The Festival of the Moscow Urban Forum 2015 Invites Moscow Residents to the Manege Central Exhibition Centre on 17 October The Festival of the Moscow Urban Forum 2015 Invites Moscow Residents to the Manege Central Exhibition Centre on 17 October

On 17 October, the Manege Central Exhibition Centre will host the Festival of the Moscow Urban Forum 2015.


This year the Festival is being held for the third time. Over the years the events of the Festival Day have been visited by over 10,000 Moscow citizens and visitors of the capital.


The Festival comprises a logical continuation of the business programme of the Moscow Urban Forum; it has been intended as the Forum's open venue for meetings, discussions, and exchange of opinions of experts, city residents, and urban activists on pressing urbanism topics.


Everyone passionate about the development of Moscow will once again be able to examine trends in Russian and global urban planning, new projects that are already being implemented or are only proposed to be put into practice in Moscow, to participate in discussions, and to learn about practical solutions.


In the course of the entire day, visitors of the Festival of the Moscow Urban Forum 2015 will enjoy over a dozen exhibition spaces, more than 10 workshops, and 4 interactive installations, will hear a series of lectures read by foreign experts, lively discussions by leading urbanists in the Urban Talks format and a lot more.


Graduate School of Urban Studies and Planning under the Higher School of Economics, Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design, Public Space urban communications agency, and the team of Delay Sam (Do It Yourself) urban action marathon act as supervisors of the 2015 Festival.


The entertainment programme arranged by Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design comes in accordance with the practical section which will use the Open Pavilion as its venue. Targeted at urban activists, it will enable caring city residents to take a personal part in positive transformations of Moscow.


Participants of the Forum's first day—experts in urbanism and specialists in urban development—will be able to continue discussions that commenced on 16 October as part of the Urban Talks project.


As Vera Leonova, Operating Director of Graduate School of Urban Studies and Planning and Programme Manager of Moscow Urban Forum 2015, noted, "A series of Urban Talks in the format of expert discussions and public lectures by international experts participating in the business programme of the Forum will help to develop the Forum's agenda and touch upon issues which were not addressed in the business programme due to time restrictions."


Guests of the Festival Day will begin with physical training provided by the #SEKTA perfect body school, and children will listen to tales narrated by famous theatre and cinema artists as part of the Detskoye Chteniye (Children Reading) project.


According to Darya Shulga, Director of the Public Programme of Strelka Institute, the entertainment programme will enable visitors to see in just one day all events of particular interest for children and adults which are taking place in Moscow.


Most start-up projects will be presented as part of the PECHAKUCHA MOSCOW Urban Entrepreneurs project. Participants will have to deliver their projects, talk about their path to success, and answer all the questions asked by other Festival participants within a strictly limited period of time.


The Yard Workshop will operate in Hall D of the Open Pavilion throughout the day, providing workshops on manufacturing street furniture, seedling cages, signboards, and other useful everyday items. It is also here where workshops on independent leaflet printing will take place at the Samizdat Workshop. Potential authors of urban projects will be able to receive consultation from specialists in PR, fund raising, and local government. According to Darya Fedotova and Mariyka Semenenko, Open Pavilion supervisors, the programme will strive to combine successful formats tested at the Festival in 2014 with new events added.


Representatives of various urban initiatives will have a chance to speak in front of a wide audience, talk about their projects, and find co-thinkers at the Festival's self-presentation venue Open Microphone.


The People's Museum exhibition dedicated to improvement of the living environment of more remote Moscow areas as well as the Field Architecture architectural activism exhibition, where residents will present the best every-day city development practices, will take place as part of the festival programme.


A performance by the TATYANA vocal-instrumental ensemble will conclude the Festival programme of Moscow Urban Forum 2015.


The Afisha magazine and the Moskva-24 TV channel are general partners of the open Festival Day of the Forum. The general radio broadcasting partner of the Festival is the radio station Mayak. MosLenta and the Zeleny Gorod portal will be information partners.


For the full programme of the Festival, please visit the website