Give it up for the festival organizers for making Moscow’s GreenJam a resounding success! I’ll admit, I arrived rather late to the party—a mistake I now regret—but I still enjoyed the unique atmosphere with various forms of entertainment available. In short, color me impressed; in full, continue on…
From an organizational standpoint, I consider the quality of the festival to have been top-notch. Holding the event at Moscow’s Center for City Culture “Pravda” near the Savelovskaya Metro Station was a wonderful choice. The artistic, grungy setting was both enjoyable and seemed to mesh well with the audience and happenings alike.
From the moment I exited the underpass leading to the main area of the festivities, my eyes grew with intrigue as several entertainment “stations” came into view.
In following the hard-to-miss signs (again, thank you for the organization) and beginning with the least interesting, the WC was located to the left. The line looked quite long but I was surprised at how quickly it moved, thanks to an abundance of shockingly clean and well-stocked (with toilet paper) porta potties. I know I’m talking about toilets, but hey—they’re important!
Just to the right of the toilets was some sort of DIY station, which I’m still not sure you what you were supposed to “do yourself” but it looked fun none the less. People were creating what looked to be art pieces out of recycled cups and other materials from the festival. Inside was a vegetarian shop of some sort and other items for sale.
Next were the food trucks and stalls serving delicious street food, lemonades and smoothies. I tried a gyro from the Greek food truck and was not disappointed. However, my hungry eyes led me to the To Chile stall where I also devoured a very tasty chicken burrito. There weren’t many ingredients inside, but the seasoning was near perfection. The prices of both eateries and the others I noticed seemed quite reasonable and I didn’t have to wait in line very long—another surprising fact.
In front of the food was a section labeled “Jam Session” where many people were gathered around musical equipment. At this time of night, I couldn’t quite grasp what was to happen there—but I assume regular attendees could spin their own beats and a microphone was set up nearby for anyone that wanted to “jam”.
To the left was the “Skate Stage” where I caught the performance by Pompeya, scheduled for 9PM but actually occurring at about 8:30PM due to “circumstances beyond our control”. For this, I offer my only recommendation to the organizers—try to stick to the schedule. The setup was quite cool, with skaters performing tricks behind the stage as the band played on for what was most likely 45-60 minutes.
Across from the skaters was a beer station and others were sprinkled adequately throughout the grounds, making it amazingly easy to grab a beer quickly when in need. Tuborg Green was listed at 200 rubles for half a liter—not too bad!
Heading back towards the main stage was a very interesting bus covered with disco ball mirror tiles, spinning on a platform and thus illuminating the area with reflected light. In regards to other art pieces, in front of the main stage was what seemed to be a resting area with a large, unique water fountain in the center. Nice!
At the main stage, Just Blaze gave a dance-inducing performance that drew a large crowd of attendees with hands up, waving back and forth to the beats. I’m usually not a big fan of DJ performances, but this one I liked. I grabbed another Tuborg beer, relaxed and enjoyed the show before heading back out past the signs into the night.
As a result, I’ll be sure to stop by anything else put on by organizers. “A festival from another angle” it was indeed.