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7 June

June, 7 – Day 5 of Platonov Arts Festival

World Music in White Well quarry. Photo by Diana Barinova

Today the performance of Azerbaijan artist Vusal Rahim in Koltsovsky Park, “Aphrodite” performance by “Sfera” Theatre and an open-air festival “World Music in White Well quarry” took place.

In the afternoon, one of the artists of “The Ring” exhibition Vusal Rahim from Azerbaijan created a performance in Koltsovsky Park. Vusal Rahim often experiments with the theme of ancient cults and shamanism. In the “Universe” performance, he, as an artist-creator, in full view of the audience creates the world, animals and people out of clay, using the ancient cult statuettes as prototypes. The performance lasted several hours.

In Chamber Theatre, the second and the third performances of “The Cow” by ARTiSHOK Theatre from Kazakhstan happened as well as the juggling master-class of Sean Gandini in Voronezh Concert Hall. Sean Gandini is one of the world’s leading juggling creators and a founder of “Gandini Juggling” company from Great Britain. In the evening, the second performance of “Smashed” was shown, and according to Sean’s words, it is a sensational mix of skills and theatricality inspired by the work of the great choreographer Pina Bausch.

Cinema show in art centre "Commune". Photo by Karina Magomedova

Book Club “Petrovskiy” held a poetry night with Mikhail Aizenberg, Alye Parusa Park presented a “Fool” performance by GiroldonCircus from Switzerland. The performance of children creative groups of the Voronezh region took place on the Soviet square, and art centre “Commune” showed “The House on Trubnaya” movie (Director – Boris Barnet, 1928).

The pinnacle event of the day was an open air festival “World Music in White Well quarry” – a new project of Platonov Arts Festival. About 2500 people came to White Well quarry to listen to Drum Ecstasy и Dmitry Lukyanchik (Belarus), Mgzavrebi (Georgia), The Bambir (Armenia), and the headliners of the festival with their first shows in Russia Yasmine Hamdan (Lebanon) and Ester Rada (Israel).

Open-air lasted more than 5 hours on the chalk quarry beach with an eye to the lake and stunning Chalk Mountains, the stage was located in the water - especially for the festival was built an “island” in the pond.