10 July 2014

The International Summer Academy of Arts “Energy for Life”

Летняя международная академия искусств «Energy for life»

The International Summer Academy of Arts “Energy for Life”


The International Summer Academy of Arts “Energy for Life” has been held in Austria. The event, which took place from 28 June to 10 July 2014, was held as part of international children’s social project “Open World”. The Academy gathered over 100 children from Austria, Russia, Poland, France, Belarus, Slovakia, Latvia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Ukraine, Greece and Switzerland.

Children from different countries came together to take part in master classes organized by experienced teachers from Europe who conducted for them sessions in three areas — music, sports and journalism. The music session featured the fourth session of the International Children’s Chamber Orchestra conducted by Yuri Bashmet.

In addition to the sessions and master classes, the children were able to showcase their skills in several concerts organized as part of the Academy. For example, the Open Day, which was held on July 5, featured performances by participants of master classes in choreography and rhythmic gymnastics. Young TV journalists from media group demonstrated their reports and interviews prepared during the sessions on huge screens. As something that has become a good tradition, participants of the Academy performed at the School for children with disabilities (city of Wiener Neustadt), thus once again emphasizing the importance of mutual communication between children from different social groups.

The International Summer Academy of Arts culminated with a performance by the International Children’s Chamber Orchestra conducted by Yuri Bashmet at the main concert hall of Vienna — Musikverein. Performing at one of the world’s best stages was a real test for the young talents from different countries, which they honorably passed. The exacting Viennese public among which were many political and cultural figures of Austria, was delighted with the young artists and greeted their performance with loud and prolonged applause. The audience left many warm words and admiring comments on the guest book after the concert.

The concert by the International Children’s Chamber Orchestra, which was held at the Musikverein under the patronage of the mayor of Vienna Michael Häupl, was organized in support of Austria’s Pulmonary Hypertension Association. This public initiative helps people suffering from this rare and incurable disease and supports research on methods of treatment and therapy.

The Summer Academy of Arts is annually held socially by social fund “Energy for life” with support from major energy companies in Russia and Austria — Gazprom export, Gazprom Austria Gashandel GmbH, OMV Gas & Power, Econgas, Gas Connect Austria.


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