13 June 2018
The Moscow Urban Forum announces its Connecting Generations Festival program
The Moscow Urban Forum announces its Connecting Generations Festival program

The Moscow Urban Forum Festival will be held on July 17–22 in Zaryadye under the slogan Connecting Generations. The festival is Russia's main urban planning platform and certainly one of the largest events of its kind in Europe. The festival is for those who love the city, are interested in its future, and have a penchant for architecture and urban planning.

According to the organizers, on the one hand, the Festival aims to rethink the infrastructure of the past and update the architectural heritage, and on the other hand, develop a dialogue on how to make the city comfortable and interesting for active elderly people and the digital generation of young citizens. Following the Forum's business program, there will be film screenings, workshops and lectures in the Philharmonic's building. The MUF 2018 Festival includes a series of running and walking excursions, yoga on the floating bridge with Olga Markes, scientific debates, dancing lines, genotyping and a parade of professions.

"The aim of this year's Festival is to unite people of all ages and social groups," Arina Drobina, Director of MUF FEST 2018 says. "We also want to show our new platform, Zaryadye Park, from different perspectives so that every visitor to our large-scale Festival can find an interesting activity and, most importantly, take part in the dialogue about the life of the city."

Over 80 events will take place on the territory of Zaryadye, including an experimental music concert, art performances, a food market, presentations, and discussions by the stars of world urban planning. The lecturers include the outstanding Dutch architect and architecture theorist Rem Koolhaas, one of the world's leading urbanists, entrepreneur and founder of the Creative Class group Richard Florida, former CEO of General Motors Robert "Bob" Lutz, as well as Darrell West, vice-president of the Brookings Institution, and author of a number of books on technology policy, artificial intelligence and the media. Entrance to all the Festival's lectures and events is free or open to those who register on our website beforehand.

William Powers (who experimented with moving from New York to a small wooden house in the wilderness), the author of books about a slow and simple life will meet guests. The festival will be also attended by Cecily Corti, chairman of the VinziRast association, engaged in social adaptation of the homeless in Vienna, and Adriana Friedman, the founder of Nepsid, the Center for Research in Symbolism, Childhood and Development in Brazil.

The Festival program there will also include a workshop entitled "How to create a community" by the online school, Vector, and a workshop on the visualization of spontaneous data by Habidatum. Discussion topics will also include the development of the cinema and fashion industry infrastructure in Moscow, street art, transport of the future, architecture and the visual code of the city, design thinking and the knowledge economy.

The headliner of the musical program will be the Bosnian virtuoso accordionist Mario Batkovic. His style ranges from neoclassical and ambient to minimalist and avant-garde music. After attending Mario Batkovic's concerts, musical journalists have compared him with cult contemporary composers such as Philip Glass, Niels Frahm, and Colin Stetson. The Moscow trio Fogh Depot will continue the instrumental line-up. Indie pop singer Jekka will also be at the festival. She will perform a joint program with a female choir, and the St. Petersburg beatmaker Long Arm will play dynamic and atmospheric live music with the drummer Ruslan Gadzhimuradov.

Famous educational project, Moscow through the Eyes of an Engineer, will be organizing the excursions. Educational project, Level One, will give a series of lectures on architecture, mythology and the literary routes of Moscow.

On two days, July 21 and 22, MUF 2018 Festival's visitors will be able to undergo unique genotyping by the company, Atlas, and learn their level of stress resistance. As part of the MUF 2018 Festival, you can also see how the German raubdruckerin street artists create their amazing prints using paint and manholes. Visitors to the Festival will have the opportunity to decorate their clothes or bags with a printed pattern.

The MUF 2018 Festival program will include the premiere screenings of documentaries from the Beat Film Festival. The film, The Experimental City (directed by Chad Friedrichs), is a chronicle of the clash between scientific progress and traditional ideas about the city and its functions. The film, Brasilia: Life After Design (directed by Bart Simso), tells the story of an ambitious urban plan developed for the city of Brasília.

An extensive educational program is also provided for children. How can we pique children's interest in architecture? The two-day children's architectural workshop entitled Horses on the Balcony will try to answer this question. There will also be a series of children's master classes entitled "My Mother has an Engineer for a Child. Let’s Build the Shukhov Tower."

Read more about the program and register on the Moscow Urban Forum's website. You can also find the Festival map there.


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