The Scone ADFAS is pleased to present this lecture on Tuesday 6th September 2022, 6.30 at the Upper Hunter Council Chambers, Liverpool St, Scone.
Refreshments will be served after the lecture. All welcome, visitors $30. Note, cash, cheque or bank transfer prior to the lecture only, no credit card.
The Tale of Two Cities: Moscow and St Petersburg
The story of Russia is inextricably linked to two contrasting cities – Moscow and St Petersburg. The Russian capital, Moscow, the historic seat of power with its impressive and world-famous landmarks like St Basil’s, the Kremlin and Red Square, and Saint Petersburg founded by Peter the Great as an artfully planned statement city of style and sophistication as doorway to the West. St Petersburg would for a time serve as capital of Russia, but Moscow with its long historical pedigree would always hold that special status. The focus of Peter the Great was a new vision for a new Russia, and he determined that his new city, St Petersburg would be unlike any other in his vast realm. His answer was a city filled with Venetian like canals, baroque palaces, and elegant townhouses. Today, the city revels in an extraordinary legacy of art and architecture that was even further enhanced during the incredible reign of Catherine the Great. Saint Petersburg is home to the huge Winter Palace, the Imperial Hermitage Museum with its fabulous art collection as well as a huge roll call of monuments including the Catherine Palace, Peterhof and Peter and Paul Fortress. This lecture considers the fascinating cultural history of these two great cities and most importantly their incredible legacy of art and architecture.
Kenneth W Park
Kenneth Park works as a lecturer, curator, tour leader/host and philanthropy/marketing/tourism consultant. Kenneth has served for over thirty years as the Curator of Collections and Philanthropy Associate, Wesley College Melbourne where he manages the archives and an extensive Australian art collection.
Kenneth is passionate about art, architecture, and cultural history. He has been able to combine this passion with his love of travel. On average, he would spend over half the year travelling as a tour leader/host for a wide range of tourism related organisations. In 2019, Kenneth was guest lecturer on ten cruises to destinations as diverse as Japan, Scandinavia, Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Central Europe (river cruises) as well as hosting two international tours to Ireland and Russia. An inveterate traveller, Kenneth has visited every continent as well as over 150 countries. This international firsthand experience is underpinned by many years of tertiary study in a wide range of subject areas including political science, architecture, administration, museum studies, industrial relations, fine arts, history, and international relations. In Australia, Kenneth has lectured in every state for a variety of cultural and educational institutions. Born and raised in the country Victoria, Kenneth loves city life especially living in CBD Melbourne where he also conducts historical and architectural walking tours. Kenneth’s richly illustrated and thoughtfully researched lectures are delivered with great enthusiasm and are designed to inform and engage with the audience.
Kenneth lives by the motto – ‘Life is a grand tour so make the most of it’.
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Image: Kenneth Park.
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