Flower race and ice disco: Parks’ festive programmes for 8 March

Flower race and ice disco: Parks’ festive programmes for 8 March
Enjoy International Women’s Day at Gorky Park, Fili, Izmailovsky, Perovsky or 14 other Moscow parks.

Festive events to mark International Women’s Day will be held at 18 Moscow Department of Culture parks. On Friday, 8 March, visitors will enjoy concerts, workshops, day trips, romantic quests and contests. There will be a two-metre-wide flower photo zone for magnificent pictures in Park Pobedy on Poklonnaya Gora. Women can look forward to gifts of flowers at the Hermitage Garden, Vorontsovsky, Tagansky and several other parks.

The most colourful ice disco will be held at the Bauman Garden. For women, the admittance to the ice skating rink will be free all day. At 8 pm, the Cinema Rink will screen Heartbreakers directed by David Mirkin. Women will also enjoy free ice skating at the Hermitage Garden.

On 8 March, Fili Park will host the traditional Flower Race, which will kick off in the park’s main walkway at 1 pm. All men are invited to take part in the three-kilometre-long marathon. At the start, they will get a flower bouquet that they later will be able to give to any woman in the park. No preliminary registration is required.

Tagansky Park will start celebrations at noon. A French-style party will be held for women there. Yong singers will perform French songs on the main square, and mimes will welcome guests and give women flowers. Everybody will be able to take part in free workshops where they will learn how to dance the quadrille. There will also be a photo zone with the most famous symbol of Paris, the Eiffel Tower.

Gorky Park will organise free walking tours. The 14 Love Stories tour will begin at noon. It will be dedicated to romantic legends and love stories that took place in the area of today’s park. At 2 pm, visitors will be able to join in entertaining fun Cherchez la Femme quest. Participants will solve puzzles and answer questions related to famous people who enjoyed walks in the park. At 4 pm, a tour Women’s Duels, Balls and Games in the Neskuchny Garden will kick off. The guide will talk about a variety of entertaining subjects, such as the occasions when women took to weapons to sort things out and how the nobility entertained. Preliminary registration at the park’s website is required to join the quest or tours.

Izmailovsky Park will launch thousands of phosphorescent balloons in the sky at 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm. In addition, there will be a fair on the central square, where visitors will be able to buy gifts, and a food court. Musicians will perform popular love songs.

The Shakespeare Spring will be held at Perovsky Park. The Dlina Dykhaniya band will present their signature programme The Golden Age of Poetry. Everybody will be able to participate in a workshop on postcard making. A special animated programme will be prepared for children.

Where to celebrate:

— Gorky Park (10 am – 10 pm)

— Zaryadye Park (2 pm – 9 pm)

— Izmailovsky Park (noon – 8 pm)

— Hermitage Garden (2 pm –5 pm)

— Tagansky Park (noon – 3 pm)

— Perovsky Park (noon –2 pm)

— Babushkinsky Park (2 pm – 6 pm)

— Mitino Landscape Park (2 pm – 6 pm)

— Severnoye Tushino Park (4 pm –7 pm)

— Father Frost’s Moscow Estate (noon – 5 pm)

— Kuzminki Park (6 pm – 7.30 pm)

— Krasnaya Presnya Park (3 pm – 5 pm)

— Lianozovsky Park (1 pm –5 pm)

— Bauman Garden (6 pm – 10 pm)

— Sokolniki Park (3.30 pm – 7.30 pm)

— Fili Park (1 pm –4 pm)

— Park Pobedy on Poklonnaya Gora (1 pm –5 pm)

— Vorontsovsky Park (2 pm –6 pm).

Moscow museums have a special surprise in store for International Women’s Day. On 8 March, admittance to several museums will be free for women: those who live in Moscow will be able to visit the Tretyakov Gallery, the Military Uniform Museum, the Rosizo State Museum and Exhibition Centre, the State Museum of Oriental Art, the Russian National Music Museum, the Museum of Cinema and the Museum of Applied and Folk Art. Women can also go to the State History Museum and the Museum of Victory for free.

Moscow streets have already been decorated with festive spring posters on billboards, bust stops and advertising stands.