On May 12, the XV International Festival "Young Voices - 2016" was opened at the Nizhni Novgorod Trade Fair. The event was attended by Evgeny Chuprunov, Rector of Lobachevsky University and Tatiana Bespalova, Vice-Rector for social affairs and interaction with employers. 

The choral festival that lasted from May 12 to May 15, 2016 was organized jointly by Lobachevsky University and the Sheremetev Centre, an autonomous non-profit organization for the development of culture and education. The program included choir performances, master classes, a conference and a gala concert. The aim of the festival was to attract young people to the arts, to demonstrate and enhance the participants’ skills, to share their experience and to raise the prestige of Nizhni Novgorod as a major cultural center of Russia.