Platonov Award was established in 2011 by the Government of the Voronezh region and is awarded annually to Russian and foreign cultural figures for their significant contribution to cultural heritage of the Russian Federation, for creation of outstanding works of literature, theatre, music, visual arts, and for innovative development of humanistic and cultural traditions.
Every year a prize amounting to 500 thousand rubles is awaThe amount of prize is 1 million rubles. Nominees are awarded by diploma and they also got a memorable award pin since 2015. The winner is determined by a Council, which was formed of cultural figures, representatives of public organizations and public authorities.
In 2011, a writer Boris Ekimov won the first Platonov Award for his sincerity, deep sense of modernity and Andrey Platonov’s traditions in description of life in Russia at the turn of the ages. At the award ceremony writer Alexey Varlamov named Ekimov «one of the best masters of the word today», noting that Andrey Platonov and Boris Ekimov are unified by themes of land, family values and «deep comprehension of life».
In 2012, the Award was given to People's Artist of Russia Lev Dodin, artistic director of the Maly Drama Theatre – Theatre of Europe. Dodin was awarded for preservation of the traditions of Russian repertory theatre and outstanding performances in recent years. The third laureate of the Platonov Award became Mikhail Pletnev, an artistic director and chief conductor of the Russian National Orchestra. Pletnev was awarded for the depth and harmony in interpretation of the world musical heritage.
In 2014, the Award was given to animated cartoon designer Aleksandr Petrov for evocation images of beauty and harmony of gorgeous and furious world.
The fifth laureate of the Platonov Award was named a writer Andrey Bitov for aesthetic faith to the lonely voce of human and devotion to the common goal of regression the Andrey Platonov’s heritage.
The sixth laureate of the Platonov Award became Russian filmmaker Aleksandr Sokurov. Sokurov was awarded for Platonov’s contumacy in comprehension of the idea of human being into the foundation pit of history.
Alexey Gordeev - governor of the Voronezh region
Mikhail Bychkov - artistic director of the Platonov Arts Festival
Natalya Kornienko - the head of the Platonov group in the Gorky Institute of World Literature
Vladimir Vasiliev - ballet-master, People's Artist of Russia
Alexey Varlamov - writer, member of the Council for Culture and Arts under the President of Russian Federation
Nikolay Simonov - honored Artist of Russian Federation
Aleksandr Vislov - theatre critic, the editor of the Theatre Questions magazine
Evgeniy Trembovelskiy - secretary of the Union of Composers of Russian Federation
Ivan Schelokov - the director of the Podyom magazine
Viktor Rudenko - the director and editor in chief of the Commune newspaper