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14 January

Christmas Charity Evening in Voronezh

Aleksandr Oleshko, Alla Sigalova and Anatoly Bely

On 13 January, traditional Christmas charity evening took place in the big hall of the Voronezh region government.  International Platonov Festival Directorate were in charge of the Evening concert program, Mikhail Bychkov being the director of the event. 

Christmas charity evenings have been held since 2010 on the initiative of Alexey Gordeev, the governor, and his wife Tatyana Gordeeva. Traditionally, all the money raised, which amounted to about 327 million rubles in the previous four years, is used to support the talented children of the Voronezh region.

Since 2015 has been announced the Year of literature in the Russian Federation, the Christmas charity evening was dedicated to the book and the world classics.

Tatiana Gordeeva, Alexey Gordeev and Voronezh Youth Symphony Orchestra

Alla Sigalova, a choreographer, director, Honored Artist of Russia, Honored Man of Art of the RF, and Anatoly Bely, an actor of MHAT (Moscow Art Theatre named after Chekhov), a film actor, Honored Artist of Russia, presented the concert program. Aleksandr Oleshko, a well-known Russian actor, became the auctioneer of the traditional charity event.


Among the charity auction lots there were rare limited editions of the highest printing quality. As a result of the auction and the guests’ extra donations, a record sum of 80 million and 560 thousand rubles was raised. We are grateful to Oleg Basilashvili, Leonid Roshal, Aleksandr Kalyagin, Vasiliy Lanovoy, Sergey Garmash, Denis Matsuev, Alisa Freindlikh, Sergey Makovetskiy, Evgeniy Mironov, Oleg Tabakov, Chulpan Khamatova and Valeriy Gergiev, who left their autographs and Christmas wishes on the lots, which increased their value multifold.

Among the highlights of the evening there were performances by Irina Lungu, an opera singer, Oleg Pogudin, a Russian romance singer, People’s Artist of Russia Larisa Dolina, Angelina Sergeeva and Cocktail Trio and other stars.