Lucha Britannia is an English lucha libre-style professional wrestling promotion based in Bethnal Green, London since 2006. Lucha Britannia was created by Garry Vanderhorne in 2006 from Rock & Metal Wrestling Action, as an alternative form of physical theatre, cabaret and professional wrestling. In 2007, Lucha Britannia held the first of its six sell-out shows at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club. By November 2007 The promotion had outgrown the Working Men's Club and moved to SeOne, a large nightclub beneath London Bridge station. In December that year they were listed by Time Out in their top five Best alternative nightlife of 2007. In the summer of 2008 Lucha Britannia featured on the BBC's coverage of the Reading and Leeds festivals and in October that year they co-hosted the inaugural Bizarre Ball in conjunction with Bizarre Magazine. In 2009, Lucha Britannia became the first UK based wrestling promotion to feature on live British television in twenty-five years when they featured in their coverage of the Brit Awards after-party at Earls Court hosted by Rufus Hound.
That year they returned to co-produce and host the second Bizarre Ball again for Bizarre Magazine. During 2011, Lucha Britannia put on seventeen events in London and around the UK. In 2016 the promotion increased to hosting semi-monthly shows called Lucha Underground at the Resistance Gallery in Bethnal Green, East London on Friday nights. Lucha Britannia combines the Lucha Libre style of wrestling, characterized by the wearing of colourful masks, rapid sequences of holds and maneuvres, tag-teams and "high-flying" with the traditional British technical style, North American and Japanese Puroresu wrestling format. Aside from wrestling, Lucha Britannia events include risqué cabaret performances, comedic interludes and side acts. All the characters and performers in Lucha Britannia loosely fit into a fantastical narrative called the "RetroFutureVerse" wherein a fractious band of outlawed prize-fighters battle for justice and dignity against the dastardly representatives of tyrannical rulers in an ornately cruel, futuristic dystopia.
The promotion runs regular monthly shows called The Lucha Underground from the Resistance Gallery – a venue in Bethnal Green in London's East End. The Resistance Gallery is home to the London School of Lucha Libre, Lucha Britannia's own professional-wrestling training academy, as well as hosting a variety of other events. Lucha Britannia has been an attraction on television and at major UK festivals including the Glastonbury Festival, Download Festival, Reading Festival, Leeds Festival and The Brit Awards; as only months are known, each reign is listed as beginning on the first of the month although this may not be true. As of March 3, 2020. Professional wrestling in the United Kingdom List of professional wrestling promotions in the United Kingdom Official website
Zaryadye Park is a landscape urban park located adjacent to Red Square in Moscow, Russia, on the site of the former Rossiya Hotel. It is the first public park built in Moscow for over 50 years, the previous being the Soviet Friendship Park built for the 1957 Festival of Youth and Students; the park was inaugurated on 9 September 2017 by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin. Time magazine puts Zaryadye Park on 2018 list of World's Greatest Places; the area of the park's facilities is 78,000 square meters, of which 25,200 square meters is occupied by a multipurpose concert hall. The park has underground parking for 430 cars; the first new park in Moscow for over 50 years, its construction cost more than $480 million. Plans for a new park were first raised in 2012 when the city of Moscow and its chief architect Sergey Kuznetsov organized a design competition to transform the privatized, commercial Zaryadye area into a public park. An international design consortium led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Hargreaves Associates and BuroHappold Engineering was selected out of 90 submissions from 27 different countries.
The selected competition design sought to create a park borne of Muscovite heritage. The main feature of the park is its facilities hidden under the landscape, while the park itself is divided into four climatic zones: forest, steppe and the floodplains. Another advantage of the new park is a picturesque view of the Kremlin, which visitors can enjoy from a floating bridge over the Moskva River; the floating bridge is a thin air structure in the form of the letter "V" with a large outward extension above the water. It is a 70 meter structure without a single support; the bearing structure of the bridge is made of concrete and the decorative elements are made of metal. The construction withstands a load of 240 tons corresponding to three to four thousand people. High fences are installed so that no one can jump over the sides of the bridge; the media center covers an area of 8500 square meters. It exhibits Russian natural and architectural sights and covers various topics of the Russian history, such as the Battle of Borodino, the fire of Moscow, the Council at Fili.
In one of the pavilions of the media center, viewers are shown films about cultural monuments, protected areas and historical places of Russia. In the cinema, three rows of chairs are located on a movable platform in front of a concave screen, its shape creating a panoramic image; the only digital media hall in Russia with a cylindrical screen and an interactive image transports viewers to the times during the formation of Moscow. A stylized pavilion with an interactive exhibition tells visitors about the history of development of the Far North. In one part of the pavilion, a negative temperature is maintained. For the thickness of the ice, freezing of about 70 tons of water is required. During the day, the temperature in the ice cave remains above -2°C, in the evening, it is above -5°C; the cover of the cave itself is a natural white colour. In the ice cave, an educational site, the "Conservation Embassy", was started. Employees of national reserves and other environmental institutions are able to conduct educational programs here, as well as exchange experiences in the field of biology and ecology.
In the park there is a concert hall with an amphitheatre. The building under a glass dome with an organ and a stage-transformer is a multifunctional concert venue; the building is set into the hill and it is possible to walk along its roof. Only the glass facade remains open; the new Philharmonic replaces the concert site of the demolished Rossiya Hotel, on the site of which the park was built. It hosts symphonic music, as well as jazz concerts; the large amphitheatre adjoins to the Philharmonic and it is covered with a dome, the so-called glass bark, to protect the audience from the rain. The amphitheatre is a stepped landscape design descending from the hill to the stage; the spots are made of wood. The paths between the rows are become part of the drainage system; the amphitheatre organically fits into the natural landscape of the park. The large open amphitheatre in Zaryadye can accommodate 1500 spectators; the small amphitheatre, in which a media screen is installed, is designed for 400 visitors.
The screen is used for film screenings, concerts and other events. The design of the summer amphitheatre was developed by the winner of the 2012 competition for the project of Zaryadye Park. On a 12-meter parabolic screen, viewers sitting on special dynamic platforms are shown about 30 unique natural locations in Russia, taken from a height. In one session the attraction is able to accommodate 40 people, its capacity is 400 spectators per hour. List of tourist attractions in Moscow Kitay-gorod Official site of Zaryadye Park