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Russian Aviation & Military Guide ¹ 04(05) September, 2016
Spasskaya Tower 2016

Spasskaya Tower 2016

World's largest parade of military orchestras

From August 27 to September 4, 2016 Moscow’s Red Square hosted the “Spasskaya Tower” International Military Music Festival. Rosoboronexport was been traditionally general sponsor of the event. Spasskaya Tower, the world's largest parade of military orchestras, is being held for the ninth time.

In 2016, 20 best military bands from 12 countries of Europe and Asia, as well as the International Scottish Highland Dance Team showed their skills by the Moscow Kremlin walls. Honor Guard companies from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Mongolia presented their performances to guests while the Honor Cavalry Escort of the Presidential Regiment and the Kremlin Riding School traditionally showed the wonders of dressage.

The Spasskaya Tower to Children project hold a festival of children's brass bands. Eleven children's groups from different cities and countries, a competition of honor guards, concerts, interactive events, creative studios and informative entertainments expected guests on a specially built platform.

75 thousand people watched the spectacular show from the stands mounted by the Kremlin walls, while several million viewers saw performances on TV screens. Some spectators attended the festival free of charge under a giveaway program. All this and many other things became possible thanks to Rosoboronexport’s sponsorship.

“The music that sounds at the festival is a versatile tool of international communication. Spasskaya Tower’s new traditions and dramatic events give birth to beautiful feelings and inspire all those involved to make great deeds for the sake of peace. Spectacularity, solemnity, beauty, elegance of the performances of military bands and folk groups give each of us a strong positive emotional charge, a boost to cooperate,” said Rosoboronexport CEO Anatoly Isaykin.

The Spasskaya Tower festival is held in accordance with the instruction of Russian President Vladimir Putin under the auspices of the Public Council led by Alexander Zhukov, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. The festival has been attended by more than 140 orchestras from 54 countries in the previous 8 years.
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