St Petersburg Social Agenda

East West Conference

19 - 26 July 2019


Academic Sessions
Please note that although we have a provision for the academic sessions below, the Academic Agenda will remain fluid until the final agenda is provided to you at the Welcome Drinks. 

The Attendee App
We have introduced a conference Attendee App, which is where the most up to date information for the Social Agenda and Academic Program will be noted. The Attendee App will be released in the week leading up to the conference. All details below are subject to change. 

Day 1: Friday 19 July | Arrival Coach, Welcome Drinks & Welcome Dinner

Arrival Car Transfer - Airport to Hotel Kempinski

For those delegates travelling from St Petersburg Airport (Pulkovo Airport) to the city of St Petersburg, we have arranged for a luxury cars to begin your journey off. We have booked these transfers through the hotel, therefore they are part of the concierge service.

At St Petersburg Airport - you will be met by an arrivals host with a sign saying “CPE Conferences – and your name”. You will then be taken to your car for your transfer to the Kempinski.

Please note If you are arriving on a different date, please advise this on the booking form. The transfer service is through the Kempinski Hotels concierge service and therefore will only be dropping delegates off at the Kempinski Hotel. If you are staying at another hotel, please contact your travel agent.

Prices are per car, not per person. If you are travelling alone, and would like to travel with another delegate, we can try and accommodate your request depending on other arrival times. Please note that you would be happy to share a car below XXXXXX

Per car: $ one way or $ return journey

Inclusions: Pick up St Petersburg Airport, drop off Hotel Kempinski (one way or return)

Welcome Drinks

Join your fellow delegates for a welcome drink to kick off the exciting conference week ahead.

Cost: Inclusive
Kempinski Moika 22

Welcome Dinner

Join us on the Neva River for a night away from the city whilst still being in the city. Whilst on board, continue to bond with your fellow delegates as we set sail on this two hour cruise to the sounds of a grand piano. We have reserved an XXXX area, , which allows you to listen to the music XXXX and allows for you to have dinner overlooking the Russian cultural centre of St Petersburg from a completely different viewpoint!

 Please note that the cruise company reserves the right to change the route due to the weather.

Cost: TBC
Central Pier (Pier with Lions) of the Palace Bridge, Admiralteyskaya Emabankment, 2 (cruise will return to the same location)
Inclusions: Cruise ticket, 3 course dinner from the premium dinner package, wine

Day 2: Saturday 20 July | Social & Academic

9:00am to 1:00pm - Private tour of the Hermitage Museum (including guided tour of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Exhibitions)
Meet at the grand entrance of the Hermitage Museum at 8:50am for a 9:00am start.

Welcome to the 2nd largest art musuem in the world! Formerly the Russian royals “winter palace”, the Hermitage Museum is as beautiful architecturally as the three million (plus) works of art and artifacts it houses from around the world. Catherine the Great began this enormous art collection in 1764, initially purchasing paintings from Berlin.

The Hermitage's collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art is among the most famous in the world, and one of the key reasons to visit this extraordinary museum. With our English-speaking guide, we will explore the main exhibits and the Impressionist and Post-impressionist exhibitions of the museum for a wonderful 1-1.5 hours before having the opportunity to peruse the museum on your own.

Inclusions: Entry ticket into musuem,

3:00pm to 7:00pm - Academic Session
Academic sessions will be held in the conference room of the Kempinksi Hotel Moika 22

Day 3: Sunday 21 July | Social

8:15am to 5:30pm - Catherine Palace and Lunch
Meet in the foyer of the Kempinksi Hotel Moika 22 at 8:15am for a sharp 8:30am departure.

You have visited the winter residence of the russian royals, and now it is time to visit the summer residence. “Visit Catherine the Great’s Sumer Palace,located 25kms south of St. Petersburg,  followed by a visit to the war memorial and includes lunch at a Russian restaurant” The Catherine Palace (known until 1910 as the Great Palace of Tsarskoye Selo) covers the almost 300-year history of this outstanding edifice and presents the work of architects involved in its construction and decoration in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as well as the restorers who returned the palace to life after the Second World War. Of the 58 halls destroyed during the war years, 32 have been recreated. The Catherine Palace was the Rococo summer residence of the Russian tsars, located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), 25 km south-east of St. Petersburg, Russia. The esidence originated in 1717, when Catherine I of Russia engaged the German architect Johann-Friedrich Braunstein to construct a summer palace for her pleasure. During Empress Elizabeth’s lifetime, the palace was famed for its obscenely lavish exterior. More than 100 kilograms of gold were used to gild the sophisticated stucco façade and numerous statues erected on the roof. It was even rumoured that the palace’s roof was constructed entirely of gold. In front of the palace a great formal garden was laid out. After spending time at the Catherine Palace we will enjoy an exquisite lunch before moving on to the Leningrad Siege Museum. This small but extremely moving museum commemorates perhaps the most harrowing period of the city’s history - the 900-day Blockade of Leningrad which lasted from 8 September 1941 to 17 January 1944. For 2.5 years, the citizens of Leningrad suffered chronic privations and constant bombardment. Although the precarious Road of Life brought supplies across the ice of Lake Ladoga in the winter months, food was woefully short, fuel was scarce in winter, and in summer the dire state of sanitation spread disease at epidemic levels. In all, over 700,000 civilians died during the Blockade. Their sacrifice and the extraordinary endurance of the survivors is etched on the conscience of the city, a source of immense pride and profound sorrow.

Venue: Catherine’s
Inclusions: Entry ticket to Catherine’s Palace, entry tickets to Linengard Seige Museum, lunch and return bus transport to and from the Kempinski.

7:00pm to LATE - Feel Yourself Russian - Folkshow
Meet at the entrance of the palace at 6.40pm for a strict 7.00pm performance. Latecomers will not be permitted until there is an interval.

Feel Yourself Russian is the oldest and most popular show in St Petersburg. The show itself, performed in the Nikolaevsky Palace, is staged in two parts, and takes in around two hours of singing, dancing and sword tricks that will have you clapping in unison.

The Nikolaevsky Palace was originally built in 1853-61, and was one of several palaces built for the children of Nicolas 1 Russia. Nowadays it continues to be a place of luxury, and you can enjoy listening to the famous Russian music and appreciate the incredible skills of the Russian folk ballet dancers; all whilst admiring intracitely decorated main staircase and the precious interior of the palace.

The palace is not generally open to the general public, so every guest of the show is technically a guest of the Russian Tsar himself!

Venue: White Gala Hall - Nikolaevsky Palace. 190098, St. Petersburg, pl. Labor 4
Inclusions: Ticket to the show

Day 4: Monday 22 July | Academic Field Activity


8:30am to 12:30pm - Academic Session: Levoshovo Cemetery
Meet in the foyer of the Kempinksi Hotel Moika 22 at XX

[Brief explanation of the event/tour]


Day 5: Tuesday 23 July | Academic & Social

1:30pm to 5:30pm - Academic Session

Academic sessions will be held in the conference room of the Kempinksi Hotel Moika 22

7:00pm to 9:30pm - Ballet: Giselle at the Mariinsky Theatre
Please meet the group outside the main entrance of the Mariinsky Theatre at 6:15pm to collect your tickets.  The performance will last 2 hours 10 minutes, excluding the one interval. (Finish time above is approximate)

Enjoy a night with your fellow delegates as you immerse yourself in the ballet production of Giselle, at the home of one of Russia’s oldest theatres.  

The Mariinsky Theatre is an architectural and historical wonder. Named after Empress Maria Alexandrovna, the first wife of Tsar Alexander II, it has been host to significant moments in the history of music and ballet. Since it’s 1860 opening, its name has changed on multiple occasions to replicate the political environment at the time. Today the Mariinsky headlines excellence in the performing arts and is performing home to the Mariinsky Ballet, originally known as the Imperial Russian Ballet.

One of the worlds most performed classical ballets, Giselle is a timeless story of romance and betrayal. Famous for its ethereal beauty, it tells the story of a young girl who dies of heartbreak following the deception of an already betrothed man, Albrecht.

Cost: $205 per person
Venue: Mariinsky Theatre, Theatre Square, 1, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
Inclusions: 1 x admission ticket to the theatre

Please note that e-tickets will be distributed to you either at the Welcome Drinks or on the night of the performance.

Day 6: Wednesday 24 July | Networking Day

No activities or academic sessions have been scheduled for this day.

Day 7: Thursday 25 July | Academic

9:00am to 1:00pm - Academic Session: Kunstcamera Private Tour
Meet in the foyer of the Kempinksi Hotel Moika 22 at XX

[Brief explanation of the event/tour]


3:00pm to 7:00pm - Academic Session
Academic sessions will be held in the conference room of the Kempinksi Hotel Moika 22

Day 8: Friday 26 July | Departure Day

Book your activities

To book any of the above activities, please complete the Activity Registration Form that was emailed to you previously with the Social Agenda Release email. Please complete one form per delegate. If your accompanying person is also attending the conference as a delegate please ask them to complete the form that was emailed to their email address.

Please note that activities are non-refundable as we must adhere to the suppliers terms and conditions. Please ensure that you have adequate Travel Insurance - if you don't have this, then you can contact CPE Travel to purchase a policy.