August 28, 1899 in Yamskaya Sloboda, a suburb of Voronezh, the great Russian writer Andrey Platonov was born. He gave the name to Platonov Arts Festival, that was held for the second time in Voronezh, from 8 to 17 June.
This year, a special Platonov festival program that helps to preserve and promote the heritage of the writer has grown significantly. Within the literary program the Platonov club was opened. Under the name of Andrey Platonov it unites literary, scientific and cultural community in Russia and other countries. The Translation Workshop also became the part of the festival. The project was attended by the well-known translators of Platonov's prose into German and philologists. On the main city square the Book Fair of the Festival and the relay-reading took place: for about four hours guests of the festival, famous politicians, businessmen, athletes and cultural workers had been reading Platonov’s «The Innermost Man».
The exhibition of works of the contemporary writer’s illustrators «Platonov in the graphic arts» was included in a visual program. Theatre program was represented by several events, among them there were three variants of the story «The River Potudan» and performances of the puppet theaters based on Platonov’s prose. As before, in basis of the musical direction were works of Platonov’s contemporaries: Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Stravinsky, Rachmaninov, and others – both popular and rarely performed.
The Platonov Award for achievements in Literature and Art, established by the Government of the Voronezh region, was given to People's Artist of Russia, artistic director of the Maly Drama Theatre – Theatre of Europe Lev Dodin for the preservation of the traditions of Russian repertory theatre and outstanding performances in recent years.
The Platonov Festival Directorate has already begun preparations for the new festival, which will take place in Voronezh, in June 2013. The guests of the third Platonov Festival will have the opportunity to enjoy the contemporary world art and the heritage of «the most mysterious and improper Russian writer of the twentieth century».