On 17 February, the Window to the City service will start broadcasting Maslenitsa festivities online. Muscovites will be able to see what’s going on at central venues of the Moscow Maslenitsa festival, which is opening today. Live broadcasts will be available via cameras installed at seven locations:
— Manezhnaya Square;
— Revolution Square (a passage to Manezhnaya Square);
— Tverskaya Square;
— Novopushkinsky Garden;
— Nikitsky Boulevard;
— Novy Arbat;
— 8 Klimentovsky Pereulok.
There will be one broadcast camera for each location, a source at the Moscow Department of Information Technologies explained.
“Broadcasting will be performed in two stages until 27 February,” the source said. “And on 24 February, eight more venues, located at Moscow parks, will be connected to the service.” These include Muzeon Park, Park Pobedy (Victory Park), the Tsaritsyno Estate and others.
Real-time broadcasts will enable people to follow events at Maslenitsa venues online and plan to go there at a time that would be most convenient for them.
The Moscow Maslenitsa festival will run from 17 through 26 February. On Tverskoi Boulevard, visitors will be offered active outdoor entertainment. A wooden slide, around seven metres high, has been put up near poet Sergei Yesenin’s statue. The slide is designed as a traditional Russian sledge and painted in the famous Dymkovo toy style. Revolution Square will become the Kingdom of Winter with an ice palace and blue chalets, while red pavilions on Manezhnaya Square will symbolise the Kingdom of Spring. A giant effigy of Maslenitsa will be burnt there on the festival’s closing day. The two seasons will meet at the passage from Revolution to Manezhnaya squares: together with actors wearing traditional Maslenitsa costumes, visitors will attempt to lure one another over to the winter or spring side, or enjoy a ride on a merry-go-round.
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