Idea to conduct the festival of performances, that had put on classic dramaturgy, development of festival’s conception, aims and tasks, belonged to Sergey Chulkov (the artistic leader of Academic Music and Drama Theatre named after Lesia Ukrainka in Kamenskoye city). First festival, had passed in 1993. Unlike many other festivals, the «The Classics today» from the beginning have competitive character. An international jury which consists of well-known specialists in drama study, producers, actors, determines the best: performance, direction, leading womanish and masculine roles, womanish and masculine roles of the second plan, young actor and actress of festival.
After a show the participants of performance (on their desire) meet with jurymen, their creative work gets a professional estimation. During the festival, conferences, seminars, exhibitions and other creative projects are taking place. Winners in the categories receive diplomas, prizes and statuette-symbol of the festival.
The organizers invite professional theaters to take part in the festival with the performances that have been staged on any classical play or classic literary work.
The organizers of the festival provide hotel accommodation and three meals a day for participants. Travel, transportation of scenery, registration of visa documents participants pay by participants' own cost.
Applications for participation are accepted until February 1 of the current year.