Beatboxing, qigong and fancy pudding: Things to see at Flower Jam Festival on City Day

Beatboxing, qigong and fancy pudding: Things to see at Flower Jam Festival on City Day
Photo: Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service. Yevgeny Samarin
On Saturday and Sunday everyone will find something to do at the festival: music lovers can take classes of academic and jazz singing, those who enjoy cooking will prepare the Modern Moscow smoothie, and garden lovers will learn how to grow fragrant herbs on their windowsills. Read about the best workshops on City Day.

The concluding weekend of the Flower Jam festival will be devoted to City Day. City residents and tourists will be offered dozens of workshops to choose from: in singing, beatboxing, dancing and drumming. Children will be able to build bridges, houses and towers, bake a chia seed pudding and even make a flute. Read this article to learn about what else you can do on 8 and 9 September.

For music lovers

Tverskaya Street will host several festival venues. Near 17 Tverskaya Street famous opera singer and soloist with the Helikon Opera Theatre Dmitry Yankovsky will teach academic singing (at 12 noon and 4 pm on 8 September and at 11 am and 4 pm on 9 September). Singer Eteri Beriashvili will give jazz singing classes at 1 pm and 6 pm on 8 September and at 12 noon and 5 pm on 9 September. Her repertoire includes various genres, from Georgian folk songs to French chansons.

Singer Slavyana (Sofya Onopchenko) will lead a workshop on Russian folk songs at 11 am and 5 pm on 8 September and at 10 am and 3 pm on 9 September. The venue will also host a beatboxing master class by Vakhtang Kalandadze, world and European beatboxing champion. He will give lessons at 5 pm and 8 pm on 8 September and at 1 pm and 6 pm on 9 September.

Music lovers of all ages will be able to attend a master class by drummer Konstantin Smirnov. He studied in the Netherlands and took part in famous musicals such as The Hits of Broadway, Jekyll and Hide, Aladdin, and others. His workshops are scheduled for 10 am to 10 pm on 8 September and from 10 am to 6 pm on 9 September.

At the music workshop, which will open on Tverskaya Street near Building 12/2, children will be able to assemble and disassemble musical instruments: a saxophone, a flute and a clarinet. They will learn all stages of violin-making and make a recorder flute themselves. Lessons will take place from 10 am to 10 pm on 8 September and from 10 am to 6 pm on 9 September.

Academic singing classes for adults will be held near Building 11 at 5:15 pm on 9 September. It will be held by the New Opera Theatre director and producer of the Tenors of the 21st Century project Dmitry Sibirtsev and leading singer with the Hamburg State Opera Alexei Bogdanchikov. Those who prefer pop singing can attend a master class by singer and composer Igor Kornelyuk at 4:15 pm on 8 September and at 2:15 pm on 9 September.

For young engineers

A programme for young engineers will take place on Tverskaya Street between Bryusov Pereulok and Gazetny Pereulok. At the Build the Longest Bridge workshop an engineer will explain the principles of bridge construction and engineering basics to children in a fun way.

At the Small Architectural Structures workshop they will build houses, towers, manufacture rockets, planes and ships. In addition, using an erector set the teacher will hold classes for children with impaired sight, as well as the Solidarity game. Children with good sight will assemble simple and then complex figures blindfolded. The game will help them experience the difficulties their visually impaired peers have.

A sculpting workshop will take place near 1 Tverskaya Street, where children will make details of famous Moscow landmarks such as the Foreign Ministry building, the main entrance to VDNKh, the Ostankino TV Tower and the State Historical Museum.

Classes at both venues will be held from 10 am to 10 pm on 8 September and from 10 am to 6 pm on 9 September.

For athletes

Russian skateboarding legends Denis Markhasin and Pasha Sorokin will perform at the Lecture Hall at VDNKh at 2 pm on 8 September. They will speak about the development of this sport in Russia. Guests will also meet Katya Shengelia, a professional skateboarder and participant in many international events. On 9 September, anyone will be able to talk to one of the most famous Russian snowboarders, Denis Leontyev.

For craft lovers

On Saturday at the Revolution Square venue children and their parents will be able to make glass pendants with the inscription “Moscow” (at 2 pm and 5 pm), as well as their own Ecologic game made of natural materials (at 3 pm).

On 8 and 9 September, visitors to the Dmitry Donskoi Boulevard venue will be offered to make unusual souvenirs and items with the symbols and views of Moscow: at 3 pm on Saturday they will be able to make a black and white drawing on a chalk board, and on Saturday at 1 pm and 6 pm a kaleidoscope The Colours of Moscow.

For cooks

On Sunday, festival-goers can attend a culinary workshop on Revolution Square and cook Moscow-style sturgeon (at 1 pm) and the Modern Moscow smoothie (at 3 pm).

The culinary studio on Profsoyuznaya Street will feature classes for children where they will make light and healthy desserts. For instance, at 1 pm and 4 pm on 8 September, they will make a blueberry and lemon sorbet, and at 12 noon and 6 pm on 9 September a fancy chia seed and fruit pudding will be on the menu.

For gardeners

Gardening master classes will be held on Sunday to mark City Day. The Flower Jam competition of amateur flowerbeds will take place from 12 noon to 7 pm. The competition venues will be located throughout the city, for instance, on Timiryazevskaya Street and Tikhoretsky Boulevard, on Osennyaya Street and Michurinsky Prospekt, and on Tushinskaya Street and Filyovsky Boulevard. Project participants will share the secrets of growing fragrant herbs on the windowsill, taking care of house plants and creating a mini vegetable garden at home.

For everyone

At the theatre workshop on Tverskaya Street near Building 8/1 children will learn to put on stage makeup and learn about the basics of scenic speech and stage movement. Classes will be held from 10 am to 10 pm on 8 September and from 10 am to 6 pm on 9 September.

Choreographer Nikolai Yerokhin will hold a master class at 11:15 am near 11 Tverskaya Street. He will explain why dancing is beneficial for people of all ages. Then guests will enjoy a performance by the participants in the Moscow Longevity project, who will show off the skills they got in the past several months of training.

By the way, elderly Muscovites will meet Master Shi Yangbing at 2:15 pm on 8 September. He will give a lecture about Chinese self-healing methods and teach them qigong exercises.

The Orekhovy Boulevard venue has also prepared many educational workshops. At 2 pm on 8 September at the Perfume Studio guests will be able to create a special Moscow perfume; at 3 pm the participants in the English Club workshop will draw a map of Moscow and communicate in English, and at 4 pm they will learn all about blogging in a big city.

All the workshops and lectures are free.