This year the Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival for the eleventh time in a row was held on Red Square, right in the heart of Moscow.
Over these eleven years the Spasskaya Tower Festival has welcomed more than 160 artistic groups from 54 countries, become one of the greatest international events of Russia’s cultural life and secured its right to be among the top three of such venues on par with the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, held in Scotland since 1950, and Basel Military Tattoo, held in Switzerland since 2006.
The popularity of the Festival has been continuously growing. Many of military bands and artistic groups submit their applications to the Festival’s Directorate years before the event.
22 bands, two honor guard units and two dance groups took part in the 2018 Festival’s evening shows. Apart from Russian military musicians, representatives of Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Monaco, Myanmar, Holland, Oman, Switzerland, Sri Lanka as well as International Celtic Pipes and Drums and International Irish Dance Team, all in all about 1500 artists, also stepped onto the cobblestone of Red Square. More than 100 music compositions performed by 767 and 157 wind and percussion instruments, respectively, filled the air of this year’s evening shows.
The Spasskaya Tower Festival is popular among all the categories of audiences and attracts wide attention both of Russian and international media. According to the Smyslografia Analytical Agency and Mediologia Information Analytical System, media of 36 countries has issued publications mentioning the Spasskaya Tower Festival. Following the Smyslografia research, the Spasskaya Tower Festival is the most cited military music event of the year getting ahead of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the oldest festival of the kind. Among the media paying its outmost attention to the Festival’s events are resources representing Great Britain, Spain and the USA.
More than ninety thousands of people alone watched the Eleventh Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival’s evening shows live from Red Square. All in all more than five hundreds thousands of Muscovites and guests of the capital attended events organized by the Spasskaya Tower Festival’s Directorate. 105 media representatives, including 23 foreign agencies, covered the events of the Festival. The Media Center issued 1506 accreditations for reporters and bloggers. Thus, the overall audience coverage of the project featuring the media campaign, Internet and TV broadcasts totaled in more than fifty five hundred millions of people all over the world.
Although the Eleventh Spasskaya Tower Festival ended less than two months ago the organizers have already saturated themselves in producing the next Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival, the twelfth in a row, which as a matter of tradition will be held on Red Square at the end of August — beginning of September 2019.