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Afisha Picnic, Moscow’s Massive Music Festival

28. April 2011 by Michelle 0 Comments

In 2004, Afisha Magazine celebrated five years of providing Russians with entertainment information by hosting a large outdoor music festival in Moscow. With just one stage and 10,000 attendees, the summer concert became an annual event known as the Afisha Picnic.


This year, the one day musical monstrosity takes place July 23rd in Kolomenskoye Park and will feature such artists as Hole singer Courtney Love from the U.S. and indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs from the UK.


In addition to spotlighting foreign headliners and Russian stars and newcomers, the Picnic is also known for a wide variety of other entertainment activities. Shopping opportunities are abundant with the largest independent designer’s market and the gastronomical event invites chefs from Moscow’s best restaurants to feed the crowds.


There has also been dance contests, poetry readings, a Thai massage bar, master classes on graffiti, go-karts, radio-controlled cars, glass blowing, old Soviet gaming machines, a Nintendo Wii tournament, movie pavilions screening short films and Soviet cartoons, and the largest twister game in the history of Russia.


Another interesting feature of this highly anticipated event is that no alcohol is allowed. The Afisha Picnic wants to serve as an alternative to traditional drug and alcohol infused rock festivals. Organizers also want to keep the party safe and accessible to families and children.


2010 was the first year that the Picnic had both Russian and English navigational signs, as well as an English-speaking information booth, so gentlemen traveling to meet Russian brides this summer should have no trouble enjoying this unique entertainment experience!