Winners of 5th corporate Fakel Festival awarded in Vitebsk
Vitebsk (Republic of Belarus) hosted a gala concert and an awarding ceremony of the final round winners of the 5th corporate Fakel Festival among amateur creative teams and performers from Gazprom's subsidiary companies and organizations.
The Festival Grand Prix were awarded to:
Ekspromt dance and sports club (Gazprom Transgaz Nizhny Novgorod);
Evgenia Okhanova (Gazprom Transgaz Tomsk) in the vocal (folk) nomination;
Siberian Souvenir dance group (Gazprom Transgaz Tomsk);
Yulia Kogadaeva (Gazprom Dobycha Orenburg) in the vocal (jazz) nomination;
Gleb Sannikov (Gazprom Transgaz Yekaterinburg) in the Young Painter contest.
In addition, Alexey Miller awarded Gazprom Transgaz Belarus creative team with the Special Prize of the Gazprom Management Committee Chairman.
“I would like to thank the host party – Gazprom Transgaz Belarus, our subsidiary company, the Vitebsk Administration and everyone who took part in arranging and holding the Festival. It was executed to the highest standards. Let's keep it up and go ahead – to new creative achievements!” said Alexey Miller at the awarding ceremony.
The idea to launch a corporate festival was put forward by Gazprom's employees and supported by its management. In 2003 the Gazprom Management Committee endorsed the Resolution on Arranging the Fakel Festival among Amateur Creative Teams and Performers from Gazprom's Subsidiary Companies and Organizations.
The three-round Festival is conducted on a biennial basis. In the first round the best performers from Gazprom's subsidiaries are selected for the zonal festivals. The zonal festivals (southern and northern zones) represent the second round. The zonal festival winners take part in the final third round.
The zonal rounds of the 5th corporate Festival took place in Astrakhan (November 2012) and Tomsk (February 2013). Over 1,300 children and adults from 36 Gazprom's subsidiaries took part in the 5th corporate Fakel Festival. They competed in the following nominations: folklore, vocal (folk, pop, classic and jazz), choreography (folk, pop, ballroom, classic), pop and instrumental groups, pop & circus and magic, etc. The Young Painter contest was held as well as part of the Festival.
Reputed Russian and Belarusian arts and culture workers judged the participants' performances at the Festival. The jury was chaired by Svyatoslav Belza, People's Artist of Russia, Academician of the Russian Television Academy.