31/08/2009, 15:44

Izmailovo hotel invites the guests to visit events of the City Day Celebrations. Most of the capital's estate parks have prepared programmes for the entire weekend. For instance, the opera art centre at Izmailovo estate park is to host a performance of the opera "The Tsar's Bride" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov on September 5 at 7 pm.

Happy birthday, Moscow!



Vladimir Kozlov

About 3.5 million people are expected to attend the City Day celebrations this weekend, and organisers are sure they won't be disappointed. First deputy mayor Lyudmila Shvetsova told reporters at a news conference last week that although the celebrations' budget was cut due to the economic crisis, the events will still be as "large-scale" as they've been the last few years.

The programme announced on the Moscow city government's web site features several hundred events, and while most of them will be small local happenings or official ceremonies, such as openings of new kindergartens, schools and clinics, there will be quite a number of high-profile attractions.

The celebrations kick off on Tverskaya Ploshchad opposite City Hall on Saturday at noon with a ceremony followed by a concert featuring, among others, several military orchestras that are coming to Moscow to take part in the Spasskaya Bashnya contest, which is to be held on Red Square from September 5 to 10. Dance groups are also on the bill.

Those attending the ceremony will be able to quickly switch from a solemn military mood to something fun by walking a few hundred meters towards the hotel Metropol, in front of which the 17th international waiters' race begins at 1 pm. Waiters carrying trays full of dishes will be competing for a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

Right after that, you can choose between several concerts scheduled to begin simultaneously at 2 pm in central Moscow, on Lubyanskaya,  Pushkinskaya and Teatralnaya squares. The lineup for the latter two was unconfirmed at press time, but among the artists scheduled to perform on Lubyanka are pop bands whose heyday was in the 1980s and 1990s, such as Blestyashchiye, Samotsvety, Bely Oryol and Bozhya Korovka. The show, prepared by the Dacha FM station, is also to feature break dancers and "extreme biking".

The POKLONeniye festival of classical and jazz music, which is to begin at 1 pm at Poklonnaya Gora, is to feature the Moscow male chamber choir. An alternative for fans of Russian folk music will be the festival "Igrai, garmon," featuring performers playing a Russian variant of a button accordion, which is to be held on September 5 in front of the Zodchiye Culture House, starting from 3 pm.

Those who are more interested in horses than music might want to attend the equestrian show "Vivat, stolitsa!" which is to begin at 5:30 pm at Vlakhernskoye-Kuzminki estate park.

The first day of celebrations is to climax with fireworks at Vasilyevsky Spusk near Red Square and at Poklonnaya Gora.

Celebrations continue on Sunday with a concert titled - a little too pompously - "Moscow is the best city on earth". Still, the show, which is to begin at 4 pm at the Hermitage Garden, is to feature some exotic acts, such as monks from the Shaolin monastery and the orchestra of the Supreme Military Headquarters of India.

On Sunday, Poklonnaya Gora becomes the venue of a brass orchestra festival, with concerts scheduled to run from noon to 3 pm.

Most of the capital's estate parks have prepared programmes for the entire weekend. For instance, the opera art centre at Izmailovo estate park is to host a performance of the opera "The Tsar's Bride" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov on September 5 at 7 pm.

Another treat for opera fans will be the concert "Great Voices in the Kremlin" on the Kremlin's Cathedral Square, featuring Anna Netrebko, Paata Burchuladze, Olga Borodina and Sergei Skorokhodov, who will be accompanied by the Russian national orchestra conducted by Mikhail Plyetnev. The show is to begin at 8 pm.

The Kolomenskoye estate park is to host free guided tours of its territory on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm. There will also be free guided tours of the Durasov Palace in Lyublino, Golovinsky Garden at Lefortovo and Tsar's Palace at Izmailovo. Theatrical programs will run from 11 am at Tsaritsyno estate park.

The international street art festival "Otkrytoe Nebo" ("Open Sky") runs on Saturday and Sunday at Arbat and Bolotnaya Ploshchad.

And the winners of the 7th international youth circus contest, which runs for four days starting from September 3, are to be announced at a ceremony at the Old Moscow Circus on Sunday.


Cathedral Square, Kremlin, m. Alexandrovsky Sad

Durasov Palace, Lyublino estate park, m. Lyublino

Golovinsky Garden, Lefortovo estate park, m. Baumanskaya

Hermitage Garden, 3 Karetny Ryad, m. Mayakovskaya

Izmailovo estate park, 2, Gorodok imeni Baumana, building 14, m. Partizanskaya

Poklonnaya Gora, m. Park Pobedy

Tsaritsyno estate park, m. Tsaritsyno

Vlakhernskoye-Kuzminki estate park, 6 Topolevaya Alleya, m. Kuzminki

Zodchiye Culture House, 23 Partizanskaya Ul., m. Molodyozhnaya

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