The second Cultural Capital arts festival to take place in Irkutsk


The second Cultural Capital arts festival will be held in Irkutsk from June 23 through June 28; the festival has been organized by the Autonomous Non-Profit Organization Baikal Totem festival center in Irkutsk and OJSC EuroSibEnergo with assistance from En+, the Volnoe Delo Foundation of Oleg Deripaska, the Ministry of Culture and Archives of the Irkutsk Region and the Department of Culture of Irkutsk.

This year, the main festival venue will be a pavilion to be built in the square near the Trud sports complex. It will house an arts camp comprising workshops, a stage and a platform for theatrical performances. During the festival, a strong focus will be given on the development of children's creativity and literature. For instance, on June 23 and 24, the Artists' Workshop will be held as part of the festival; it will include workshop sessions for children on drawing, scenery design and 3D graphics. Meanwhile, the program of the Literary Workshop will include presentations of new books, literary and library projects, as well as meetings with authors and readings. On June 25, the Vampuka concert theatre from Saint Petersburg will launch the Theatre Workshop.

On June 24 and 25, final year students of the Moscow Art Theatre School will give a performance titled An Old-Fashioned Concert at the Vampilov Youth Theatre as part of The Offering of the Young Generation of the Moscow Art Theatre to Siberia, a theatre tour organized by Oleg Deripaska's Charitable Foundation and En+ and covering Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk and Abakan; in addition, workshops and auditions will be held for actors from Irkutsk under the guidance of Igor Zolotovitsky and Viktor Ryzhakov.

On June 26, an exhibition of works by Dmitry Shagin, an artist from Saint Petersburg and founder of the art group Mitki, will be opened in the foyer of the Irkutsk Philharmonic Hall. On June 26 and 27, the Vampuka concert theatre will give two performances, The Blues Brothers and The Beautiful Vampuka, on the small stage of the Okhlopkov Drama Theatre. Both of these theatrical and musical performances are targeted at a family audience. On June 25 and 26, works entered for competition in the Erarta Motion Pictures festival of short films, an original project of the Erarta Museum and Galleries (Saint Petersburg), will be screened in an open-air cinema. The festival initiated by the Erarta Museum is unique in the world; it features films from around the world which examine the subject of painting in various ways. Like last year, the citizens of Irkutsk will have an opportunity to see the best works presented at the Saint Petersburg festival in 2015.

The program of the closing day of the festival, June 28, will include an interactive show, The Confluence of the Neva and the Angara, and a concert of rock groups from Saint Petersburg: VAMPUKA, FRANK & FUNK, and ALTAVISTA, featuring Alexey Smirnov (KAFE) and Alexander Smirnov (Smirnov and Company).


Vitaly Baryshnikov, Minister of Culture and Archives of the Irkutsk Region: “Our region has an enormous potential for establishing ties in the sphere of culture, humanities and economy with both the west and the east of our country, as well as with Western and Eastern foreign countries. Spiritual purity, emotional power and wealth of Baikal have always been a rich source of inspiration and creative insights. So it is not a coincidence that it is here that such unique art projects are launched, making it possible not only to unite talented people and various styles of art, but also to create a common cultural space.”

Anatoly Boroznenko, head of the Autonomous Non-Profit Organization Baikal Totem festival center in Irkutsk: “This year, we have decided that the festival should not focus exclusively on the culture of Saint Petersburg, as was the case in 2014. This time, participants of the festival will also include guests from Moscow and Novosibirsk. Although the geographical scope of the Cultural Capital festival is expanding, its key social goals remain unchanged; they include providing aesthetic education for the general public, creating a favorable environment to enable professionals to share their experience and creative ideas, and uniting talented and unusual people in order to create new art forms and artistic projects.”

Vyacheslav Solomin, CEO of OJSC EuroSibEnergo: “We should not lose contact with our operating regions. This is where our consumers and employees live; and in fact, it is more enjoyable to work somewhere where people feel at ease. Accordingly, there are various ways of enabling them to feel more comfortable. I believe that projects such as the Cultural Capital brighten up people's lives and offer every citizen an opportunity to be part of a great cultural tradition of our country. This is our vision, and this is a huge and demanding task for the government. It involves creating a new and favorable environment that is stimulating and helps to make a difference.”

Zhenya Glyukk, artistic director of the Vampuka concert theatre, music manager: “The Cultural Capital project promotes friendship between Siberia and the North-West, Irkutsk and Saint Petersburg. Cultural ties between the capitals of the regions are extremely important. We have a lot in common, and certainly, we should meet to discuss and tackle any issues and show our mutual affection. The VAMPUKA concert theatre will traditionally put on performances for children, and my producer center will also arrange concerts of rock groups: FRANK & FUNK and ALTAVISTA. I think we'll see a lot of fascinating things at the Cultural Capital festival, and perhaps, our friendship will enable us to lay the foundations for some kind of a major cultural undertaking that will bring joy to people.”


The Cultural Capital festival was first held in Irkutsk in June 2014. The program of the first festival included unique art projects from Saint Petersburg which had never before been presented in Irkutsk: an exhibition of paintings by a famous art group Mitki; retrospective screenings of the best works entered for competition in Erarta Motion Pictures, an international festival of short films about painting; installations and workshops by the most prominent representatives of the Saint Petersburg school of lomography and video art; performances of the Cardboardia community and a concert of the only horn orchestra in Russia. Key objectives of the festival include enabling ongoing cultural exchange, promoting sophisticated Russian culture in eastern regions of the country, maintaining the status of Irkutsk as a unique historic center of Russian culture in Siberia and the Far East. The festival is also aimed at creating a favorable environment for developing creative initiatives of all generations, facilitating professional communication, establishing partnerships and launching joint art projects.

Press service of the Cultural Capital festival

June 16, 2015
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