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Festival in Sochi


For the fifth time in February of 2012 the Winter International Arts Festival in Sochi brings the leading Russian and foreign artists of various genres of music, theatre, cinema and fine arts together.


The Festival was founded in 2007 in the capital of XXII Olympic and Paralympics Winter Games, by the leading concert management company «Russian Concert Agency». Yuri Bashmet, Sochi 2014 Ambassador, is Artistic Director of the Festival.


Over the past four years, many Russian and international artists have joined the celebration of the arts on the Black Sea coast. The long list of globally renowned performers includes Valery Gergiev, Vadim Repin, Renaud Capuçon, Oleg Maisenberg, Denis Matsuev, Alexander Melnikov, Sergey Krylov, Wu Man, Giovanni Sollima, Massimo Mercelli, Alena Baeva, Alexander Buzlov, Nino Katamadze, Jacques Loussier Trio, Berlin Baroque Soloists, the ballet stars of the Bolshoi Theatre Ilze Liepa and Andrey Merkuriev, the stars of Mariinski Theatre Ulyana Lopatkina, Irma Nioradze, Andrey Batalov, the ballet soloists of Berlin State Opera Mikhail Kaniskin and Elisa Cabrera.


The Grammy Award Winner of 2008 Chamber Ensemble "Moscow Soloists" and State Symphony Orchestra "Novaya Rossiya" (New Russia) are the resident orchestras of the festival.


            Growing in size every year and developing the programmes, our festival is offering to local and regional audiences the outstanding selection of events and unique opportunity to meet the wide range of arts. From the 2007 the festival has presented the different programmes of classical music, jazz, opera, classical ballet, drama theatre, popular music, cinema as well as the exhibitions of audio-visual arts, and jewellery.


            The Festival is organised with the finacial support by the Government of Russian Federation, Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation, The Organizing Committee of Sochi 2014 and Administration of Sochi City.

Since February 2009, Yuri Bashmet has been the First Ambassador to the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Each year the festival draws close and positive attention from the key Russian and foreign mass media. In 2011, the festival events were covered by more than 50 representatives of various Russian and foreign newspapers, magazines and TV channels.

"A constellation of Russian and international stars  in the Capital of the Winter Olympics. International Music Festival headed by Yuri Bashmet awakened the sleeping season in Sochi."
TV Vesti (Russia-1)

"The fact that Winter International Festival in Sochi will become one of the main cultural events of the future Sochi Olympics, is in no doubt."
Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Certainly, over the past years the festival has found its face and has became an important cultural event not only for the Sochi city, but for the whole country. It is already a notable event in the world.

From 2011 the Winter International Arts Festival has become a member of the European Festivals Association.

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