Krasnoyarsk Book Culture Fair

Year 2011

Project description

IX Krasnoyarsk Book Culture Fair 
October 28 - November 1, 2015                 
Krasnoyarsk, Sibir International Exhibition and Business Centre

October 28 – November 1, 2015. The city of Krasnoyarsk will host the 9th Krasnoyarsk Fair of Book Culture. The Fair is run by the Mikhail Prokhorov Fund in the partnership with the Government of Krasnoyarsk region and the administration of the city of Krasnoyarsk.


The main theme of Krasnoyarsk Fair of 2015 is “Homeland’s map: the artistic familiarization of space”. What is the Homeland begins with? How does a sum of territories become a symbolic unity called the country, nation, and fatherland in the perception of its population? The Fair’s organizers believe that the understanding of territorial unity comes, first of all, through the artistic imagination and cultural mastering of space.

Why is it so important for a Russian to get to Paris? Because this city is mapped upon our mental space forever by the efforts of generations of Russian writers, philosophers, musicians, filmmakers. Why is the Siberian depth is so close to people back in Central Russia? Because it is lovingly described by Shukshin, Astafiev and other distinguished writers. Yet there are many white spots on the Russia’s cultural map and there is a whole uncharted territory to be yet conquered through artistic description. It is only Moscow and St.Petersburg that are really developed in terms of art. And beyond there lies an uncharted territory to be conquered through artistic description.

The Krasnoyarsk Fair is aimed at showing different ways of investigation into the proper country and at demonstrating the idea that the shaping of collective and individual identity comes through the interactive creation of local myths and traditions that end up by producing an image of homeland

The Fair program consists in three main ways of “the development of space”.

· Intellectual self–reflection about the image of country

· “The invention of traditions” through a deep insight into myths and traditions of the territory

· An artistic travel (travelogue) as a method of cognition and self-understanding

The publishing houses and their mounts traditionally will be located in the International Business Centre “Siberia”. More than 20 round tables and discussions will be held under the aegis of the Krasnoyarsk Fair. The discussions will be run by writers, poets, travellers and researchers who will converse on the different territories (especially, Siberia) of Russia and what place they occupy on the Russia’s cultural map, and a way the travelling interacts with literature and the destination of civilizations and on why poets go out into the urban space.

The presentation of the new books and the leading authors and publishing houses will take place alongside and in support of the intellectual program. Among the special guests of the program: Vladimir Sharov, Pavel Lobkov, Andrey Bilzho, Kirill Kobrin, Andrey Levkin, Mikhail Viezel, Leonid Yuzefovich (Russia), Christopher Merrill (USA), Maylis de Kerangal, Jean-Philipp Arrou-Vingnod (France), Nick Fielding (UK), Ida Linde (Sweden), Karl Schlegel (Germany). October, 30th will see the debates of “The NOS”, annual literature prize, that was founded by the Mikhail Prokhorov Charitable Foundation to discover and support new trends in contemporary Russian fiction. The debate will result in a short list of nominees.

Another characteristic feature of this book fair is an exhibition program “Around the city” that will be placed in the pavilions of the International Business Centre “Siberia”. An interactive installation will show the different ways the artists develop for interacting with the space of literature and language. The travelling across the cultural myths of various places will capture imagination of both adults and children, and big children’s program from the media workshop “Tvori-Gora” will suggest a big tour into the land science and scientific imagination to the young visitors and their parents through the whole period of the Fair.

The professional program for librarians, journalists and local historians will be accompanied by special laboratories with the active participation of residents of Krasnoyarsk and the Krasnoyarsk. The media laboratory “City’s code” will tell citizens of Krasnoyarsk about the image they hold of their own city and compare it to those of the inhabitants of other cities and places. The laboratory “Travelogue” for journalists and writers of the Krasnoyarsk region will generate a creative and educational approach to study and to practically use a new mode of description – travelogue – to depict their experiences in travelling home and away.

The parallel program will be full of brilliant names and events. Theatre and music performances, cinema screenings will take place on the leading stages of the city. Guest performances: “Gogol-Centre” with the show “Dead Souls” staged by Kirill Serebrennikov, the concert of Aleksey Aigi, the ensemble 4'33 “Kuryokhin Next” (in the memory of Sergey Kuryokhin), the exhibition “A scenographical study of Prigov”, the performance “Elementary particles” by Semyon Aleksandrovsky as well as a program “KRYAKÊ visiting Strelka” for the museum night “Contacting” in the Krasnoyarsk Museum Centre. This is the program of independent musical and art performances traditional for our Fair – actress Yelena Morozova, poet Andrey Rodionov and The Brusnikin Workshop Theatre being among the participants. The Russian National Orchestra conducted by its founder and artistic director Mikhail Pletnev will perform its brilliant program for the city of Krasnoyarsk (with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Krasnoyarsk region, Russian). This is only an incomplete list of events that will be presented to Krasnoyarsk by the Fair this year.

Further information:

Anastasia Hanina, manager for the relations with Publishing Houses,  tel. +7 (495) 229 9591, hanina@prokhorovfund.ru

Polina Vasilyeva, coordinator of the Fair's cultural programme, tel. +7 (916) 677-58-56, e-mail: vapolina@yandex.ru