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15 June

VII International Platonov Arts Festival finished!

from the performance “Aria”

The closing ceremony of the forum with the participation of the Governor of the Voronezh Region Alexey Gordeev and the artistic director of the festival Mikhail Bychkov was held at the Opera and Ballet Theatre.

On June 14 finished the seventh International Platonov Art Festival in Voronezh. The closing ceremony took place on the stage of the Opera and Ballet Theatre. It was attended by the artistic director of the festival Mikhail Bychkov and the governor of the Voronezh region Alexey Gordeev.

“Platonovfest gave residents of our city the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of art for two weeks. Moreover - thanks to the forum, Voronezh is becoming recognized not only in Russia, but also abroad, since artists and musicians from all over the world come to us ... We do not say goodbye. See you at the eighth Platonov Arts Festival!” - closed the forum Alexey Gordeev.

Then the audience saw an “flying dance” called “Aria”. This is a joint production of three Italian companies: No Gravity Dance Company, Emiliano Pellisari Studio and Roman Baroque Ensemble. The performance was shown for the first time in Russia.

Alexey Gordeev and Mikhail Bychkov at the closing ceremony of the festival

Representatives from 17 countries participated in the programme of the Platonov Arts Festival, which took place in Voronezh from 2 to 14 of June: Argentina, Belarus, France, the Gambia, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, and the USA. Thanks to the International Art Residency for young professionals and theatre experts - the joint project of the Platonov Arts Festival and the Theatre Union of Russian Federation - the number of participating countries increased to 23.

The Festival hosted about 100 events: concerts, theatre and film shows, exhibitions, street performances, art sessions, lectures, workshops and open rehearsals. Much has been shown for the first time in Russia: the opera “Electricity Motherland” (Voronezh Opera and Ballet Theatre), the performances “Imitation of Life” (Proton Theatre, Hungary), “Evening with NDT 2” (The Netherlands Dance Theatre), “The King David Report” (Gesher Theatre, Israel), “The Russian Contract” (Warsaw Drama Theatre, Poland), “Fro” (Brest Puppet Theatre, Belarus), “Aria” (No Gravity Dance Company, Emiliano Pellisari Studio and Roman Baroque Ensemble, Italy). For the first time in Russia participated the following representatives of the musical programme: Vision String Quartet (Germany), Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra (Spain), Sona Jobarteh (the Gambia), Maia Barouh (Japan-France), Hjaltalin (Iceland), Jean Deroyer (France), who took part in the concert “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace" as a conductor. In addition, the Voronezh residents were the first to see new shows of German street theatres Serious Clowns ("Lost Wheels of Time") and Stelzen-Art ("Flower and Butterfly").

This year, a new section appeared in the programme of the festival - "Theatre-Plus". It included lectures before the performance "Imitation of Life" and "The King David Report", helping viewers understand the theatrical context of the performances better; Discussions after the performances "Electricity Motherland", "From the Depths ... (Artist Vincent Van Gogh)" and "Russian Contract"; The days of the Belarusian Drama - readings of the plays and their discussion with playwrights.

More than 85 000 spectators visited the events of the festival programme in 2017. Almost 26,000 people paid for the tickets and 59,000 people visited events that were free of charge: exhibitions, events in the art-centre “Commune”, the Street Theatres programme, the literary and educational programme, and the “Theatre-Plus” events.

 from the performance “Aria”

Many Mass Media covered the events of the Platonov Arts Festival for two weeks. Among them - not only Voronezh and regional publications, but also federal and even foreign media.

The “Kommersant” newspaper called the Platonovfest “one of the largest Russian festivals, which now looks like one of the happiest examples of the decentralization of cultural life”. “Vedomosti” noted that "the accuracy in the forming of the programme is also distinguished by the Platonov Arts Festival, for which you want to move to Voronezh for two weeks”. The crew of the TV channel “Culture” came to Voronezh for a few days and produced wonderful and detailed reports about our events. The “Independent Newspaper” was pleased not only with the programme, but also with the festival audience.

We express our gratitude to all the participants, guests and spectators of the 7th Platonov Arts Festival, to our partners who helped organize this large-scale celebration, and, of course, to our volunteers - young and energetic people who are at the beginning of their journey to acquire experience in cultural management.