On 17 December 2016, the Council Hall of the State Hermitage was the venue for an awards ceremony for participants and winners of the “Byzantium – Russia” competition in computer graphics and animation for children, organized as part of the Cross-Cultural Year of Russia and Greece, and a theatricalized performance inspired by Homer’s Iliad.
For the past 10 years, the Sector for Work with Volunteers together with the museum’s School Centre have been organizing and operating competitions in computer graphics and animation for schoolchildren.
The formal event was preceded by a stroll around the Hermitage’s halls of the Ancient World, where the participants were again able to see works of Ancient Greek art telling about the Trojan War.
The central part of the occasion was the presentation of awards to the winners of the “Byzantium – Russia” competition. The subjects suggested for the works by school pupils of all age groups were ones that allowed them to become closer acquainted both with the history and culture of Byzantium and with cultural ties between Russia and Byzantium: “Great Rulers”, “Coats of Arms”, “Heroism”, “Journey”, “Two Princesses – Olga and Sophia” and “The Fate of Constantinople”. The works were assessed in three categories: computer painting and graphic art, multimedia presentations, and computer animation and video. The winners and participants were congratulated by Irina Diubanova, the head of the State Hermitage’s School Centre.
The evening concluded with a performance entitled Two Days of the Trojan War based on Homer’s Iliad that was created by students of the theatre department of the arts faculty at Saint Petersburg State University.
At the end of the event, volunteers handed out information on projects planned for 2017.