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8 May

Festival Square


Soviet Square, located next to Voronezh concert hall and Pokrovskiy Cathedral will become the venue of the 2nd Platonov Festival Book Fair 07-09 June 2013. After the successful launch of this literary project in 2012 a lot of Moscow and St. Petersburg publishing companies showed great interest in this event. As a result – this year the number of participating independent publishing houses has increased to 50.

Visitors and guests of the 2nd Book Fair again will have the possibility to purchase books provided directly by the independent Russian book publishers at exceptionally low prices: modern Russian and foreign fiction and poetry, children's books, albums and books on art and architecture, memoirs and biographies, intellectual literature and informal non-fiction book illustrated with original conceptual edition, and even more. 

Press conferences, meetings and autograph sessions of the eminent Russian writers, whose names will be announced very soon, will be organized during the working days of the Book Fair.

In addition to publishing stalls and children's play area, where the youngest guests of the fair may experience different book and game programs, the open stage will be placed at the Book Fair area with a number of interesting events worth seeing:


June 7 

3 pm – the grand opening of the Book Fair and later at 6 pm – book fair visitors could enjoy the concert of Voronezh Russian Folk Choir – the widely recognized hallmark of our region.

June 8 

at 12 am starts another special project of the festival: relay-reading of Andrei Platonov story " Yamskaia Sloboda" Politicians, athletes, businessmen, artists, festival guests and other celebrities will take part in this event and one by one read from the stage pages from this wonderful Platonov work. 

June 8 at 5 pm and June 9 at 12 am 

Book Fair visitors will get the unique chance to experience one of the magic hair shows ever - «Sienta La Cabeza» (translated from Spanish as «Feel your head! »).  Sienta La Cabeza is a company from Barcelona that was founded in 2001 by the Brazilian hairdresser Fafa Franco and Scottish musician and DJ Nick Prescott. Together they combined the art of hairdressing and music in a live street performance and created the show «Sienta La Cabeza» - an eccentric and colorful beauty salon onstage, where creation and fantasy have no limit. With 2 hairdressers and a DJ, the show recycles and transforms quotidian things into unique objects that give the final touch to the stunning head sculptures created live on the more daring members of the public. Over the last 8 years the show has been performed to a wide variety of audiences at festival and events in Spain and Europe, United States, Asia and Latin America.  

Do not miss!!! 


June 9  

At 6:30 pm the concert of Ukranian folk group "DakhaBrakha" will be the bright end of the Book Fair.

"DakhaBrakha" picks from the Ukrainian, Moldavian, Bulgarian, Russian folklore material of mystical character, in the spirit of Gogol's "Wij "- and live band performances, according to music critics, are unique in the folk scene of the post-Soviet space. The quartet brings in authentic songs rhythms and sounds of the world, creating the bright  image of "DakhaBrakha" that could not be compared with any other band.

As part of the troupe "DAH" the group has performed at many theater festivals, participated in Womad, Helsinki Festival, Med, Mundial, Oslo World Music Festival, Pohoda, Rudolstadt, WOMADelaide, Cinars, Dublin World Music Festival, Ethno Port, The Creation of the World, Ethnomecanica and other music festivals around the world. In 2009, "DakhaBrakha" won Sergey Kuryokhin Award.