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.

I Moscow International Cultural Forum is finished!

Moscow Cultural Forum in figures:

Total number of visitors within 4 days - 27,000 people, among them the number of people registered as professionals - 5647 people.

195 events were held in total, 71 of them - in the professional program, 77 - in the open program, 29 - in the festival program and 18 - in the program for children.

The amount of unique users of the web site is 64389 people; number of views – 250357.

During the Forum, the number of subscribers to the social networks of the Department of Culture has increased by 2000 people.

95 applications were filed during the Welcome day of the reception of the Department of Culture, among them: 12 applications were museum projects, 9 – educational projects, 16 – city festivals, 9 - library projects, etc. The Department of Culture selected for the implementation 13 of them.

300 paper editions and 500 multimedia editions were presented at the Multimedia library.

During the work of the Forum 1500 souvenirs were sold; 1500 pian-se (huge Chinese dumplings), 400 pies, 350 liters of soup, 200 handmade chocolates, 600 sandwiches with roast beef were eaten; 235 liters of black coffee, 1200 cups of coffee with milk, 30 liters of sangria were drunk.

Topics and results:

The Professional program of the Forum was devoted to important topics for contemporary cultural environment, such as: decentralization, communication with citizens and the formation of cultural demand, improvement of the quality of education in the field of arts, the expansion of inclusive programs for children, the development of bookstores in libraries, Moscow souvenirs, museum shops, development of social projects and a new direction of support for the creative industries. The festival program with plays, concerts, master classes, performances of creative groups was working for guests during all four days of the Forum.

The Professional program of the first two days brought together not only Russian experts from different divisions of the Moscow Department of Culture, members of museums and libraries, architects, film directors, actors, but also foreign visitors - professionals with international practices. Foreign experts also participated in Forum sessions: Leonora Thompson, director of Audiences & Development at Barbican Arts Centre (London); Bjorn Stenvers, marketing specialist in cultural institutions; Tom Fleming, consultant and an academic specializing in research and support for the cultural and creative industries sector at all levels; Luisella Mazza, project manager at the Google Cultural Institute and others.

Major projects of upcoming years were presented at the Moscow Cultural Forum: reconstruction of ZIL territory, of Sokolniki Park, a new concept of development of the Museum of Contemporary Art "Garage", "Moscow City Museum" development plan, the concept of the Narkomfin building reconstruction.

Important cooperation agreements were signed in the halls of the Forum: between the Department of Culture and the Moscow Union of Journalists; between the International Federation of Park and Recreation Administration (IFPRA) and the United Directorate "Mosgorpark"; betwee Education development training center in the sphere of culture and the Museum of Contemporary Art "Garage"; betwee Social support for older people "VNUK" and the house of veterans of a scene of A.A.Yablochkina; betwee association “Exhibition halls of Moscow” and Directorate of the 6th Moscow Biennale.

Open receptions of the Moscow Department of Culture worked at the "Manege" on the final day of the Moscow Cultural Forum, on October 18; 95 cultural projects were considered during its work. The main curators of the Department of Culture provided detailed explanations to all applicants on the implementation of the projects. The expert group of the Department chose the most interesting and useful projects for further implementation, among them: the concept development of the creation of the cultural center in the Mihalkovo estate; arranging the inclusive exhibitions "Dialogue in silence", "Dialogue in darkness", "Dialogue with time"; the project of the festival dedicated to the Moscow River (River Day); popular scientific specialization of one of the city libraries; preparation of scientific shows on various subjects for students on the basis of urban culture centers; creating art space out of the abandoned wall at the Kursky railway station; graduation projects development of graduates of design schools on the basis of the metropolitan libraries and other projects.