STRELKA is an annual festival that presents modern design and includes
exhibitions, projects` presentations, master-classes of competent
designers and experimental projects of students.
The main events of the festival take place in NN. After the festival,
the organizing committee presents exhibition and other projects of
STRELKA in other cities. STRELKA’s exhibitions were held in Kirov,
Moscow, Naberezhnye Chelny, Ivanovo, Novosibirsk, Penza, Dnepropetrovsk,
St. Petersburg, Kharkov, Saratov, Saransk, Smolensk, Togliatti and
The festival is organized by the International Association “Union of
Designers”, the Art Studio “RekinArt”, the design studio “Art-press”,
with support of Nizhny Novgorod State University of Architecture and
Civil Engineering (NNGASU), Russian Academy of Art, Nizhny Novgorod Art
School and the Government of Nizhny Novgorod region.
For the first time the Nizhny Novgorod design festival took place in
2006. It consisted three categories: “Graphic design”, “Subject design”
and “Interior design”. The NN designers formed the majority of
participants. Besides the competition, the festival included special
exhibitions devoted to advertising photography and advertising calendar.
In the competition program of the festival in 2007 participated
professionals from Barnaul, Bryansk, Kirov, Krasnoyarsk, Moscow, Nizhny
Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Saratov, Smolensk, Tula, Ufa and Cheboksary.
“Interior design” and “Graphic design” were included as nominations.
Also there were included such exhibitions as “ Interior – idea and
concept”, “ Interior ceramics”, “ Students` design”, “ A portrait in
home decor” and “Nursery”. There were organized special contests:
“Creative round loaf”, “The best pointsman (strelochnik)”, “
Presentation of the author’s jewelry by the Sharonov School”. In the
context of STRELKA 2007 were held master classes by Yuri Gulitov
(calligraphy) and Nikolay Shabarov (photography).
In 2008 the festival had a status of an international student festival
and consisted of following contest categories: “Graphic design”,
“Industrial design” and “Interior design”. All in all 926 works were
sent to the contest from 524 participants.
Many famous graphic designers, among them Peter Bankov, Erik Belousov,
Gennady Bukhanov, Yuri Gulitov, Igor Gurovich, Dmitry Kavko, Erken
Kagarov, Anna Naumova, Andrey Logvin, Dmitry Rekin, Dmitry Sursky
participated in the poster competition “STRELKA” , which was a part of
In the exhibition areas were organized many exhibitions: “Ocean of
design”, “Communism-art”, “Calligraphy by Grigiry Borisenko”, “Hand-made
in the interior”; and photo-exhibitions: “Venetian carnival” and “School
of kesses”. There were organized lectures and master-classes by Vladimir
Laptev, Grigory Borisenko, Pavel Plokhov, Andrey Uzky, Nadezhda Maltseva.
During the STRELKA 2009 there was conducted a student workshop “2050”,
the aim of which was to present what our way of life and subjective
surroundings will be in the future. Students from Russia, Belorussia and
the Ukraine took part in the workshop. Besides, there were held
following exhibitions: “Futuredada”, “Ocean of design”, “COW-poster”,
“Posters by Dmitry Rekin”, “Grotesques by Vyacheslav Petruhin” and “3D
illusion by Mikhail Naumov”.
In 2011 the 5th anniversary festival of design STRELKA took
place. The festival had two stages, in spring and autumn.
The international poster event “Gogol 200+” was held during the festival
in May. 354 posters were sent to the contest from 36 cities of Russia,
the Ukraine, Belorussia, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Estonia, Poland and the
USA. The work of the Selection Committee resulted in 59 posters by 40
authors being chosen for the final. The best 10 posters were printed in
offset circulation. Within the bounds of the festival following poster
exhibitions took place: “All Gold of the World” (from the collection of
the “Golden Bee”) and the poster exhibition by Igor Gurovich, who held
an interesting master-class.
The All-Russian presentation of the new magazine “Master-class” about
graphic design took place during the spring stage.
In October, there was organized a contest in categories “Interior
Design” and “Graphic design”; and also a contest “Projection” devoted to
three-dimensional visualization. There were demonstrated the works of
the poster event “Rodchenko 120” (organized by Moscow Design Week and
the “Golden Bee” Foundation) and a poster exhibition by Dmitry Makonnen,
who held a master-class.
The main event of the festival in 2012 was the international poster
exhibition “Who are we?”.Many famous designers participated in this
event, among them Yuri Gulitov, Igor Gurovich, Dmitry Zakharov, Andrey
Logvin, Dmitry Makonnen, Dmitry Rekin, Protey Temen and Nikolay Shtok.
340 posters were sent to the contest from 40 cities of Belorussia,
Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Russia, the Ukraine,
Uzbekistan and Estonia. The work of the Selection Committee resulted in
52 posters by 44 authors being selected.
During the festival there were demonstrated posters of exhibition “26”,
which was dedicated to the 26th anniversary of the Chernobyl
tragedy. There were presented 26 selected posters from the category “The
world after Chernobyl and Fukushima” of the International Triennale of
ecological posters “4th block”. A master-class by Andrey
Logvin was a part of the festival.