Yekaterinburg – Entertainment
In its cultural and party life, Yekaterinburg tries to keep up with Moscow. In fact, it sets out to become even more fashionable, original and enlightened. Today, the city ranks third in Russia in terms of the number of its theatres – there are more than 30 in the city, many regularly winning theatre awards. Its great past has earned it one of the oldest theatres in Russia – the Yekaterinburg State Academy Theatre of Opera and Ballet, which remains faithful to the classical repertoire (tickets 50-750 roubles). Interesting operettas and musicals, popular among city dwellers, are perform in the Theatre of Musical Comedy (tickets 200-1,500 roubles). The city’s landmark is the Kolyada Theatre with its daring performances, balancing on the edge of the grotesque and contemporary art (tickets 200-600 roubles).
The Sverdlovsk State Philharmonic often invites stars of classical music, and no wonder: the acoustics are wonderful (tickets 250-700 roubles). The “KRK Uralets” arena hosts the biggest stars (tickets 1,200-1,800 roubles). Tele-Club is considered one of the best venues in the city. It regularly hosts domestic and foreign rock bands (tickets 600-2,100 roubles). Interesting jazz and blues concerts are held in the intellectual club EverJazz (tickets 300-600 roubles).
Considered the most “energetic” place in the city is Hills 1836 with its public status, tech-house and disco-house on the dance floor and its inflated prices. Its fierce competitor is the Pushkin Central Club, which sees some excellent DJs. Lively concerts of young performers from punk to hip-hop are organised by the youthful Nirvana club. A popular place with good dancing is Lift 12, and the creative intelligentsia will enjoy the trendy bars Dom Pechaty and New Bar, “fashioned” on models from the capital.
Yekaterinburg supports its intellectual trend with the “Newton” scientific amusement park. It has two branches – in Radishchev and Boris Yeltsin streets (the second is bigger). Climb inside a giant model of a heart or digestive tract, cause a spontaneous mini-disaster or measure a whale’s pulse. All these things visitors can do in the company of friendly guides (tickets 250-350 roubles). If you want peace and quiet, you can walk along either of the city’s two tree nurseries (in the park on Ulitsa Pervomayskaya – the first rose garden in the Urals). Or admire the huge boulders in the “Kamenniye Palatki“ park on the outskirts of the city.