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Poetic battles, Neneh Cherry and fireworks: Plus plenty more to enjoy at the Gorky Park 90th anniversary festival

Poetic battles, Neneh Cherry and fireworks: Plus plenty more to enjoy at the Gorky Park 90th anniversary festival

The anniversary will be celebrated between 25 August and 2 September.

Over 150 events have been prepared for people in Moscow as part of the festival dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Gorky Park. The programme includes audio performances, shows, films, lessons at a circus school, lectures plus a charity flashmob.

Artists will create remarkable art installations right in front of the spectators. Those who enjoy water will be able to literally walk across the Moskva River on a 1,690-metre-long pedestrian pontoon bridge that will be built especially for the anniversary.

The events will be held at several venues: Golitsynsky Pond, Pushkinskaya Embankment, the lace summerhouse, the observatory, Pioneer summer cinema, the Garage museum of modern art, the green school and also the square near the central fountain.

Each festival day will be dedicated to one theme: children, art, kindness, sports, theatre, music and knowledge. Each day has a headliner and what’s more everything is free.

Breakdance battle and 29 kinds of swings

On the opening day, 25 August, Liquid Theatre will perform at noon. A chamber orchestra will play on the lane near the observatory, and the Linden poetic parlour will open in the summerhouse. Festival-goers will be able to take part in a breakdance battle on Pushkinskaya Embankment or watch how masters dance. The main event of the day will be held at 8.30 pm on the Golitsynsky Pond. Visitors will see the premiere of a multimedia show on the park’s history. It will be shown on an illuminated pontoon in the form of the figure 90. Spectators will also be able to get on the pontoon. Bolshoi Theatre soloist Anna Aglatova will be a special guest at the event.

On 26 August, children’s day, the Salyut venue will open in the park. It is the largest public playground in Russia. Young visitors will be the first to try out 29 kinds of swings, send a toy boat sailing along channels or dig up a dinosaur in an enormous sandpit. The playground is located near the main entrance to Gorky Park, next to Pioneer Pond.

Festival-goers will be able to have a family picnic in the green school, to paint in the open air near the observatory or party at the disco for young jedis held in the summerhouse. A special lecture for mothers and fathers will be dedicated to a child’s emotional intellect and conspicuous consumption. Experts of the Liza Alert search organisation will give their recommendations on what to do and where to go if a relative or friend goes. The celebration will conclude with a concert given by participants of the Voice: Children show (6 pm, near the observatory).

Lectures, meditation and flashmob

On art day, 27 August, the park will be the place to go for the Meta-Moscow performance. A series of lectures will be held in the Pioneer summer cinema hall. In addition to this, the Garage museum of modern art has prepared a special programme that includes sessions of group meditation held as part of the Unlimited Hearing exhibition and Tatiana Bortnik’s lecture on how to relax and begin to understand modern art.

28 August will be the day of kindness in the park. Charity foundations and organisations will open themed zones. Visitors will be able to enjoy a show from the Uppsala Circus social and cultural project. Each festival-goer will have a chance to take part in a charity flashmob.

From yoga to theatre performances and DJ sets

On sports day, 29 August, it will be time for a little exercise for those who so desire. Functional training, yoga classes and marathons will be organised there as well as lectures on Tao Tsigun and sports journalism. In addition to this, the programme includes lessons at a circus school and gymnastics with twices Olympic uneven bars champion Aliya Mustafina.

On 30 August, theatre day, festival-goers will see shows by Theatre.doc, Tvorcheskoye Obyedineniye 9 and the Gogol School Theatre Lab as well as hear lectures or join a discussion on modern art with Head of the V-A-C Fund Tereza Mavika, General Director of the State Tretyakov Gallery Zelfira Tregulova, Head of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts Marina Loshak and Director of the Garage Museum of Modern Art Anton Belov.

Participants of the Derevo project will be the headliners on that day. Their show, “Midnight Balance,” will be held near Pioneer Pond.

Music day (31 August) will include shows by the BadOrchestra NeoSymphony Orchestra, workshops and a concert of the ADMI*Lab musical lab for children and parents as well as DJ sets, lectures in the Pioneer summer cinema hall and a night concert by pianist and composer Pyotr Aidu.

The history of circus art and fireworks

On 1 September, Russia marks Knowledge Day. Gorky Park will also be joining in the celebrations. On this day, there will be numerous themed discussions on offer, starting from how to memorise foreign words to the history of circus art. The Pioneer summer cinema hall will also host lectures on education and a story of how the Gorky Park: Factory of Happy People exhibition in the Moscow Museum of Modern Art has been created.

In addition to this, the 30 Edges of Movement festival will be held on Pushkinskaya Embankment as part of the Artmossphere Biennale, where movement symbolises continuous development and the active way of life. Festival- goers will be able to acquaint themselves with the culture of hip hop, graffiti jam, DJ sets, rap battles, breakdance battles or take part in workshops on graffiti, street dances plus beatboxing.

The last festival day, 2 September, will unite music, sports, children and art. Visitors will be able to take part in a long race. Children who will participate in the workshops held in the green school will learn how to make ice-cream. And Katya Bochavar will speak about the modern art in the Pioneer summer cinema hall. Live music will be played the whole day on a big stage in the fountain bowl on the central square. Headliners include Swedish singer Neneh Cherry and Luna. Musya Totibadze, On-The-Go and Soul Surfers bands will also perform. The celebration will conclude with a magnificent display of fireworks.