VIII International Platonov Arts Festival will take place in Voronezh (Russia) in June, 2018.
Festival program supports work in 4 fields: «Theatre», «Music», «Visual art» and «Literature». It represents the world art in all its diversity and traditions: dramatic performances, choreography and opera, visual and total theater, classical music, jazz and world-music, paintings and graphic arts, video-art and installations, prose, poetry and dramaturgy.
Platonov Arts Festival, named after the greatest Russian writer of the twentieth century Andrey Platonov, has been held in his homeland Voronezh since June 2011. We have special «Platonov program» consists of works based on Platonov’s literary heritage, or devoted to the Platonov’s work.
All the theatre and concert stages in Voronezh, all exhibition rooms and galleries are used as festival venues. Most of them are situated in the center of Voronezh, not far from each other.
Besides traditional auditoriums and exhibition halls, parks and squares festival “geography” includes unusual and unique in its beauty and history venues: Castle park in Ramon, where some music concerts take place; Art center “Commune”, situated into the building of former printing-office of Commune newspaper, where young Andrey Platonov worked; Quarry “White Well” which is the venue for the world-music concerts.
The Festival also offers some free events for the citizens and guests of Voronezh, where you don’t need to buy a ticket. The most spectacular and impressive one is Street theatres parade, which is held annually on June 12. There are lots of stilt-walkers, mimes and musicians from all over the world dressed up in fabulous costumes, marching down the city’s main street. The Parade is kind of opening ceremony for performances of street theatres.
Thanks to a rich festival program, which takes place continuously for two weeks in June, Voronezh begins its summer with a big art festival.
Since its foundation the festival follows its main goal: to open a great world of art to Voronezh and Voronezh to the world. For seven years many theatres have learned about small province in the south of Russia, such as: British theater "Sadler's Wells","Bouffe du Nord" from Paris, Taiwanese "Cloud Gate" and NDT. The city hosted the performances of Robert Wilson, Philippe Genty, Declan Donnellan and Eimuntas Nekrošius. Spectator wached the ballets of Nacho Duato and Jiri Kylian, Russell Maliphant and Hans van Manen. Camerata Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, pianist Lucas Debargue, cellist Mario Brunello, violinist Julian Rachlin and many others played in the Voronezh Philharmonic Hall and on the stage of The Voronezh Opera and Ballet Theatre.
The forum has become one of the largest and most meaningful arts festivals in Russia. More than 85,000 spectators from different cities visited its events in 2017. Russian state media increasingly call the Platonov Arts Festival one of the most significant Russian cultural forums, and Voronezh in June - the cultural capital of Russia.
The founder and artistic director of Platonov Arts Festival is Mikhail Bychkov, stage director, founder and artistic director of Voronezh Chamber Theater.
The Festival was created under the direct patronage of the Governor of Voronezh Region Alexey Gordeev.