What is on in Moscow this April?

Updated: Mar 31

Bill Viola - Bruegels in New Jerusalem - Crafts Show - Nordic Walking in Moscow parks - Gergiev conducts Stravinsky - Terr Maitz - Dresses Exhibition - Lenin's Gorki guided visit - Golden Mask


Bill Viola – American video art in Pushkin Museum

For the first time Pushkin Museum places screens instead of canvases on its walls. Bill Viola is a pioneer of video art – he began to work in the “new media” format in the 1970ss. His videos illustrate Bible concepts or study human emotions in slow-motion.

Each video lasts several minutes, sometimes accompanied by the sounds of falling water or roaring flame, in dark rooms - watching them is quite a meditative experience.

Buy the tickets online - museum ticket offices are still closed due to pandemic. I recommend to do so several days in advance, especially if you are planning your visit for weekend.

Bruegel family artists in New Jerusalem

You have most likely seen "Hunters on the Snow" or "Winter Landscape with Ice-skaters and Bird-trap" by Pieter Bruegel - as a painting, a poster or a jigsaw puzzle. His paintimgs feature numerous figures of people doing their own business each and picture the lives of the ordinary man in the 1500ss-1600ss.

Seventy works of Pieter the Youngest and two other Bruegels - Jan the Elder and Jan the Younger have been collected by buying on auctions by two Russian brothers in the last 20 years. The pictures is on show until June 27th in New Jerulsalem – a monastery near Istra in Moscow region, which is worth visiting on its own sake.

New Jerusalem exhibition center


Golden Mask - a theater festival

Every spring Russia celebrates the best of theater with a festival Golden Mask - a chance for both big and small theaters from all over Russia to compete for a prize or just to show their work to a bigger audience. If watching a Russian language drama won't make much sense to you, there are performances you can enjoy without understanding the language. A puppet show, to start with. Especially if it is based on a well-known tale. A thirty minutes long “Halo, Gran!” re-interpreting the story of “Little Red Riding Hood” will take place on April 4th in Kyk Lab Puppet theater on Smolenskaya, 3. Or a story told in contemporary dance language – “Cafe Idiot” by Dostoevsky “The Idiot” novel will be on stage in April and May in Meyerhold Theatre. Watch the teaser and check the tickets availability here. The same team of dancers presents its "Every direction is North" dancing show dedicated to modern masculinity.


Russian Court Dresses

April, 17th Saturday, 11 am Participation: 2500 RUB

You will see 18 gowns of empress Maria, a Danish princess and a wife of the tzar Alexander III. You will see her spectacular ball dresses, modest outfits for official visits, a home robe, and also unbelievably narrow shoes, and whimsical hats. We will talk about the royal family daily routine, court's habits and rules, responsibilities of valets, footmen, and “araps” - exotic black-skinned lackeys.

A highlight of the show is the wedding outfits of Alexandra and Nicholas II, and a dress of little princess Olga, their daughter who would be shot by the bolsheviks in 1918.

Write to tips@moscowliving.org to sign up and find out the meeting point information

Tour of Gorki - the Lenin's last place of residence

April,10th 10 am

3200 RUB

Gorki (20 km from the Moscow Ring Road) became a place of worship and pilgrimage for all communists around the world in the 20th century. Vladimir Lenin spent his last years in this estate.

We will see the main house where Lenin and his wife moved to after his brain stroke, a reproduced interior of Lenin's apartment in the Kremlin, and the Soviet leader's snowmobile - a Rolls-Royce put on skies.

Sign up and find out the meeting point information by email tips@moscowliving.org.


Nordic Walks

We are about to start a new season of Nordic walks around Moscow. If it will get dry enough in the parks, the first walk will take place on the 18th of April, Sunday.

Read more about the routes, distances and participation here.


"Firebird" – traditional Russian handcrafts fair

21-25th of April, ExpoCenter, pav. 7

Do you want better Russian souvenirs than those one usually finds in Izmaylovo market?

At "Firebird" you can see and buy colorful decorative items from all regions of Russia, made in the same towns and villages for which these crafts has always been traditional - painted lacquer boxes from Fedoskino or Gorodetz, traditional clay toys from Dymkovo, ceramics and porcelain from Gzhel and Verbilky, carved tusk from Siberia, metal works from the Ural, birch bark boxes from Archangelsk, scarfs and laces, etc.

ExpoCenter is located next to the Moscow City skyscrapers, on the other side of the the exit from Vystavochnaya metro.


6. Valery Gergiev conducts Stravinsky

April, 5th 18.00

Zaryadye Hall

“Firebird” and “Petrushka” are two ballets written by Igor Stravinsky – the most innovative 20th century Russian composers who pushed the boundaries of music design. The concert is conducted by maestro Valery Gergiev – a general director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. His passionate conducting style reveals all the power of Stravisky’s music.

Look how Gergiev is teaching his young colleague to conduct

Attention: they will not dance ballet, it is music for ballet played by a symphonic orchestra!

Zaryadye Hall website - tickets, how to get

See also: all Shostakovich symphonies in Zaryadye

Therr Maitz

April, 17th


Glavclub, Metro Leninskiy Prospect

A rare case of a Russian band singing in English and gaining success. Therr Maitz plays pleasant synth- and electropop with dramatic vocal and was a headliner at Formula 1 Grand Prix evening concert program in Sochi last year.

Watch their video clip and buy tickets on GlavClub''s website

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