Arts and culture
On December 7 Saratov hosted the finals of the Club of the Funny and Witty (KVN, Klub Veselykh i Nakhodchivykh).
The KVN games were organized in Gazprom Transgaz Saratov on the initiative of Director General Leonid Chernoshchyokov and have been held with the support of the United Trade Union and the Nashe Delo (Our Affair) Youth Association for the second year in a row. The KVN–2013 games were dedicated to the Year of Ecology in Gazprom and the Year of Youth in the Gazprom Interregional Trade Union.
The Movie and Concert Hall of the Nord Cultural and Sports Complex of Gazprom Transgaz Yugorsk hosted a gala concert of the 18th Severnoye Siyaniye (Northern Lights) Festival-Contest of amateur creative teams and performers.
About 600 contestants took part in the 18th Severnoye Siyaniye Festival-Contest of amateur creative teams and performers. 94 creative performances shown at the concert were marked according to four age categories in the Vocal, Instrumental Music and Choreography nominations.
On November 6 the Tchaikovsky State Memorial House in Klin (Moscow Region) – located within Gazprom Transgaz Moscow operating area – hosted festive events that marked a start of Silvery Lily-of-the-Valley, a three-year project dedicated to the musical heritage of Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
The follow-up concert included the performance of the project’s first artists – lead singers of the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra, whose musical skills will accompany the key events of the Silvery Lily-of-the-Valley project until its final – the anniversary of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 2015.
Astrakhan hosted cultural events for the locals of the Astrakhan Region under the Reviving Traditions corporate movement.
Taking part in the 2013 corporate movement were the Vereteno, Volzhskie Zori and Razdivye groups of the Viktoriya cultural center of Gazprom Dobycha Astrakhan, winners and participants of the zonal round of Gazprom’s corporate Fakel Festival, namely, representatives of Gazprom Transgaz Belarus, Gazprom Transgaz Stavropol as well as lead singers of the Stanitsa and Buzuluk old Cossack song ensembles from Volgograd, and Astrakhan professional bands – the Mir Vashemu Domu and Tulpar folk dance ensembles, the Kurmangazy folk music ensemble.
Gazprom together with GDF SUEZ acted as the exclusive sponsors of The Rite of Spring ballet staged by the Mariinsky Theatre troupe under the direction of Valery Gergiev in the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris from May 29 to 31, 2013. The cultural event coincided with the 30th anniversary of the third – largest-ever – Contract for Russian natural gas supply to France.
On each of the three evenings a 21st century nouveaute – The Rite of Spring staged by Sasha Waltz – was performed together with the version by Vaslav Nijinsky. A premiere of this performance was shown in the New Theatre (Mariinsky II) on May 13, 2013.