The main goal of the Festival is to attract culture workers from St. Petersburg and Narva, Russia and Estonia to the process of international cooperation, show modern St. Petersburg art to Russian residents living in Estonia.
It is not a mere chance that the city of Narva was chosen as a place of the Festival. Narva is a point of contact for Russian and Estonian culture, culture areas of Russia and Europe. Narva is a border between Estonia and Russia, a border between CIS and European Union. The geographical position of Narva determined its historical mission; nearness of the border may increase attraction of the city for development of culture relations between Estonia and Russia, CIS countries and the Baltic region.
Organized since 2012 annually in June, during celebration of Narva birthday
The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Culture Committee of St. Petersburg, Foreign Relation Committee of St. Petersburg, as well as Narva City Administration and the City Assembly.
The Bridge of Friendship presents the modern culture of St. Petersburg in all its variety. Music and theatre, movie and painting, festive street processions, artistic meetings form the Festival program. The best drama and street theatres from St. Petersburg were presented in the frame-work of the Festival. Each year the leading music companies and performers from Narva and St. Petersburg participate in the Bridge of Friendship gala concert.
During the years when the Festival exists soloists of the Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky theatres performed in Narva. Here performances of the Masterskaya Theatre and the BALTIC HOUSE Theatre-Festival were shown and concerts of Maksim Leonidov, Viacheslav Butusov, Diana Arbenina were arranged along with recitals of Svetlana Kriuchkova, Semen Altov, Liudmila Senchina, and Tatiana Piletskaya.