Moscow authorities have approved the style and symbolism for the festive events in honour of Moscow’s 869th anniversary. The Russian capital will be decorated with posters, flags and 3D designs in the colours of the Russian flag with the number 869 composed of five rings, which symbolise the circular plan of the capital and its main motorways – the MKAD ring road, the Third Ring Road, the Garden Ring, the Moscow Central Ring and the Circle Line of the Moscow metro.
“The City Day logo is composed of circular elements,” said a source at the Moscow City Economy Complex in charge of the festive decoration of the city. “The number 869 – this year’s anniversary – is made up of blue and red rings, symbolising the circular development in Moscow. All spatial structures and flag compositions will use the same colour palette, the Russian tricolour – red, blue and white, creating a uniform perception of the urban space as a whole.”
Particular attention will be paid to downtown pedestrian zones: Novy Arbat, Tverskaya Street and the square in front of the Russian State Library will be fitted out with benches with glowing letters that make up the word “Moskva” (Moscow).
A light wall with dynamic tricolour and the lettering “Moscow-869” will be erected in the Ilyinsky Garden.
There is a plan to decorate squares next to the main railway terminals with “Happy birthday, Moscow” designs. Popular celebration venues at the VDNKh exhibition centre, Gorky Park, and Moscow Zoo will feature large 3D greeting cards with wishes of wellbeing and prosperity to the city for visitors to use as photo backgrounds.
Installations of the Russian flag with pictures of characters and scenes from well-known movies, such as Operation Y and Shurik's Other Adventures, Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears and others will appear on the Garden Ring. This style was chosen to highlight the city’s efforts as part of the current Year of Russian Cinema and the Moscow Cinema festival (to be held in Moscow from 9-18 September).
Entrances to Moscow on 20 major motorways will be decorated with 3D installations. One of them, for example, will be a heart formed by red, blue, and white vertical components. All designs will have 3D glowing letters saying “Happy birthday, Moscow!”
This year the Moscow City Day will be celebrated on 10 and 11 September. One of the key downtown venues will be Tverskaya Street, with a large-scale exhibition devoted to Muscovites’ favourite movies. Ten thematic areas on Tverskaya Street (from Kozitsky Pereulok to Manezhnaya Square) will replicate pictures from Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future, The Swine Girl and the Shepherd, War and Peace, Circus, The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed, Walking the Streets of Moscow, The Pokrovsky Gate, Visitor from the Future, Night Watch, and Hipsters.