An award for princes in Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum

22 Oct 2013

An award commitment to princes took place in Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum.

On the 18th of October a commitment of the 20th, jubilee, award to the brightest princes took place in Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum. Ivan Lopatin, the head of the Leevandia Entertainment company has become a recipient of the prize.


The award annually taking place in Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum has taken place there since 1993 and is given for creative input in Russian cultural and artistic development and strengthening international cultural connections. The most famous students of the Lyceum were Alexander Pushkin, Wilhelm Kuchelbecker, Anton Delvig, Alexander Gorchakov, Jacob Grot, Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin.

The founders of the award are National Pushkin Museum,  an art patron Boris Blotner, a poet and musician Alexander Dolskiy, a writer Victor Krivulin, a composer Sergey Kurehin, a film director Alexander Sokurov, a writer and a film director Nikolay Yakimchuk. 

The award is concentrated on the encouragement of the princes of so called true art that is not aimed at commercial success only. The prize has remained faithful to itself for 20 years already.

The guests of the ceremony and the bronze statuette have become not only gone Dmitriy Lihachev, Mstislav Rostropovich, Galina Vishnevskaya, Mikhail Kozakov, Isaac Shvarts, Alexey German, Bella Ahmadulina, Igor Kvasha and Sergey Kurehin but also still living and prospering Yuriy Lubimov, Daniil Granin, Ernst Neizvestniy, Tatyana Doronina, Alisa Freindlih, Inna Churikova, Nina Urgant, Lia Ahedzhakova, Evgeniy Evtushenko, Vasiliy Lanovoy, Valentin Gaft, Sergey Yurskiy, Mikhail Zhvanetskiy, Eldar Ryazanov, Andrey Bitov, Yuriy Temirkanov, Oleg Basilashvili, Armen Gigarhanyan, Alexander Gorodnitskiy, Alexander Belinskiy, Mikhail Piotrovskiy, Valeriy Gergiev, Roman Viktuk, Boris Grebenshikov, Yuriy Shevchuk, Vyacheslav Butusov, Vyacheslav Polunin, Chulpan Hamatova, Olga Ostroumova, Larisa Malevannaya, Boris Messerer, David Tuhmanov, Veniamin Smehov, Alexander Filippenko, Andrey Dementyev, Otar Ioseliani, Sergey Migitsko, Anton Adasinskiy, Rezo Gabriadze, Iozas Budraitis, Vladimir Bortko, Alexander Kushner, Ilya Shtemler, Eduard Kochergin, Dmitriy Shagin, Lubov Argus and many others.

Not only actors, directors and other presenters of creative professions but also such people as a patron George Soros, Sergey Mironov, the politician, Alexander Druz. There’s a special category for patrons.

Unlike other events Tsarskoe Selo award tries to avoid a false plume of celebrities and focusing on the true art and cultural wealth. 

The honorees themselves also point on that statement. This year’s holder Arkadiy Arkanov, a writer who won the prize for “the wise irony and faith to the genre” talks about celebrities in this way: “They’re not stars but bulbs. And when a bulb doesn’t light anymore it’s going to the bin. And new bulbs will replace them!” 

The symbol of the award is bronze statuettes of Ekaterina the Great, Anna Akhmatova and Osip Mandelstam. This year they were given by the director of Russian museum Sergey Nekrasov. A poet and a composer Alexander Gorodnitskiy, a writer Semen Altov, a writer and a director Nikolay Yakimchuk and others. 

Apart from the writer there’re also the artistic director MDT – Europe theatre Lev Dodin, Sergey Dreiden the actor, the founder of Russian Ikon Museum in the USA Gordon Lankton, Yuriy Kublanovskiy the poet and the USSR actress Ludmila Makarova amongst the honorees.

This year Ivan Lopatin, the genral manager of the Leevandia Entertainment company has also become one of the honorees of the award. Ivan has been helping directors throughout international and local festivals for many many years

Receiving the bronze statuette, that was given for “successful support of Russian films on international festivals” Ivan expressed his gratitude to the jury that has honoured him and invited to the ceremony. 

The whole list of the awarded honorees for 2013:

  1. Ludmila Makarova for the original acting  pattern and a legendary journey in theatre and cinema;
  2. Lev Dodin for his contribution to the worldwide theatrical art;
  3. Arkadiy Arkanov for the wise irony and faith to the genre;
  4. Sergey Dreiden for the bright acting pattern and creating the character of a fellow man in modern films of past few years;
  5. Yuriy Kublanovskiy for his priceless contribution to Russian poetry;
  6. Igor Pomerantsev for a unique poetic voice and innovating;
  7. Lev Sheglov for creating social important educational TV-shows;
  8. Gordon Lankton for creating Russian Ikon Museum in the USA;
  9. Ekaterina Vasilieva for a longstanding contribution to cultural life of Saint Petersburg;
  10. Ivan Lopatin for successful support of Russian films on international festivals;
  11. Vyacheslav Zarenkov for support of modern film making in Saint Petersburg;
  12. Andrey Lipatov for his book “A Right Society: Moral Basement”.

The picture’s author: Tatyana Braslavskaya

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