The festival began with the showings of the performances included in the "Voronezh Case. Opportunities". In total, within the framework of the Case, 8 performances of Voronezh theatres were presented. They were watched by 30 invited guests - critics, curators and directors of festivals from 7 countries: Bulgaria, Romania, Estonia, Belarus, Armenia, Croatia, Russia. A separate project was the cycle of performances "Platonov - 2021", which included 4 works created especially for the festival. In addition, there were 3 lectures on new theatrical formats and a panel discussion that brought together the participants and guests of the Voronezh Case.
The exhibition programme for 2021 consisted of three exhibitions. Two of them are "Jack of Diamonds. Emanation of Isms" and" Arkady Shaikhet. A Witness to Time"- were presented at the Museum named after Kramskoy, another one - "Substance of Existence. Victoria and Pavel Nikonov. Painting"- in the exhibition hall on 8, Kirov Street. The exhibition "Jack of Diamonds" included paintings from the collections of 7 Russian museums.
The main programme of the festival continued with performances and concerts. In total, from June 3rd to June 20th, 42 performances from Moscow, Novosibirsk, Arkhangelsk and Novokuznetsk were shown as part of the main theatre programme, as well as 4 concerts of academic music and an evening with the Platonov Award laureate 2021 – the composer Leonid Desyatnikov.
5 video screenings of German performances from the Theatertreffen festival programme (the project took place within the framework of the Year of Germany in Russia 2020/2021) took place at the Venue 1900 (Vinzavod space).
Within the framework of the Theatre-Plus programme, 6 meet-the-artist events with directors, critics and journalists were held. Also, within the framework of the literature programme of the festival, 6 meet-the-writer events were held.
The Book Fair was held on Sovetskaya Square for three days. 144 independent publishing houses were represented at the Book Fair this year.
Bands from three countries: Serbia, Greece and Russia performed at the long-awaited open-air concert –World Music in the White Well.
In June, more than 500 participants from 9 countries came to the festival; more than 36,000 spectators attended the events of its programme.