This summer, street performance venues will open in 33 parks of the Moscow Department of Culture. The concerts will start in June and will last until autumn – as long as the weather allows. The performances will feature musicians, actors, mimes, jugglers, reciters and artists of other genres. Attendance is free. Applications to take part will be accepted until late September. Details are available on the recreation areas’ official websites. Entrance to audience zones will also be free.
Each park will offer from one to four sites for street performances. At Gorky Park, there will be four such sites – the Shestigrannik (Hexagon) pavilion, the alley to the left and to the right of the central fountain, and the area near the Andreyevsky Bridge. In Sokolniki, the venues will be the Alley of Arches, Rotunda stage, and Fountain Square. Kolomenskoye Museum Reserve will open a venue opposite the Dutch House of Peter the Great.
Moscow parks are inviting artists of any genre, but in some recreation zones the performers will have to follow a specific concept. Tagansky Park will give preference to musicians, stilt walkers and artists putting on a fire show. Babushkinsky Park will welcome cover bands, orchestras and groups singing a capella. Besides musicians, the programme in Tsaritsyno Museum Reserve will feature reciters and poets, whereas Park Pobedy on Poklonnaya Gora will give preference to performers of military and patriotic songs.
“The parks consider all the applications they receive and try to select the best ones for the enjoyment of the visitors,” noted the press service of Mosgorpark.
Performers are prohibited from using loudspeaker equipment more powerful than 60 dB.
To obtain permission to perform, applicants need to fill in the form on the parks’ website. The information required is the band’s name, repertoire, number of participants (no more than 10 people), equipment list, and a link to a video performance. An application is reviewed within five work days. The reason for refusal may be unethical texts and lip-syncing.
Parks that will hold street performances this summer:
Park Pobedy on Poklonnaya Gora
50-letiya Oktyabrya (50thAnniversary of the October Revolution) Park
Pryamikov Children’s Park
Krasnaya Presnya Park
Recreation zone near Krasnogvardeiskiye Ponds
Tsaritsyno Museum Reserve
Severnoye (Northern) Tushino Park
Raduga Park near the ponds
Park on Angarskaya Street
Bibirevo ethnographic village
Northern River Terminal Park
Olympic Village Park
Public garden in Olonetsky Proyezd
Kolomenskoye Museum Reserve
Father Frost’s Moscow Estate
Street artists were allowed to perform in Moscow parks in 2016. Then, venues appeared in 27 green zones, including in Gorky Park, Muzeon, Sokolniki, Hermitage Garden, and Bauman Garden.