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Vera Award 2009

On June 24, the ET CETERA Theater, whose artistic director is Alexander Aleksandrovich Kalyagin, hosted the solemn ceremony of awarding the art prize “VERA” based on the results of the Third Moscow International Festival of Arts “Traditions and Modernity”, which took place from June 18 to 22 in the Central Exhibition Hall “Manezh”.
The bronze statuette “VERA” is a new visual arts award. The award symbolizes the belief in creativity, love and success. The award is a visible embodiment of self-belief for the nominees and an incentive for further creativity. Victor Mitroshin, Honored Artist of Russia, the author of prizes for many Russian and foreign competitions, worked on the creation of the image of “Vera”.
In 2009, the award is being presented in 28 nominations in eight areas. About 300 artists from Russia, a number of CIS countries, Europe, Asia and the USA competed for the award. The gala evening was attended by members of the Festival organizing committee, jury members and nominees. Guests at the remarkable event were also representatives of the political and business elite of the country, prominent cultural figures, collectors, gallerists, artists, representatives of embassies and cultural centers of the participating countries.
List of persons who presented the award:
Salakhov Tair Teymurovich, People’s Artist of the USSR, Russia and Azerbaijan, laureate of the State Prizes of the USSR and Azerbaijan, Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Arts, Hero of Socialist Labor
Marts Lyudmila Viktorovna, Head of the Department of sculpture of the twentieth-early. XXI century in the State Tretyakov Gallery, member of the correspondent of the Russian Academy of Arts
Yuri Pavlovich Platonov, President of the International Academy of Architecture, Moscow City Branch, Chief Architect of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Mukhametshin Farit Mubarakshevich, Head of the Federal Agency Rossotrudnichestvo
Tatyana Zelyukina, Candidate of Art History, Keeper of the Nationalities Heritage Fund of the State Tretyakov Gallery
Margarita Bazhanova, Director, All-Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art
Olga Kabo, actress, actress, Honored Artist of Russia, member of the Association of Stuntmen of Russia.
Andrey Valeryevich Novgorodsky, President of the National Association of Shipowners.
Mark Leivikov, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the MOF for Support of Culture and Development of Contemporary Art, Vice-President of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of the Chelyabinsk Region.
Vera Kiseleva, President of the Moscow Public Foundation for Support of Culture and Development of Contemporary Art.
Oleg Mityaev, Honored Artist of Russia.
Natalia Avtonomova, Head of the Department of Personal Collections of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.
Famous musicians and performers took part in the festive concert dedicated to the award ceremony of the Third Moscow International Festival of Arts “Traditions and Modernity”: Singer Nikolai Noskov, singer Eddie Butler (Israel), winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, People’s Artist of Russia, conductor, composer and pianist of Russian jazz and pop music Anatoly Kroll, Honored Artist of Russia Oleg Mityaev, pianist, Honored Artist of Russia Daniil Kramer, People’s Artist of Russia Alexei Kuznetsov, “Duet Devyatovs”, People’s Artist of Russia Vladimir Devyatov, Marina Devyatova, Honored Artist of Russia Sergey Zhilin, actor, singer Leonid Serebryannikov, jazz saxophonist, vocalist, composer Anna Koroleva, jazz saxophonist Anna Buturlina, jazz band “Moscow Ragtime Band”, accordionist-virtuoso Peter Dranga, Group “Kvatro”, Children’s Theatre “Ekol”.

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