St. Petersburg can count itself as Russia’s cultural capital. A city of palaces, waterways and boulevards — scenic and yet with enormous energy — St. Petersburg is the perfect place for the arts to flourish.
The Historic Centre of St. Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The «Hermitage», one of the largest art museums in the world, the Kirov Ballet are located in St. Petersburg. The city has 221 museums, 2000 libraries, more than 80 theaters, 100 concert organizations, 45 galleries and exhibition halls, 62 cinemas, and around 80 other cultural establishments. Every year the city hosts around 100 festivals and various competitions of art and culture, including more than 50 international ones.