VDNKh is celebrating its 81st anniversary on 1 and 2 August with a whole range of festive events, Deputy Mayor Natalya Sergunina said.
“The VDNKh exhibition turns 81 the first weekend of August. An exciting and crammed programme is being prepared. There’ll be such things as workshops and guided tours, sports competitions and outdoor training sessions, film shows and various performances. More than 80 festive events are expected ,” Natalya Sergunina elaborated.
The events will be divided into three sections: The Real Movement Territory, The Real Emotions Territory and The Real Knowledge Territory. Pre-registration is required for some of them. A more detailed schedule is going to be available on the VDNKh`s website, and updated a few days before the festivities.
Real Movement Territory
The venue will offer a packed programme for lovers of an active lifestyle and sports. Several sports zones will operate at VDNKh. From 11 am to 7 pm on 1 August, its Industry Square will be the place to head for to see the Moscow scooter championship. Famous athletes will compete in the Big Air event where participants will be bouncing off a large springboard and performing various tricks in the air. For football fans there’ll be a friendly match between VDNKh’s national team and the USSR veterans on the same day, from 10 am to 11 am at the Ostankino park stadium.
Also on 1 August, open air yoga classes will take place from 9.30 am to 11 am in the landscape park.
Dancing lessons on the House of Culture veranda will try and teach pupils the basic moves of modern and Latin American dances, as well as traditional dances from various countries. This will be from noon to 8 pm on both 1 and 2 August.
During those couple of days, people will get a chance to try their hand at streetball (street basketball). Classes will be held from 11 am to 8 pm at pavilion No. 64. Fans of water sports should head for the 3rd Kamensky pond for paddleboarding instructions from 11 am to 6 pm on 1 and 2 August. Explanation: Also known as Stand Up Paddle Surfing, it is a kind of surfing, only paddleboarders use a paddle to propel themselves.
Real Emotions Territory
The 3rd Kamensky pond is also worth visiting to enjoy some unusual impressions. From noon to 8 pm on 1 and 2 August it will be the venue of a performance on the water, The White Forest, given by performers from the Sketches in Space Theatre.
The Yeralash children’s comic television show has also prepared a long programme specifically for VDNKh’s anniversary. It will include acting workshops by the show’s leading director Marina Suleimanova, performances by students of the Yeralash theatre school and new episodes of productions. The event will take place at the summer cinema from 1 pm to 4 pm on 1 August.
Pavilion No. 45 is to operate as a 360Max VR-cinema during the festive weekend.
Real Knowledge Territory
Anyone who loves art and science will be offered a variety of workshops, lectures and intellectual games on 1 and 2 August.
From 2 pm to 4 pm on 1August the Park of Crafts (lecture hall in pavilion No. 47) will be the venue of a workshop “Draw your first comic book character.” The field outside the summer cinema will be the place to target for FlatLand, based on the famous Monopoly boardgame; the games will start at 11 am, at 2 pm and at 6 pm. Those wearing baseball caps will get an opportunity to colour them in a rather unusual way during an event at the chess club from 11 am to 7 pm.
Painting classes will be held at the 3rd Kamensky Pond from 11 am to 6 pm on 1 and 2 August and there’ll also be a kite-making workshop there from 11 am to 7 pm.
The Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre will show films and offer lectures on the history of Russian and international astronautics. At the Slovo Centre for Cyrillic workshops will be held in calligraphy and street art for children and teenagers. This will be at the building 230 as well as at the summer cinema.
Other interesting events are also planned. The VDNKh Museum will mark its first anniversary, and the Buran interactive museum will present an updated exhibition. Tours around the VDNKh grounds will be available and people will get a chance to take part in the activities going on at the Beekeeping Centre and to join in new projects of the young artists’ lab at the House of Culture. Lucky ones will get presented with gifts and surprises from the Robostation, the Russia is my Story historical park, the Oil Centre and also the Cinema Museum.
The country’s chief exhibition centre dates back to 1August, 1939. It has changed names several times: VSKhV, VPV, VDNKh, VVTs. During the far from easy period during the 1990s, the unique park ensemble was not maintained. In 2014, a large-scale exhibition revival programme was launched. Its initial historical name, VDNKh, was reinstated by the decision of the people in Moscow, and specialists got down to work to improve the grounds and to restore its architectural and landscape masterpieces.
Its 325 hectare-plus area is home to 49 cultural heritage sites, including historical pavilions and fountains. The restoration work of its pavilions and other facilities is still underway. There are plans to enlarge VDNKh and turn it into an even greater cultural, educational and recreational centre.
Last year, Russia’s main exhibition park turned 80 years old. More than 33 million people visited it during the great anniversary year.