Bolshoi Festival of Russian music 2018
The Bolshoi Festival of Russian Music was founded by internationally renowned film director Emir Kusturica in 2013. Gazprom Neft is the general sponsor of the festival.
The Bolshoi Festival is a flagship initiative of the Gazprom Neft “Home Towns” corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme.
Music gives us the opportunity to escape from our limitations, and experience real freedom. This independence of spirit — for what is, already, the fourth year — is again filling Mokra Gora.
The festival’s key symbol — of a musical matryoshka — reflects the very essence of pan-Slavonic unity, the embodiment of which can be seen in the freedom of musical expression.
Our objective here is the development and strengthening of cultural relations between Russia and Serbia. It is important to us that — under the auspices of the ‘Home Towns’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme — students at music schools throughout various parts of Russia play an active part in the Bolshoi Festival competition programme, and gain experience in performing at the international level. I have every confidence that, together with Emir Kusturica, we will be able to take the Festival to an entirely new level, widening representation by young Russian and Serbian musicians still further.
The power of this festival is unity. It is very important for the kids to come together in the same place, and each competition marks a different stage in their lives. Their talent is a mission — given to them to change the world for the better.