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Events in Moscow - March 2019

Mozart Drive at Performing Arts Centre (09.03.19)

Natalya Tupikova-Moroz’s Moscow Drive will take place at the Moscow International Performing Arts Centre. Rock adaptations of compositions by Mozart, Rossini, JS Bach, Beethoven and Piazzolla will be performed.
The concert is intended not only for those whose preference is for audio and visual performances. Sand artist Lilia Chistina (Li Chi) will also take part in the performance creating ever changing fantastic images as a backcloth for guitarist Arkady Reznik and the Melodian string quartet to play in front of.

Mozart Drive at Performing Arts Centre (09.03.19)

Moscow Art Nouveau: Creators, work, fates (03-14.03.19)

What is Moscow Art Nouveau? How is it different from other styles? What did architects want to say with their flowing façade lines, elaborate detail and bright colours? Those who take the tour Moscow Art Nouveau: Creators, work, fates will learn all the answers.
Yelena Artamonova will guide tours along side streets between Arbat and Prechistenka streets and explain how Moscow changed between the 19th and 20th centuries, what criteria were used to build Art Nouveau buildings and the destinies of those who lived on Staraya Konyushennaya Street.
The tour participants will see owls and lions by architect Lev Kekushev and learn what Dame from Elche and Yakunchikova Estate have in common, where the sad Lorelei watches people, and which building was the first example of Art Nouveau design in Moscow.
Meeting point: Kropotkinskaya metro station (Gogolevsky Boulevard exit). Participation is free but preliminary registration is required.

Moscow Art Nouveau: Creators, work, fates (03-14.03.19)

Winter’s Last Dream festival (08.03.19)

The Moscow Museum will celebrate International Women’s Day and Maslenitsa (Pre-Lent Week) with the Winter’s Last Dream festival. Guests will have an opportunity to walk through a Maslenitza maze, visit an architectural workshop, taste pancakes with different fillings and have a cup of warm tea from a samovar. One of the buildings will host a lecture on the interesting traditions of Maslenitsa. The Love Bazar Design Market will be also open.

For the whole family
Kids will be able will make a labyrinth from hay in the museum’s courtyard and will be able to create an art piece from osier rods devoted to the Maslenitza Week. There will also be a workshop where visitors can make clown’s masks and wigs. All guests will be welcome to take part in games and dances. The famous children’s bank “Kladets” will perform folk songs. The Learned Bear folklore theatre will present a play “Maslenitza Week” that is based on the motifs of Russian coloured woodcuts. Live music will be played. Children will be able to perform their own play, learn many interesting facts about Maslenitsa games, and paint or sculpt their own vision of Maslenitsa.

Love Bazar Design Market
Over a hundred workshops will present goods for the whole family: designed clothes, costume jewelry, accessories, interior and décor pieces, as well as toys and books. At a florist, guests will have an opportunity to buy a bouquet but also to take part in workshops. Actors from children’s theatres will perform at the festival. They will also present a science show and a bubble show. Guests will be able to paint wooden figurines and make dolls and averters in the Russian folk style. A special beauty corner will be open in honor of International Women’s Day. It will offer festive hair styles and makeup. Hair stylists will help women create a new image in one of the many small shops in the Design Market. They will also tell visitors about eutrophy and a healthy life style. It will be possible to take beautiful selfies in a special photo zone with backdrops. The authors of the best photos will be awarded with gifts.

Lectures on history
Historians from Moscow Museum affiliates will tell visitors about the traditions of Maslenitsa in Russia and abroad.
At 3.30 pm, Head of Old English, Alexander Sotin, will tell guests about games played in Moscow before the Peter the Great era. At 4.15 pm Head of Education at the Museum of Archaeology Alexander Afanasyev will start his lecture on ancient Russian musical instruments. Head of Education of the Lefortovo Museum of History Dmitry Bezyev will begin his lecture “Maslenitsa, German Style” at 5.10 pm. Guests will learn about the traditions of the Pancake Week in Russia, carnivals in Europe and farewell-to-winter traditions in Russia and Germany.
At 6 pm Sergei Shpakovsky, a book critic and co-author of the series, Walks with Gilyarovsky, will give a talk on Maslenitsa in books and stories at the Gilyarovsky Centre.

All events are free.

Winter’s Last Dream festival (08.03.19)

Julio Iglesias, Jr. at Moscow International Performing Arts Centre (07.03.19)

As part of his Timeless Tour, Julio Iglesias, Jr. will give a one off concert in Moscow at the Moscow International Performing Arts Centre. It was the release of his single and album, Under My Eyes, that threw Julio Iglesias, Jr. into his musical career in the late 1990s. This was followed by Теrсеrа Dimension in 2003, which topped the Latin American charts. To date, the singer has recorded four albums. His last recording was produced in 2014 jointly with the group Latin Lovers.

Julio Iglesias, Jr. at Moscow International Performing Arts Centre (07.03.19)

Chastushka battles and blini fair: Maslenitsa at VDNKh (01-10.03.19)

From 1 to 10 March, VDNKh will be the place to target for daily open-air events during the Maslenitsa festival. All venues will be located near the main-entrance arch, on Central Alley, in front of Pavilion No 57 and also close by to the entrance to Ostankino Park.

Eating chestnut blini and singing Chastushki

Folk groups will perform on Central Alley and people will get a chance to get involved in round dancing. Anyone taking part in Chastushka battles will have to try their luck while performing these witty musical quatrains.

The traditional Maslenitsa fair will become the main culinary event at VDNKh. Twenty brightly lit chalets will welcome foodies in front of Pavilion No 57, with their exquisitely crafted signature blini prepared from oatmeal, chestnut, buckwheat and wheat flour with a choice of masses of various delicious fillings, including king crab, duck and cowberry jam, French pate or fresh berries and whipped cream. Free cups of hot will be handed out. Theatrical companies will perform folklore plays and scenes from Russian fairy tales and epic sagas. Outdoor cravers will be able to join in the traditional Maslenitsa fun and games, including the tug-of-war and skipping with a giant rope.

A specially equipped fair pavilion will have ongoing workshops throughout the entire festival. On 8 March, people will be able to learn how to make wreaths and custom-made ornaments using flowers and bright ribbons and how to paint Matryoshka dolls. From 9 to 10 March, people will be offered a chance to try their luck at painting wooden toys and making felt hats. City Farm, Robot Station and other exhibition residents are also expected to hold free workshops and no prior registration will be required.

Round dancing and folk rhythms

The Raketa skating rink has prepared a special musical programme for visitors. On 8 March, ice dancing will be offered from 6 pm until 11 pm. The punk band Cheese People that frequents so many music festivals and often performs abroad will open the event. Erika Lundmoen, a Russian-speaking performer from Norway who combines soul, folk and hip-hop, will then take to the stage.

On 9 March at 6.15 pm, the Raketa skating rink will be the venue for a disco involving young but already famous performers, including the Komsomolsk band from Moscow. The ironic lyrics of their songs are inspired by online memes and news. A festive firework display, scheduled for 7.57 pm, will be followed by the Oligarkh band from St Petersburg whose electronic music blends nicely with folk songs, Tchaikovsky works and Russian rap.

Also on the same day, the skating rink will have festive costumed gatherings. A huge crowd will dance around a model of the Vostok launch vehicle. People will require tickets to enter the skating rink but there will also be concerts, dancing and contests with prizes.

Chastushka battles and blini fair: Maslenitsa at VDNKh (01-10.03.19)

Grand Prix de Russie: World Snowboard Tour Stage in Moscow (02.03.19)

Moscow will host the Big Air event as part of the World Snowboard Tour Grand Prix de Russie for the sixth time. More than 30 of the best boarders from Russia, the United States and Europe will take part in the tournament.

The participants are to include competitors from the Olympic Games, winners of world championships, World Cups, and X-Games including Antoine Truchon (Canada), Carlos Gerber (Switzerland), Sebastien Konijnenberg (France), Mathias Weissenbacher (Austria) and many others. Russia will be represented by participants in the 2019 Krasnoyarsk Winter Universiade: Vladislav Khadarin, Anton Mamayev, Dmitry Loginov, Alexander Smelov and other snowboarders.

The competitions will be held on 2 March at the Vorobyovy Gory Sports and Tourist Complex with a ramp assembled especially for the event.

Grand Prix de Russie will also have an entertainment programme featuring a performance by Noize MС. Fans can enter the spectator area from Vorobyovskaya Embankment not far from the Vorobyovy Gory metro station or by cableway.

Grand Prix de Russie is one of the most spectacular competitions in extreme sports. A Big Air snowboarder gathers speed down the ramp and jumps, performing tricks in the air. To make the jump long and spectacular but also safe the stunts have to be carefully calculated.

Competitions programme:
— 7 pm: opening ceremony
— 7.15 pm: performance by Noize MС
— 7.30 — 8.20 pm: snowboard competitions (finals)
— 8.20 — 8.30 pm: awards ceremony

Grand Prix de Russie: World Snowboard Tour Stage in Moscow (02.03.19)

Beijing Palace Museum exhibits on display in Moscow (15.03.19 - 30.05.19)

On 15 March, the Treasures from the Palace Museum: The Flourishing of China in the 18th Century will open at the Moscow Kremlin Museums. The exhibition with exhibits on display from Beijing will be placed at the Exhibition Halls of the Patriarch’s Palace and the Assumption Belfry and will become part of the cultural exchange project between Russia and China. This also includes the Moscow Kremlin Museum’s Russian Court Ceremony exhibition that will be held at the Palace Museum (Gugong).
The display will be dedicated to court ceremonial in the Qing period, such as the luxurious enthronement, the most important and solemn ritual in China of that period. Ten emperors from the Qing dynasty were enthroned at the imperial palace of the Purple Forbidden City. This explains the richness of the exhibits relating to the enthronement at the Palace Museum.
Visitors will be able to see over 100 exhibits, including symbols of power, ceremonial attire of emperors and empresses, decorations, portraits, paintings and calligraphy as well as documents and gifts from the Qianlong Emperor to his mother.

Beijing Palace Museum exhibits on display in Moscow (15.03.19 - 30.05.19)

Ninja show and cosplay: Japanese culture festival (30-31.03.19)

On 30 and 31 March, VDNKh will host the annual festival of Japanese culture in Russia, Hinode Power Japan.
Visitors will learn about the customs of the Land of the Rising Sun, listen to modern Japanese music, watch athletic performances, learn about new video games and recall anime characters.
The programme includes a national selection from the World Cosplay Summit, performances, lively shows and workshops. Chefs from the best restaurants in Moscow and Japan will surprise the guests with culinary masterpieces over two days.

Ninja show and cosplay: Japanese culture festival (30-31.03.19)