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Moscow's cultural scene is famously enormous and varied - but where to start? Our arts-savvy editorial team trawl what's on offer, to bring you our selection of Culture Picks for your leisure time. Current and upcoming recommendations are:
29.07.16  23:00 Plaid & The Bee (UK)
Plaid is a British electronic music duo from London, composed of Andy Turner and Ed Handley. They were founding members of The Black Dog and used many other names, such as Atypic (Andy Turner) and Balil (Ed Handley), before settling on Plaid. They have collaborated with female singers Mara Carlyle, Nicolette and Björk, and have released records on the labels Clear, Peacefrog, Black Dog Productions, and Warp Records (along with Trent Reznor's label Nothing Records). Plaid is generally described as IDM and has been referred to by some critics as "post-techno." Note that IDM is a term used in America for what was referred to as Ambient Techno in Britain during the early to mid-1990s and later as Electronic Music. They are known to employ a variety of time-signatures in their music and often create syncopated beats and melodies using a variety of real instruments and samples. Read more
Sixteen Tons 
30.07.16  12:00 Afisha Picnic: Chemical Brothers (UK), Leningrad (Russia), Benjamin Clementine (UK)
The Afisha Picnic Festival of music, lifestyle and special events returns in Kolomenskoye Estate, the ex-royal estate and one of the most spectacular public park in Moscow, which is filled with historical and architectural treasures, on 30th July 2016. 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. Afisha Picnic 2016 promises to be an inspirational and entertaining, sophisticated and scintillating one-day festival, that encompasses four components: Music, Market, Entertainment and Food. Music section features a whole bunch of super stars: Chemical Brothers (UK), Leningrad (Russia), Benjamin Clementine (UK), Omar Souleyman (Syria), Adrian Younge (USA), Tesla Boy (Russia), Shawn Lee (USA) & Soul Surfers (Russia) and many others. Read more
Kolomenskoye Museum and Park 
04.08.16  20:00 Sia (Australia)
In a career filled with ups and downs, Sia Furler has been an in-demand guest vocalist; a quirky singer/songwriter; a hitmaker for the likes of Rihanna and Beyoncé; and more popular than ever as an artist in her own right in the 2010s. Although raised in Australia, Furler rose to fame after moving to the U.K., where she worked as a guest vocalist for several groups -- including the electronica duo Zero 7 -- and released her own solo albums. Born in 1975, she first performed on the Adelaide jazz circuit during the '90s as a vocalist for the band Crisp. An attempt to launch a solo career in 1997 didn't pan out, though, and she eventually hopped on a plane to London. While there, she landed a gig as a backup singer for Jamiroquai and inked a solo contract with DancePool, a sublabel of Sony. Read more
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