All about Moscow
Coming up throughout February in Moscow, Winter in Russia’s capital never was so entertaining. Visitors will find a remarkable variety of seasonal and traditional events and attractions to enjoy during this month. Here’s a few from the iconic bucket list, and some unexpected ones too.
Gorky Park: Where the Magic Happens
No Winter trip to Moscow could ever seem complete without at least being a spectator at the Skating Rink at Gorky Park. One of the symbols of the season in Moscow, the bright, impressive, and beautiful spectacle here is amazing. For 2016, the theme is “Imagine!”, a colorful light spectacle young and old will never forget. There’s a children#s rink, plenty of skate rentals, and a ton of food spots to refuel. DJ’s also perform, and if you can’t skate, don’t worry, instructors can’t wait to show you how Moscow moves on ice. The rink operates until February 29th.
Aivazovsky and Marinistes (art exhibition)
This exhibition presents the significant works of renowned artist, Ivan Aivazovsky. A multimedia and immersive exhibition, the event organizers have enhanced the magic of these artworks via a vivid projection system, using huge screens and accompanied by gripping sound effects. The exhibition runs through February 28th at Lumiere Brothers Gallery , Bolotnaya emb. 3, bld.1, Moscow.
Pristine Russia: Nature Fest
The 3rd rendition of the Primitive Russia Fest is focused on the mighty Volga River, Russia’s symbol of freedom, strength, and wild spirit. Scientists and organizers have compiled a stunning revelation about this fantastic river for onlookers. Exhibition visitors get to explore the fast natural beauty of this amazing ecosystem. 20 specialists from different fields including; naturalists, geologists, cultural experts, cameramen, photographers and artists created collectively a presentation that is visually stunning. Twenty-four hours a day, in any weather, without interruption for a second, professional video cameras on Board recorded the life of the river and all that was happening on the Volga. The end result is a capture in time, one of the world’s great river systems. Masters classes and special children’s programs are also in store. For more information contact the organizers via the links provided, or visit: Moscow, Central,The Artist’s House, Krimsky Val, 10.
Lingerie and Swim Expo Moscow
For a little unexpected fashion, if you are in town February 23rd through 26th, you may want to take in the Mode Lingerie and Swim Moscow trade show. The event features this year’s trendiest swim and lingerie fashions and offers from local swimwear industry professionals. Organized for boutiques, regional chains, and distributors, the show features mid to high priced fashion. The event will feature 104 brands from 18 countries. For more information please visit the official website of CPM here.
Anna Dvorzhetskaya (Faye), Yanina Sokolovskaya (Alice). “Flowers for Algernon”
Flowers for Algernon
The classic by Daniel Keyes is on the bill at the Russian Academic Youth Theatre. The science fiction masterpiece comes to life on the big stage at one of Moscow’s finest, if somewhat more obscure theaters. Director Yury Grymov had this to say about “Flowers”: “A Sensory experience in the field of human relations, this story is not related to science. I walked away from that saw it as alive and human, it is absolutely biblical, all about the people and totally out of time“. So too your visit to Moscow can be a bit “out of time” by checking out the lesser touristic venues. For tickets or more information on this or other plays At the Russian Academic Youth Theatre, please visit their website.
Moscow can be easily described as the outdoor ice skating rink capital of the world, considering that there are hundreds of such venues scattered around the city. In fact, ice skating is a favorite winter pastime for the Muscovites. And, because there are so many rinks at every turn, it is hard to list them all. Instead, we would like to recommend some of our favorites, where you can skate for free, or for a symbolic fee. Don’t worry if you haven’t brought your skates with you: most of these rinks have rental facilities, where you will find what you need, at affordable prices.
Beginning with the iconic Gorky Park, to peaceful retreats like Catherine Park, Moscow will satisfy both pros and amateurs with its extensive offer of rinks. At Gorky Park you will find the most popular outdoor ice rink in Moscow, and one of the largest in Europe. It is also one of the most beautiful you will ever see, with enough room to skate for hours. This year the ice rink was divided into four zones: for adults, children, dancing and hockey. You can even skate on the paths of the park. Hot tea and snacks are available at several vendors and cafes. Plus: there’s also free live entertainment. Although you have to pay an entrance fee to skate here, you will certainly enjoy the atmosphere. On the downside, if you don’t enjoy large tourist crowds, this is probably not the place for you.
Tagansky Park converted its soccer (football) field into an ice rink this season. The positive aspect about this rink is that children under 6 years can skate free of charge. This is mainly a family rink, with many young skating aficionados on the ice, and parents watching them carefully from the stands that surround the rink.
Sokolniki Park has an excellent ice rink: but when the weather is too warm, this remains closed. However, there is an indoor eco-skating rink with artificial ice you can use if the outdoor rink is not available. There are also 12 ski runs this year in the park, so there’s plenty to do for lovers of winter sports.
At the VDNKh trade show and amusement park you will find the main ice rink of Russia, and the largest in Europe. They have an impressive light effects show under the ice every evening, and offer figure skating classes, an ice rink for children, a hokey rink and many other surprises.
The Bauman Garden in Moscow is already famous for its architectural lighting design, which also enhances the ice rink this year. Bring your children to experience the magic of Christmas every day here. There’s also a cafe selling hot beverages and snacks by the rink.
The Hermitage Garden has two fabulous outdoor ice rinks, one with natural ice and one with artificial ice. Beginners can practice assisted by skating mobile units shaped like teddy bears and penguins. This is another place where you can attend figure skating classes.
The Chistye Prudy pond is an ice rink too, with two skating zones for children and adults, and one for hokey. It’s free to skate here, and the atmosphere is quiet, very different from the popular central, touristy rinks.
Finally, the ice rink at Catherine Park (B.Ekaterininskaya, d. 27) is the most spartan rink in Moscow: if you like peace and quiet, far from the crowds, this is the place for you. The ice surface is excellent, and what’s best… there’s no cover charge.
It’s that time of the year again, the cheerful season when cold cannot stop children from dreaming, and adults from becoming children. Winter has its magic, especially when the Christmas light glitter over streets and parks, and beautiful, colorful ornaments set up a special mood. You are not just waiting for Christmas: you are Christmas.
No one can stay indifferent at the pretty sights all around, especially not in Moscow, where lights and cheer fill up the air from the opening of the Winter season, till its end. Some parks put on their seasonal coats as early as November 13, others are about to open. It is a special time: outdoor ice rinks are taken by the crowds, the smell of warm pastries envelops the air, and children play, making the dull skies appear bright.
Gorky Park was the first to open its gates to the Snow Queen, followed by Sokolniki on November 14. Here fans of Winter sports will also find a ski track, which will be available even if the thermometer rises above zero. The track is located on the second clearing of radiation, its length is 1 kilometer. More fun things to do in the park include laser biathlon at the pond, sled rides, fun snowmobile sliding and more things for children and adults alike.
At the Krasnaya Presnya exhibition center you can learn figure skating. In the Northern Tushino Park of Culture and Leisure you can do snowboarding, and if you are in the mood for a thrill, you can play paintball below zero in the Krasnaya Presnya park.
Finally, don’t miss the magic on Poklonnaya Hill, where the Victory Park will become a fascinating city of ice. And after a day of fun in Moscow, come back to Mamaison, for a rewarding gourmet dinner at Meat & More, or for a pampering spa treatment at Spa by Algotherm.
It’s cold in Moscow in November, albeit not as cold as December and the following months of the Winter. Nevertheless, the month is charming, filled with fun activities and entertainment. This is also the time to shop for Christmas gifts early in markets and shops around the city, as there are many great deals, and special offers that you shouldn’t miss.
This weekend, don’t miss ArtFlection, the art fair that gathers more than 100 craftsmen, presenting and selling a wide range of things, with interesting designs and consistently high quality: fashionable clothes, topical decorations and accessories, home furnishings, kitchenware and more. There will also be many creative workshops if you want to learn from the best of these masters of the crafts. The fair is free, and takes place at DI Telegraph from October 31st, till the 1st of November.
For fans of horror, scary mystery and adventure, the Art Center “Red October” is a must this month: they have a grand festival of fear that will last until New Year’s Eve, but their exhibition №6 will be devoted to Halloween – and lasts from today, till November 4, 2015.
The night from 3 to 4 in November is dedicated to art: Night of the Arts is a festival attended by more than 270 cultural institutions, including museums, galleries, libraries, theaters and concert halls, which stay open late at night, allowing you to attend interesting cultural programs, with free entrance.
For a “Midwinter Night’s Dream” go to the Art Park “Museon,” which will turn into a fantastic country, inhabited by magical characters, albeit just for the day. A presentation of carnival masks, colorful costumes and buffoonery are just some of the exciting activities taking place on November 21st! Young visitors will build a snow fort, play games and watch puppetry shows. Free admission!
The DUNYASHA! Market festival takes place at the Artplay Design Center on the 21st and 22nd of November: the program includes gourmet culinary master classes, a beauty-corner, performance artists, and a lot to buy. This is a great opportunity to update your wardrobe with stylish clothes and jewelry. The market also sells ceramics and other objects of home decor. Call +7 (925) 909-17-99 for details.
Don’t miss the Food Show at the exhibition center “Sokolniki”, which brings together some of the most popular restaurants in Moscow. All guests of the festival will witness a new culinary record. Last year, it was a giant Christmas toy. This year… prepare for a surprise. The festival takes place from 27 to 29 November.
Fall is a true celebration in Moscow, the perfect time of the year, when nature gets a coat of happy colors, and the city celebrates the harvest of the summer. Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka offers discounts of up to 15% on its “Colours of Autumn” package, offer only available on the official Mamaison website. So, if you want to celebrate the Fall in Mosocow, stay at Pokrovka, for authentic Russian hospitality, in luxury and style.
Ignore the gray, grim weather: the heart of the city can also be discovered inside, protected against the banality of the day to day life by opulent, colorful interiors, cozy cushions, and brilliant luminaries. Take Pokrovka, for example: here, the psychedelic decor of Meat & More restaurant gives away the essence of what’s about to be served: exclusive culinary creations, contemporary and imaginative, tantalizing, challenging, just as creative gastronomy should be. This is not your classical Russian restaurant, although some of the dishes follow the local tradition to the last ingredient. Meat & More is designed to bring the world on a silver platter, and as such, it is the perfect destination to celebrate the most significant moments in your life.
The hotel itself, a lair of VIPs and international celebrities, opens its spaces with a beguiling collision of art and decor, free of design flaws, posh, and incomparable. No wonder that the world renowned Spa by Algotherm set its Moscow headquarters here. Can you imagine a more glamorous experience than a day of pamper in sophisticated and zen settings?
And if you want to adventure outside, visit the historic “Apothecary Garden,” which was founded by Peter I in 1706, for a breathtaking world of flowers, which make the true Colors of Autumn. You will find the garden at the Botanical Garden of the Moscow State University. The annual festival “Colors of Autumn” here begun on the 5th of September, but will last till the 11th of October: you still have time to enjoy it.
Thousands of asters, dahlias, chrysanthemums, hydrangeas, ornamental cabbage, alongside hundreds of species of trees and shrubs, color the garden with the most diverse and bright autumnal hues. The first half of October is probably the most beautiful, and the best, time of year in the garden, at the peak of the “Golden Autumn.”
Coming in October to the stage at the Rossiya Theater in October, Singing In the Rain is a story all about the dizzying successes who became legend. This stage adaptation of the 1952 movie of the same name, is an inspiring story of famous Hollywood actors who graced the silver screen in the heyday of motion pictures.
Set in Hollywood of the 1930’s, back when silent films were all the rage, Singing In the Rain is about the onset of sound in film, and the wonderment audiences were inspired by. The lead characters, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont, transport the audience today into a world where entertainment truly took on a dynamism “unheard of” before. The comic tension of Lockwood, putting up with the narcissism and lack of musical talent of his silent film partner, is the catharsis everyone indentifies with. As for the revived production of this Broadway hit, the 12 tons of water dumped onto the stage at each performance is showers talented singers and dancers magically.
One of the stars of the famous film version, award-winning actress Debbie Reynolds had this to say about the stage production in Moscow:
“The news that Russia will put the musical “Singing in the rain”, led me to a complete delight! I’m sure that the Russian audience will appreciate and love music and humorous story! I always remember shooting the film “Singing in the rain” with great pleasure!”
The new performances of Singing In the Rain begin October 4th at the New Theatre “Russia” , located in the centre of Moscow on Pushkin square, just a few moments from the front doors of Mamaison All Suites Spa Pokrovka Hotel. Tickets are on sale either online, or at several locations downtown, as well as at the theater box office.
This summer, Moscow is as lively and active as you already know it, and welcomes you with a wealth of attractions, activities and events. The end of July brings together professional tattooists from Russia and abroad, as well as people who want to get a tattoo, or are just interested in this kind of art. The event, called Moscow Tattoo Week, takes place at the trade fair complex “Tishinka,” from July 24 to July 26. The main objective of the event is the popularization of high-quality tattoos, and to educate the public in understanding that tattooing is a safe art, and not an antisocial dangerous current.
Still about art, but this time surrounded by pristine nature, and a three hours drive from Moscow, the festival of landscape objects “Archstoyanie” takes place in the Kaluga region for the 10th time this year, in Zvizzhi. Participants in this year’s edition, include Nickolay Polissky (Russia), Sergey Choban (Russia), Alexey Kozyr (Russia), Antje Schiffers (Germany) and Traxce (France). Zvizzhi will be enhanced with ecological sculptures by the aforementioned artists, in a unique project, which offers a new approach to the development of territories, and represents the idea of interaction with the landscape via creative practice and contemporary art.
Go to Sokolniki on July 19th for the first vegan and vegetarian festival of the year. The program includes a lot of tasty and healthy food, lectures on nutrition and presentations for the “vegan” products in the city: from vegetables to clothes. There will also be a market, with natural organic products, cosmetics, and spices. The most famous brands will present environmental packaging, kitchen appliances, clothing and everything you need to live a healthy lifestyle, for vegans, raw foodists and any responsible persons who care about their health and the environment.
There’s also a “zombie race” on July 19th at Izmailovo Park: staring at 15:00, hundreds of people will gather for a race of 5 km. Some, dressed like zombies, will attempt to catch those runners who decide to compete in a more traditional attire. To take part in the zombie race, you need to register on the official website. At the stage of registration, you will be able to choose which camp to join – the remnants of humanity, or the crowd of bloodthirsty zombies.
At Muzeon, on the embankment of the Moscow River, on July 18, you can attend the More Amore festival, where the beach will be lively with street musicians and laughter, and the area will be enhanced with sun loungers, water pools, and cafes. Here you can also enjoy a delicious meal, update your wardrobe for the summer, visit the design market, and participate in a variety of workshops for all ages.
Finally, from July 18 to 19, in the Artplay Design Center courtyard you can visit the “DUNYASHA! Market” festival, with free refreshments, a food court with delicious gourmet treats, magic and dreams. At the market you can buy brand clothes, shoes, jewelry, toys and even food. Over 100 brands and designers will participate, all selling their goods at fair, reasonable prices, better than what you can find in stores. Children and adults alike will have the opportunity to partake in interesting workshops that teach how to create wonderful attic toys; how to decorate the body with patterns of henna; how to paint gingerbread; and much more. See the following link for details.
Moscow is as exciting for active travelers, as it is for those in love with her history and outstanding architectural landmarks. Posh and beautiful, the city has countless attractions to explore: parks of lush green; lanes lined up with high end stores, where fashion comes from the best brands of the world; chic cafes and restaurants that rival the fines dining venues of Europe; and entertainment places like no other. For visitors who enjoy staying fit, there’s a lot to discover in Moscow.
Starting at the Luzhniki Olympic Complex, Roller Family is an indoor skating rink, where adults and children alike can roll around for hours. There’s also a roller-skating school for those who are serious about this sport.
Ice skating is an all-seasons sport in Russia. At the Megasport Palace of Sports in Khodynka Field you can skate every weeknd, indoors. There’s no problem if you don’t own a pair of ice skates: there are rentals available at the rink.
The Adult Games karting club is an exciting open track, for 8 carts. There’s also a karting school here, and a café to relax after the race. You’ll find this club at Stadium «Nauka».
Another top attraction for locals and tourists alike is the Kva-Kva Park. It is a water park, with many attractions for young and old, and with a spa complex, featuring four saunas, spa pools, Turkish bath and a cooling zone. They also offer pampering services for your body: hammam rituals, wraps, exfoliation, and massages.
Bitsa is an equestrian center and sports complex on Balaclava Avenue. It is a venue of huge proportions, famous for its equestrian competitions. But it also offers horse riding lessons, and if you are not into horseback riding, you can always come here for swimming, basketball and other active pursuits. Their archery classes are highly recommended, and popular: you will need to book in advance, by calling 8-916-574-40-68.
And after so many activities, return to your Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka Moscow for a calming and relaxing spa treatment at Spa by Algotherm. The spa is an urban oasis, with excellent natural algotherapy treatments for face and body, thalassotherapy, hammam, Russian sauna, and even a Moroccan Rhassoul steam room, alongside 8 treatment rooms and other facilities. There’s nothing more rewarding after an active day in the city.
There are many interesting things to see and do in Moscow, some never mentioned by travel guides, others less prominent, but all revealing of what this beautiful city truly has to offer. If you want to experience with the joie de vivre of the locals, here are some attractions that you shouldn’t miss.
Bunker-42 “Бункер-42 на Таганке” is a 600-meter-long network of tunnels 65 meters deep underground, converted into an exciting interactive museum, with permanent exhibitions, revealing what Soviet live underground used to be like. You will see Soviet radio stations, suits for chemical protection, gas masks, a Geiger counter, Soviet posters and more. Activities include theme tours, laser tag, strike ball, children’s activities, and more. There’s even a Russian restaurant in the bunker, serving local cuisine, paired with Italian and French wines.
Club Labyrinth, where you will also find the Kvesty Deadrooms, in central Moscow (Kutuzovsky Prospekt 12) is a fascinating place if you like archery and other shooting sports. Here, you can even learn how to throw knives and axes, like a pro. They also offer laser tag, shooting and archery competitions on regular basis, and space for team building corporate events. The Kvesty Deadrooms here will put you face to face with the horrors of Mr. Krasovsky, in a daring game inspired by the 2005 novel Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk. You’ll have to escape the basement of Mr. Krasovsky by finding clues and solving puzzles, in under a hour.
Another fascinating Moscow attraction is the Museum of Soviet Slot Machines (on Baumanskaya st. 11) with nostalgic Soviet gaming machines: this is a hands-on experience, as the machines are available to play.
Moscow is one of the most exciting destinations in the world, especially if you love art. There are hundreds of galleries, art studios and shops to explore. Plus, local artisans love to showcase their crafts at festivals and other events. Here are some of the most popular galleries, recommended for our guests at Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka Moscow, and for city visitors.
Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery is not only one of the biggest museums of art in the country, but also one of the most interesting. It boasts over 100,000 art works, including icons, graphics, paintings and sculptures. The museum, which opened its doors boasts many masterpieces, some 1000 years old.
The Multimedia Art Museum (MAMM) at Ostozhenka St. 16 is a branch of the Moscow House of Photography. The museum features new media arts, multimedia set ups and interesting lectures, as well as educational programmes for children.
Another interesting venue for contemporary arts is CCIFabrika (ЦТИ ПRОЕКТ_FАБRИКА). Housed in a beautiful old paper factory, this venue boasts several exhibition spaces, and stages dance and theater shows, concerts, events, and art exhibitions.
Galerie Iragui came to Moscow from Paris, and it was received with great interest. Besides hosting works by French contemporary artists, the gallery also showcases art by emerging European talent, and works by famous Russian creators. This is an interesting, unique space, and can be found at 7/7-5, Malaya Polyanka Moscow.
For lovers of photographic art, Pobeda offers an interesting mix of the works from upcoming artists and established international talent. On display, there are photographs by both Russian and international photographers. You simply cannot miss this outstanding gallery, which is located at the Red Square.
RuArts is a young, experimental art venue, created to encourage the development of the young art scene in Moscow. It celebrated 10 years in 2014, and is focused on video art, photography and experimental media. It is a very interesting venue, and it can be found at 1-y Zachatyevskiy Pereulok.
Finally, one of the most interesting venues for contemporary arts is the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture at 9/45 Krymsky Val St.. The gallery showcases contemporary art from upcoming and established Russian artists, as well as occasional internationals.
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