Moscow traditionally celebrates its founding in the early September. In 2019, the city celebrates its 872th birthday.
On the Moscow City Day 2019 numerous events will take place throughout city.
The theme of the festive programme of the Moscow City Day 2019 is ‘VDNKh: Past, Present, Future’. The square in front of VDNKh’s central entrance arch and the Central Alley will host art objects and face-in-hole boards with popular toys of different times.
VDNKh (the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy) is the largest exposition, museum and recreational complex in the world, one of the most popular public spaces of the capital city of Russia. Each year, it is visited by about 25 million people.
7 and 8 September, VDNKh will celebrate the City Day with a lot of events prepared for visitors of all ages: master classes, quizzes, concerts, performances, and a food festival.
Lighting show, the largest scale dancing class and gala concert
7 September at 11:00 am, the Moscow Mock-Up pavilion will host the musical lighting show ‘The Best City on Earth’. At 03:00 pm, the Astana Opera will perform on the venue in front of Pavilion No. 11.
At 06:20 pm, Industrial Square is to be a venue to set a world record of the biggest dance class. For half an hour, visitors will learn movements guided by Vitaly Surma, European Ballroom Dance Vice-Champion. And at 07:00 pm, the stage between Pavilion No. 1 Central and the Friendship of Peoples fountain will host a gala concert to open the Day of Kazakhstan.
Besides, Industrial Square will host the final gala concert of the Rhythm of My City festival. The programme includes performances by the competition finalists and the awarding ceremony.
Four themed venues dedicated to symbols and epochs in the history of VDNKh are to open in Tverskaya and Okhotny Ryad streets — ‘Birth of the Legend’, ‘Revival Programme’, ‘Meeting Place’ and ‘New Era’
During the celebration of the Moscow City Day 2019, Tverskaya and adjacent streets, Mokhovaya and Okhotny Ryad, will be pedestrianised. On 7 and 8 September, they will have four themed sites open, each dedicated to the symbols and epochs in the history of VDNKh. Art objects related to the chief exhibition of Russia will be installed here, with an insightful program to be held. Besides, there will be four themed lounge areas arranged in the heart of Moscow.
The ‘Birth of the Legend’ venue will be located at 8/1 Tverskaya Street.
It will have a Spikes lounge zone reminiscent of the Friendship of Peoples and the Golden Spike fountains. Chrysanthemums, pyramidal poplars and cereal plants will grow on the area covering 96 sq m. The venue will also have columns and benches, similar to those mounted at VDNKh in the mid-20th century.
On the City Day, 7 and 8 September, museums of the Moscow Department of Culture will offer free admission. Celebrations, concerts and exhibitions will be held at 80 venues. The special programme for Moscow’s 872nd anniversary includes walking excursions, performances, lectures and master classes.
Moscow museums for free
Festive fireworks will flash out over Moscow honouring its 872nd anniversary, with golden, silver, red, blue, green, and purple fires lighting the night sky. There will be more than 70,000 firework shots around the city. Bright performances will start on 7 September, Saturday, at 21:00. They will be seen from virtually anywhere in the city.
This year, fireworks will be launched at 33 sites in all Moscow districts. Most of them are in the city parks. For instance, the fireworks show will be staged in the Hermitage Garden, in Kuzminki, Khodynskoe Pole, Sokolniki, Vorontsovsky and Tagansky Parks.
City Day fireworks shooting spots:
— Kuzminki Park (two sites near the Industrial Museum);
— Altufyevo Estate (a site near the Altufyevo Pond);
— Sokolniki Park (‘Hyde Park’);
— Hermitage Garden;
— Sadovniki Park (Fontannaya Square);
— Vorontsovsky Park (central glade);
— recreation zone Krasnogvardeyskiye Ponds (Nizhny Krasnogvardeisky Pond);
— Tagansky Park (next to the workout zone);
— Lilac Garden (8–12 Shchyolkovskoye Shosse);
— Bauman Garden (tennis court);
— Izmailovsky Park (the isle in the centre of Round Pond);
— Babushkinsky Park (glade next to the rental point);
— Lianozovsky Park (northern entrance);
— 50-Letiya Oktyabrya Park (Family Square);
— Gorky Park (Pushkin Embankment);
— Perovsky Park (next to Kupavensky Pond);
— Northern Tushino Park (riverbank at the chapel);
— Goncharovsky Park (site behind the main stage);
— Angarskiye Ponds Park (near Maly Angarsky Pond);
— Moskva River, opposite Luzhniki;
— Moskva River, near Zaryadye Park;
— Pobedy Park on Poklonnaya Gora (Partisan Alley);
— Novo-Peredelkino (18 Fedosyino St., pond waterside);
— Moskva River area, opposite 31 Guryanov St.;
— Khodynskoe Pole Park (1 Khodynsky blvd.);
— Izmailovo Estate (Bauman Village);
— VDNKh (Michurinsky Garden);
— Mitino Landscape Park (5 Roslovka St.);
— Severnoye Butovo (corner of Akademika Glushko St. and Dmitry Donskoy blvd.);
— Moskovsky, near the sports centre Moskovsky (projected drive No. 5562);
— Troitsk (Fizicheskaya St., near fire station No. 42);
— Zelenograd (4/2 Ozernaya Alley).