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Велоночь is Velonotte in Italian and English
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Velonotte (from Italian bike+night) concept was first revealed in Moscow in 2007 - for collective exploration, valorization and promotio of urban architecture and landscape studies, to inspire citizens and desicion makers about history and genius loci.

Our team is composed of historian Prof. Marina Avdonina, producer Maria Nikitina; tecnic director is George Zavyalov, Dr of Science and incredible traveller. Cinema dept is curated by Julia Zavyalova. Spirit advisor is Victoria Aristova. Our design board is led by Valentin Dyakonov, and we love a lot drawings by Dasha Serebryakova (watch out for her London Velonotte 2012 comic map). Original soundtracks are produced by Sweet Underground DJs. Sergey Nikitin is directing the whole of the show.

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Velonotte™ is an annual non-profit series that presents secret places, key monuments and hidden lanscapes to hundreds and thousands of people. After Velonotte Roma (2010), two editions of Velonotte Pietrogrado in St. Petersburg, Velonight New York (2011), Terni Veloday and L'Olimpica in London, the project was brought to Istanbul(No.13) and London's West End (No.14). Three Velonotti in Kazan gathered young audience from Volga and Ural region, while Moscow events became annual since then. See history and videos for more



Just around midnight the square between Colloseum and Constantine’s Arch is

being filled with cyclists… 

Vedomosti, Russia’s leading business newspaper


“Taking Manhattan by Bike (the Russian Way)”

New York Times


Velonotte’s founder, historian and urban activist Sergey Nikitin, is Russian; he’s been organising these inspirational international grand tours in different cities since 2007

Time Out London


Velonotte Istanbul is an annual non-profit event that aims to present secret places, key monuments and hidden landscapes to hundreds and thousands of people.

Hurriyet, Turkey's biggest newspaper


“When the clock strikes 12, hop on a bike to explore New York’s architectural

landmarks as part of the city’s first Velonight”.

Bloomberg News agency


“An unprecedented architectural public education event is going to take place in

New York”

Architizer, the USA’s leading blog for architecture


«Velonotte-2011» - the year’s biggest bike ride

Afisha, Moscow’s top enternainment magazine


Il progetto accademico russo MosKultProg di Sergey Nikitin e’ ben noto per i suoi

eventi unici e originali, presentando le ricerche e interpretazioni più interessanti

di urbanistica ed architettura. 

Abitare, Italian leading archetecture magazine


The ride.. will be guided by cultural historians including Peter Ackroyd, Richard Rogers, Ricky Burdett, Peter Murray and David Adjaye.

The Guardian 


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​​Sergey NIKITIN, PhD., Founding director of bureau de MosKultProg (1997) and VeloNotte international (2007) is a Moscow-based historian and sociourbanist. He is currently teaching Sociourbanistics at the Higher school of Economics.

Among his  recent realizations - book Streets of Rome (in Russian), video project Masterlives Milano with students of Politecnico of Milan, Melnikov Bar and Teatro Instabile de Venexia for the Carnival of Venice.



Velonotte lifetime advisors include Jean-Louis Cohen (New York University, USA), Hartmut Frank (Hamburg), Sergey Romanyuk (Moscow, Russia), Yuri Shirkov (Moscow state university), Anna Nistratova-Nistrich (Moscow), Igor 'Shmel' Shmelev (Firma Films).



Enjoy these videos and our brand new Velonotte channel on Vimeo.



Historically, Velonotte always relied on friends and partners, in order to create something inspiring. We are grateful for your help!

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