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14 June

Thousands of people at the Platonov Festival

by Olga Tabatskaya

The events of the Platonov Arts Festival are held not only in Theatre and concert venues but also in open air with hundreds of people coming to them.

From 10 to 13 June the Soviet square was a place for the unprecedentedly long and large Book Fair. About 130 independent publishing houses from Russia and Ukraine participated in the Book Fair, and over 10 thousand people from Voronezh and other places visited it.

On June 11 in a chalk quarry the White Well a one-day World Music Festival was held for the second time. Such bands as Jambinai from South Korea and Ministry of Ecology alongside with the duet of Joe Driscoll (the USA) and Sekou Kouyate (Guinea) made their debut in Russia. Hindi Zahra from Morocco headlined the show. Even when it began to rain sometimes 3 thousand spectators continued to enjoy music.

by Andrey Parfenov

A new venue of the Platonov Festival – the Green Theatre in the Central Culture and Recreation Park – was opened with a World Music concert as well. For the first time in Russia the spectators (1, 5 thousand people) could enjoy the concerts of a three-piece Scottish band Lau and Violons barbares with members from Mongolia, Bulgaria and France. This concert was held in the Green Theatre on June 12 and on the next day the spectators of the Platonov Festival were introduced to a project “New Opera Names of America”. Young singers from the USA, accompanied by the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Voronezh Concert Hall performed classical opera arias as well as parts of musicals. The show was very welcomed by the spectators.

On June 12 the central city street – Revolutsii avenue – hosted the Theatre Parade “Colorful Clouds”, which featured about 250 performers. The parade became the largest in the history of the Platonov Festival. About 16 thousand people came to see surreal costumes created by Andrey Bartenev (“Bubbles of Hope”), a giant flower ship of the “Fire People” from Moscow, ballerinas of the Dutch Theatre PAVANA, little dragons of the Spanish Theatre Efimer, Mr.Pejo’s Wandering Dolls from Saint Petersburg as well as performers and acrobats from Voronezh and Novaya Usman. After the parade, the participants gave several free performances in the Nikitin and Soviet squares and in the Central Culture and Recreation Park.