The Third Saint-Petersburg International Cultural Forum began with an official opening ceremony, which was held on December 7 in the historical building of the Alexandrinsky Theatre. The best performing artists of Saint-Petersburg made their contributions to this grand event, marking both the end of the National Year of Culture in Russia and the 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage Museum.


On November 25, the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre brought its Faces of Modern Choreography one-act ballet recital to the opera theatre in Nice, France. The performance was part of the Days of Saint-Petersburg in Nice campaign, held from November 24 to November 28.


From November 8 to November 10, the Saint-Petersburg State Academic Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre went on a tour to Crimea, which was supported and encouraged by the Russian Ministry of Culture. The dancers performed Vasili Vainonen's version of The Nutcracker.


The Leonid Yacobson Company won the prestigious European dance award in the Best Production nomination and received the trophy from the ballet critic and jury member Nataliya Zozulina, during an official ceremony, which was held at the legendary rotunda in Mayakovsky street.


The Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre was won the Taglioni European Ballet Award. The company led the Best Production nomination at this prestigious European dance competition.


Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre made its very first appearance in Estonia, during the 10th anniversary Birgitta festival. The festival guests gathered together at a unique venue — an old convent on the Baltic shore — where they got a chance to see the famous Spartacus ballet, with choreography by Leonid Yacobson and music by Aram Khachaturian.


The Faces of Modern Choreography ballet recital, which premièred at the theatre last season, ranked top among other Golden Soffit nominees in the Best Small-Scale Production category, while the project's art directors, Oleg Golovko and Evgeny Ganzburg, were honoured in the Best Artist category.


After a resounding success in France, where the company performed to a full house in the cities of Montauban and Sisteron, during the Danse en Place'S and Les Nuits de la Citadelle festivals in late July, the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre was invited to make a more prolonged tour across France and Switzerland.


In late July, the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Company visited the French region of Provence, showcasing a one-of-a-kind programme that featured a memorable one-act ballet and several spectacular choreographic miniatures.


Darya Elmakova, soloist at the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre, ranked first at the Fifth Yury Grigorovich Young Ballet of the World International Competition, held from June 12 to June 21 at the Sochi Winter Theatre.