The Alexandrinsky International Theater Festival was founded in 2006, the year of the 250th anniversary of the Alexandrinsky Theater.
The festival aims to present the art of the state national theaters of Russia and various countries of the world, developing classical stage traditions and striving to find modern means of theatrical expression. Preserving traditions and striving to speak to the audience in a modern stage language is a task that is urgent for any national theater culture today.
Showing performances of national theaters helps to expand the aesthetic horizons of modern spectators, allows to form and develop a system of artistic coordinates that allow them to perceive and comprehend our national art not in isolation, but in the context of traditions and innovations of different theatrical cultures.
The Alexandrinsky Festival consistently and systematically presents in St. Petersburg the leading trends in the national theatrical art of the world stage. An important place in the festival's playbill is also occupied by performances of theater groups that are not the state national stages, but have a significant influence on the formation of the cultural landscape of their country and the world stage.
The festival program is formed by plays based on classical works, productions of modern drama, performances by coryphees of contemporary theater and young directors.