Moscow City Day

Something strange is happening in Moscow. A stage designed to look like the main Moscow State University building has been erected on Lubyanskaya square. A photo exhibition dedicated to Moscow has suddenly appeared today on Tverskoy Boulevard. All over the city, parks and public squares are being converted into performance venues. There has been an awakening of love for Moscow. Have you felt it? Surely this can only mean one thing: tomorrow is Moscow City Day!

This weekend Muscovites will mark the 868th anniversary of Russia’s beloved capital city. Starting tomorrow, Moscow will be taken over by concerts, shows, parades and much more. Over 500 events have been planned to mark Moscow City Day, including 300 concerts and 80 workshops. The theme of this year’s event is “Moscow Triumphant”, a reference to the 70th anniversary of VE, as well as the 50th anniversary of Moscow being granted the title of “Hero City”.

There is so much happening this weekend that it is impossible to summarize it all in this blog. I’ve mentioned what I consider to be the highlights of the weekend. You can find out about all the events on this website, aptly named “I love Moscow”: http://ялюблюмоскву.рф/

The best ways to celebrate Moscow City Day:

1. Military Music Procession on Tverskaya

When: 10a.m., Saturday 5th September
Where: Tverskaya Ulitsa

This procession will kick off the Moscow City Day festivities tomorrow at 10am on Tverskaya Ulitsa. Orchestras participating in Moscow’s International Military Music Festival, “Spasskaya Tower”, will march along Tverskaya in order to celebrate the tradition and history of military music. This event will bring together over 1200 representatives of countries from all over the world.

2. Theatrical March in the Hermitage Garden

When: 11.00-23.00, Saturday 5th September
Where: Hermitage Garden

12 of Moscow’s best theatre companies will be performing over the course of the day on an open-air stage, including the Moscow Ballet Company and Obraztsov’s Puppet Theatre.

3. Concert on Lubyanskaya Square

When: 15.00-22.30, Saturday 5th September
Where: Lubyanskaya Ploshad’

The line-up for this concert is unreal. On a stage in the shape of MGU, hear Polina Gagarina perform her Eurovision hit “A Million Voices”, as well as Dima Bilan and John Newman. The headliner is Aerosmith so you really don’t want to miss a thing!

4. Fireworks

When: 22.30, Saturday 5th September
Where: All over the city
(find out more here http://ялюблюмоскву.рф/events/fireworks/#information)

It cannot be denied that Moscow knows how to put on a fantastic firework display. Fireworks will explode in the sky all over Moscow. I recommend that you go to the viewing platform at Sparrow Hills to get the best view, (if you’re not listening to Aerosmith of course).

5. Moscow Veloparad

When: 12.00, Sunday 6th September
Where: Starting at Zvezdnyi Boulevard

Take part in a 30km cycle from Zvezdnyi Boulevard to Krasnaya Presnya Park, taking in Moscow’s best sights. The parade ends with a massive picnic in the park. Find out rules and more information at i-bike-msk.ru

Москва, с Днем Рождения!

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