On May 20 the second annual bard festival "My Arbat" will take place in Moscow. Its organizers include the prefecture of the Central Administrative District, regional offices "Arbat" and the city center "Children of the Streets," a committee for the affairs of youth and families, and the Moscow creative organization "New Formation." The aim will be to present the best classical examples of this democratic genre as well as up and coming young folk singers. The festival invites famous singers such as Alexander Gorognitsky, Sergei Nikitin, Oleg Mityaev, Alexei Ivaschenko, Georgii Vasiliev, Galina Khomchik, Lidia Cheboksarova, Vadim and Valerii Mischuki, Konstantin Tarasov, Leonid Sergeev, Timur Shaov, and others. The first such concert took place on the Arbat in May of 1999. During the several hour concert on an open square there were over 40 performers, and the audience numbered about 80,000 people. This unexpected success inspired the creators to make this a yearly event.
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