A few days remain until the opening of the Journey to Christmas Festival. This year it will be devoted to fairy tales and favourite books. The main events will take place on Red, Manezhnaya and Tverskaya squares, Tverskoi Boulevard, at the Novopushkinsky Public Garden, and on Kuznetsky Most, Rozhdestvenka, Novy Arbat and other streets.
The festival programme includes hundreds of plays, theatrical performances and musicals.
A special programme will be presented on Tverskaya Square. From 25 December to 13 January, theatres from France, Hungary, Italy, Denmark, Austria and Germany will perform on the stage and on the patio, as well as in the warm Living Room and Kitchen pavilions.
Visitors will enjoy performances based on fairytales, puppet shows, a gastronomic show, a musical performance and a mirror performance. Admission to all of them is free.
Danish jive ensemble Jordans Drive will open the programme of foreign bands. They will give concerts on 15 and 16 December from 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm on Tverskaya Square.
Blue Christmas (France)
On 25 and 26 December, in the Living Room pavilion, the Al et les Astrolobi theatre (France) will present the Blue Christmas (Bleu Noël). It is intended for kids aged 3+.
In the enchanted forest, Santa prepares presents for Christmas, but the magic sleigh does not fly. Two elves are sent in search of a way to help Santa. Along the way, they meet a wizard who tells them where to find the tree of life - the key to the success of their incredible expedition.
Beginning at 1.00, 4.00 and 6.00 pm. Duration: 60 minutes.
Puppet Show (Hungary)
On 28, 29 and 30 December, the Puppet Show will take place in the Living Room pavilion.
It is presented by famous Hungarian puppeteer Bence Sarkadi. He began working with puppets in 1999, and since 2007 has toured with them all over the world. The artist makes the puppets himself.
Sarkadi has participated in the biggest puppet festivals, and he has performed in many countries, including Greece, Australia, India and Canada.
Performances will begin at 4.00, 6.00 and 8.00 pm. Duration: 60 minutes.
Le Strologhe Gastronomic Theatre (Italy)
Visitors will enjoy a performance by the Le Strologhe Gastronomic Theatre (Italy) on 1, 2 and 3 January in the Kitchen pavilion.
The performance is about two cooks who make the process of cooking the most ordinary dishes fabulous: they turn flour into magic snow, carrots and peppers into a prince and princess, and the kitchen table into a wonderful kingdom.
Beginning at 4.00 and 7.00 pm. Duration: 60 minutes.
Endless Labyrinth (Denmark)
The Endless Labyrinth children’s music performance will be shown in the Living Room pavilion on 4 and 5 January. The composer of this interactive performance, based on role-playing and arcade games, is Mathias Madsen Munch from Denmark.
The audience will be told the story of a prince from the Kingdom of Philharmonic and his assistants - the giant, the dwarf and the elf. They are trying to find a way out of the Forest of Molduria, which is controlled by the evil wizard. The servants of the villain are hiding in the forest and will do anything to catch the prince. Throughout the performance, the audience will help the characters find a way out of the labyrinth.
Beginning at 2.00 and 4.00 pm. Duration: 60 minutes.
Mirror Family (Austria)
On 11, 12 and 13 January, visitors will enjoy performances by the Mirror Family theatre (Austria).
In 2012, inspired by the experiments of artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci with mirrors, artists from Austria created the Mirror Family Theatre. The costumes and even the bodies of the participants in the performance are covered with tiny mirrors, which is extremely beautiful.
Performances will take place on the stage and on the patio of the site, noon to 10.00 pm at the beginning of each hour. Duration: 20 minutes.
The German musical troupe PasParTouT will perform in the Living Room pavilion on 12 and 13 January.
The performance is about runaway artists from the Mouse King's orchestra, who ride around the world in old suitcases and amuse adults and children.
Beginning at 4.00, 6.00 and 8.00. Duration: 60 minutes.