Winners of the 2019 Call for Russian Festival Pitches
In May 2019, the NBFP launched its 1st Call for Russian Festival Pitches. The NBFP Working Group carefully read and considered all the applications and as a result, in August 2019, 6 winners were chosen to present their Festivals at the NordicBaltic Festival Platform Conference on 7-8 November in Liepāja, Latvia. The Conference is a perfect place for the Festivals to network and find partners from among Nordic-Baltic festival representatives and arts professionals.
The 6 festivals chosen as winners of the 2019 Call are the following:
Russian Festival of Music Theatres “See the Music”
Moscow & regions throughout Russia
Festival "See the Music" presents the best productions of Russian music theatres; this allows to establish a context of the contemporary music theatre in Russia. Theatres independently choose works they consider as the most significant and worthly of bringing to the best music stages of Moscow. In this way the Festival playbill is formed, reflecting the real theatre life of Russia. Festival-2019 hosts 10 Moscow theatres and 20 theatres from different regions of Russia.
Zykova Natalia, Executive Director
+7 911 928 07 17
International children theatre festival “Marshak”
Genre: Theatre, dancing, musical theatre, puppet theatre, performance
International children theatre festival MARSHAK takes place in Voronezh every year since 2015. During these years the festival has become one of the biggest kids’ festivals in Russia. The festival is named after Samuil Marshak, the greatest children's author, who was born in Voronezh. The programme includes the best performances for kids (from Russia and Europe) and also an educational part including lectures and master classes of theatre teachers and producers. The plays are mostly addressed to kids aged between 1 and 16. The programme involves different genres, styles and approaches for kids to theatre.
Korovina Varvara Sergeevna, Programme Director
Jazz May Penza
Genre: Music, design, photography, dance
The most popular annual 3-day long cultural event of the region; tourist-friendly. Attracts famous jazz musicians from Russia and all over the world. Takes place at two stages: Cinema Concert Hall (1600 seats) and Yubilejnaya Square (free open-air concerts); includes “festival village” with activities for people of all ages. The musical programme tends to be extended with elements of relative directions – music and choreography masterclasses, jazz history lections, photo exhibitions, etc.
Oleg Rubtsov, Director, Producer, Artistic Director
+7 927 362 13 78
Genre: Theatre, multi-genre production, cooperation of theatrical companies and museums, galleries and similar organizations
Institute of Theatre and The Vladimir Potanin Foundation launched the project "THEATRUM" aiming to actualise, analyse and draw attention of the professional community, cultural management and general audience to the development of the theatre, stage and performative practices in collaboration with museums and galleries. Such collaboration demonstrates the shift in the cultural paradigm, social and cultural mission of the museum as well as of the theatre. These collaborations are good ways of working with social, cultural and historical memory and actualisation of the heritage through artistic, emotional and figurative interpretation of museum material. It turns out to be most relevant to the collections of documents and writing sources which are difficult to expose due to weak visual attraction, but give priceless social and historical information. The term “performance’ is narrow to describe such theatre-museum projects, which often include processual, installation or other elements. They are not only new activities for museums and not only audience development formats but also principally a new form of doing theatre, important and interesting for professional theatre.
International Music Open Air Festival “Ruskeala Symphony”
The III International Festival “Ruskeala Symphony” took place in August 2019 at the marble quarry near the Karelian village Ruskeala with an audience close to 8000 people. The festival is organized by the Government of the Republic of Karelia, the Karelian Philharmonic Society and the Ruskeala Mountain Park. Stars of academic music perform at “Ruskeala Symphony”. In 2019, the list included such prominent musicians as violinist Leonard Schreiber, guitarist Dmitry Illarionov, baritone Vasily Gerello and the Bolshoi Theater soloists, conductor Marius Stravinsky and the Karelian symphony orchestra.
Irina Ustinova, CEO of the Karelian State Philharmonic
+7 911 404 86 43
International Video Art Festival Now&After
Genre: film, video art
International Video Art Festival Now&After has been held in Moscow at the base of an international open call. Now&After focuses on presentation, development and promotion of both Russian and international video art, bringing together emerging and established artists from around the world. The festival takes place at museums’ spaces (varying year by year) where during a few weeks the festival programme is being demonstrated as a multi-channel video installation. The festival is organised by the non-profit organisation Media Art Centre. Now&After and collaborates with cultural organisations in Russia and abroad.
Marina Fomenko, Director