The Platonov award ceremony was held on September 20, 2020

On September 20, the ceremony of giving the Platonov award in the field of literature and art took place. Mikhail Bychkov – a theatre director, the artistic director of the Voronezh Chamber Theatre, the artistic director of the International Platonov Festival, an Honored Art Worker of the Voronezh Region, a member of the Presidential Council for Culture and Art became its tenth laureate.

The award was given with the wording “for the creation of an innovative theatre and festival movement in the homeland of Andrey Platonov”.

The official event was opened by the Governor of the Voronezh Region Alexander Gusev.

"In recent days, our wonderful city has been embellished with bright festive colours of the Platonov Festival. This is yet another confirmation that art is able to overcome not only time, but also difficult circumstances. I am pleased to give this award to Mikhail Vladimirovich Bychkov for the creation and holding of such a wonderful event as the Platonov Festival, for his many achievements in the field of culture and art", the head of the region emphasized.

Mikhail Bychkov thanked the Governor and the Award Council for the high assessment of his achievements.

"The wording which the award was presented with - for the creation of an innovative theatre and festival movement in the homeland of Andrey Platonov - is very important and unusual for me. It reflects what I have been doing for the last 30 years in Voronezh, and directly relates to what I do as a creative person, as an artist. And this is the Platonov Award. It means that there is some peculiarity in it, which is present in everything which the name of Andrey Platonov is connected with.

This is not the first award in my life. But for me it is associated with an "artistic" conscience and civic responsibility. I perceive this event as a very important stage in my life, because this award will become for me a point of reference against which I will check my work both as a director and as a theatre director, and as one of the organisers of the Platonov Festival, as a citizen and a patriot", noted the laureate.

Mikhail Bychkov is a laureate of the Stanislavsky award, a laureate of the New Drama festival for the best director's work. His performances have been repeatedly nominated for the Russian National Theatre Award "The Golden Mask". He has a second-class medal of the Order of Merit for the Motherland for great achievement in development of the national culture and art. He was awarded the Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation named after F. Volkov for his contribution to development of theatrical art in Russia.

The Platonov Award is given annually to Russian or foreign literary and artistic figures for their significant contribution to the cultural heritage of the Russian Federation, for creation of outstanding works of literature, theatre, music, visual arts, and for innovative development of humanistic cultural traditions.

The award’s monetary equivalent is 1,000,000 rubles. A nominee is also awarded a diploma and a memorable award pin.

In past years, a writer Boris Yekimov, a director Lev Dodin, a musician Mikhail Pletnev, an animator Alexander Petrov, a writer Andrey Bitov, a film director Alexander Sokurov, a writer Alexey Ivanov, a director Anatoly Vasiliev and an actress Alla Demidova, a theatre artist and writer Eduard Kochergin became Platonov award laureates.