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International theater festival started in Vladivostok

International theater festival started in Vladivostok
Photo: Press Service of the Government of Primorsky Krai

Guests of the International Pacific Theater Festival, which opened in Vladivostok, will have a rich program of performances. They will see performances by creative teams from eight countries of the world

The participants and guests of the festival were greeted by Oleg Kozhemyako. He noted that during the event, viewers will see the creations of directors from Spain, Switzerland, Argentina, South Korea, Japan, Armenia, Georgia and Russia. In addition to artistic performances, guests will find a rich educational program: lectures and master classes. The regional governor also stressed that the regional theatrical art has its own long traditions. One of the first theaters opened in Nikolsk-Ussuriisky at the beginning of the century, and Chinese theaters were also popular with local residents. “Primorye and the theater are historically inseparable. Such international theater festivals, which are held under the leadership of Valery Shadrin and Yevgeny Mironov, are bearing fruit. They will be here too. Young actors will be able to take lessons from masters, a large directing and staging school is planned, ”Oleg Kozhemyako stressed.

People's Artist of Russia, director and one of the organizers Yevgeny Mironov stressed that the festival will take place within the framework of the program for the development of theater art in the Far East. Thus, it will open up new opportunities for Vladivostok's growth and improving the image of Primorsky Krai. The head of the Ministry of Culture of Primorye Elena Bronnikova called the event "a real theatrical boom."

In particular, at the press conference dedicated to the opening of the festival, gratitude was voiced for the serious support from the state. The organizer Valery Shadrin noted that the regional government provided considerable assistance. The program changed twice - the coronavirus intervened, but with joint efforts all obstacles were overcome. The organization of the festival is part of the state program "Development of the culture of Primorsky Krai" for 2020-2027, which is being implemented in the region.

The director of the first performance from the festival schedule - "Mahabharata - Nalacharitam" Satoshi Miyagi is convinced that the closure of the borders has greatly influenced the relations between Japan and Russia. In this regard, the need for cultural integration of the two countries looks even more acute, and the festival is an excellent opportunity for this. 

The value and importance of the theater festival was also emphasized by the artistic director of the Primorsky Regional Academic Theater named after Gorky and co-organizer of "Pacific Meridians" Efim Zvenyatsky.
“I believe that the new festival will only increase interest in the Pacific Meridians. Those participants of the film festival from 50 countries who come here are not only film actors, they are also theater actors. Moreover, you need to say "thank you" to the organizer for the creation. In this case, we are witnessing precisely the creation, which undoubtedly develops Primorye, "- said Efim Zvenyatsky to the editorial board.

The festival will end on October 9, its main venues will be the Primorsky Regional Philharmonic Society and the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theater.
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