If you’re in Moscow during the end of April and find yourself pining for a healthy dose of creative arts, then a trip to the annual Moscow Stars International Arts Festival may be just the ticket. The festival aims to showcase the very best of the Russian arts scene, featuring a variety of categories including dance, music and film.

Rising stars

The Moscow Stars International Festival showcases the very best of Russian and international dance, song, film, art and design from April 21st to April 27th. As well as acting as a platform for rising stars, the festival also has a competitive element to it. Each act will be scored by a festival jury consisting of prominent artists, professors, academics and other experts in their field. The winners of each category receive diplomas, and more importantly, the exposure to help spur them on to greater things.

There is also a strong emphasis on sharing knowledge and expertise, so you’ll be able to drop in on a range of discussion panels and talks by various experts. So whether you’re an aspiring actor, dancer, or musician, or simply a lover of the fine arts, the wide variety of exhibits and performances on display are sure to keep you entertained.

Categories

This year’s festival kicks off on April 21st with a two-day film festival, then over the course of the seven days you can take in performances and exhibitions across the following genres:

• Film
• Vocal and Instrumental Groups
• Choreography & Dance
• Design and Architecture
• Fine Art
• Arts and Crafts
• Photography

The seven-day event takes place at the Maestro Arts School in the northern part of the city, just a ten-minute drive from The Park Inn by Radisson Sheremetyevo Airport Moscow Hotel.

From fine art to pop music – all under one roof

You can catch all the exhibitions and performances free of charge, with the film festival featuring three key categories: animation, film and television. A range of screenings will take place throughout the day, and you’ll also be able to mingle with established actors and directors for Q&A sessions and workshops.

The following three days sees the focus switch to music, with a strong emphasis on folk, pop and classical music. Drop into the concert halls and take in performances from some of the world’s most talented up-and-coming artists, all completely free of charge.

The final two days (Saturday and Sunday) feature dance and choreography competitions, so get ready for a spectacular finale to the event.

Throughout the week you’ll also be able to enjoy a whole bunch of exhibitions featuring fine arts, crafts, architecture, design and photography. The latter category will showcase everything from landscape shots to animals, portraits and digital creations. The architecture and design section also has an award for the best ‘creative family’ work produced by parents and their children.

The fine art exhibit, meanwhile, will focus on four key categories:

• This is my Motherland
• The beauty of the world
• Me and my friends
• My favourite animals

A gala concert will bring the festival to a close on Sunday April 27th.