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8 June

June, 8 – Day 4 of Platonov Festival

Mostar Sevdah Reunion playing on Soviet Square. Photo by Karina Magomedova.

On June, 8, Sunday, the festival 4th day the Book Fair rich and varied program continued. Despite the heat wave, Voronezh residents took an active part in the event. As a result, almost all books displayed on the stalls were sold out in the end. According to the publishers and Fair participants, Voronezh confirmed its reputation as a reader city, intellectual and interested in the new trends in literature.

Games and classes went on in the children’s tent, where a meeting with the well-known Russian writer Yuri Nechiporenko presenting his book “To Laugh and to Whistle” took place.

In the afternoon, “Andrey Platonov in 2014”, an open lecture by Natalia Kornienko, took place in Voronezh Regional Scientific Library named after I.S. Nikitin, where fans of Platonov, regional ethnographers, members of writer unions, teachers and students of the Voronezh State University got together.

 At 5 p.m. in Book club “Petrovskiy”, Elena Shubina, a well-known Russian publisher, introduced one of her writers Vladimir Sharov, whose novel “Return to Egypt” devoted to Nikolay Gogol’s biography had been released recently.

 At 3 p.m. the Voronezh Gallery H.L.A.M. hosted the opening of Sergey Bazilev’s solo exhibition “The Innermost Man”, which excited great interest among contemporary art lovers, festival participants, guests and the press.


“Jerusalem is not Just a City” opening. Photo by Igor Filonov.

A while later, the Voronezh Regional Art Museum named after I.N. Kramskoy saw the opening of the festival 6th exhibition “Jerusalem is not Just a City” presenting the works by Dmitry Brickman, a well-known Israeli photographer. This opening started the Days of Israeli Culture in Voronezh, which will continue with the show of “Oyster”, a performance by Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company, within the Platonov Festival program, and with a run of contemporary Israeli films after the festival closure. The exhibition opening was visited by members of a Jewish community in Voronezh, photographic art lovers, professional photographers and artists from Voronezh. The highlight of the event was a performance of an ancient Jewish prayer by a cantor of a Voronezh synagogue.

 The cast of “May Night” show staged by Moscow Puppet Theatre gave a press-conference in the House of Journalists, where they spoke about the history of their unusual performance and shared their impressions of the Voronezh spectators.

After his open rehearsal at the Voronezh Philharmonic Hall visited by students of music colleges and cello teachers, Alexander Knyazev, who substituted for the Italian cellist Mario Brunello, met the journalists. In the evening, Alexander Knyazev performed Nikolay Mayakovsky’s Cello Concerto and Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto accompanied by the Voronezh Academic Symphony Orchestra with great success.


"Islands" (DEREVO). Photo by Igor Filonov

“Platonov Night” was performed by Aleksandr Filippenko at the Voronezh Theatre for Young Spectators. The Voronezh Drama theatre named after Koltsov continued the run of Josef Nadj’s “Woyzeck, or the Hint of Vertigo”, a performance by the National Choreography Centre of Orleans. “Islands”, a performance by the Dresden theatre DEREVO directed by Anton Adasinskiy, made its first appearance on the stage of the Voronezh Concert Hall.

Mostar Sevdah Reunion, a band from Bosnia and Herzegovina, gave a free concert in Soviet Square. In the evening it was no longer so boiling hot as by day; there were fountains running, people dancing, listening to the Bosnians and singing along, some were doing their late shopping at the Book Fair – all that created a unique festival atmosphere.  

Haiti-party. Photo by Andrey Parfenov.

The 4th festival day finished with a concert of the singer from Haiti Marlene Dorcena, who performed in the Green Theatre of the park “Alye Parusa”. The concert was preceded by a short lecture “From Folklore to World Music” delivered by Nazim Nadirov, an expert in world music. Then Marlene sang her beautiful Creole songs under the summer sky. Nazir Nadimov finished the party with his DJ set.