Pushkin's characters in graffiti art, Panna football and break dance: Colourful Moscow Festival events

July 6
Parks and pedestrian areas

Colourful Moscow, the 11th Interethnic Youth Festival, will host a street art show, graffiti classes and Panna football games.  It will take place on 13 July in Sokolniki Park. The program includes free sports and art master classes, break dance and streetball competitions, and slackline demonstrations.

"This year, Colourful Moscow Festival is dedicated to the 220th anniversary of Alexander Pushkin's birth. The event's central concept is to introduce Muscovites to youth subcultures and carry them to the stories of the Russian classic's outstanding works through street art," the Press Service of the Moscow House of Nationalities said.

The festival is to start at 03:00 pm at four Sokolniki venues: on Sokolnichesky Circle passage section between the main and Pesochnaya alleys, next to the Skate Park, near the central fountain and on the Rotonda stage. Detailed festival programme is available on the Moscow House of Nationalities' website.

View graffiti paintings based on Pushkin's works

Central festival venue is to be located on Sokolnichesky Circle passage section between the main and Pesochnaya alleys. It will hold traditional competition of graffiti works. Professional street artists will depict subjects and characters of 'The Fountain of Bakhchisarai', 'Ruslan and Lyudmila' and 'The Tale of Tsar Saltan' poems by Alexander Pushkin on 24 boards sized 6х6m. You may watch graffiti paintings' creation from 03:00 pm till 07:00 pm.

The venue will also host a street art show with artists drawing landscapes from Pushkin's works in 10-15 minutes.

03:00 pm till 08:00 pm, Sokolnichesky Circle passage will host graffiti master classes. Street artists will conduct individual classes for everyone lasting from 5 to 15 minutes. They will help festival guests to draw characters from Pushkin's fairy tales, such as the Golden Cockerel, the Goldfish or the wise cat. Gloves, spray paint and masks will be available on the spot.

Play Panna football and walk on a nylon sling

For the first time in the festival's history, guests will have an opportunity to prove themselves in Panna football. This is a kind of street football with players fighting one-on-one. You will find the ground at the central fountain. It is a 6m diameter football field fenced with 2m high mesh. The rules are as follows: one of the two players must attack the opponent's gate, throwing a ball between his or her legs  to get two points. One match lasts 3 minutes. 03:00 pm till 06:00 pm, anyone is free to take part in the tournament under the guidance of a professional referee.

Next to the central festival venue, slackline demonstrations will take place. Slacklining is walking on special polyester or nylon slings stretched between fixed objects or stations such as trees, pillars or building walls. Unlike in tightrope walking, the sling is slack, and a walker has to keep balance without any support. As a rule, athletes walk a sling barefoot. A 20m long string is stretched 1 m high above the ground.

In Sokolniki, a sling will be stretched between trees with safety mats placed underneath. The demonstrations will run from 03:00 pm till 06:00 pm. During the breaks, athletes will conduct a slackline master class for visitors  of any gender, age and physical fitness.

Watch break dance and street ball competitions

03:00 pm till 05:00 pm, the ground next to the Skate Park will host a streetball (street basketball) competition among the winning teams of the Moscow Championships. After the competition is over, the guests will have an opportunity to play this game on their own.

Break dance competitions will be held at the Rotonda venue on the central Park alley. It will be attended by more than 10 teams from different cities — Moscow, Murom, Tver, Ivanov and Lipetsk. Watch spectacular dance competition from 03:00 pm till 07:00 pm.

At 08:00 pm, after summing up competition and contest results, the Rotonda stage will host the awards ceremony. Colourful Moscow Festival will conclude with a concert of youth folk bands, and bands performing various musical styles such as rap, beatbox, folk and fusion.

This will be the 11th Colourful Moscow Interethnic Youth Festival. It is supported by the Moscow House of Nationalities and the Moscow Department of National Policy Interregional Relations. Last year, the festival was dedicated to the Football World Cup.

Source: mos.ru

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