The Moscow Department of Culture has prepared dozens of events to mark the 80th birth anniversary of actor and musician Vladimir Vysotsky. There will be concerts, exhibitions, plays, films and various performances by young writers who were inspired by Vysotsky’s works. Admission to many of the events is free, but for some of them registration or a ticket will be needed.
The main venue will be Vysotsky’s House on Taganka, located at 3 Vysotskogo Street. The exhibition, Of Course I’ll Come Back, will be on until 31 January. There will be portraits of the singer and works inspired by his songs and roles in plays. On 20 January, Vysotsky’s House on Taganka will host I Love Therefore I Live national festival and competition. It was established to support young writers and poets from all over the country who will recite their works. The competition has three categories: Poetry, Song and Declamation. All submitted works must be related to Vladimir Vysotsky and inspired by him. Another concert will take place in Gogol House at 7a Nikitsky Boulevard. Vysotsky’s songs, literature readings and archival videos will be presented. The concert will begin at 7 pm on 20 January.
“The main stage of the Moscow Taganka Theatre will premiere the play, Run Alice, Run, staged by Maxim Didenko. The play is based on the radio play Alice in Wonderland, which Vysotsky read,” the Department of Culture press service said. The play will take place at 7 pm on 26 January, 2 and 14 February.
At 7 pm on 25 January, the Pushkin Moscow Drama Theatre (23 Tverskoi Boulevard) will present the only run of the play, Gorky. The Lower Depths. Vysotsky., by director Boris Dyachenko. Tickets are available on the theatre's website.
The Eisenstein Library of Cinematography will mark Vysotsky’s birthday at 7 pm on 25 January with the film The Bad Good Man (1973) where Vysotsky played the role of zoologist Von Koren. The library is located at 5/10 Karetny Ryad Street.
Actor, poet and musician Vladimir Vysotsky was born on 25 January 1938 in Moscow. From 1964 he worked as an actor at the Drama and Comedy Theatre on Taganka, starring in over 20 plays. He was also a screen actor and became famous for his appearances in various films: The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed; Two Comrades Were Serving; How Czar Peter the Great Married off his Moor; The Bad Good Man; Brief Encounters. Vladimir Vysotsky was also widely known as a songwriter and singer; he played a seven-string guitar. He died on 25 July 1980.
Events to mark Vladimir Vysotsky’s 80th birthday:
Vysotsky’s House on Taganka, 20−30 January (from 11 am to 6 pm): exhibition, Of Course I’ll Come Back…. Admission free
Vysotsky’s House on Taganka, 20 January (from 1 pm to 5 pm): Breath Poetry festival and competition. Admission free
Gogol House, 20 January (from 2 pm to 3.30 pm): All Poets are of the Same Blood musical and literature evening. Admission free
Yubileiny House of Culture, 20 January – 20 February (from 10 am to 6 pm): Of Course I’ll Come Back book fair. Admission free
Moskvorechye Creativity Centre, 22−31 January (from 11 am to 7 pm) Vysotsky: A Man, a Poet, an Actor exhibition. Admission free
Gogol Library, 23 January (from 6 pm to 8 pm): Of Course I’ll Come Back music and poetry evening. Admission free
Molodyozhny club, 23−30 January (from 4 pm): Vladimir Vysotsky: Of Course I’ll Come Back exhibition. Admission free
Desna House of Culture, 24 January (from 7 pm to 6 pm): Others will Sing for Me evening. Admission free
Desna House of Culture, 24 January (from 8 pm to 7.30 pm): The Orbita Cinema Club Opens Doors meeting. Admission free
Istok Children’s Creativity Centre, 24 January (from 5 pm): memorial concert. Admission free
Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s House of Compatriots Abroad, 24 January (from 7 pm to 9 pm): In the Memory of Vladimir Vysotsky. Admission free
Cooperation of Taganka Actors Theatre, 25 January (7 pm): Play, VVS (Vysotsky Vladimir Semyonovich). Tickets available on the theatre’s website
Pushkin Theatre, 25 January (7 pm): Gorky. The Lower Depths. Vysotsky. Tickets available on the theatre’s website
Mikhailovskoye House of Culture, 25 January (from 6 pm to 7.30 pm); Of Course I’ll Come Back concert. Admission free
Vdokhnovenie Cultural Centre, 25 January (from 7.30 pm to 9 pm): Lecture, Beyond the Central Television: The Phenomenon of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Popularity. Admission free
Central Library No. 249, 25 January (from 6 pm to 8 pm); An Interrupted Flight programme. Admission free
Moskvich Cultural Centre, 25 January (from 8 pm to 9 pm): I Love Therefore I Live poetry evening. Admission is free; registration required on the website
Moscow Taganka Theater, 26 January, 2 and 14 February (7 pm): Run Alice, Run. Tickets available on the theatre’s website
Mitino Cultural Centre, 25 January (from 1 pm to 2 pm): Screening of Our Videoguide: Vysotsky, An Interrupted Flight. Admission is free
Moscow Multidisciplinary Cultural Centre, January 25 (from 7 pm to 9 pm): Vladimir Vysotsky’s Evening. Admission free
Eisenstein Library of Cinematography, 25 January (from 7 pm to 9 pm): Screening of the Bad Good Man. Admission free
Yakovlevskoye Palace of Culture and Sports, 25−30 January (10 am): Vysotsky: A Man, a Poet, an Actor. Admission free
Onezhsky Cultural Centre, 26 January (9 am): Short of Time to Live up, Coming Short with the Song. Admission free
Oborin Children’s Music School, 26 January (2 pm): I Will Finish the Song… concert. Admission is free
Optimist club network, 26 January (from 6 pm to 7 pm): Thank God I’m Alive concert. Admission free
Library No 111, 27 January (from 3 pm to 4 pm): I Breathe Therefore I Love literature and music programme. Admission free
Yesenin Moscow State Museum, 3 February (4 pm): All Poets are of the Same Blood musical and literature evening
Orekhovo club network, 27 January (from 4 pm to 5.30 pm): Dedicated to the 80th Birthday of Vladimir Vysotsky programme. Admission free
Avangard Centre for Culture and Arts, 28 January (from 3 pm to 4 pm): Vladimir Vysotsky’s 80th Birth Anniversary programme. Admission free
Druzhba House of Culture, January 28 (from 7 pm to 8 pm): Guitar Songs concert. Admission free