Kolyada Plays Festival of Modern Drama

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The International Modern Drama Festival, Kolyada Plays, takes place in Ekaterinburg every summer since 2008. Credit for the idea of the festival and the implementation belongs to playwright and director Nikolay Kolyada.

Theatre directors from all over the world present their new productions, based on modern plays, on stages around the city for several days. Reputable drama critics sit on the jury, which reviews the performances and names the winners. Prizes for best acting, directing, artwork and composing are awarded on the last day of the festival. Kolyada Plays runs an off-programme, featuring film viewings, play and book presentations, creators' talks, and theatre variety revues. It is customary for the band Kurara to play at the festival's closing.