23 May 2017
Moscow to Host First Public Talk with the Director of Burning Man
Moscow to Host First Public Talk with the Director of Burning Man

The Regional Network Director of Burning Man, Steven Raspa, is travelling to Russia for the first time to give a talk at Moscow Urban Forum 2017, being held in the capital for the seventh time. The Congress includes MUF Community Fest, a special programme devoted to private initiatives and projects that change city life, where presentations and discussions on the role of communities in the development of megacities will be held on 6-7 June 2017, in VDNH's Pavilion No. 75.

This year, the Festival is for the first time a true part of the Forum's business programme, which will take place on the Community Stage.

The Burning Man festival is the only event of its kind in the world and a shining example of how thousands of people can form a single movement, creating unique art installations and giving people the opportunity to show the value of their creative potential. Using this pop-up city in the desert built by volunteers united in ideology as an example, Steven Raspa will talk about the global role of communities in urban development.

In addition, during four days of the Festival (6-9 July) at open-air venues in Moscow (Gorky Park, Romanov Dvor, DI ТELEGRAPH, MMOMA Petrovka 25, Strelka Institute and others) free public lectures and interviews with star speakers of the Forum will be held, along with a series of running tours, an independent music concert, an urban art exhibition, workshops and other master classes from the top urban projects.

Among other announced speakers of the Urban Community Festival, Erick van Egeraat, founder of Designed by Erick van Egeraat Sarah Lidgus, Designer in Residence for the NYC Mayor's Office Takaharu Tezuka, Japanese architect, founder of Tezuka Architects Julius Wiedeman, Digital Division Director and Executive Editor for Design and Pop Culture at the globally known Taschen publishing house Leonard Brody, venture capitalist and media strategist, President of The Brody Group XPrize Valeriy Karavaev, Director of Google projects, have also been added to the event.

The Moscow Urban Forum is the largest international congress on the development challenges of global megacities. The Forum has been held annually since 2011. MUF brings together representatives of city administrations from Russia and abroad, architects, urban planners, developers, top management of financial companies, investors and technological startups, journalists and citizens. Last year, the festival's events were attended by over 15,000 people.