JUNE 6-9

An alternative culture festival that will include live music, an all-night party and an extended art program. Festival headliners are Smerz from Norway, rising stars of electronic pop music who recently played a concert at the Tate Modern museum. Another headliner is a neo-academic music collective — Kymatic. At night there will be live electronic experiments by Zurkas Tepla, as well as a DJ set by Artem Slesarev. Anton Bundenko will hold a three day art exhibition entitled “The Future Is Now.”


TICKETS from 500 rubles

FIFA Fan Fest


Kazan FIFA Fan Fest will take place near the huge cauldron-shaped Kazan Family Center, one of the most popular new landmarks in the city. The space can easily accommodate up to 25,000 people. Every day there will be match viewings, as well as other activities. On July 4, Zemfira, one of the most popular Russian singer-songwriters, will perform at the FIFA Fan Fest. Two more musicians will perform on July 4 — Mujuice (real name Roman Litvinov), who started out as an indie rocker but switched to more electronic music and recently collaborated with Zemfira; and Anton Belyaev, aka Therr Maitz, who skyrocketed to fame after making it to the semifinals in “Golos,” the Russian version of American show “The Voice.” The rest of the schedule is yet to be confirmed.

4 Ulitsa Sibgata Khakima


Smena Book Festival

JUNE 10-11

The Smena Summer Book Festival will once again take place at Black Lake Park. It’s a big open-air event that combines a book fair, public lectures on culture and science, family workshops, various performances and live music.


Ulitsa Dzerzhinskogo

Open Space Market

JUNE 10-11

Open Space Market is a regular event in Kazan that is extremely popular with young people. Up-and-coming designers from all over Russia come to present their best products. Last time there were 159 designers from 22 cities. You can get everything from pottery and nice souvenirs to vintage shoes and designer dresses. There’s also a food market with various stalls peddling their innovative fare, with dishes often rooted in Tatar cuisine.