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19 April

Edward Kochergin: a new winner of the Platonov Award.

The award was given to him with the commentary "for versatility and dignity."

Today the final meeting of the Council on the Platonov Award in literature and art was held in the building of the government of the Voronezh region.
The nineth Platonov Award "for versatility and dignity" was bestowed to Eduard Kochergin.
Edward Kochergin is a theater artist and writer, the chief artist at BDT named after G. Tovstonogov (since 1972). He is also a member of the Russian Academy of Arts, the People’s Artist of the RSFSR. He has been the winner of the State Award of the USSR, the State Award of the Russian Federation and many other awards.
Kochergin has also wrote several books; "The angel’s puppet: Stories of a drawing man", "Baptized with crosses: Notes on the knees", "The notes of a tablet rat", "Zaviruhi Shishova Lane: the parables of Vasilievsky island", "Russia, who is the last one?". He was given the "National Bestseller" award as well as Sergey Dovlatov’s award "For achievements in modern national prose"for his literary works.
The award ceremony will take place on June 16th at the IX Platonov Arts Festival’s closing gala of at the Voronezh Opera and Ballet Theater.
The Platonov Award is bestowed annually to Russian or foreign literary and artistic figures for their significant contribution to the cultural heritage of the Russian Federation together with the creation of outstanding works in literature, theatrical, musical, visual arts and the innovative development of humanistic cultural traditions.
The cash prize of the award is 1 million rubles. The prize comes with a commemorative badge and a diploma.
In the previous years a writer Boris Ekimov, a director Lev Dodin, a musician Mikhail Pletnev, an animator Alexander Petrov, a writer Andrei Bitov, a film director Alexander Sokurov, a writer Alexey Ivanov, as well as a director Anatoly Vasilyev and an actress Alla Demidova became the Platonov Award winners.
The Council on the Platonov Award includes:
• Alexander Gusev, the Governor of the Voronezh Region, the Chairman of the Council;
• Emilia Sukhacheva, the Head of the Department of Culture of the Voronezh Region;
• Mikhail Bychkov, the artistic director of the Platonov Festival;
• Natalya Kornienko, a literary critic, the head of the Platonov group of the Institute of World Literature named after M. Gorky;
• Elena Shubina, the head of the modern prose editorial department of the AST Publishing House;
• Vladimir Vasilyev, a choreographer, the People’s Artist of the USSR;
• Alexey Varlamov, a writer, a member of the Presidium of the Council for Culture and Art under the President of the Russian Federation;
• Nikolay Simonov, a theater artist, the Honored artist of the Russian Federation;
• Marina Davydova, a theater critic, the editor-in-chief of the “Theatre” magazine, the art director of the NET festival;
• Alexander Vislov, a theater critic, the editor of the journal “The issues of theater”;
• Yevgeny Trembovelsky, a musicologist, the Honorary Worker of the Union of Composers of Russia;
• Ivan Schelokov, a poet, the chairman of the Voronezh Regional Branch of the Writers' Union of Russia, a member of the Union of Journalists of Russia.
• Viktor Rudenko, the director and the editor-in-chief of the “Kommuna” newspaper.
The International Platonov Arts Festival is held annually in Voronezh city which is the birthplace of the writer Andrey Platonov. The program of the forum traditionally consists of the following sections: Theater, Music, Exhibitions and Literature. There’s also a special section of works created on the basis of Platonov's texts or dedicated to him.
In 2019, the Platonov Festival is taking place from June 1st to June 16th.
The theater program includes performances by many prominent directors such as Daniele Finzi Pasca, Robert Sturua, Lev Dodin, Egor Peregudov, Mindaugas Karbauskis; choreographers Murad Merzuki and Aurelien Bori. The musical part includes concerts by Maxim Vengerov (violin), Ara Malikyan (violin), Alice Sarah Ott (piano), Alban Gerhardt (cello), the Jerusalem quartet and other musicians.
During eight years since the very beginning, the Platonov Festival has become one of the major and the most acclaimed arts festivals in the country. Its program includes about 100 events that are attended by more than 100,000 viewers.