The summer programme of the XII International Platonov Arts Festival is completed. Artists from Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Vietnam, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, Russia, Turkey, Uzbekistan and South Africa took part in the forum. The events of the Festival were attended by about 83 thousand people.
Particular attention of the Platonov Arts Festival this year was given to the outdoor events: street theatre performances, musical open- air events and spectacular shows in city parks. A total of 39 such events took place in the frames of the Festival. They were attended by 51.3 thousand people.
The forum symbolically began with an outdoor performance by the Turkish dancer Ziya Azazi, who performed in Russia for the first time, and ended with a new project of the Directorate - the Festival of street theatres, which brought together 12 collectives from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Samara and Voronezh. 24 showings of 12 performances in the park "Dolphin" were presented to 44.5 thousand spectators.
The mission of the festival is to open the world to Voronezh and Voronezh to the world. Artists from 13 countries took part in the summer part of this year's festival. Russia was represented by collectives and performers from 8 regions. A significant part of the Platonov Arts Festival programme was dedicated to the diversity of national cultures from different parts of the world. Quinteto Astor Piazzolla, which performed in Ramon, was designed to preserve and promote the legacy of the composer, who worked a lot with Argentinian music. The concert "World Music" held in the White Well presented the national culture of artists from South Africa, Georgia, Turkey and Russia. The first day of the new musical project "On the Sand" was also dedicated to the study and reinterpret of folklore. Members of the State trio of the Republic of Kazakhstan FORTE TRIO introduced Voronezh residents to the work of their countryman Arman Zhaiym. The forum spectators also saw the "Wild Tango" by Germán Cornejo's Dance Company from Argentina, a Vietnamese traditional puppet show on the water performed by the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, "Wedding with the Wind" by the Republican Theatre of Belarusian Drama and the performance "Within" by the Indian dance company Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company – The Drishtikon Dance Foundation.
Part of the performances of the Platonov Arts Festival programme was shown in cooperation with in cooperation with Chekhov International Theatre Festival: "Wild Tango" by Germán Cornejo's Dance Company from Argentina, a Vietnamese traditional puppet show on the water by the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, as well as a performance based on the modern play "Gardenia" by Yerevan State Russian Drama Theatre named after Konstantin Stanislavski.
There were also performances dedicated to the work of Andrey Platonov: "Dzhan" of the Serov Drama Theatre named after A. Chekhov based on the writer's story of the same name and "The Innermost Love" by the Tula State Academic Drama Theatre named after M. Gorky based on the short stories "Fro", "Yushka", "Aphrodite", the stories "The Foundation Pit", "The Juvenile Sea", "The Innermost Man", the novel "Chevengur" and other texts by Andrey Platonov. In total, the theatre programme of the forum included 47 showings of 21 performances, 35 of which were showings of the 15 street performances.
The highlights of the music programme of the XII International Platonov Arts Festival were the performances of the pianists Boris Berezovsky, Xuhua Yun and Rui Ming, as well as the concert "Opera Voices in the Green Theatre."
The Platonov Arts Festival hosted a series of educational events. Curator Kirill Svetlyakov gave a lecture on the work of Robert Falk and presented Max Friedländer's book "From Jan Van Eyck to Bruegel", meet-the-artist events were held with the choreographer Aditi Mangaldas, the Andrey Moguchy and the artists of the Thang Long Theatre. The literary programme included the traditional reading relay and the Book Fair, which brought together about 160 independent publishing houses, meetings with writers Anna Matveeva and Afanasy Mamedov, and Natalya Kornienko, who presented new volumes of the scientific Collected works of Andrey Platonov.
The exhibition programme of the XII International Platonov Arts Festival united three projects that brought together exhibits from the collections of the largest Russian galleries and private collections: a retrospective reflecting the creative path of Robert Falk, a photo exhibition "Alexander Rodchenko" and a personal exhibition of Evgeny Kravtsov.
The autumn programme of the XII International Platonov Arts Festival will be held from September 2nd to October 2nd. Spectators will be able to see dramatic and choreographic performances, as well as solo and chamber concerts of virtuoso musicians. Artists from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia and Serbia will perform in Voronezh. The full programme will be announced on July 3rd and tickets will go on sale on July 5th.