Good Deeds Holiday: The Easter Gift festival to be held at many Moscow venues

Good Deeds Holiday: The Easter Gift festival to be held at many Moscow venues
This year, Orthodox churches of Moscow will support the festival for the first time. Some of them organise free-admission concerts of male choirs.

The Easter Gift, an annual spring festival, will be held in Moscow from 25 April to 5 May. Entertainment and charity events are scheduled at 250 venues across Moscow.

Eventful programmes will entertain guests at 14 city venues on Tverskaya Square, Revolyutsii Square, Tverskoy Boulevard and other city districts, with puppet and musical performances, folk and spiritual music concerts, creative and craft workshops and much more.

The Easter Gift venues will be open 11:00 am till 09:00 pm on weekdays and 10:00 am till 10:00 pm on weekends. During the festival, you may donate money and give presents to people in need, and learn about activities of current charitable foundations and help them.

"This year, Easter Gift venues will also be opened on the grounds of a number of Moscow churches, with male choir performances. In addition, the festival will host a series of charity and volunteer Spring Week of Good Deeds campaigns. Volunteers will arrange more than a hundred events in different districts of the city for people with disabilities and those who need help. The Good Deeds Week will comprise insightful quests, exhibitions and tours, sports activities and open-air games. Volunteers will be offered to donate blood, visit orphans and elderly people, do many other good and useful things," reported Festival's Steering Committee.

On Tverskaya Square, animators will invite everyone to dance and play outdoor games during the Easter Gift festivities. Visitors are free to take part in floral gifts and Easter treats workshops in pavilions. In Klimentovsky Pereulok, festival guests will be introduced to the centuries-old history of Russian goldwork, delight at hand-made gold embroidery, watch the process and even participate in it.

On Revolyutsii Square, the House of Creativity will open for children to learn to make pape-art Easter eggs and play games, like the Egg Roll. Players run Easter eggs down a hill so that they remain on the field of play while knocking out other players’ Easter eggs. You may play culbuto here as well ― move a table to get a ball into the hole.

Profsoyuznaya Street will offer to play KerPlunk. You have to remove the straws from the tube while trying to minimize the number of marbles that fall. Lavka Vkusa chalet in Profsoyuznaya Street will host cooking classes. The programme includes cooking ginger and cinnamon bread, cherry dessert and marzipan sweets.

If you want to make a four-legged friend, visit Tverskoy Boulevard venues to take one shelter cat or dog for free. There will be two dog-training grounds in the Boulevard. At the School of Training, experienced dog handlers will tell about pet psychology and how to take care of them. At the Grooming School near the Kliment Timiryazev Monument, you will have an opportunity to have your four-legged pet haircut done or let it visit the Pet Spa Centre. You only need to register for it.

In Zelenograd, on the Yunosti Square, a cooking school will open during the festivities. You will learn an old oatmeal porridge recipe. School students will make an apple pie and Easter curd pudding with raisins. In the evenings, you may listen to a choir performance here. In Mitinskaya Street, you will learn to make wooden crafts and weave baskets for Easter cakes.

In Orekhovy Boulevard, the Easter Station will open for children to make Easter Bunny using building sets. A gaming zone in the Boulevard will offer to play tetherball ― players take turns hitting a ball with a tennis racket to wind it around the poll.

"Traditionally, visitors may buy some festive food at all festival venues, Easter curd puddings and traditional Easter cakes of any size and shape, various souvenirs, handicrafts and home decorations. As last year, five percent of sales will go to charity,'' added Festival Steering Committee.

Easter Gift festival venues

More information about the festival is coming soon on the Moscow Seasons website.

The Easter Gift festival has been held in Moscow every spring since 2014. It starts on the Easter Eve and lasts for the whole week following the holiday. Last year, over 4.7 million people visited festival venues.