Around 10 million Muscovites are expected to attend City Day celebrations on 9 and 10 September. A total of 427 large festive events will be held at 300 city-wide, administrative area- and district-level venues.
“Moscow celebrates its 870th anniversary this weekend. Over 400 large-scale events will be held in Moscow squares, public gardens and parks all over the city as well as in its centre. Festivities will conclude with a great fireworks display launched from 30 different sites at 9 pm. I invite all Muscovites to celebrate the birthday of our beloved city,” Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said at a meeting of the Moscow Government Presidium.
Concerts, exhibitions and guided tours
Visitors can attend over 160 concerts and musical and music and poetry events, over 130 exhibitions, lectures and popular science programmes, 100 workshops, 20 environmental events, and 200 free guided tours.
The event was planned in accordance with popular wishes, which Muscovites expressed via special polls on the Active Citizen website. A total 1,893,550 opinions were collected.
From Red Square to Tverskaya Street
City Day will kick off in Red Square with an opening ceremony, a traditionally central event of the day, which will begin at noon on 9 September. It will be broadcast at all of the holiday venues, marking the beginning of festivities there. At 1 pm City Day will have its musical start with a performance of the Moscow anthem.
The event will culminate in the Moscow Anniversary festival in Tverskaya Street, which will be made off-limits to vehicles. Moscow’s main street will be adorned by 200 art pieces.
One hundred museums as well as theatre, dance and musical groups (4,500 performers, musicians, lecturers and athletes), will take part in the festive programme. There will be 100 workshops for kids and adults alike, and 70 interactive sports programmes. A science exhibition and a theatre display will also take place showcasing 50 unique exhibits.
In parks and at VDNKh
VDNKh (the National Exhibition of Economic Achievements) will be one of the more crowded venues. It will host nine large events.
The finals of the brass band festival will be held there from noon to 5 pm on 9 and 10 September. City of Childhood interactive educational sites will open for kids who can learn more about architecture and construction.
Mounted police and K9 officers will show off their skills near the Worker and Kolkhoz Woman monument.
Parks all over Moscow will have thematic programmes to mark the 870th anniversary of the Russian capital. Yekaterininsky Park will hold the Our Victory event, while the Moscow Sets Records and Moscow Is For Sport events will take place at Olympic Village Park. Moscow Discovers will be held at Northern River Terminal Park. The Tsaritsyno Museum Reserve will host Moscow Creates, and Moscow Conquers will take place at Pechatniki Park. Many more parks will offer programmes as well.
Opera, fireworks displays and sport
Over 150 music bands and 2,000 signers will come out to wish Muscovites a happy City Day, inlcuding Leonid Agutin, Valery Meladze, Tamara Gverdtsiteli, Olga Kormukhina, Yevgeny Margulis, Diana Gurtskaya, and others.
Parks will host 36 artistic events. Sokolniki will morph into the Opera Area, with opera performances from Russian and international singers.
The Hermitage Garden will hold the 5th Theatre March annual festival, Victory Park will host a musical festival, Gorky Park will put on a theatre festival, Krasnaya Presnya Park will offer the All of the World is in Krasnaya Presnya festival, and the Vorontsovo Estate will be the site of Popular Karaoke featuring songs from films.
There will be over 20 large-scale sports events. These include the 2017 Sports Capital (Moskvich Olympic Reserve School; 46/15 Volgogradsky Prospekt); the 26th traditional city sports festival for people with disabilities (Iskra Training and Sports Centre; 26 Selskokhozyaistvennaya Street); the TheatRally charity bicycle race to support veteran performers; and the traditional City Day at Luzhniki sports festival.
Over 200 thematic guided tours and 130 anniversary exhibitions will take place in Moscow during the weekend. Vintage and modern-day cars presented by the Moscow Transport Museum and the Mosgortrans (Moscow City Transit Authority) will be showcased on Frunzenskaya Embankment on 9 September from noon to 3 pm.
9 September will conclude with a fireworks display of over 20,000 salvos, starting at 9 pm at over 30 sites all around the city. A total of 13 aerial and 17 ground fireworks displays will take place.
On high alert
On 9 and 10 September, all city services will work in robust security regime. A total of 18,000 police officers, Federal National Guard Troops Service officers and people’s militia members, as well as over 1,000 private security company staff members will ensure security at City Day venues.
Ten emergency care teams from the Moscow Research and Practical Centre of Emergency Medical Care will watch over health issues aided by 100 ambulances, 350 staff members of the Emergencies Ministry Chief Department for Moscow, 100 search and rescue workers, 500 volunteer units fire-fighters, 15 first response and fire-fighting vehicle crews, and 4 watercraft.