14 June 2019
Voting for MUF 2019 Community Awards nominees starts

As part of the Moscow Urban Forum 2019, the voting for the annual multi-disciplinary award for outstanding achievements in the field of urban projects and initiatives of the Moscow Urban Forum Community Awards 2019 has started.

The task of the 2019 MUF Community Awards is to highlight and encourage projects and initiatives which were implemented during the last year and had a significant impact on a certain area in the capital’s life, having set out a strategy to become a powerful driver of positive change within the city.

The award is aimed at promoting creative and entrepreneurial activity and strengthening the dialogue between the city, business and society.

The award will be presented in ten nominations such as "Charitable and Social Projects", "Urban Technologies", "Cultural Initiatives", "City for Children", "Sport and Health Projects", "Educational and Outreach Initiatives", "Urban Cuisine", "Urban Design", "Urban Exhibitions", and "Urban Media and Blogs".

30 short-listed projects were announced for the Award after a vote by the experts. The Award nominees were selected by an advisory council, but the winners will be determined by Muscovites themselves, who will be able to vote on the website at Open voting starts on 14 June and runs until 1 July. The official awards ceremony will be held on 5 July in Zaryadye Park, as part of the 2019 Moscow Urban Forum events.

"We hope that the award will become a platform for exchanging knowledge and creative ideas, and the projects presented as part of the competition programme will be a source of inspiration for future generations of urban innovators", said the General Director of Moscow Urban Forum Denis Boykov. "Due to their professionalism and strength of creative thinking, Moscow will continue to become more technologically advanced, brighter, more beautiful and convenient for its citizens".

Among the nominees are projects and organisations which influenced the development of various spheres of city life, such as the 50th anniversary park of the October Revolution, the former plant named after Likhachev (ZIL), the Assembly Museum by David Yakobashvili, a multi-disciplinary cultural project by the V-A-C foundation "Expanding Space. From the Centre", the "Architectural extravagances" telegram-channel, Pokras Lampas' giant graffiti at the Lokomotiv Stadium, the "StrEAT" gastronomic street, the "Lyudi vmeste - musor razdel'no" (Russian for "people together - rubbish separate") project, the Cherdak storage service, and the "Breathe" public air quality monitoring project. Moscow, "Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Not everyone will be taken to the future" at the State Tretyakov Gallery, the large-scale "Salut" venue in Gorky Park and many others.

The jury of experts included Ilya Varlamov, an urbanist and public figure, Anton Belov, the Director General of the "Garage" Museum of Modern Art, Ekaterina Bochavar, an artist and curator, Airat Bagautdinov, the creator of "Moscow through the eyes of an engineer" project, Tatyana Simakova, the Editor-in-Chief of "The Village", Moscow, Kirill Medvedev, the Director of the New School, Nadezhda Papudoglo, the Editor-in-chief of "Mel" and the author of books on motherhood, Maria Podlesnova, the founder and head of Rusbase, Jan Janowski, the founder of Druzia Charitable Foundation, Faina Zakharova, the President of the Liniya Zhizni Foundation, Sergey Golubev, the Director General of the Social Investment Fund, and others.

The award will be presented for the third time. Last year's winners included The Central market, the exhibition of the Museum of Moscow "Secrets of the Moscow dungeons", free kindergarten for children with moderate and severe forms of cerebral palsy "Elizabeth's Garden", Khokhlovskaya Square, the Museum of Avant-garde, Playground sports and gaming center, "Arzamas Radio" mobile application, and others.