The Afisha Picnic is a one-day music and lifestyle outdoor festival takes place every summer in Moscow, Russia, in the scenic area of Kolomenskoe, the former royal estate, which now is a historical, architectural and nature reserve museum. The Festival area of over than 1000 acres of land hosts the audience of approximately 50 000 visitors.
Since its debut in 2004, Afisha Picnic continues to lead the way as a pioneering festival offering a second to none programme of music and arts, leisure and lifestyle activities. Following the concept of a vibrant mix of a professional music festival, with performances of internationally acclaimed artists and distinguished talents coming from the local independent music scene, and a dynamic urban event, Afisha Picnic brings every fraction of the open air and entertainment activity together in one place, providing a very engaging and versatile surroundings for different audiences, either for individuals or families. International visitors are welcomed to the Afisha Picnic since the Festival site has a full English navigation and bilingual hotspots, which were first introduced in 2010.
The Festival offers all sorts of entertainment, including designers market and gastronomic area, special lectures and workshops, cinema and crafts, a full spectrum of amusements and sports, and, on one occasion, even a dance floor on the rollerdrome.
Over the past seven years, Afisha Picnic has seen performances from Courtney Love and Hole, Editors, Madness, Kaiser Chiefs, The Roots Manuva, Marina and the Diamonds, Amanda Palmer, The Future Sound of London, Peaches, Music Go Music, M83, Telepathe, Sons and Daughters, Buck 65, Metronomy, Fan Death, Beirut, Clinic, Mum, Junior Boys, Martina Topley-Bird, Hercules and Love Affair, Black Lips, Glass Candy, The Teenagers, These New Puritans to name just a few.
The festival is organized by the Afisha Magazine, a major entertainment and listings biweekly.
21st July in the Kolomenskoe, Moscow State Museum and Nature Reserve Park, located on the west bank of the Moscow River, about 10km (6 miles) south-east of the Kremlin. The Festival commences at 12.00, but you can arrive to the Festival site any time at your convenience.
You can buy tickets on the following websites: Concert.ru, Kassir.ru, Parter.ru, Ticketland.ru, Redkassa.ru, at the Concert.ru branches, and at the Euroset shops and branches located on the territory of Russia. Also, you can buy electronic ticket on the website Kassa.rambler.ru: the acceptable methods of payment are bank cards and web money. After the payment, you receive a confirmation email with the unique barcode that has to be printed and presented at the entrance to the festival.
On the pre-sale: 2000 RUB / 52 EUR / 42 GBP / 68 USD
Children aged up to and including eight are admitted free to the Festival site if accompanied by an adult.
By Metro: The nearest metro station is Kolomenskaya, Zamoskvoretskaya Line. For the exit to the festival site, board the first carriage of the train if you are travelling from the city center. Kolomenskoe Museum and Park is approximately in 10 minutes walk from the Metro Station.
By Car: Drive to the Novinki Street
There is car park of 400 lots capacity at the Novinki Street.
Bicycle and scooter racks will be located at the entrances to the Festival site.
Alcohol is not sold or poured out anywhere at the Afisha Picnic, and it is against the regulations to bring alcoholic beverages to the Festival site.
In addition to the restrictions on alcohol, there are a number of items that must not be brought to the Festival site: drugs, weapons, poisons, flammable liquids and solids.
For security reasons, water and any other liquids are prohibited from being carried to the Festival site.
Cushion, rug, folding chair, hat, umbrella, waterproof coat, sunscreen, dun-protective cream/oil – depending on the weather conditions.
Photo- and video equipment for personal use are welcomed, however to use professional cameras and video/audio equipment in the press zones are allowed only if accreditation granted.
Music instruments – acoustic without amplifiers.
Snacks and simple treats like apples, chocolate, nuts and seeds.
Small dogs: only if pet is small enough to be carried in arms, and leash is a must.
There will be comprehensive medical advice and treatment facilities, in the case of emergency please turn to steward/security guard, and they will call a medical crew.
The complete line up and running orders will be announced a few days before the Festival on the Afisha Picnic’s website. Programmes & line ups will be available on the Festival site, displayed in the information points and on the boards situated at the stages and throughout the Festival site.
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