The ceremony is traditionally timed to coincide with the Culture Worker’s Day marked on March 25. Six people have been named laureates of the presidential prizes.
The prizes for young culture professionals have been awarded to:
Dina Velikovskaya, animated film director, for her contribution to the development of Russian animation;
Sofya Kondratyeva, head of the Museology Department at the Divnogorye Natural Architectural-Archaeological Museum-Reserve, for creating and implementing innovative museum projects;
Denis Rodkin, soloist with the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre, for his contribution to preserving, promoting and popularising the achievements of Russian choreography.
The prizes for writing and art for children and young people have been awarded to:
Vladimir Retsepter, artistic director of the Pushkin State Theatre Centre in St Petersburg, for educational activity;
Alexei Rybnikov, composer, for his contribution to the development Russian music;
Vladimir Chikishev, director of the Nizhny Novgorod boarding school for deaf children, for implementing the School–Theatre–Home single educational space programme and for creating the Piano Theatre.