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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:
24.11.17  22:00 Olmeca Fiesta Muerte: Moodymann and Lil Silva
Sugar skulls, colorful make-up and carnival costumes. When the last Halloween rally is over, in Mexico, they start celebrating the Day of the Dead, a bright national holiday, embodying the joy of life and the art of having fun. Moscow is overwhelmed with multicultural events but the Day, or rather the Night of the Dead will be celebrated for the first time on this scale. On November 24, the mysterious house legend Kenny Dixon Jr., better known as Moodymann, and the young electronic artist Lil Silva will perform at Olmeca Fiesta Muerte. Read more
Khlebozavod #9 
26.11.17  20:00 H.I.M. (Finland)
H.I.M., the Finnish metal rockers, have announced they will break up after 26 years of being together. H.I.M. will set out on a final tour, starting in June and heading all the way through until December of this year. Following a long radio silence, Finnish rock giants H.I.M. have announced a farewell tour, closing the final chapter on their 26 year career. “After quarter of a century of Love and Metal intertwined we sincerely feel H.I.M. has run its unnatural course and adieus must be said in order to make way for sights, scents and sounds yet unexplored. We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you.” Says frontman Ville Valo. Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström and bassist Mikko “Migé” Paananen, H.I.M. truly stand out as one of the rock world’s most unique acts. Beautifully blending metal, goth and hard rock with deep, thoughtful and moving lyrics, H.I.M. offered the world a new take on the metal genre, which became known as Love Metal (also the title of their fourth album). Over the course of eight studio albums, H.I.M. captured the hearts and minds of fans across the globe, drawn by their irresistible and inimitable style. Under the banner of their Heartagram logo – a potent symbol encapsulating the juxtaposition of the light and dark, the fierce and forlorn, and the evil and love found in their music – H.I.M. filled venues and crashed charts the world over, collecting numerous awards, gracing countless magazine covers and becoming the first Finnish act to achieve Gold status in the USA. Read more
Stadium Live 
21.11.17-28.11.17 51th Japanese Film Festival
The oldest festival of Japanese cinema is held in Moscow for the 51st time. And there is nothing fantastic in such a record time: the world's largest cinematography combines traditions and modern visual language, spirituality and entertainment, exotic and universal humanistic values, poetry and drive. That's why Japanese cinema beloved everywhere, from America to Russia. A new program of nine films includes three sensational premieres and four films united by a theme of music. At the opening - "Mugen no Junin", the event of the jubilee 70th Cannes Film Festival, a calligraphically honed exercise in the genre of the samurai action film. Its author Takashi Miike does not need special representation: the director-star, for the last decade he, more recently - a desperate provoker and troublemaker, moved to the camp of living classics. At the same time not losing in the stunning energy. "Mugen no Junin", based on the samurai manga, Miike notes his own professional jubilee: this is his 100th film. A lively and fascinating example of a director's code of honor. The Festival's main base will be Formula Kino Horizont. All films are shown in Japanese with Russian subtitles. Read more
Formula Kino Horizon 
02.12.17  13:00 PLUMS Pop Up! Festival
PLUMS Fest at CDP is an international festival dedicated to audio-visual performance and experiments in the field of digital arts and electronic music. Created in 2008, PLUMS Fest is now happening for the 7th time, as a traditional part of the official program of the international event “Night In The Museums” in Moscow. This event attracts more visitors every year while simultaneously introducing cutting-edge artists and projects during a single night. Multimedia concerts and performances, demonstrations of experimental animation and video art work, visualizing large data, music, lectures, projects exploring the possibility and ways of interaction between academism and technology, computer code and classics - will be held during only one day and one evening in the format of pop-up. The festival will host artists from Korea, Russia, Poland and Switzerland. Read more
Digital Business Space (CDP) 
14.12.17  20:00 Elton John (UK)
Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, is one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time. He has achieved 38 gold and 27 platinum or multi-platinum albums, has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time. Over the five decades since his career began in 1969, Elton has played nearly 4,000 concerts in over 80 countries. Elton is the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts, behind only Elvis Presley and the Beatles. He has had 56 top 40 singles in the United States, a total second only to Elvis Presley. He achieved seven #1 albums in the three-and-a-half-year period from 1972 to 1975 — a period of concentrated success surpassed only by the Beatles. In terms of sales and lasting popularity, Elton John was the biggest pop superstar of the early '70s. Initially marketed as a singer/songwriter, John soon revealed he could craft Beatlesque pop and pound out rockers with equal aplomb. He could dip into soul, disco, and country, as well as classic pop balladry and even progressive rock. His versatility, combined with his effortless melodic skills, dynamic charisma, and flamboyant stage shows, made him the most popular recording artist of the '70s. Read more
Crocus City Hall 
24.10.17-21.01.18 Chaim Soutine. Retrospective
A joint project curated by the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée de l'Orangerie, this is the first exhibition of the most prominent representative of the School of Paris to ever take place in Russia. Over 60 art works from Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou, private collections from Russia and European countries will be put on display. Inspired by classic painting in the European tradition, exemplified by the works of Rembrandt, Chardin and Courbet, Soutine developed an individual style more concerned with shape, color, and texture over representation, which served as a bridge between more traditional approaches and the developing form of Abstract Expressionism. Only after his death his vivid colors and passionate handling of paint gained him recognition as one of the foremost Expressionist painters. Read more
Pushkin Fine Arts Museum 
10.10.17-14.01.18 Gustav Klimt. Egon Schiele. Drawings from the Albertina Museum (Vienna)
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts opens the exhibition of drawings by the most outstanding representatives of Austrian art of the early 20th century, Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) and Egon Schiele (1890–1918) in October. The exhibition is part of the Russia-Austria Tourism Year 2017, announced in Vienna on January 12th 2017. At the first large-scale exhibition of artworks by Klimt and Schiele more than 100 sheets from the collection of the Albertina Museum (Vienna) will be displayed – 47 drawings by Gustav Klimt and 49 drawings by Egon Schiele. These artworks originated during different creative periods and show different kinds of drawings: studies of the figures related to the paintings, portraits, single studies of female nude figures, etc. With the traditional graphic technics – black chalk, pencil, watercolours, gouache – the artists were solving new esthetic problems occurring at the turn of the 19th and 20th century. The artworks by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele entered the Albertina collection during the lifetime of the artists. Nowadays, a century later, the number of drawings has increased to 170 drawings by Klimt and to 140 by Schiele, in addition to about 40 works that are in long-term storage at the museum. Read more
Pushkin Fine Arts Museum 
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