Nikolin Day festivities to be held in Moscow

Nikolin Day festivities to be held in Moscow
Manezhnaya Square is to transform into a sea pier, and Tverskaya Square is to have Sail of Hope installed.

From 17 to 19 May, Moscow will for the first time host the Nikolin Day, a festival of arts, named after St. Nicholas and initiated by charitable foundations. Nine venues are to open in Moscow centre and Kolomenskoye Museum Reserve. They will be open on 17 May 11:00 am till 09:00 pm, on 18 May and 19 May 10:00 am till 08:00 pm.

Guests will enjoy bright theatrical plays, street performances, shows of popular Russian and foreign artists - Mgzavrebi, OQJAV, Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra, Uma2rman, Elka and others. The best food producers of the Far East, Yakutia, Murmansk, Astrakhan and the Black Sea coast will bring their fish and seafood to the festival.

Ship of Gifts and cooking school

Since St. Nicholas is the patron saint of seafarers and travellers, the Manezhnaya Square will turn into a sea pier during festivities. It will feature Ship of Gifts. Guests will have an opportunity to sign good wishes cards, send them to the ship and get similar cards in response from other visitors, as well as exchange gifts made at the festival's workshops. Besides, various flash mobs will take place.

Boats and small children's attractions with 'sea' games will be installed at the Revolyutsii Square and a cooking school opened to cook  meals after old Russian recipes. A creative workshop will launch to practice ebru sea painting and making sea knots panel picture.

Participants of insightful and entertaining theatrical 'Actable Recital' project will stage performances of 'Pettson Goes –°amping' based on Sven Nordqvist book and 'Responsible Child' based on Vera Polozkova children's poetry. Besides, Russian OQJAV indie pop group, opera and pop singer Dmitry Yankovsky and other popular artists will perform at Revolyutsii Square.

Pump track, white boat and  standup paddleboarding

A pump track and a skate park are to be installed in the passage from Manezhnaya Square to Revolyutsii Square. Professional athletes will show bicycle, scooter and skateboard stunts, experienced coaches will conduct workshops. Actors of Sketches in Space original theatre will present an improvised street performance featuring sea travels.

To learn more about St. Nicholas wonderworks and famous ships named after him, visit an unusual White Ship objet d'art in Klimentovsky Pereulok. In a chalet nearby, young festival guests will learn to make marine-pattern kaleidoscopes.

Tverskoi Boulevard grounds will provide an opportunity to experience balancing on a special disk, play petanque, work out on a stationary rower and try stand-up paddle classes. This site will also host a colourful theatrical procession featuring a giant fish, a jellyfish and white ships. Famous Pakava It' street band musicians will participate in the parade. Everyone is invited to join the procession.

Sailing School and Sail of Hope

Tverskaya Square will turn into an underwater kingdom with corals, shells and algae. Sail of Hope objet d'art will be installed here. It will have magnets on you may take away in exchange for a donation to charitable funds. In addition, Tverskaya Square will house a children's Sailing School. Children are to learn about different types of sailing boats, their history and equipment, find out how to manage sails, make sea knots, use a compass and a marine signal system. Relax and play with your children in the fountain area.

On 18 May and 19 May, the festival will be held in Kolomenskoye Museum Reserve.  Guests will enjoy performances of the world-famous street theatres. Oposito Theatre (France) will stage their Kori Kori play. Liquid Theatre, the winner of the Golden Mask National Theatre Award in the 'Experiment' category, will present an avant-garde production. Actors of the AXE Engineering Theatre (St. Petersburg) in collaboration with the Kana theatre (Poland) will show a 'Gap Filling' street performance.