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 Minister, Head 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.