Historical menus and recipes for Lent: the Easter Gift festival opens the spring season of Moscow merrymaking events

Historical menus and recipes for Lent: the Easter Gift festival opens the spring season of Moscow merrymaking events
Before Easter week the festival’s venues will mainly offer menus for Lent, lectures and excursions. During these few days there will be more kinds of food to choose from and there will also be concerts and workshops in central Moscow.

Another outdoor event is to be held in Moscow 12–23 April. Easter Gift festival concerts and performances will take place at 24 venues in the centre of the city as well as in 19 parks. There will also be special classes and workshops teaching people how to prepare good food for Lent and traditional Easter specialities. The festival programme includes eight exhibitions. A Bell Foundry demonstration as well as inclusive events on a sports ground will also be available.

Friendly City charity project

Concerts and theatrical performances will take place every day during the festival on Pushkinskaya Square starting 16 April. Various artists will take part in them, including those with impaired abilities. The organisers are the All-Russia Association of the Blind, the Circle 2 theatre-studio and the Theatre of Open-Hearted.

Free movement therapy lessons will also be possible to attend. These are meant to inspire all those who want to change their lives for the better. The last weekend of the festival 22–23 April will be marked by the opening of a “Dream skiing. Roller skating”sports ground. Skiing and skating will be available there for all children, including those with impaired abilities..

Classical and Folk Music

This spring’s repertoire will include modern interpretations of classical, folk and retro songs. Every day on Stoleshnikov Pereulok classical piano recitals will be performed by members of the the Moscow State Conservatory.

On Tverskaya Square, popular bands will play Russian folk tunes at the weekends and on public bank holidays. On Novy Arbat, you will be able to hear club bands playing modern versions of retro songs as well as popular songs about Moscow and the spring.

Bell foundry

During the Easter week, people in Moscow will have a unique opportunity to see how authentic bells are made. On Pushkinskaya Square a bell manufacturing studio will be opened. Three specialists from the foundry of Danilov monastery, presided by its very own, deacon-monk Roman, will demonstrate bell manufacturing stage by stage: heating the furnace and melting the metal, preparing the bell casts, pouring the metal into them, and extracting the final product. Three bronze bells are to be produced. It takes about 6 hours to make a bell.

The worldwide famous Moscow bells will be displayed as pieces of art on Pushkinskaya Square, in Novopushkinsky Park and on Tverskoy Boulevard. The bells will be copies of those from the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Bell Tower of Ivan the Great and the Dormition Belfry at the Moscow Kremlin. You will be able to learn the history of Danilovsky monastery’s big bell from the Armoury Chamber.

Exhibitions in “windows”

The Easter Gift festival will feature eight exhibitions. Five of them will be outdoor exhibitions set up on the ‘facades’ of Moscow historical buildings. Peeping through the “windows”, people in Moscow will learn what the city looked like back in the 17th−20th centuries.

One of these exhibitions will stretch from Revolution Square and Manezhnaya Square. This will be the site of the Moscow Historical Quarters exhibition, organised in collaboration with the Shchusev Museum of Architecture. Visitors will be able to see copies of old photos, posters and historical documents which will tell them about Easter traditions as well as about Moscow patrons of the arts.

The history of Moscow’s education system and science will be covered on Revolution Square by an exhibition titled “Moscow – Centre of Intellectual Culture: 18th−19th Centuries”. One will be able to view this in the public garden near the Karl Marx monument. Organised in cooperation with Lomonosov Moscow State University, the exhibition will also get visitors acquainted with the history of the Slavic-Greek-Latin Academy, of the Moscow State University, and the Moscow Association of History and Russian Antiques.

In Kamergersky Pereulok there will be an exhibition-labyrinth “Theatrical Moscow”, created in cooperation with the Maly Theatre Museum. It will tell one about the development of Moscow drama and will feature documents about the first Moscow private theatrical enterprises, theatrical street shows and public festivals, which were created by the best play writers, directors and painters, and animated by the most prominent actors and actresses.

On Nikolskaya Street one will be plunged into the daily life of ordinary people from the past. There will be an exhibition “Moscow - Centre of Arts and Commerce”, which is based on material provided by the Russian State Library. Visitors will learn where the major shopping places were and also where flea markets were located, why people went to Moscow to purchase the best products and how the first commercial chains were developing at the end of the 19th century.

The exhibition titled “Moscow Tradition of Easter Celebrations − The History of Easter Gifts” will show how Muscovites used to celebrate this time of year. The exposition on Arbat Street will explain culinary traditions using old recipes. The public will learn what Moscow spring balls were like and how the atmosphere was in famous reception rooms full of elegant top-brass. The exhibition is created in cooperation with the Museum and Exhibition Centre “History of Russian Enterprise” and the Museum of Culinary Art.

The Easter Sunday exhibition will take place on Tverskaya Square, in Gostinaya pavilion. It will reconstruct part of a Moscow pre-revolutionary flat with authentic antique furniture, clothes and other everyday bits and pieces. There will also be an exhibition of antique Easter postcards. The collection includes unique items with photos of the royal family, Moscow panoramas, Easter postcards, created by famous Russian painters, and postcards produced in aid of a charity. . The materials are provided by the All Russia Association of Deltiologists.

On Pushkinskaya Square, in Novopushkinsky Park and on Tverskoi Boulevard there will be a photography exhibition titled “Gone Moscow Bell Towers”. In archived photos one will be able to see the bell towers of Bogoyavlensky, Spaso-Andronikov, Simonov, Chudov, Zlatoustovsky monasteries, cathedrals and churches — Sergei Radonezhsky, Paraskeva Pyatnitsa, Vasily Kesariysky, Dmitry Solunsky, and Nikolai Yavlenny.