The Moscow Department of Culture will present special events for Valentine’s Day at nine museums and galleries.
Find romance and sing karaoke
A Performance of Loving Hearts will begin at 2 pm at the Tropinin and Moscow Contemporary Artists Museum (10 Shchetininsky Pereulok, Bldg. 1). Admission is free (but the rest of the museum will still charge admission). A large easel will be put up in the lobby. Visitors will be able to draw or paint hearts on the canvas with the names of their sweethearts. Then avant-garde artist Alexander Belugin will turn amateur drawings into a real painting. Everyone will be able to take a photo with the painting in the background.
The Scriabin Memorial Museum (11 Bolshoi Nikolopeskovsky Pereulok, Bldg. 1) will host an evening with composer Elmir Nizamov. The young musician from Tatarstan is the winner of the prestigious Golden Mask Award. His chamber-instrumental and symphonic music is familiar to listeners in Paris, Berlin, Monte Carlo, Melbourne, Montreal, Prague, Belgrade and other cities. On 14 February, he will hold his first evening in Moscow. The concert Strokes of a Self-Portrait, which will begin at 7 pm, will feature compositions from famous operas and other performances, as well as music written by Elmir Nizamov. Tickets are available on the museum website.
Visitors 16 and older are welcome to the Peresvetov Pereulok Gallery on Valentine’s Day (4 Peresvetov Pereulok, Bldg. 1).Two events will begin at 7 pm. For new acquaintances it will be worth going to a speed dating party: participants wearing costumes of fictional characters, i.e., knights or medieval poets, will be looking for sweethearts. A karaoke evening will be held in the next hall, where participants will sing love songs. Tickets will be sold on the spot.
Make a valentine and listen to love poems
The Yesenin Moscow State Museum (24 Bolshoi Strochenovsky Pereulok, Bldg. 2) invites everyone over 14 to the guided tour, Love Cannot be Expressed in Words, at 7 pm. It will be dedicated to the poet’s love lyrics, which is prominent in his work. Tickets are available on the museum website.
After the tour, visitors will be able to enjoy a workshop where they will make hearts from silk ribbons for their significant others.
Children are invited to the Zagorye Gallery (24 Lebedyanskaya Street, Bldg. 1) at 3 pm to a free workshop on making valentines (0+). Participants will learn that the very first postcard was considered a note sent in 1415 by imprisoned Duke of Orleans to his spouse. Valentine cards enjoyed great popularity in the 18th century, especially in England. They were exchanged as gifts. Small kids will also be taught to make valentines.
The My Heart workshop for adults and children over 6 will be held at the Varshavka Gallery (72 Varshavskoye Motorway, Bldg. 2, entrance 5) from 5 pm to 7 pm. Participants will learn to create hearts from natural smalt – coloured opaque glass, that was smelted with the old technique. Under the guidance of a professional mosaic teacher, participants will go through all stages of the process – from creating a sketch to laying out a mosaic. Participants will get to keep their art as a gift. There is a fee for the workshop. To register call +7 (499) 723-10-75.
Go to the lecture and photo exhibition
The Mayakovsky State Museum will offer a lecture, Addressees of Love Lyrics, by Vladimir Mayakovsky. It will begin at 7 pm at the Flat on Bolshaya Presnya (the museum branch at 36 Krasnaya Presnya Street, Bldg. 1). The meeting will be devoted to the women who inspired the poet. Participants will be told what role Maria Denisova, Sofia Shamardina, Tatyana Yakovleva and Lilya Brik played in his life. An admission fee is required. To book a ticket and register, call + 7 (499) 255-01-86.
The Not Like a Human-Being guided tour (14+) will be held at the Timiryazev State Biological Museum (15 Malaya Gruzinskaya Street, Bldg. 1). Visitors will learn about love in the animal world. For example, what a spider gives his lover so she doesn’t bite off his head; which animal has love dates lasting for eight hours; and how the personal life of apes is arranged. Tickets are available on the museum website. It starts at 7 pm.
The Marina Tsvetayeva Museum House (6 Borisoglebsky Pereulok, Bldg. 1) timed the opening of the photo exhibit on love, Find Me in the Museum, to 14 February. As conceived by photographer Yevgeny Grinevich, the works should convince visitors that it is possible to get to know someone on the metro or in the library, and also that love at first sight is possible in today’s world. It opens at 7 pm, admission is free. The exhibit will run until 28 February.
A special programme for Valentine’s Day will be offered in city libraries and cultural centres. Visitors will enjoy over 50 events, including free music concerts, dance workshops, lectures and speed dating sessions.
Valentine’s Day began to gain popularity in Russia in the early 1990s. Many people began to choose this date for weddings: in the past five years, almost 3,000 couples have registered marriages on this day in Moscow. In 2019, almost 300 couples will have weddings on 14 February.