Miming, music and juggling: Street artists in city parks

Miming, music and juggling: Street artists in city parks
There will be performances in twenty-two city parks, including Gorky Park, Hermitage Garden, Pobedy Park on Poklonnaya Gora and Sokolniki. As of 1 February quite a few park administrations will start receiving applications from the street artists.

This spring, there are plans to allow street artists to perform in 22 parks affiliated with the City Department of Culture. As in 2018, they will perform from May until October, as long as the weather permits.

Singers, musicians, mime artists, jugglers and stilt-walkers will perform in Gorky Park, Hermitage Garden, Park Pobedy on Poklonnaya Gora, Kuzminki as well as some other leisure/recreation spots.

Each park will provide at least one facility for street artists. Gorky Park and Muzeon Park of Arts will allot eight places, with performances on Krymskaya Embankment, Kosiye Alleys and on a square near Andreyevsky Most.

The street artists will not be obliged to pay anything to perform in the parks and anyone watching them won’t be charged either.

As of 1 February fourteen park administrations are accepting applications from the street artists who are interested in performing. Sokolniki and Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve accept and review applications all year round. Performers can contact other parks from early March, mid-April or as of 1 May. Additional venues may be established should there be a tremendous amount of applications.

To obtain permits, street artists should download applications from park websites, fill them out and send them to the park administrations. The applications should include the name of the group, its repertoire and the number of participants (not more than ten), a list of the equipment the performers use, and hyperlinks to performance videos. All offers will be examined in five working days. It’s possible that park managers might turn down artists if they lip-sync or the contents of what they intend to perform is not family friendly.

“The people performing won’t be charged for park space, but they will have to stick to certain rules. For example, they will not be allowed to use foul language during their performances. Their sound amplifiers should not exceed 60 decibel, so as not to annoy people in nearby residential buildings. Some park administrations will only go for a certain kind of performance. For example, the administration of Vorontsovsky Park mostly accepts classical and jazz musicians, or those specializing in patriotic songs and songs for children. Folk musicians and poetry readers are also preferred. For obvious reasons, Park Pobedy prefers military-patriotic performers, and Izmailovsky Park will eagerly receive magicians and animation and theatrical artists,” the Mosgorpark (Moscow City Park Authority) press service noted.

Parks now accepting applications from street artists:

— Gorky Park

— Muzeon Park of Arts

— Tagansky Park

— Pryamikov Children’s Park (Tagansky Children’s Park)

— Vorontsovsky Park

— Severnoye Tushino Park

— Park Druzhby

— Severny Rechnoy Vokzal Park

— Park Pobedy on Poklonnaya Gora

— Krasnaya Presnya Park

— Kuzminki Park

— Perovsky Park

— Lianozovsky Park

— Sokolniki Park

— Kuskovo Museum-Estate

— Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve

Dates when leisure/recreation spots start to receive applications:

— Fili Park (1 March)

— Hermitage Garden (15 April)

— Babushkinsky Park (15 April)

— Olonetsky Proyezd Public Garden (15 April)

— Izmailovsky Park (15 April)

— Bauman Garden (1 May)

Street artists have been performing in city parks since 2016 when 27 leisure/recreation spots, including Gorky Park, Muzeon Park of Arts, Sokolniki, Hermitage Garden and Bauman Garden, set up the required facilities.