Open Summer Festivals in Moscow

The first month of summer may have already passed, but there is still time to discover and enjoy Moscow’s varied cultural programme. This year, public spaces and parks have prepared a flower festival, a brass band festival, open theatre rehearsals, and a Russian cuisine festival.

Open Summer Festivals in Moscow

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Flower Jam

Flower Jam, a competition-festival of urban landscape design, will take place in Moscow from June 20th to September 8th.

This is the third of these festivals, and last year, its topic was Bright Colours. This year’s concept is continually blooming gardens, and the topic of the competition is ‘Moscow’s Summer Gardens’.

The professional competition is taking place at 50 venues. Eight of them have been created by globally renowned landscape architects and are located in parks and on central squares.

This year, the competition received 260 applications, with 42 of them making it to the finals. This means that 42 gardens by designers from nine countries – Georgia, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, Russia, Slovakia, Uruguay, France and Finland – burst into bloom around Moscow on June 20.

The locations include a square in front of Krasnaya Presnya metro station (Italian designer Lorenza Bartolazzi); Muzeon Arts Park (Maggie Wu from China, Alejandro O'Neil from Uruguay, and Kairi Meos from Finland); Rozhdestvenka Ulitsa (Heidi Hannus from Finland); and VDNH (Adele Sironi from Italy).

The winners of the competition will be announced in early September.

Open Theatre Rehearsals

Visitors to Moscow’s parks are invited to attend rehearsals by some of the capital’s leading theatres. The performances will last from 1 to 1.5 hours, with some of them even using stage sets and costumes. The project takes place from June 11 to August 22, and is part of the Year of Theatre in Russia.

Schedule of Rehearsals

June 28, Bauman Garden, Petrushka by Moscow Puppet Theatre;

June 30, Muzeon Arts Park, Shutniki (Jokers; by Alexander Ostrovsky’s play) by GITIS and Leonid Heyfets’s workshop;

July 4, Pryamikov Detsky Park (Taganskaya metro station), Nashi Lyudi. Vosem Istorii O Lyubvi (Our People. Eight Stories about Love) by Sergey Aronin Theatre Space Lab;

July 6, Gorky Park, Pushkin. Questions: Mozart and Salieri by Roman Viktyuk Theatre;

July 11, 50 Letiya Oktyabrya Park (Prospekt Vernadskogo metro station), Zhenitba (Marriage, by Nikolay Gogol’s play) by STUDIA.project theatre;

July 12, Izmailovsky Park, With Love to Russia by Liudmila Ryumina folklore centre;

August 22, Sokolniki Park, show by the Moscow Musical Theatre (acrobatics, choreography and drama).

More information on the performances, start times and addresses is available on the parks’ web and social media pages (in Russian), with information published shortly before the performances.

Brass Orchestra Festival at VDNH

VDNH, the huge Soviet-era exhibition and recreation space, is holding a brass band festival. The concerts will take place on Fridays in various locations around VDNH. Admission to all events is free.

June 28, 6 pm, Central Alley

Panda's Cover Gang. Special guests from Toulouse, France. Hits by renowned artists in various music styles, from rock to electronic.

July 5, 7 pm, Stone Flower Fountain

Art Music Brass band. A cover band from Moscow.

July 12, 7 pm, Friendship of Peoples Fountain

Fortuna brass band (jazz).

July 19, 7 pm, Pavilion No.1, Tsentralny

Instrumental Soul. Guests from Pabradė, Lithuania.

July 26, 7 pm, Main Entrance Arch

Vezhlivye Lyudi Brass Band. Musical experiments inspired by international pop hits.

Russian Cuisine Festival at Izmaylovo Kremlin

Russian Cuisine Festival is taking place at Izmaylovo Kremlin from June 15 to July 14. Visitors to the festival will be able to watch culinary masterpieces being created, taste a wide variety of food from Russian ethnic groups, and treat themselves to some Russian local food. This year’s festival also includes special guests from Argentina and India. Admission is free.

The festival programme includes:

Culinary programme

  • Haute cuisine (latest trends by Russian restaurant chefs);
  • Literary cuisine (meals prepared by recipes from Russian classics);
  • Home cuisine (real hosts treat their guests to their specialities);
  • Historical cuisine (researchers and collectors of recipes cook rare and forgotten dishes from ancient Russian cuisine);
  • Cuisine of Russian regions and peoples ( awide variety of authentic dishes from Russian regions);

Food court: Moscow’s biggest outdoor food court treats its visitors to Russian, contemporary and international cuisine.

Market: food and souvenirs by local Russian manufacturers.

Music and animation programme: folklore and pop music artists.

Location: Izmaylovo Kremlin. 73Zh (73Ж) Izmaylovskoe Shosse.