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Fifth “Bolshoi” Festival of Russian Music is launched in Mećavnik

The fifth “Bolshoi” Festival of Russian Music will take place in the ethnic village of Mećavnik (Mokra Gora National Park, Serbia) on 13 to 15 July 2017. Founded in 2013 by Director Emir Kusturica, the festival has been held with the support of Gazprom Neft since its inception.

At the fifth “Bolshoi” Festival Russia will be represented by 21 participants coming to the festival, from seven cities: St Petersburg, Tyumen, Omsk, Orenburg, Tomsk, Khanty-Mansiysk and Muravlenko

The “Bolshoi” Festival supports and promotes the creative development of talented young musicians from Serbia, Republika Srpska and Russia. One of the key themes of the festival is the continuity and interconnection of musical traditions.

More than 60 participants will be competing for the main prizes in the 2017 festival — the Gold, Silver and Bronze Matryoshkas, in two age groups, of 13–17 and 18—25-year-olds. The Russian presence at the festival continues to grow, year on year, with 21 participants coming to the festival, from seven cities: St Petersburg, Tyumen, Omsk, Orenburg, Tomsk, Khanty-Mansiysk and Muravlenko.

Winners will be determined by an authoritative jury, which will include Professor Zoran Komadina and renowned pianist and People’s Artist of Russia, Yuri Rozum.

Guests at the festival will include cellist Justus Grimm, violinist Tatyana Samouil, and mezzo-soprano Milijana Nikolic. Virtuoso violinist Roman Simovich, leader of the famous London Symphony Orchestra, has prepared a world premiere — a performance of a piano quintet created specifically for inclusion in the festival.

Famous musicians will also be holding masterclasses for talented young people from Russia and Serbia, with a “Dialogue of Talents” being held for the first time outside of the festival and involving participants from Serbia, Belarus and Russia, all of whom will be performing specially prepared musical compositions.

The Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra — comprising experienced performers and students of Serbia musical academies — will, for the third time, be preforming on the festival stage, brought together through the musical mastery of conductor Srbolyub Dinich.

Alexander Dybal, Deputy CEO for Corporate Communications, Gazprom Neft, commented: “The Bolshoi Festival of Russian Music is a major event in the cultural life of Serbia, and one of the most important cultural projects in Gazprom Neft’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme in the country. The highly original format, and the involvement of many stars of classical music, are contributing to the development of musical, spiritual and humanitarian ties between Serbia and Russia, promoting a single unified socio-cultural space between our two brother nations.”

Notes for editors

The Bolshoi Festival of Classical Music, under the leadership of film director Emir Kusturica, has taken place in the village of Drvengrad (also known as the village of Mećavnik) since 2013. Gazprom Neft has been the general sponsor of the festival since its inception. The key idea behind the festival is to support talented young people from music schools and academies throughout Serbia, as well as talented young people from various regions throughout Russia. The Bolshoi Festival attracts approximately 5,000 attendees every year. Artists performing at the festival in Drvengrad include the famous Russian and Serbian musicians Yuri Rozum, Nemanja Radulovich, and Alena Baeva.

Drvengrad stands some 1,600 metres above sea level in the hills of Zlatibor (in the Mokra Gora national park), Serbia, and represents a unique architectural initiative on the part of Emir Kusturica, having been built near the narrow-gauge railway that once united Belgrade with Dubrovnik for scenes in his film “Life is a Miracle”. The town is centred around Nikola Tesla square, whose main building is the church of St Sava; the town having only around 50 houses, in total. All streets and buildings have been given special names celebrating famous people: Novak Djokavic Street, Maradona Street, the Stanley Kurbrick cinema building, Nikita Mikhalkov Square, the House of Dostoevsky, and so on.

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