On 1 December, a grand awards ceremony was held at the Fifth International Cultural Forum. The Art Patron of the Year award is presented by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of the Russian Federation. At the ceremony it was announced that Vladimir Rashevsky, SUEK’s CEO has been recognized as the Art Patron of the Year. SUEK’s top manager received the award for preserving and developing Russian national cultures and folk art.
While presenting the award, Vladimir Medinsky, the Minister of Cultural Affairs of the Russian Federation, noted continuity of the Russian arts patronage tradition and said that modern businesspeople rank with such milestone figures in the Russian arts patronage as Tretyakov, Mamontov, and Nemirovich-Danchenko.
Rashevsky was nominated by Kemerovo region for his major contribution to cultural development in the region including tours of prominent Russian theatres around Kuzbass, which have been spearheaded by SUEK’s CEO. The project started back in 2007. Owing to SUEK, Kuzbass got a chance to enjoy a tour of Moscow Art Theatre after almost a 20-year break while Sovremennik Theatre toured the region for the first time since 1961. A similar program is running in Krasnoyarsk region. Over these years, 10,000 residents of coal mining regions have managed to attend charity performances of the best Moscow theatres arranged by SUEK.
“On behalf of our company I would like to thank you for your high estimate of SUEK’s role which it plays on the cultural scene, improving social stability in the regions where we operate, our continuous efforts aimed at improving the quality of life for our employees, their families and local communities,” said Vladimir Rashevsky.
The Art Patron of the Year award is presented annually to distinguished philanthropists in recognition of their support and financial aid to projects in the field of preservation of Russian cultural heritage. This year over 30 applications were submitted for the competition. Among award presenters were prominent arts workers – Vladimir Urin, General Director of the Bolshoi Theatre, Edgard Zapashny, General Director of Great Moscow State Circus and a wild-animal tamer, Alexey Morozov, film and theatre actor, and Nikolay Tsiskaridze, People’s artist of Russia, member of Presidential Council for Culture and Arts, and President of Vaganova Ballet Academy.