To the park, everyone!
This summer promises to break every record in the book in terms of the number of concerts, festivals, and other cultural events in the city’s parks.
Have you noticed how much more beautiful Moscow has become in the past few years? How the streets, avenues, and squares have changed? Or how much better the city’s parks are? It’s no wonder they’re hosting so many cultural events, especially in the summer, when the weather is nice.
Fans of the ballet are in for a real surprise in July. On July 25-27, the Bolshoi Theatre is showing a ballet by the famous Saint Petersburg director Boris Eifman – “The Pygmalion Effect,” to the music of Johann Strauss II. Boris Eifman has been bringing his ballets to Moscow for seven years now as part of the Cherry Orchard Festival. The world premiere of “The Pygmalion Effect” took place in St. Petersburg in the beginning of February. Now it’s Moscow’s turn.
On July 12-14, Gorky Park will be holding the international music festival Park Live. The show will feature performances by famous artists such as the British rock band “Bring Me the Horizon,” the American pop-punk band “SWMRS,” and many others.
On July 26 and 27, the Hermitage Garden will be expecting guests for a chess and jazz festival. Top grandmasters from different countries will be giving lessons at the “How to chess well” school. And on July 27, two-time Grammy winner Gregory Porter will perform for chess players: the world-famous 47-year-old musician from California will masterfully mix jazz, blues, soul and even pop.
This summer marks the 80th anniversary of VDNKh. The exhibition was opened on August 1, 1939. VDNKh is located on a huge plot of land: the total area of the complex amounts to over 317 hectares. It has 49 cultural heritage monuments, including the People’s Friendship and Stone Flower fountains, which re-opened this year after undergoing restoration. The anniversary cel-
ebration will take place in several stages and will include many events. From June to September, VDNKh will host the Fifth Brass Orchestra Festival – spectacular open-air performances by Russian and foreign brass orchestras. On July 30, two exhibitions will open at the Worker and Kolkhoz Woman pavilion. An exhibition organized jointly with the Ulyanovsk Regional Art Museum will feature more than 90 works of fine, decorative and applied art from the end of the 18th century to the 1970s from the museum funds. The second project is a large-scale photo exhibition from the VDNKh photo library and archives of Moscow museums. Photos will be devoted to architecture, visitors and guests, individual events and the daily life of the country’s most important exhibition space. Until September 29, pavilion No. 16 (“Hydrometeorology”) has another exhibition dedicated to VDNKh’s anniversary – “VDNKh in Fashion. 1939–2019” from the collection of fashion historian Alexander Vasilyev. This is a retrospective of men’s and women’s clothing over the past 80 years, covering periods such as the Stalin era, the Khrushchev thaw, the Brezhnev stagnation, perestroika, the wild 90s and the beginning of the 21st century. One of the exhibits is a Soviet school uniform for girls – a brown dress with white cuffs and a collar, a white apron and a red tie. Vasilyev admitted to our correspondent at the opening of the exhibition that, although the uniform for girls is easy to find today, finding a boys’ uniform from the 70s-80s is much more difficult.
The four-day celebration program of VDNKh’s anniversary will take place on August 1-4. There will be a gala concert at the Central Avenue, special concerts at the Green Theater, as well as an extraordinary ballet production and gastronomic festival. Fireworks will serve as the grand finale of the first day of the festival.
And another open-air event on August 3, this time at Kolomenskoye. Afisha Picnic is one of the largest open-air festivals in Moscow. This year, it will feature a performance by the British cult classic The Cure. There will also be an appearance by the popular russian rapper Basta and many other artists.
On August 2-4, Krasnaya Presnya Park is hosting Days of Indonesia. The program for visitors includes yoga, martial arts, fashion shows and hand painting, and Indonesian massage. The main stage will feature exciting and varied performances by artists from all over Indonesia. The athletic field will be home to workshops on Penchak Silat (a type of martial arts) and traditional Indonesian dance. Guests can learn how to make decorations, draw mandalas, paint paper umbrellas, create patterns on fabric with fused wax, and decorate ceramic items.
On August 9-11, the Festival of Indian Culture will take place at the famous Sokolniki Park, which has become the go-to site for Days of India celebrations in the Russian capital. Have you ever dreamed of going to India? Of seeing its diverse, centuries-old culture? Now you can do it in Moscow! The organizer of the Days of India is the Indian National Cultural Center SITA with partner support from the Embassy of India in Russia, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Government of Moscow. By the way, last year the Days of India festival in Moscow was visited by 1.2 million people!
On August 10, the famous French singer ZAZ will be the headliner of the International Music Festival ZAVTRA at the Green Theater of Gorky Park. The program also includes a performance by the famous Russian rock band Mumiy Troll.
On August 17-18, Brateevsky Cascade Park will be holding the traditional festival of fireworks. During the day, theatrical performances will be played out on the site, and by the evening musical performers will appear on the stage. But the main event of the festival, of course, is the fireworks show! Teams from different countries take part in it. This year, the shock team will be opened by the last year’s winning team from Slovakia. Then, each of the eight participants will present their program, which includes a brief 2-minute intro and a pyrotechnic show for 8 minutes.
This summer, several concerts of world stars are also expected in Moscow.
The first solo concert in Russia by Christina Aguilera will take place on July 23. One of the most successful singers of her generation and the winner of 5 Grammy awards who sold more than 75 million albums worldwide has announced the first European tour in 13 years! The show at the VTB Arena stadium is one of her stops on this tour.
On July 29, 60,000 people at Luzhniki Stadium will see one of the most spectacular shows of our time performed by the group Rammstein. The excitement and interest in the upcoming event has not subsided since it was announced! This may also be the case because the Russian press has long followed the personal life of the soloist of the collective Till Lindemann. It’s rumored that he had a romance with the star of Russian show business singer Svetlana Loboda. The couple met two years ago at a festival in Baku, and photo correspondents were then able to get very juicy shots indicating that the friendship turned into a romance. And after nine months, Svetlana gave birth to a daughter named Tilda and has yet to disclose the name of the father for her. In October of last year, when Loboda unexpectedly ended up at the Botkin hospital for an emergency operation to remove a kidney stone, Lindemann immediately rushed to Moscow. After being discharged, the couple went to the restaurant to chat over a quiet and peaceful dinner. Soon, Svetlana’s oldest daughter Eva came to visit her mother. The youngest – six-month-old Tilda – remained under the supervision of a nanny. Photo correspondents were able to capture the touching footage of Loboda and the lead singer of Rammstein having dinner. Practically the whole evening, Svetlana’s older daughter sat on Lindemann’s lap, and Till and Svetlana left the restaurant holding hands. So Lindemann fans will look forward to the continuation of this story: will the 36-year-old Loboda appear at the concerts of their 56-year-old idol?
In Moscow, the incomparable Jennifer Lopez, one of the most popular female singers and actresses of our time, will perform on August 4. She will be 50 years old on July 24, and she’s in great shape! The star will celebrate her anniversary with Russian fans in a big way! The pop diva performed in Moscow 7 years ago, and is now returning to Russia with a show called “It’s My Party” at the VTB Arena.
In the fall, there are many events waiting for theater fans with the beginning of another theatre season. The spotlight is on the
the Vakhtangov Theater, which has had a new director since September 2018. The new director, Yuri Butusov, decided to kick things off with Henrik Ibsen. The Butusov era of the theater is starting with “Peer Gynt,” the premiere of which is scheduled for September 11-12.
Then, on September 14-16, there are premieres at the State Theater of Nations. One of the top French directors, Stéphane Braunschweig, is going to be showing Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” with a cast featuring Russian television and theatre stars: Elizaveta Boyarskaya, Julia Peresild and artistic director of the State Theater of Nations Yevgeny Mironov. Braunschweig has worked with Chekhov’s plays before. In 1992, for example, he put the Cherry Orchard on the stage of the Odeon Theater in Paris.
On October 1, the State Kremlin Palace will be hosting a unique concert featuring the international opera legend José Carreras. The outstanding Spanish tenor is 72 years old, but he is still in great shape. He will perform his best opera roles, and it will undoubtedly be an unforgettable evening for fans of his talent.
Another international star, 49-year-old Lara Fabian, will present her new songs on October 7 at Crocus City Hall. The singer, known for her radiant smile and strong voice recognized by millions of fans, is ready to once again show the Moscow public the full power of her lyric soprano.