May Day at VDNKh: festivals, performances and master classes

The country’s main exhibition invites you to the program dedicated to the spring and work holidays. Thematic excursions, children’s festivals and performances, creative workshops and special campaigns will be held at VDNKh during the weekend. Demonstration performances by motorcyclists from the honorary escort of the FSO of Russia, riders from the Kremlin riding school and an exhibition of retro cars also await guests.

Thematic tours of museums

1 May at 16:00 and 18:00 is held excursions “Peace! Work! Book!” Museum “Word”. Participants will learn how scribes, monks and printers worked in different eras, what the first books in Russia were made of, how long their production took. Participation is free, by registration. At 13:00, 15:00, 17:00 in the center “Cosmonautics and Aviation” the excursion “People and Space” will coincide with the holiday. Guests will learn about amazing people who have never been outside Earth, but who have done everything to make space travel possible for others. Participants will get acquainted with the legendary development of famous designers, learn interesting facts from their lives. Free, by registration.

Educational lectures and performances

“The Word” will be held on May 1 at 2:00 p.m. in the Museum lecture concert “Who is a Russian storyteller?”. Since time immemorial, the Russian people have had storytellers, whistleblowers, songwriters and bukhtins. Who are all these people, what did they do and differ from other peasants will tell the ethnographer Alexander Matochkin. Participation by registration. May 2 at 12:00 they show here performance “The Scarlet Flower”. Tatr “Taratumb” will present everyone’s favorite story about the beauty and the beast in an unusual setting. The original puppets and scenery for the performance were created under the impression of a traditional wooden toy from the Russian North, the musical content is folklore melodies and songs performed on old instruments. Log in through registration.

May 3 at 12:00 in the pavilion “Working and Collective Farm Woman” guests await performance “Brother Rabbit VS Brother Fox” from Snarkteatern. Stories about the funny adventures of the cunning and resourceful Brer Rabbit, his friends and enemies have been turned into a real musical. Director and composer Anna Morozova has written groovy rhythmic blues songs that you’ll want to sing along with the cast over and over again. Participation by registration. At 15:00 the Slovo Museum hosts lecture “Old Russian Parables”. The founder of Zelo Center Nikolay Butskikh will talk to the participants about unusual allegorical images. Guests will try to understand the logic of medieval scribes and read original Old Russian texts. Registration via link.

On May 1, 2 and 3 from 13:00 to 16:00 at the Museum of Transport of Moscow in pavilion No. 26 “Transport of the USSR” at VDNKh will be opened a children’s workshop. The teacher helps the children create their own car models that you can take with you as a souvenir. Tickets on the link. Lectures on transport will be held at 17:00: May 1 – “The first Fords assembled in Moscow”, May 2 – “World and Soviet history of rally marathons”, May 3 – “Ray of Color on the roads of the USSR”. Participation is free, registration via the link. In addition, on May 1, from 10:00 to 21:00, on the site in front of pavilion No. 26, the Moscow Transport Museum, together with the Moskvich Club, will organize an exhibition of retro cars.

Festivals and master classes

On April 30 and May 1 at 12:00 and 15:00 in front of Pavilion no. 53 and at 13:00 and 16:00 on Industry Square there will be demonstrations by motorcyclists from the honorary escort of the FSO of Russia. They will coincide with the anniversary of the opening of the Special Purpose Garage Museum of the FSO of Russia at VDNKh. On May 1, at 12.00-18.00, the season opener takes place at the exit circle of the Center for National Equestrian Traditions. There will be demonstration performances by riders from the Kremlin Riding School, hobby horse competitions, interactive workshops on flanking, riding, pike handling, mounting a jumping hurdle, cleaning and saddling horses.

During the holiday weekend, Moskvarium opens at VDNKh Children’s Book Festival. From April 30 to May 3 from 14:00 to 20:00, young guests and their parents will get acquainted with book news, participate in creative workshops and meetings with famous authors, visit colorful shows and participate in Book Quest. The events will take place on the second floor of the Center for Oceanography and Marine Biology, participation is free. The detailed program for the festival can be found on the website. In Soyuzmultpark on May 2, from 10:00 to 21:00, master classes dedicated to spring watercolors will be held. Participants will create their own cartoons: they will decorate stencils with different characters with watercolors and bring them to life. Participation is free, entry to the center is by ticket.

From April 30 to May 3 from 11:00 to 18:00 “City Farm” invites you to “Family May”. The guests will take part Quest “Spring Cares”battle in huge jenga and board games, compete in strength and skill at “Happy Starts”, make a man out of straw and a mini box and get to know the inhabitants of the “Farm”. For more information and to buy tickets, follow the link. On May 1 at 15:00 in the “Beekeeping” Ecocentre, the event “May Day” will be held. Participants will learn about environmental habits, may signs and beliefs as well as learn how to create a spring decoration. Also on this day, a thematic photo zone will be available. Appointment by phone: +7(495)966-09-22.

On April 30 and May 1, Olesya Shevchuk’s school of cheese making in the Crafts Park hosts cheese making workshops. They will be led by an experienced Italian technologist Andrea Marasco. From the 2nd of May, the professional course “Master Cheesemaker” starts here. You can find out the cost of participation and sign up at the link. From April 30 to May 3, visitors to the “Robostationen” will be met by the robot Boris, who will tell interesting facts about spring and Labor Day. From 12:00 to 18:00, the atrium of Pavilion No. 2 will host a free master class “Bridges”, where children will build a real bridge from a large constructor and launch rockets over it.

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