30.04.2011 – 09.05.2011
These days Moscow is anticipating one of the most significant day in the history of Russia, the day of Victory. 9th May is widely celebrated all over our country. Parades, concerts, veterans' greetings are held all over, though probably the grandest ones take place in the capital.
The main event on this day is the parade on Red Square. Each year it is unique. It gathers many foreign guests and delegations, the heads of different countries. As a result, common people, mainly Muscovites, can not witness it on the main square of our country. Only those who have invitations (mainly veterans, their relatives and vips) can observe this spectacle from the stands on Red Square. However, you can be lucky to see rehearsals before these celebrations if you happen to be on your Moscow tour in late April and the beginning of May.
The history of military parades on Red Square dates back to the Soviet epoque. The first military parade on the major square of the Soviet capital was held on 1st May. Accepted by Lenin, it demonstrated the power and mightiness of the Soviet state. During the years of WWII parades were terminated for a while. In November 1941 its participants went straight to the front since the city was practically besieged. On 24 June 1945 the glory of Soviet arms was demonstrated to the whole world in the first Victory parade on Red Square. The order to hold the parade was signed by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, Armed Forces of the USSR, Josef Stalin.
On the rainy day, 24 June, 1941 Marshals Georgy Zhukov and Konstantin Rokossovsky rode through the parade ground on white and black stallions. The fact is commemorated by the equestrian statue of Zhukov in front of the State Historical Museum, on Manege Square. The General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, stood atop of Lenin's Mausoleum and watched the parade. The legend says that Stalin actually intended to lead the parade riding Zhukov's white stallion but the horse bolted in the manege because of Stalin's lack of riding skills. Even when the Soviet leader grabbed the mane, he eventually fell to the ground. After that, he just spat and said "Let Zhukov take the parade. He's an old cavalryman".
However, Victory Day celebrations were cancelled by Stalin in 1947. This tradition was returned only in 1965 to commemorate 20th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War termination.
After the collapse of the USSR, parades were not held from 1991-1994. In 1995 on the occasion of 50th anniversary samples of military equipment were displayed at Poklonnaya Gora and columns of veterans marched on Red Square. In Post-Soviet Russia each parade has been unique. There have been numerous changes in terms of scale and participants. This year it will not be that grandiose as the previous one when the 65 anniversary of the end of WWII was celebrated, however, not less spectacular. The dress rehearsal will be held on 7th May at 10 a.m.
Moscow Current Events
28.09.2017 — 14.01.2018
Someone 1917 exhibition
The New Tretyakov Gallery presents a new exhibition devoted to 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution. At the exhibition you’ll see 1917 year through the eyes of the Russian artists including Grigoriev, Kustodiev, Nesterov, Petrov-Vodkin, Kandinsky, Malevich and others.
19.09.2017 — 18.01.2018
The 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art
The 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art has recently opened in Moscow.The main project of the Biennale will take place in New Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val and will last for four months for the first time in the history of the Moscow Biennale.
Moscow in miniature
Would you like to see the central part of the largest city model that will enter the Guinness Book of World Records? You have an excellent chance to do it till the end of 2015 in All-Russia Exhibition Centre VDNKh. We belive that an architecture model of Moscow (Moscow in miniature) performed at a scale of 1:400 is really worth seeing.
Russian Impressionism Museum
Art-buffs are welcome to visit the Russian Impressionism Museum, which opened its doors in Moscow on the 28th of May. The exhibition hall is located on the grounds of the former “Bolshevik” confectionery factory grounds.
Robostation in VDNH
If you are interested in everything connected with robots you should certainly attend one of the most curious interactive museum called Robostation, situated in All-Russia Exhibition Centre VDNH. Here visitors of all ages have a great chance to get acquainted with modern robots, take part in different activities, enjoy technopark, chemistry show and show of dancing robots.
Archive Of Moscow Events:
23.09.2017 — 27.09.2017
Circle of light 2017
Did you know that last year the Circle of light festival was included in the Guinness Book of Records? This annual event features multimedia and musical shows, light and laser installations, audio-visual performances and more. This is a unique project that allows everyone to reveal the familiar face of Moscow in a new light. The admission is free.
22.09.2017 — 08.10.2017
Golden Autumn Festival 2017
Welcome to Golden Autumn Festival! Try delicious food from various regions of Russia, participate in cooking master classes, watch culinary shows and concerts and enjoy the beautiful decoration of Moscow streets and squares.
09.09.2017 — 10.09.2017
Theater events during Moscow City Day
If you love theatre you’ll surely find lots of interesting events during Moscow City Day Celebrations. Gorky Park will host the festival of street theatres from France, Italy and Spain while the Hermitage Garden on will surprise the visitors with a 12 hours open-air theater marathon.
01.09.2017 — 10.09.2017
Moscow anniversary festival 2017
Did you know that in 2017 Moscow celebrates is 870th anniversary? We invite you to join a festival from September 1 – 10 devoted to this glorious event and enjoy various concerts, performances, competitions, master classes and interactive games. The main events will be held on Tverskaya and Arbat streets, on Manezhnaya, Tverskaya and on the Revolution Squares.
26.08.2017 — 03.09.2017
Spasskaya Tower 2017 International Military Music Festival
"Spasskaya Tower" International Military Music Festival will traditionally take place on Red Square at the end of summer season. This year the festival will be held for the tenth time. The event is rightfully considered the largest international cultural project in Russia.
20.07.2017 — 06.08.2017
Moscow summer. Flower jam festival 2017
"Moscow summer. Flower Jam " festival gives an excellent opportunity to spend a weekend in the fresh air. The sweet tooth will enjoy confectionery shows, master classes and competitions. The best landscape architects, designers and florists of Russia and other countries will turn Moscow into a "City of Flowers"