THE KAPODISTRIAS CORFU PHILHARMONIC UNION
THE KAPODISTRIAS CORFU PHILHARMONIC UNION was founded in 1980 and is one of the main important and largest cultural institutions on Corfu, providing free musical education for children and adults. The orchestra's purpose is to preserve, develop and spread the cultural tradition both in and outside the island of Corfu.

The orchestra regularly takes part in all the national and local festivities, processions, parades, gives numerous concerts every year, performing classical music and excerpts from operas and operettas.

The philharmonic orchestra itself numbers almost 150 musicians. The Union also includes a small youth musical group (children and young adults aged 10–20), an orchestra of light and variety music, a showpiece orchestra that often performs together with the group from the Corfu Dancing Laboratory, and a brass orchestra.

The orchestra performed at Athens, Piraeus and Thessaloniki, and also at numerous festivals on the Ionian Islands of Lefkas, Ithaca and Kefalonia.
THE CHAMBER CHOIR OF THE ST. PETERSBURG THEOLOGICAL ACADEMY OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
THE CHAMBER CHOIR OF THE ST. PETERSBURG THEOLOGICAL ACADEMY OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH was established on the basis of the liturgical choirs of Theological Schools, in September 2012, on the students' own initiative. The Chamber Choir members consist of talented young people whose aim is to perform serious music of different ages and genres.

The leader of the Choir is Raisa Gennadevna Gundyaeva, teacher at the Precentor Division of the Theological Academy. Since graduating from the Conservatoire, Raisa Gennadevna has been working at St. Petersburg's St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral where she successfully performs a wide-ranging repertoire of church music. In addition to her teaching activities at Theological schools, and despite the students' busy schedules, Raisa Gennadevna and the Chamber Choir give concerts at different venues in St. Petersburg and perform at various festivals in Russia and abroad. In 2014, The Chamber Choir won a Grand Prix at the International Jean Sibelius Competition. The Choir participates in important fixtures of the city's religious and social life. Special mention should be made of a project devoted to the 1000th anniversary of the Repose of Saint Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir, which was carried out by the St. Petersburg State Capella.

A major part of the Choir's repertoire consists of religious music, plus vocal-choral works of Russian and foreign classical composers, military-patriotic music and folk songs.
Hieromonk Photius (MOCHALOV)
Inmate of the St. Pafnutev Monastery, precentor of the Monastery choir, Winner of the Voice Television show
Inmate of the St. Pafnutev Monastery, precentor of the Monastery choir, Winner of the Voice Television show.

Vitaly Mochalov was educated at Secondary School No. 77, in Nizhny Novgorod. From childhood he wanted to be a musician, he went to music school, and sang in the church choir. He dreamed of becoming a composer and writing music for films, he studied the theory of music.

In 2002, he moved with all his family to Germany. In the town of Kaiserslautern, he learnt to play the organ. In 2005, he returned to Russia, having decided to devote himself to the monastic way of life, he was accepted into the Pafnutev brotherhood at the Borovsky Monastery. He studied with the singing teacher Viktor Tvardovsky. Gradually his voice developed and he began to appear at concerts and recorded two albums of songs. In 2010, he took his monastic vow with the name of Photius. In 2013 he was ordained with the rank of Priest (monk).

At the present time, he does the design and make-up for the monastery publishing house. He is interested in photography, video-montage and studies foreign languages.

In 2015, he submitted an application to appear in the television competition show Voice. Number One Channel of Russian television applied to Metropolitan Kliment with the official request that Hieromonk Photius be permitted to take part in the contest. Permission was granted.

At his first appearance, he sang the Lensky aria from the opera Evgeny Onegin. His performance was approved by the jury. At the end of the contest he was declared the winner. Hieromonk Photius was congratulated by the His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kyrill.
Mikhail GAVRILOV
A young Petersburg singer, baritone, prize-winner of international competitions, he has performed at such celebrated venues as the Metropolitan Opera, the Kennedy Centre, etc., he has appeared with the following eminent conductors Valery Gergiev, Gary Bertini, Gianandrea Noseda and others.

In 2009, he graduated from the conducting-choral department of the St. Petersburg N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Music College, specializing as a conductor of an academic choir.

In 2013, he graduated from the Vocal-Choral department of the Faculty of Arts at the St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts.

In 2014, he studied at the Russian State A. I. Herzen Pedagogical University, the Institute of Music. Theatre and Choreography, faculty of solo singing, bachelor of the Musical Arts, Academic Singing, Diploma with distinction.

Since 2012, he has been studying under the Mariinsky Theatre soloist and Merited Artist of Russia, Alexander Viktorovich Morozov.

He has studied with an Italian coach at Monte Carlo Opera (Monaco, Grimaldi Forum, 2010).

He improved his vocal skills as assistant pianist in Professor Hoffman's class, Juilliard School (USA, New York, 2010).

In December 2013 he studied under Vera Danchenko-Stern (Artistic Director Russian Chamber Art Society, Washington).

He has appeared at concerts with World Opera Star Galina Gorchakova; and with People's Artist of Russia Alexander Dedik and others.

His repertoire includes: folk, Neapolitan, Soviet and army songs, romances, arias and duets from operas by Russian and Italian composers.
FESTIVAL
OF STREET CINEMA
In summer 2016 the Third Annual FESTIVAL OF STREET CINEMA started in Russia. The festival is a series of competitive film screenings and cultural events for more than 1 million of people. As part of the project, the organizers went on a round-the-world tour screening the best films by young Russian directors in the central squares and parks of more than 300 largest world cities.
In summer 2016 the Third Annual FESTIVAL OF STREET CINEMA started in Russia. The festival is a series of competitive film screenings and cultural events for more than 1 million of people. As part of the project, the organizers went on a round-the-world tour screening the best films by young Russian directors in the central squares and parks of more than 300 largest world cities.

The project is a part of the tradition of annual street cinema festivals that has been started in Vladivostok. In 2 years a group of young Vladivostok enthusiasts has visited more than 60 Russian and European cities, staging cinema screenings and street events in the embankments, squares and rooftops.

Beginning as a young people's initiative, in recent years the festival has become one of the most successful non-commercial events in Russia. More than 600 non-commercial associations now take part in the preparation for the festival, and the board of trustees now includes well-known cinema and cultural figures of Russia.
The project currently positions itself as a new form of cinema festivals with three main principles: all events taking place in open air, free participation and the absence of jury. The initiative group from Russia that has started the festival movement and brought it to life now counts thousands of volunteers from 67 countries and is ready to stand at the helm of a new world cultural trend.
The Open Museum
of Modern Photography

The Open Museum of Modern Photography has a longstanding experience of hosting open air photo exhibitions. The company's projects include numerous shows that opened new horizons to both the audience and the participants. Our exhibitions held the works of such well-known photographers as Sergey Gorshkov, Nicolai Zinoviev, Vadim Gippenreiter, the Third President of Russia D. A. Medvedev and other remarkable authors.
The vast lands of Russia hold a great number of Orthodox churches, wonderful, amazing in their beauty and majesty. They have become an integral part of our history and culture, a part of our home landscape. A church is a place where heaven is joined with earth. Each church has its own unique value: its foundation is always connected to a specific landmark in the history of state, an important event or a name of a great saint.

The purpose of photographic exhibition "Orthodox Churches of Russia: a gaze through time" is to attract the attention of a wide audience to the architectural, cultural and historical legacy of Russia, to the traditional spiritual values of the Russian people, of which Russian Orthodox churches are the living embodiment and cynosure. Our wish is to portray through the means of artistic photography the beauty, the architectural and aesthetical grandeur of Orthodox shrines, to bring into focus the amazing harmony of their place in the surrounding landscape.

The exhibition presents the works of three generations of authors: S. M. Prokudin-Gorsky, the pioneer of colour photography (works of 1909-1913); Vadim Gippenreiter – the most well-known Russian photographer, traveler, master of landscape photography, the Order of Honour laureate; and also modern photographers, winners of numerous Russian and international photo competitions. Since the first day of the project our purpose was to include more than the works of professional photographers. We were also looking for – and finding – the unknown authors with fascinating works. And so it happened that our exhibition places the works of both young artists and well-known masters next to each other in harmony. The works are diverse but they all contribute harmoniously to each other, creating a special and unique image of the Orthodox Russia.

"The Open Museum of Modern Photography" has a longstanding experience of hosting open air photo exhibitions. The company's projects include numerous shows that opened new horizons to both the audience and the participants. Our exhibitions held the works of such well-known photographers as Sergey Gorshkov, Nicolai Zinoviev, Vadim Gippenreiter, the Third President of Russia D. A. Medvedev and other remarkable authors.

We create new exhibition spaces, transforming the social life environment, bringing back the value of human communication, filled with emotions, activity and friendly atmosphere.
The Sand Art Studio
A SAND ANIMATION SHOW is a story told by the artist's hands. In a few moments, multi-colored pictures appear on a large screen. The images seem to flow into and out of each other, with their own intrigue and culmination, all this accompanied by the charming sounds of music.
A SAND ANIMATION SHOW is a story told by the artist's hands. In a few moments, multi-colored pictures appear on a large screen. The images seem to flow into and out of each other, with their own intrigue and culmination, all this accompanied by the charming sounds of music.

The history of sand animation goes back to the middle of the 20th century. The first person to use sand as a means for animation is believed to be the artist Caroline Leaf. But the real revolution in "sand art" was accomplished by Ferenc Cakó. It was him who invented the idea of using sand for live animation. He created the Animal Planet Sand Promos and the 2002 FIFA World Cup Promo.

The "Sand Art" Studio works in visual art since 2007. The Studio was one of the first to present a sand animation show in Russia, and in 9 years of work had realized more than 1200 projects. In 2011, the Studio opened the children's division, staging sand animation shows for children and teaching.

Alla Vernadskaya is a sand animation artist and the art director of the Studio. In six years of work she took part in more than 700 projects, including shows at the State Kremlin Palace, the Russian Army Theatre, etc. Alla is the author of more than 100 animation promos for world known companies, she is constantly perfecting her technique and is one of the most popular sand artists nowadays.
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