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Opening of the 18th Children’s Computer Graphics and Animation Competition “The Hermitage and Russian Ballet”


On 18 March 2018, the opening of the 18th annual computer graphics and animation competition for children took place in the School Centre. This year’s theme is “The Hermitage and Russian Ballet”, dedicated to the Year of Russian Ballet being celebrated in the country.

The competition is organized by the museum’s School Centre in conjunction with the State Hermitage’s Volunteer Service and the St Petersburg Computer Technology Educational Centre of the Academy of Supplementary Vocational Training.

Schoolchildren of all ages who participate in this year’s competition will be able to get the feeling of being real historians of the theatrical arts, set and costume designers, theatrical directors, designers of stage machinery and special effects. The result of their creative efforts will be a multimedia project inspired by paintings, sculptures and works of applied art kept in the Hermitage.

Irina Valeryevna Diubanova, the head of the School Centre, told participants in the event about the history how the theatre came into being in Ancient Greece. Guides from the Department for Scientific and Educational Work took the children on tours of the Hermitage, drawing their attention to works connected with the theme of dance and music. Workers from the Volunteer Service spoke about the history of ballet, about the first ballet performance that took place in the Menshikov Palace in 1736 and about the first ballet school that was housed in the Winter Palace of Peter I, now part of the Hermitage museum complex. At the end of the event, everyone who wanted was able to learn a few ballet movements by taking part in a dance lesson.

The jury will decide the competition winners by 19 May – International Museum Day. The best works will be put on show at the Intermuseum 2018 festival to be held in Moscow in June.

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