Sochi is an excellent place to experience Russian culture up close. Performances and buildings are closer to each other with fewer lines. Many of Russia's big-name theater groups, singers, and performers tour through Sochi in the summer months. And there are numerous local groups of interest also. All of them can be seen with little hassle and at a much lower price than in other cities.
The Winter Theater is a majestic old theater where many classical performances can be seen. It is centrally located by the shore and Hotel Zhemchuzina. The seats are comfortable and there are several box seats available. Tickets are usually affordable, with most shows costing between $1-5, although some performances can cost $25 or more.
You should also consider going to the Circus while in Sochi. It is located in a grand circular building on the main strip, just across from the Dendrary Arboretum. Many fine circus acts from around Russia and Eastern Europe come to stage spectacular performances here.
At the Festival Hall you can catch many of Russia's famous singers. Russian performers are marvelous to watch! They are more realistic and attuned to the audience as individuals than most western stars are. Often fans will run up on the stage to present flowers or gifts to their favorite stars. A large hill of flowers will usually accumulate by the end of the night. The hall itself is a comfortable place to see a show. It overlooks the sea and is open sided, so a nice breeze keeps the audience cool.
In 1997 the Theater of Beauty reopened in their newly remodeled location at the Stereo Theater. The Theater of Beauty is an acclaimed local group which models new fashions and hair styles, along with some contemporary performances. Besides providing space for the fashion theater, in a separate hall, Stereo Theater also shows old Russian 3-D movies.
There is also a small fashion theater in our downtown section. Mini-Max presents more street-clothes fashions designed by local talent.
The Ostrovsky Museum is also a place for which you should make time. It is a museum dedicated to one of our famous poets that not only preserves his works, but also exhibits in several galleries other artists’ works. Out front of the museum is the home where Ostrovsky lived and worked. The house tour will give you a good feeling for the times in which he lived.
Not far from the Winter Theater is the Sochi City Museum. The story of our city is shown here along with a sampling of the local fauna and wildlife.
Uncle Lenin is our Art Museum. Sochi's art museum provides an ever-changing
show of local, national, and international artists. This is also one
of the places where you can find antiques and local artists' works for
And finally, don't forget our architecture! There are many splendid and historic buildings along our coast. They can be seen on one of the many excursions that can be arranged for you.