Entertainment is close: Best of City Day at Flower Jam festival

Entertainment is close: Best of City Day at Flower Jam festival
Shows, contests, workshops and concerts will take place in every courtyard on 8 and 9 September.

The main events of the traditional Moscow Flower Jam festival will take place in every city district on 8 and 9 September. There will be over 2,000 venues in total.

The festivities will come to every Moscow courtyard. The programme includes 1,150 free workshops on flower arranging, botany, design and cooking in addition to 280 concerts plus shows. There are also 3,000 sporting events and there will be other amusements too. The nearby Flower Jam chalets have sweets and desserts, berries and fruit, hundreds of different sorts of jam and honey as well as 160 kinds of ice cream. A total of 40 Russian regions have prepared delicacies for people in Moscow to sample.

The street markets carry a whole range of things for those who enjoy gardening. People will get a chance to buy flowers, seeds, pot plants, interior decorations plus souvenirs. The flowerbeds contest will be held on 9 September where people will have a chance to create a unique project, in teams or individually, led by professional gardeners.

City parks and the Moscow Department of Culture have prepared a busy entertainment  programme to celebrate Moscow’s 871st anniversary on 8 and 9 September. Festival-goers will enjoy a 12-hour-long theatre marathon festival in the Hermitage Garden, three festivals in Gorky Park as well as performances given by opera singers in Sokolniki.

“Every year Moscow parks prepare something interesting for visitors on City Day. This time we will celebrate Moscow’s anniversary in 29 recreation zones. People will be able to enjoy free concerts, theatre performances, lectures plus workshops. They will also be able to take part in various charity and social events. For example, Krasnaya Presnya Park visitors will meet with ecovolunteers who call for lifting the burden on the environment; Sadovniki Park will have a bicycle race in support of charities for children; and those who go to Sirenevy Garden will be able to take a stray home or help one of the Moscow animal centres,” said a Mosgorpark spokesperson.

On 8 September, the Hermitage Garden will be the place to go for the Theatre March festival with ten Moscow companies represented with members of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre, the Et Cetera Theatre, the Taganka Theatre, the Moscow Ballet, the Story Studio and others. Theatre performances will follow each other between 11 am and 11 pm, starting from The Cat's House and The Superdetective Mouse shows for children to the Ubertheatre interactive performance prepared by actors from the Meyerhold Centre.

Ubertheatre performance

Those who want to celebrate in Gorky Park on 8 and 9 September will get a chance to take part in the Moscow Seen by Your Own Eyes festival. It will be divided into three thematic sections: the Russian finals of the DMC DJ World championship, the third Maker Faire Moscow festival of digital art and creativity and the Fields festival of experimental music. There will be the Moscow Seen by Melnikov installation, which is a ten-layer structure that lets people see the city through the eyes of Soviet architect Konstantin Melnikov who headed the construction of the park 90 years ago. The DJ contest will be held near Fountain Square, and the winner of the DMC DJ World’s Russian stage will represent Russia in London where he or she will be competing for the title of the Disco Mix Club best DJ.

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Those who want to celebrate in Gorky Park on 8 and 9 September will get a chance to take part in the Moscow Seen by Your Own Eyes festival. It will be divided into three thematic sections: the Russian finals of the DMC DJ World championship, the third Maker Faire Moscow festival of digital art and creativity and the Fields festival of experimental music. There will be the Moscow Seen by Melnikov installation, which is a ten-layer structure that lets people see the city through the eyes of Soviet architect Konstantin Melnikov who headed the construction of the park 90 years ago. The DJ contest will be held near Fountain Square, and the winner of the DMC DJ World’s Russian stage will represent Russia in London where he or she will be competing for the title of the Disco Mix Club best DJ.

Visitors going to the Fields festival will be able to listen to experimental music on the lawn near Pushkinskaya Embankment. British bluesman Mike Cooper, Egyptian keyboardist Islam Chipsy and the Murcof & Vanessa Wagner band will perform there. The Maker Faire Moscow festival of digital art will be held near the Garage museum of modern art. The participants combine cutting-edge technology and traditional crafts in their works.

Maker Faire Moscow and Fields festivals

The Bauman Garden will have an event to support ill children between noon and 10 pm on 8 September. The participants will be able to paint get-well postcards for young patients in Moscow hospitals. During the day, the garden will also be the place to go for Zumba and Rumba dance lessons. Visitors will see a theatricalised march and music bands performing numbers about Moscow. At 8 pm, a show by the BlackSKYWhite Theatre will begin on the main park stage. It is the only Russian theatre that won two main prizes at the Edinburgh Art Festival, one of the world’s largest festivals.

There will be street concerts, a honey market together with craft workshops held in the Kolomenskoye Museum Estate on 8 September (celebrations begin at 1 pm). Visitors will be able to try their hand at smithcraft, learn how to tie knots used by sailors and get to know how ancient fabrics were produced. The crafts venue will be located near the stage on Voznesenskaya Square. There will also be the Apple Noon children’s playground at the intersection of the Main and Linden alleys working between 1pm and 5 pm where children will be able to draw pictures on the asphalt and model magic apples from clay that they can hang on the wish tree.

The celebrations in Sokolniki Park will be dedicated to the opera. The main programme is scheduled to take place on Fountain Square on 8 September (between 1 pm and 10 pm). Visitors will be able to learn facts about Feodor Chaliapin and other famous opera singers. In addition to this, the park will install good deed generators. Each one will produce a list of things people can do to make the city better. For example, the charity generator will propose donating money for a child in need of treatment, the mercy generator will suggest helping a senior citizen buy and carry shopping  and the animal help generator will propose walking a member of one of the city animal centres.

Tomato and lavender soup, salmon roe ice cream and more unusual treats at the Flower Jam Festival

The problem of stray animals will be discussed at lectures and meetings with animal rights activists scheduled to take place in the Sirenevy Garden on 8 September (1 pm – 10 pm) and 9 September (1 pm – 6 pm). There will also be stray cats on display from some of the Moscow animal centres. People will be able to choose a cat and take it away with them to look after. All animals are sterilised, vaccinated and ready to meet their new friends.

Where to celebrate City Day

8 September

Hermitage Garden 11 am – 11 pm

Bauman Garden 1 pm – 10 pm

Gorky Park and Muzeon 1 pm – 10 pm

Tagansky Park 1 pm – 10 pm

Zaryadye Park 11 am – 10 pm

Krasnaya Presnya Park 1 pm – 10 pm

Babushkinsky Park 1 pm – 10 pm

The garden in Olonetsky Proyezd 1 pm – 9 pm

Lianozovo Park 1 pm – 10 pm

Goncharovsky Park 1 pm – 10 pm

Northern Tushino Park 1 pm – 10 pm

Park Pobedy on Poklonnaya Gora 1 pm – 10 pm

Fili Park 1 pm – 10 pm

50-Letiya Oktyabrya (50thAnniversary of the October Revolution) Park 1 pm – 10 pm

Kolomenskoye Museum Estate 1 pm – 4 pm

Sadovniki Park 1 pm – 10 pm

Tsaritsyno Museum Estate 1 pm – 10 pm

Kuskovo Museum Estate 11 am – 5 pm

Izmailovo Estate 2 pm – 4 pm

Perovo Park 1 pm – 10 pm

Sokolniki Park 1 pm – 10 pm

Izmailovo Park 1 pm – 10 pm

Sirenevy Garden 1 pm – 10 pm

Lyublino Museum Estate 2 pm – 4 pm

Kuzminki Park 1 pm – 10 pm

Moscow Zoo   11 am – 5 pm

Vorontsovo Estate 1 pm – 10 pm.

9 September

Gorky Park and Muzeon 1 pm – 10 pm

Zaryadye Park 1 pm – 10 pm

The park near the Dzhamgarovsky Pond 1 pm –8 pm

The public garden in Olonetsky Proyezd 1 pm – 6 pm

Fili Park 1 pm – 6 pm

Sadovniki Park 1 pm – 6 pm

Tsaritsyno Museum Estate 1 pm – 6 pm

Kuskovo Museum Estate 11 am – 5 pm;

Izmailovo Park 1 pm – 6 pm

Sirenevy Garden 1 pm – 6 pm

Kuzminki Park 1 pm – 6 pm

Vorontsovo Estate 1 pm – 6 pm.