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+++Mayday in Moscow+++

Mailghetto author Oleg Kireev describes aesthetic actions that will take place in the midst of the granddaddy of all May Day parades, the offical, state-sanctioned May Day parade in Moscow.
From: "Oleg Kireev" < kireev2000@cityline.ru>
To: supressed
Subject: Syndicate: Moscow, Mayday, street-party
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 19:07:00 +0400

Tomorrow the second Russian street-party will take place. The first one
was
a year ago, organized by the "SVOI 2000" ("OWN 2000", or "OUR OWN 2000")
movement. A column of carnival-like dressed people under orange flags
followed an official Communist party & red satellites columns in their
moving through the very center of the city. There were a "gangsta-jazz
orchestra" with trumpets and a dancing group of girls in a head of the
column, megafones and a plenty of slogans on the banners which could not
be
understood in any language. The "SVOI 2000" column followed the reds
till
the Moscow river embankment and turned aside then, crossed the center
and
went through Gogolevsky boulevard and Arbat.

TOMORROW "SVOI 2000" WILL GO TO THE STREETS WITH THE ADVERTISING
BANNERS.
THESE BANNERS WILL ADVERTISE THE PARTICIPANTS THEMSELVES AND EXPLAIN
WHAT
THEY DO AND WHO THEY ARE. A COLUMN WILL FOLLOW AN OFFICIAL COMMUNIST
COLUMN
FIRST AND MAYBE CHOOSE ITS OWN ROOT LATER.

Holiday is something what concerns happiness. It's tied to the happiness
with invisible needles; we see happiness looking at the needles. When
looking at the Mayday needles in Soviet times, people saw a global
happiness
of communism. Now people don't believe in such a happiness, they dream
of a
small and very concrete happiness, to find a well-paid job, for
example.
Everybody imagines some kind of an ideal job. A Mayday demonstration may
concern such a happiness: everybody dreams of his ideal job, and the
dream
is expressed, as it usually happens, by the use of an advertising
banner.


EVERYBODY IS WELCOME
at Kaluzhskaya square (Oktyabrskaya metro), under the Leninn's monument,
at
9.00