The Voices of History Theatre Festival was first held in 1991 as a review of the performances of professional theatres in the unique setting of the historical and architectural ensemble of the Vologda Kremlin. It has long been a landmark of the Vologda Region, a favourite festival of all theatre-goers. In 2003, it received an international status. This theatre festival is held in June once in two years.
The festival merits great attention. Its success has been conditioned by the professionalism of the participants and serious experience, and the ability to combine these qualities with Russian national characteristics. The performances are presented in the open air in the historical setting of the Vologda Kremlin, which is a point of interest itself. Holding such a festival near the Kremlin is hardly a matter of chance.
The festival attracts the most skilful actors and repertory theatres from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novgorod, Pskov, Vladimir, Arkhangelsk, Samara and other Russian cities. Theatres from Greece, Italy, Ukraine, Slovakia, Germany, Belarus and other countries come to perform in Vologda. The festival is focused on Russian and world history.
̉he popularity of the Voices of History Festival boosted creation of another project – Summer in the Kremlin. Concerts and performances during this event also take place in the open air in the unique historical and architectural setting of the Vologda Kremlin.