In 2018 the Artistic Council of the Festival decided to introduce the Voting for the Spasskaya Tower Audience Choice Award in two nominations featuring the Best Russian Performance and the Best Foreign Performance. Last year more than 200 thousand people cast their votes on the Festival’s official website and mobile app.
Following the results, the Spasskaya Tower Audience Choice Award was given to the Band of the Lieutenant General Valery Khalilov Moscow Military Music College of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and the Girl Drummers Band of the All-Girls Boarding School of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation as the Best Russian Performance (scoring 26%), and to the Bicycle Showband Crescendo as the Best Foreign Performance (scoring 16%).
The prizes were awarded by Mr. Sergey Smirnov, Head of the Spasskaya Tower Festival Directorate, and Mr. Alexander Gorbenko, Deputy Mayor of Moscow on Regional Security and Information Policy.
This year the Audience Choice Awardwas made by the ArgentovJeweler’s. It will be awarded following the voting results on the official website and mobile app of the Festival, as well as votes cast by the audiences of the live TV broadcast and Internet live stream in the last day of the Festival.
The Audience Choice Awardis a five-point star, the central part of which features a casing with a piece of cut ruby glass. It is topped with a cut crystal sphere. Passing through the ruby glass and crystal sphere light creates an intricate pattern. The whole piece is placed on the marble base with a golden inscription on it featuring the year and official emblem of the Festival.