From 13 to 20 May 2017, Sochi will host the final round of PJSC Gazprom's 7th corporate Fakel Festival (in Krasnaya Polyana).
The competition featuring amateur performing arts ensembles and performers will bring together over 1,600 participants and guests. The festival will host representatives of Gazprom's 40 subsidiaries from Russia, Armenia, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan, as well as oil and gas companies from China, Slovenia, Germany, France, Vietnam and Bolivia.
The festival will run for three days. Each participant will aim to win the jury's vote in one of the following categories: "singing", "choreography", "vocal-instrumental and instrumental groups", "circus and original performances", and "folk". A Young Artist contest will also be held. The best performers and performing groups will be determined in three age groups: children aged 5 to 10 and 11 to 17 years old and adults over 17 years old. The Fakel Festival awards ceremony will be held on 18 May.
The festival jury traditionally includes well-known representatives of the arts and culture community of the Russian Federation. The head of the festival jury will be Alexandra Permyakova, People's Artist of Russia, Laureate of the Russian Federation Government Prize, Presidium member of the Presidential Council of the Russian Federation for Culture and Art, Professor and Director of the Pyatnitskiy Russian Folk Chorus.
The final round of the Fakel Festival will be organized by Gazprom Transgaz Krasnodar.
The idea to organise a corporate festival came from the company's staff and was supported by the company's management. In 2003, the Management Board of OJSC Gazprom gave their approval to the Fakel Festival that brought together amateur performing arts ensembles and performers from OJSC Gazprom's subsidiary companies.
The corporate festival is held every two years over three rounds. During the first round, the participating Gazprom subsidiaries determine their best performers who will go on to participate in the regional rounds. In the second round, regional festivals are held (in the southern and northern areas). The winning performers from the regional festivals proceed to the third and final round.
The first corporate Fakel Festival was held in 2004-2005. Regional festivals were held twice in Orenburg while other host sites have included Yugorsk, Surgut, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Tomsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Astrakhan, Belgorod, and Khanty-Mansiysk. From 2006 to 2012, the final rounds of the festival were held in Gelendzhik. In 2013, the Festival final took place in Vitebsk, Belarus.
The jury of the final round of the 7th corporate Fakel Festival includes famous representatives of the arts and culture community of the Russian Federation.
Gazprom Transgaz Krasnodar is a fully-owned subsidiary of PJSC Gazprom. Its manufacturing enterprises operate in the Krasnodar Krai, Rostov Oblast, and the Republic of Adygea.
Gazprom Transgaz Krasnodar has 19 branches and employs around 8,000 people. Its Head Office is located in Krasnodar.
More information can be found on the official website of the Festival at www.gazpromfakel.ru