On 14 October, special-edition Unified travel cards marking the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students will become available at Moscow Metro ticket offices. This year the festival will be held in Moscow and Sochi between 14 and 22 October.
“The Moscow Metro will issue Unified travel cards for 1, 2, 20 or 40 rides with a special design that marks the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students. We have issued a total of 600,000 cards,” said Roman Latypov, First Deputy Head of the Moscow Metro for Strategic Development and Customer Service.
The tickets’ obverse side features the festival’s logo: a five-petal flower with the Earth in the centre. The five petals painted in different colours stand for five continents: red for Europe, yellow for Asia, blue for the Americas, violet for Africa and green for Australia. There is also a white dove of peace depicted on top of the flower. The dates of the festival can be found near the logo. The reverse side features the name of the festival: the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students.
The flower, which became the festival’s logo, was created by Soviet graphic artist Konstantin Kuzginov in 1957 and has been referred to as the Festival Daisy ever since.
Moscow hosted the World Festival twice – in 1957 and 1985. This year the festival will be held in Moscow and in Sochi. The festival’s key themes for discussion include Culture and Globalisation, the Global Economy, the Knowledge Economy, the Development of Social Institutions and Politics and International Security. Over 20,000 young people from various countries will participate in the festival this year: sportsmen, actors, musicians, engineers, scientists, university professors and heads of student government bodies.
The Moscow Metro regularly issues special-edition tickets. On 18 September, Unified travel cards marking the 60th anniversary of launching Earth’s first artificial satellite became available at metro ticket offices. The purchase of an anniversary ticket entitles the buyer to a 50 percent discount on a second ticket to the Moscow Lunarium interactive museum. The Moscow Metro has also issued tickets marking the 870th anniversary of the city. In the beginning of October, special-edition tickets marking the 110th anniversary of the Moscow Taxi became available at metro ticket offices.