Festivals, concerts and dance flash mobs: City Day celebrations in 30 parks

Festivals, concerts and dance flash mobs: City Day celebrations in 30 parks
7 and 8 September, citizens will have celebrations in Gorky Park, the Hermitage Garden, Zaryadye, Sokolniki, the Vorontsovo Estate, Izmailovsky Park and other recreation areas.

The City Day programme has been prepared by 30 parks of the Moscow Department of Culture. According to Deputy Moscow Mayor Natalya Sergunina, on 7 and 8 September, visitors will be offered free concerts, performances, flash mob dances, sports games and master classes.

“Cultural, educational and sporting events dedicated to Moscow’s 872nd anniversary will take place in all districts, with festive programs running in 30 Moscow parks. Visit a theatre festival in the Hermitage Garden, a volunteer festival in Sokolniki, concerts in Zaryadye, Izmailovsky Park, Victory Park,” said Natalya Sergunina.

Gorky Park, the Hermitage Garden, Zaryadye, Sokolniki, the Vorontsovo Estate, Izmailovsky Park and other recreation areas invite everyone to celebrate Moscow’s 872nd anniversary. See the celebrations detailed schedule on the parks' websites.

Attend the theatre festival

7 September, theatre lovers should go to the Hermitage Garden to the seventh big open-air festival Theatre March. Throughout the day, 11:00 am till 10:45 pm, the audience will be offered performances by 14 Moscow theatres. Admission is free.

For poetry fans, the Pushkin Theatre has prepared a programme 'You Cannot but Invent Love', where theatre actors will read out poems by contemporary poets. The Taganka Theatre will present a concert version of the production by Maxim Didenko 'Run, Alice, Run', this year's Golden Mask Award winner. The Moscow Ballet Theatre will show 'Kreutzer Sonata' by the Canadian choreographer Robert Binet, as well as the children's programme 'Dance Designer' with fragments of the ballet 'Thumbelina' and a master class.

The Orchestra of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre will perform 'Tales of Pushkin'. The musicians will play pieces by Mikhail Glinka, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Anatoly Lyadov. Bbetween the performances, Tinto Brass Band will perform popular jazz compositions, world classics, waltzes, marches, Soviet and children's songs in unusual arrangements.

Become a volunteer and make an unusual hat

7 and 8 September, Sokolniki Park will host the Soul Moscow festival, where citizens will meet with representatives of non-profit organizations that help large families and people with disabilities, conduct creative classes for children, protect animals and take care of the environment. Visitors to the park will learn how to volunteer and listen to lectures on charity.

The Hat Parade to run on 7 September 01:00 pm till 02:00 pm in Sokolniki Park will be the weekend's highlight. Its participants will demonstrate original hats decorated with the Moscow coat of arms and images of Moscow’s attractions. You can apply for the parade on Sokolniki Park's website.

On 8 September (01:00 pm till 01:40 pm), a procession of revived paintings 'Old Moscow' is planned in Sokolniki. Actors in costumes of different epochs will go from the central entrance through Fontannaya Square to Festivalnaya Square carrying landscapes of old and modern Moscow in their hands. Thanks to precisely selected images, the parade participants will seem to be a continuation of the paintings. At the end of the procession, visitors to the park will have an opportunity to listen to informative lectures on the history of places depicted in canvases.

Listen to classical music, rock and cover band performances

During the two festive days, there will be dozens of music concerts in the city parks. 7 September, pieces by Mozart, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Puccini will be performed by artists of the Bolshoi Theatre, the State Academic Mariinsky Theatre and the Helikon Opera Theatre in Zaryadye's amphitheatre. Also, the festival guests will hear performances by the Yaroslavl Academic Symphony Orchestra and the Sveshnikov State Academic Russian Choir.

8 September, guests can attend the polyform performance Carmen by Pavel Kaplevich, a theatrical artist and producer, Merited Artist, winner of the Golden Mask Award. Moreover, this day Zaryadye will host performances by actors from the Alterium street theatre, the choreographic collective Elite-S, the musical groups Stereo Drive, Monkey Folk and the Moscow Male Chamber Choir led by Merited Artist of Russia Valery Rybin.

Visit rock concerts on 7 and 8 September in Izmailovsky Park. On Alleya Bolshogo Kruga, Sergey Galanin, Diana Arbenina and Olga Kormukhina will play their hits. Alexander Buinov, Dmitry Malikov, Yulia Kovalchuk, Egor Krid and the Marseille group will sing for the guests of Khodynskoye Pole Park on festive weekends. In Mitino Landscape Park, one can listen to the songs by Kristina Orbakaite, Vladimir Presnyakov, Misha Marvin and Gradusy. In Park Pobedy on Poklonnaya Gora, the citizens will be offered a big concert programme featuring Tamara Gverdtsiteli, Mark Tishman, Anita Tsoi, Denis Klyaver, Katya Lel, Yulia Kovalchuk, Jasmine, Diana Garipova, Ruslan Alekhno and many others.

7 and 8 September, the Lilac Garden stage will host a concert by cover bands Na stile, Lyudi Mix, StereoDrive, SugarTwist and Cub cover band. Ellyas, Eliza’s band (jazz) and Malbick (indie-rock) will also perform their original songs. In Perovsky Park, Mechanika and Forward Motion bands will perform on the stage. Banditz (cover band) will headline the concert in Kuzminki Park.

Make an origami Russian flag and dance twist

7 September 01:30 pm till 02:30 pm, a master class to make a modular origami Flag of Russia will take place on the main stage in Fili Park. Participants will use white, blue and red sheets to connect these modules, putting them into each other. At 04:10 pm, the main stage will host a dance flash mob to the songs "Come on Russia" and "All Moscow is on fire."

This day, you can join the collective dance in the park on Angarskaya Street. The flash mob will begin at 05:00 pm in the amphitheatre located between the Big and Small Angarskiye Ponds. Everyone will dance a twist to the song 'The Best City on Earth' performed by Jean Tatlian.

The City Day in the parks

The City Day events will take place on hundreds of venues in all districts of the city, with performances, ballets, concerts, and master classes to be held.

The festival will be opened on 7 September at VDNKh. The central venue will be Tverskaya Street, traditionally pedestrianised on this day. The City Day will be centred around the 80th VDNKh anniversary. There will be four VDNKh-themed sites e arranged in Tverskaya Street covering 40,000 sq m.

There will be 8 sports sites arranged during the festivities in Tverskaya Street — a 35m swimming pool for SUP surfing, an 8m climbing wall, a parkour site, a skate park, a BMX and kickbike zone, a zip-line and highline routes, a freestyle slalom (figure roller-skating) rollerdrome. The sporting shows and classes will be running from morning till late at night.

City Day visitors can also enjoy 30 free tours of Moscow, with some of them about VDNKh's history. From 15 August to 6 September, the citizens will have a chance to have a guided tour of VDNKh, Moscow parks, old palaces and estates, and historical streets of Moscow.