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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:
25.05.17-04.06.17 Beat Film Festival 2017
Beat Film Festival is an international documentary festival with a focus on music and modern culture that takes place annually in May. This year's festival program includes 35 feature films featuring David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Cate Blanchett, Michel Waelbeck, Ricardo Villalobos, Leonard Cohen, Major Lazer and Laibach. The opening will be the sensation of the Sundance Film Festival - a hedonistic-melancholic, crazy-lyrical, documentary-play "All These Sleepless Nights". It is an observational film about what is usually called youth. Director Michal Marczak erases the borders between feature movie and documentary work, showing the joy and abashment of the younger generation feeling freedom of their twenties, while life is disintegrating into a series of hedonistic episodes. The movie has already conquered the critics of the Sundance festival. Michal Marczak paints a picture of Warsaw powered by a new generation bursting with energy, and stakes out its own cinematic terrain. For that the director was already named the new Terrence Malick. The festival will be closed by the Russian premiere of a new work by Francis Waitley "David Bowie: The Last Five Years". Waitley will continue the history of the pop icon, which he started in "David Bowie: Five Years." Recording of the albums The Next Day and Blackstar, more than a dozen video clips, a theatrical production on Broadway, an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London - the film "The Last Five Years of David Bowie" will reveal the details of the large-scale artistic operation that became Bowie's farewell experiment. Read more
20.06.17  20:00 LP (USA)
After the stunning success of her chamber concert in Russia last year, the American singer LP returns to Moscow with a big solo program. The author of the hit "Lost on you" will perform on June 20 in Crocus City Hall. A powerful voice, unique style, drive and energy, which the singer shares with the audience transports listeners to the atmosphere of sincerity and self-sufficiency that she channels in her music. MTV author Carvel Wallace calls LP ďa brash vocalist with a rockerís heartĒ. Her emotive and relatable tracks wed to powerful vocals, guitar acoustics, vibes of the drums and low penetrating voice have won the hearts of European and American listeners and now she is coming to Russia for the first time. In Moscow, LP will perform compositions from her latest album Death Valley (2016) and, obviously her super hit Lost on You, the remix of which topped the Russian iTunes chart this summer. Read more
Crocus City Hall 
30.08.17 alt-J (UK)
In 2012, alt-J's debut album won the British Mercury Prize. alt-J were also nominated for three Brit Awards (British Breakthrough Act, British Album of the Year and British Group of the Year). "An Awesome Wave" was announced as BBC Radio 6 Music Album of the Year 2012. Alt-J (sometimes stylised ∆) was formed when Gwil Sainsbury (guitar, bass), Joe Newman (guitar, vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards), and Thom Green (drums) met at Leeds, UK University in 2007. The band currently resides in Cambridge. Unger-Hamilton studied English Literature; the other three Fine Art. In their second year of studies, Newman showed Sainsbury a handful of his own songs inspired by his guitar-playing dad and hallucinogens, and the pair began recording in their dorm rooms with Sainsbury acting as producer on Garageband. Having forged their own unique sound combining elements of electronic, folk and guitar music, the band recorded and released their debut album "An Awesome Wave" in 2012. Critically lauded, "An Awesome Wave" won the Mercury Music Prize, an Ivor Novello "Album Award" for songwriting and three BRIT award nominations. The album has now gone platinum in the UK and sold over 1,000,000 albums worldwide. Read more
Stadium Live 
 
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