Premiere League Cup, bloggers and ethnic pavilions: making plans for Russia Day

Premiere League Cup, bloggers and ethnic pavilions: making plans for Russia Day
The capital’s parks will celebrate Russia Day with a wide variety of events: from concerts to a display of a football trophy, while the downtown venues offer the most colourful re-enactments of the Times & Epochs: The Gathering festival.

Sokolniki, Izmailovsky and Kransya Presnya parks will become the main venues for Russia Day celebrations. The most colourful events will be held there from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Big training session and a meeting with bloggers

As many as four large festivals will be held in Sokolniki Park on 12 June. The Big Training Session on Festivalanaya Square will be hosted by TV presenters and invited athletes. The visitors to the festival will meet Marat Kankadze, one of the most titled Russian extreme motor sport athletes.

Football fans are in for a pleasant surprise here, on Festivalnaya Square, too, where they can see the Russian Football Premiere League Cup, which this year was won by FC Spartak after a 16 year pause. Visitors can pose for a photograph against the background of Russia’s main football trophy.

The Big Training Session is to be followed by the “Our Guys Are In Town” concert programme. Young Russian performers with the 7B rock band as the headliner will entertain the visitors of the festival from 4 pm to 9 pm.

Meanwhile, Fontannaya Square in Sokolniki will host another concert programme: visitors can see DJ sets and musical performances from 1 pm to 9 pm. The highlight of the venue will be a meeting with Russian gymnast Alexei Nemov, a four-time Olympic champion.

The Rotunda stage will be a venue for the 3rd Moscow Modern Literature Festival from 11 am to 8 pm, featuring Nikolai Sobolev among its guests, a popular blogger who recently released a book “The Way to Success.”

The holiday programme at Krasnaya Presnya Park is scheduled to last from noon to 8 pm. It will feature kite launching and aircraft design master classes, a lecture on the history of the Russian flag and other events. 

A concert marking Russia Day will begin at 2 pm with presenters from the Russian Peppers morning TV show and Dmitry Olenin at the helm. Sati Kazanova, Yulia Kovalchuk, Alexei Chumakov and others are among the performers. 

A mass offline meeting of popular bloggers with their fans will be held in Izmailovsky Park.  The bloggers will talk about their lives, activities and travels. They will also take part in the flash mob of colouring the Russian flag. Guests will be able to take selfies with their favourite bloggers. There will be a food area, and prizes will be offered in a lottery. Also, singer Kris is going to perform at the event. 

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Best re-enactments and a concert on Red Square

An impressive event will take place on Tverskaya Street, between Pushkin Square and Manezhnaya Square, and on Okhotny Ryad Street from 12 pm to 10 pm: 17 thematic zones will be devoted to re-enactments of the Times & Epochs: The Gathering festival. 

Among them are The Dyakovskaya Culture featuring the work of weavers, potters and jewellers, Rus and Its Neighbours with a display of Russian troops’ armour, Peter the Great’s Epoch presenting an 18th century Moscow street, the Great Patriotic War with training courses for machine gun shooters, nurses, anti-aircraft defence troops and others.

Military applied equestrian sports teams of The Honorary Cavalry Escort of the Presidential Regiment and the Kremlin horse riding school “Equestrian Russia Traditions” will perform in Teatralny Proyez from noon to 8 pm.

Visitors to the site on Triumfalnaya Square will see Tretyakov Gallery’s “20th Century Art” exhibition and the Cherry Forest open arts festival. The venue will operate from 2 pm to 10 pm.

The Multi-Ethnic Russia festival will unfold on Pushkinskaya Square from noon to 8 pm. The festival venue will start working at noon. Visitors can see the pavilions The Land of Toons, where cartoons about different ethnicities and towns will be screened, The Land of Crafts, where they can see a smithery with a hammer and an anvil, and The Land of Dolls hosting a doll workshop. In addition, The Land in Detail exhibition will be unveiled at the venue featuring all the 85 regions of Russia. The festival’s high point will be a grand concert of ethnic bands and performers presented by actress Yana Popolavskaya and singer Zarif Norov. The concert will start at 2 pm.

A big holiday concert to celebrate Russia Day will be held on Red Square from 7 pm to 10 pm. The concert will be hosted by Olga Shelest and Nikolai Baskov. Taking part in the concert will be Polina Gagarina, Timati, Nyusha, Turetsky Choir, Diskoteka Avaria and other popular singers and bands. The concert will be followed by a fireworks display.

Programmes marking Russia Day have also been prepared by Victory Park on Poklonnaya Hill (“The Shield and the Lire” gala concert at 7 pm), the Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve (grand music festival ‘Russia’ from 12 pm to 8 pm), Museon Arts Park (Imperialis Orchestra concert 9pm to 10 pm), the Hermitage Garden (Samovarfest, Russian hospitality festival, 2 pm to10 pm), the Bauman Garden (theatrical shows as part of the New Drama Festival, 2 pm to 10 pm), Tagansky Park (jazz and flashmob, pm to10 pm).