The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee’s cultural program Contest has come to an end and the winners have been announced. It took place within the framework of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad. The Organizing Committee received over 1,000 applications to participate in the competition which saw talented artists across the world take part.
Contestants from 53 regions of Russia and 20 countries outside Russia competed to be crowned the winners and get the chance to perform during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.
The judges announced the winners - "Bis Band" from Siberia, Valentina Apevalova, gymnast from St. Petersburg, and "Harmonika" Orchestra from Serbia have all been given the chance to perform in front of the guests of the Games.
The competitions were judged by the Advisory Council which included Sochi 2014 Ambassadors. Musicians Yury Bashmet, Andrey Makarevich and Valery Syutkin, skaters Evgeny Plushenko, Irina Slutskaya, Tatiana Navka, TV presenter Yuri Vyazemsky and Artistic Director of the Kuban Cossack choir, Viktor Zakharchenko chose the best among the finalists.
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Open public Contest of creative groups started in the autumn of 2012 and became one of the most ambitious projects of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad. Artistic groups and individual artists from 14 years old from Russia and other countries taking part in the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 could take part in the Contest. The competition has been created in a variety of artistic genres: vocal, ballet, folk dance, mime, acrobatics, etc.
The Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad is a unique project by the organizers of the Games, offering the best cultural events in the country. In 2014, visitors to the Olympic host city will not only be able to evaluate the sporting competitions, but also Russia's cultural diversity at dozens of performance venues located in Sochi and Krasnaya Polyana. Therefore, since 2010, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, along with dozens of regions throughout the country, has been carefully selecting the best of Russian culture.
Between 2010 and 2014, thousands of diverse cultural events have and will be taking place throughout the entire country. Each year, the Cultural Olympiad is dedicated to a different art form: 2010 was the Year of the Cinema, 2011 the Year of the Theater, 2012 the Year of Music, and 2013 is the Year of the Museum.
The national scale of the project will make it possible to involve every resident of the country in this grand celebration of music, maintaining and increasing the cultural riches of our country. All of the events of the Cultural Olympiad can be followed on www.culture.sochi2014.com