Sergey Sobyanin:

The task of the authorities - to ensure the quality, variety and availability of cultural values and services. Metropolitan cultural institutions provide new exciting opportunities for personal development and self-fulfillment of citizens.

Sergey Kapkov:

"Culture changes us" – it’s not just a slogan of the advertising campaign of the Year of Culture in Moscow, it's a belief proven through years. Synonyms for the word "culture" have always been those words: "education", "enlightenment ", "sense".

Elena Gonzalez:

Urban culture and culture of a city are closely related concepts. Physical measurement of a city - buildings, streets, squares and embankments - preserve its history and create an atmosphere, in which complex relationships of its inhabitants are unfolding. However, it's also true vice versa: citizens change the city space with their own new contents.

Elizabeth Fokina:

Culture is involved in all aspects of city life and forms a life space of each person. We urge citizens to do a culture with us.

Peter Mancilla-Cruz:

A common space for conflict-free and efficient dialogue about the culture is much needed.

Boris Kupriyanov:

Image of the city is formed not by buildings but by its atmosphere, by urban life, which we call culture. We all consider culture as an opportunity for growth - mental, educational and creative. Libraries, museums, theaters and other cultural institutions help us realize these desires.

Elena Zelentsova:

The International Forum "Culture. Look into the future " is an opportunity to look at the major trends of urban culture, gathered in one place. It is referred to the improvement of parks, the reformation of libraries and cultural centers, new museum projects and many other things.

Anna Nemzer :

City is an area for cultivation, an area of application of new cultural practices, the development of new cultural codes; and the larger a city is, the more complex and interesting experiment we have. A citizen observes this experiment all his life.

Leonid Agron :

Nowadays the sphere of culture attracts more and more attention and takes more and more space in the citizens’ life. It is extremely important to watch this process, to study it and to evaluate. The Forum provides an excellent opportunity for visitors to observe in one place everything that has happened over the past few years in the Moscow culture.

Marina Lyulchuk:

Urban culture - is not something firm and permanent. On the contrary, it is something in constant motion, and it’s in our hands to influence these changes. Museums, libraries, parks should form and foster a culture of leisure time activities for children and adults.

Maria Privalova :

Culture is a system of possibilities. It’s important that every citizen should find cultural offer for himself, that there should be active cultural centers in all parts of the city, that interests of all social groups should be taken into account, that the work with local communities should be constantly evolving.

Maria Fadeeva:

Today culture is a "lifeline" of the city: it is culture that keeps city integrity, provides residents with the opportunity to realize themselves as citizens. Being an agent of rapid changes this "software" that can fill with life even the most strange and weird places fuels hopes in anticipation of the physical transformation of the city and this is always expensive and slow.

Andrey Lapshin:

Moscow is a leader of change in all aspects, including cultural life. Theatres, museums, exhibitions, festivals - all urban environment changes rapidly keeping pace with the world top trends. More creative young people, original views and unconventional approaches have appeared in the cultural sphere; city authorities are open to new ideas and ready for experiments.

Elena Tupyseva:

Non-verbal theater is in constant development and continuous state of exploration and acts as a catalyst for innovation processes in a theater. It is already difficult to imagine the cultural landscape of the modern metropolis without modern dance, circus, and performance.

Elena Melville:

If to take the widest meaning of culture - as an activity that creates reasons and values, as people relationships appeared during this activity – then the culture becomes a basis for the renovating social processes and a key element of the modern city economy.

Viktor Ryzhakov:

Culture in our city has gone beyond government institutions and it is involved in the change of the urban environment. Street festivals, performances, exhibitions, classical music concerts in parks and squares - all of this is extremely important. Citizens deprived of culture due to variety of life circumstances (material, educational, etc.) begin to be involved in the culture.

Kirill Serebrennikov:

It is very important now to consider a theater as a city-forming enterprise and to show its value including for the economical purposes. Changes that have been happening in recent years in the field of theater are well traced by the example of "Gogol-center", which for a couple of seasons has turned into a brand new independent cultural entity.


Tatiana Ghafar:

Culture penetrates all our life, even if we don’t realize it in the bustle of daily life. Everything that is created by man, not by nature, is a fact of culture. However, more often a person associates culture with the type of those institutions, that one visit in a special attitude of mind after serious preparation.

Mikhail Khokhlov:

Education and culture are fundamental today. Without understanding that the culture is a part of education, it will be difficult for our country to move onward. We need to take radical steps to make the entire educational system to face the culture.

George Nikich:

Culture of participation is the future of culture. Participation is a basis of life and cultural development. Culture of participation ensures the continuity and renewal of tradition, creates conditions for people to be included in the creative work, contributes to the comfort level and variety of public and living spaces, forms meanings and images of identity throughout the country and the region, community and family.

Day 1. Grand opening and dialogues on censorship

The Ist Moscow International Cultural Forum "Live! Work! Create!" was opened in the CEH "Manege". It was organized as a platform for discussion of the most important issues of urban and state cultural policy. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin defined the Forum as a main event of the Year of Culture; Sergei Kapkov, Moscow Government MinisterHead of the Department of Culture, told about the changes that had occurred in the cultural environment of the city in recent years. Fekla Tolstaya, master of the opening ceremony, announced the main goal of the Forum: "We are here to bring together professionals, to conduct several serious conversations, to discuss what is happening now, and to take a look into the future."

Indeed, there were many serious discussions at the Forum: the discussions went one after another. During the public-talk "Three main trends of urban cultural policy of the future» Marina Zhunich, GR director at Google Russia, told Fekla Tolstaya about the latest digital technologies that provide access to museums and cultural institutions. Almost simultaneously in the Hall "City" there was a discussion "Culture in terms of square meter": here the experts in the field of urban development with Elena Zelentsova, first deputy head of Moscow Department of Culture, discussed the necessary amount of cultural objects per residential area of a certain size and the ways to increase their amount.

Hall "Amphitheater" was given to the discussion of "Academic Music in Russia - Education and professions". The discussion concerned the complexity of the interaction between people and organizations working in the field of classical music. There are many graduates of conservatories of music but not enough professionals - this problem was announced by Gregory Lewontin, director of the State Symphony Orchestra, laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation, by Vladimir Martynov, composer, and by other participants of the conversation.

Finally, the most heated debate happened during the discussion of censorship. Sergei Kapkov, head of the Moscow Department of Culture, Elena Drapeko, actress and First Deputy Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on Culture, Kirill Serebrennikov, director, Theodore Currentzis, conductor, Maria Maksakova, a member of the State Duma Committee on Culture, Vladimir Paperny, writer and art historian, discussed whether it was worth forbidding the foul language on the stage or trying to prohibit anything in the art at all. Cultural figures, of course, were outraged by the possibility to ban the foul language. Vladimir Paperny proposed his own classification of "harmful censorship", Kirill Serebrennikov entered into a heated argument with Elena Drapeko and expressed the opinion that in the territory of art everything was possible. Sergei Kapkov as a representative of the government delicately tried to reconcile the audience: "At least, we can prohibit the use of the foul language in plays producing on state money - only on private funds."

The future of the country's cultural heritage was discussed in the Large Hall during the discussion "Cultural drivers of modern city development". The discussion concerned the ways to maintain a balance between the preservation of cultural heritage and its renovation, and ways to organize the urban cultural life competently. Yuri Perelygin, director of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) explained that first of all we had to pay attention to the cultural development of regions, in this case their population would not seek so much to move to "non-stretch" Moscow.

However, the first day of the Forum was remarkable not only for its meaningful conversations.  Two important documents were signed during the day. Marina Lyulchuk, head of the Joint Directorate "Mosgorpark" and Chris Rutherford, chairman of the Asia-Pacific Region at the International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration IFPRA signed a cooperation agreement. It means that the workers of Moscow parks will have an opportunity to exchange experience with foreign colleagues, and the parks will be included in the international context.

At the same time Sergei Kapkov, director of the Moscow Department of Culture, and Pavel Gusev, chairman of the Moscow Union of Journalists, the chief editor at the newspaper "Moskovsky Komsomolets", signed a document allowing the members of the Moscow Union of Journalists free entrance to museums and exhibition halls under the jurisdiction of the Moscow Department of Culture as well as to the Moscow Zoo.

The documentary film «Conduction» directed by Alexei Loginov became the culmination of the day. It was the fascinating story about the work of Theodore Currentzis, conductor and artistic director of the Perm Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. After the show, the main character of the film told the audience about the meaning of the feeling the music.

"Music is like an elusive dream, you feel emotions but can not remember the picture. It’s very hard to explain what listening to music means, but I want to believe that in the near future people will learn exactly that. Try to listen to music in the dark, to feel it. "

The next step is the second day of the forum, which means new and interesting conversations with important for the city conclusions. The program of the second day includes a big talk about the theater of the future, the discussion about the role of religion in the cultural space, discussion about cultural rights of citizens and much more.