come to the museum studio on 13, Karl Marx St. to see a guided tour of the Orthodox churches. In one day, you’ll see the oldest churches of the city. The participation fee is 350 rubles.
On August 20 and 27, the museum invites you on a “Kolchak in Irkutsk” historical tour. You’ll hear some amazing facts and trivia about the life of the general, his love and his fate. Visit the places associated with Kolchak. See the history museum of the Irkutsk prison castle and its camera number 5, which is where Kolchak was sent to in January of 1920. The tour lasts for 2 hours. It starts at 16:00 at the history museum department on 2, Karl Marx St. The participation fee is 450 rubles.
Ask questions and sign up for the tour by calling +7 (39-52) 33-62-30 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walk through the “Irkutsk Arbat”, celebrate the Brewery Day and hug people at the color festival
On August 8 and 15, the Kirov Square will host the annual fair called “Irkutsk Arbat”. Come here to stock up on souvenirs and unique goods made from birch bark, ceramics, natural stone, polymer clay and yarn. All things sold at the fair are handmade.
Those who enjoy having some wild fun can visit the Brewery Day celebration on August 8. “Baikal” factory will host a drinks tasting, barbeque, interactive brewery exposition, games, contests and good music. An Irkutsk band EXTROVERT will entertain the visitors at 18:00, and the unforgettable Nike Borzov will perform from 19:00 to 20:00.
The tickets will cost 100 rubles. People under 18 will not be admitted, so prepare your passport or a driving license to verify your age. To get to the celebration, board the free factory bus. From 15:30 to 21:30, the bus will regularly depart from the Trud stadium bus stop on Lenin St., 48 to the “Baikal” factory on 1K, Ryabikov St.
Do you lack a sense of adventure in your life? Come to the color festival on August 23. The festival will be a highlight of your week in every sense. From 14:00 to 21:00, the Yunost’ island will be overwhelmed by unrestrained delight. The festival will have the best DJs, awesome contests and crazy surprises. Buy a ticket, dress in white and have fun! The participation fee is 300–1 010 rubles.
In this article we’ll tell you where to have a snack amidst your travels through Irkutsk.