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Best Festivals of Perm, the Future Cultural Capital of Russia
September 15, 2011 23:57

Perm has recently been striving for the title of the cultural capital of Russia. Though the aim is far to reach, there seem to be certain preconditions for that, among them a number of large-scale art and culture festivals regularly held in Perm and the Perm Territory.

Probably the most well-known international art festival of Perm is the Ice Sculpture Fest “Snow, Ice, and Fire” held annually since 1995. Sculptors from many countries of the world have taken part in the festival: guests from the USA and China, Czech republic and Great Britain, Holland and Germany, and others frequent Perm in winter to participate in the festival. Lots of artists and sculptors from various corners of the world have got acquainted in Perm, exchanged their experience and discovered something new.

The second most famous festival is the ballet-centered event “Diaghilev 's seasons: Perm-Petersburg-Paris”, which is held once in two years. Leading performers of Russian and foreign stage, as well as distinguished critics and TV anchormen gather at this festival. It is one of the emblematic cultural events of Europe. Diaghilev's Seasons are remarkable as a blend of a variety of cultural events in quite different spheres of art and scientific symposiums.

The open-air music festival Rock Line is a festival of independent rock music, which is mainly focused on youth culture. The festival annually held since 1996 was initially arranged in Kungur, near the famous Kungur Ice Cave, but recently has been shifted to Perm. Rock bands from all over Russia get together at Rock Line Fest.

Another popular festival associated with Kungur is the Sky Fair of the Urals. It is a spectacular international sports and entertainment festival of aeronautics held annually over the vast expanses of Kungur vicinities. Large-scale competitions, such as the 14th Aeronautics Championship of Russia, and competitions for the Cup of Volga Federal District, and the Cup of the Perm Territory have been held in the framework of the Sky Fair.

The festival Heart of Parma has been named after Alexey Ivanov’s illustrious novel “Heart of Parma” dedicated to the mysteries of the past of the Perm Territory. It is a landscape-ethnographic festival, which has been held in the ancient town of Cherdyn’ (the land of enigmatic Perm Animal Style) since 2006. Visitors of the festival find themselves immersed in the traditional Russian culture of the 15th-16th centuries.

The Civic Song Festival “Pilorama” has been held every year in the Memorial Museum of the History of Political Repressions “Perm-36”, located in a former GULAG camp. Its participants are bards, songwriters, and singers of author’s song, public figures historians, as well as all the people indifferent to the history of Russia.

Kamva is the festival of ethno-futurism - a cultural movement among the Finno-Ugric peoples, blending vivid phenomena of the past and present into a single layer, creating fantastic and fascinating tendencies of the future. It is an attempt to connect national traditions with the culture of a modern city. Its motto is “the live stream of time”. Numerous folk music bands, fashion designers and artists gather at the festival to exchange and share national traditions and modern ideas.

One of the biggest annual art projects is Art-Perm - the international exhibition-fair of paintings, drawings, sculptures, photos, and, certainly, arts and crafts. Visitors can feast their eyes on numerous works of art, get to know modern artists and purchase any of the exhibits.

Zhivaya Perm (Live Perm) is a new festival of modern arts that welcomes all artists, both professional and amateur, to present their projects to general public. The festival held with the support of Administration of the Perm Territory aims at encouraging and supporting the creative potential of the local dwellers.


Author: Vera Ivanova

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