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Cultural Program

Welcome reception

Date: May 16, 2017

Time: from 19:00 to 23:30

The welcome night was open with a concert by the internationally renowned Soloists of Moscow chamber orchestra conducted by Yuri Bashmet, whereupon the guests were invited to attend a gala buffet dinner at the Grand Hotel Europe.

The Grand Hall of the D.D. Shostakovich Saint-Petersburg Academic Philharmonia (2, Mikhailovskaya street)

Grand Hotel Europe (Mikhaylovskaya st., 1/7)


In conclusion of the welcome night the guests of the Forum were invited to proceed to the buffet gala dinner prepared for them at the Grand Hotel Europe, the oldest hotel in St. Petersburg, melding its early 1900s air of exquisite luxury, enhanced by the antique furnishings, the profusion of marble, gold-plating and stained glass, with the highest standards of management one only finds in the choicest deluxe hotel properties. The Grand Hotel Europe is well versed in catering for top-level events. Suffice it to recall the diplomatic receptions Emperor Nicholas II gave here for dignitaries of the highest order. But first and foremost, a hotel’s history is made by its guests. The Grand Hotel Europe has hosted a succession of eminent public figures, politicians, monarchs and heads of state in the course of its history, which goes back a century and a half. Bernard Shaw met with Maksim Gorky at the Grand Hotel Europe, and it was here that a young Dmitry Shostakovich played his debut sonata for Sergey Prokofiev. It is an inspiring tradition that the guests of the Forum become part of the history of the distinguished Grand Hotel Europe.

Venice of the North: boat trip along rivers and canals of St. Petersburg (Sightseeing Tour)

Date: May 17, 2017

Time: from 19:30 to 22:00

We are pleased to invite you to join a boat trip in St. Petersburg, which will reveal the city from a completely different perspective.

St Petersburg


St. Petersburg was named Venice of the North long ago. From a bird’s eye view one can see that the city is penetrated with numerous canals and rivers. Grand quays and ornately shaped railings embrace the banks, while gigantic iron bridges with drawing spans, humpbacked stone or lacy cast iron bridges adorn the waterways.

We are pleased to invite you to join a boat trip in St. Petersburg, which will reveal the city from a completely different perspective.

May 17, 2017

19:30 – shuttle transfer from Forum’s official hotels

20:00 - 22:00 – tour along rivers and canals

22:00 – shuttle transfer to Forum’s official hotels

Please, note that the tour will depart promptly and it is the responsibility of each participant to ensure that they arrive at the designated departure point in good time. Tour departures cannot be delayed. Access only for accredited SPILF delegates and accompanying persons.

Price: tour is included in the Delegate Package / Accompanying Person Package

The deadline for applications is May 15th, 2017.

Date: May 18, 2017

Time: from 20:30 to 00:00

The traditional Legal Street night, which is the unofficial cultural signature of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum, takes place in the very heart of St. Petersburg - in the legendary Rubinsteina street, where the number of restaurants and bars exceeds the number of actual buildings by nearly 50%. SPILF participants are given free rein to have a good time in Rubinsteina street on this night. Some of the leading law firms, which are partners with the Forum, will be staging a variety of party formats and concepts to suit most tastes in music, running the gamut from chamber concerts played by veteran Russian rockers in a home environment to live outdoor gigs to intellectual games and jazz tastings.

St. Petersburg locals and visitors welcome the Legal Street night with great interest every year, but only the Forum participants are entitled to take part in the Legal Street events.

Вечеринка Platforma / Platforma Party
Арбитражный Баркас / Arbitration Schooner
Вечеринка «Пепеляев Групп» / Pepeliaev Group’s party
Коктейльная вечеринка Клири Готтлиб /Cleary Gottlieb Cocktail Party

Partners of the event

Legal Street 2016

Follow this link to view our photo gallery from Legal Street ’2016:link

Gala dinner

Date: May 19, 2017

Время: c 20:00 до 23:30

The SPBILF cultural programme ended with a traditional gala dinner, which this year was served inside Vitebsk Railway Station, one of St. Petersburg’s most unusual and elegant landmarks. The atmosphere took the guests back to St. Petersburg of the early 1900s as the station filled with ghosts from the past: passengers, porters, newspaper boys, flower vendors… A historical steam train awaited the guests at the landing platform.