Moscow’s Outline Festival (2nd July- 4th July) has been cancelled with the promoters of the festival posting this announcement on Facebook just hours before the beginning of the first day. The festival was about to take place outside Moscow’s MoZal plant where military personnel was sighted in order to prevent the festival.

According to Russian media, the authorities claim that the festival didn’t meet the requirements regarding permits and fire safety, although Outline itself denies these claims.

This is the Outline’s official statement below:

This afternoon government officials entered the Outline grounds unannounced and prevented the organizers and workers from setting up the festival’s stages, installations and infrastructure—despite the fact that Outline applied for and received all permits and licenses necessary to throw the event in a legally appropriate amount of time. 

Due to these unfortunate circumstances beyond our control, the festival was forced to close and was prohibited from moving to other venues in the city. Outline is deeply saddened by the authorities’ decision to shut down the event, and we sincerely regret the inconvenience to all of our guests in Moscow, throughout Russia and around the world. We would like to thank all of the artists, crew and volunteers who put so much love and time into building out all of the installations and stages on site. We would like to list the artists here whose work will sadly not be exhibited.

Adil Aubekerov
Igor Skaletskiy
Laboratory ABC
Ekaterina Konovalova
Tatyana Ludanik
Vlad Omutov
Galya Chriva
Dashe Ilunga
Tanya Fabrique
Ilya Visokosov
Fedor Miller
Vitai Viazi
Lisa Shahno
Yan Kalnberzin & Polina Bakhtina
Daria Tihonova
Roman Fedorov
Ilya Gureev
Laboratory ABC
Pavlik Kuznetsov
Ivan Ninety
Antonia Lev
Ura Ulchinson
Kieran Behan (Crystal Mafia)
Marie Alice Brandner-Wolfszahn – (Crocodilopolis)
Idan Hayosh & Morten J. Olsen
Pim Palsgraaf
Willem Besselink
Daan Botlek
Mosa 87 + Pablo Tomek
Murat Adash
Cristian Wolf

Despite the devastating turn of events Outline will stand strong against the powers that be and continue to create spaces where we are free to do what we love.’

This is Russia today…

Christos Doukakis