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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.

The Second Moscow International Forum "Culture. A Look into the Future," organized by the Department of Culture of Moscow will take place in the Central Exhibition Hall "Manege" from the 15th till the 18th of October, 2015. Creative industries is one of the central themes of the Forum. More than 4 000 professionals from Russian and international communities are invited to participate. The forum will bring together representatives of the legislative and executive administration, business and non-profit sector.

Not only the current changes in culture, but also facilitation of access to culture for all, especially for vulnerable groups will be discussed during the Forum. Also in focus  is decentralization of culture and work with local communities, heritage and development of urban environment through cultural practices. Online registration at www.moscowcultureforum.ru will start in April 2015.



27,000  - total number of visitors in  4 days, among them the number of people registered as professionals – 5,647. 64,389 - unique users of the website, 250,357 – website views.

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

14 projects were selected for implementation in the framework of the "Welcome Day of the Department of Culture”. 95 applications were submitted for  public hearing during the Forum (among them 12  museum projects, 9 education projects, 16 city holidays and festivals, 9 - library projects and others). During the Forum 1,500 souvenirs were sold; 1,500 pian-se (huge Chinese dumplings) were eaten; 235 liters of black coffee were drunk.



The discussion on  the sustainable  development of culture in Russia should start with the capital city that, according to Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, sets the pace for the regions. In a little over three years, Moscow has changed significantly: open-air cinemas and cycling paths have appeared in city parks, the number of museums and events with free entrance has  increased. The Forum presented achievements of all these private and municipal initiatives and undertook the task to overcome  the prejudice that culture was put in  last place after free healthcare, education, defense  and other targeted state spending.

Within a  tight schedule the Forum presented the best ideas and projects in various fields, which either were already being implemented or were about to launch "The forum brought together concerned people and led the dialogue with the city on a professional level, "- said director of the Forum Elizaveta Fokina.

The question about the future is the question of the creation of civil society that can become the state’s  partner in the development of culture. To work effectively in this direction, it is important to monitor and identify the behavior, tastes and expectations of urban audience, set the vector for the new evaluation system of the activity of cultural institutions, and  introduce new technologies into the cultural sphere.

Another factor of the sustainable  development of culture is tolerance. The Forum allowed a plurality of views, supported the idea that each direction of culture had the right to exist, each would find a consumer. "Many speakers have agreed that  culture in the XXI century will be managed by three components: talent, technology and tolerance," - Sergey Kapkov said. He also underlined the importance of finding  mediators between the city and the people: communities that would express the interests of various groups of citizens and would become partners of the Forum in the future.



The Professional program of the Forum was devoted to such important topics in  contemporary cultural environment 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  creative industries. The festival program with plays, concerts, master classes, performances by  creative groups was available  for guests during all four days of the Forum. 

The Professional program of the first two days brought together not only Russian experts: representatives 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 and  Sokolniki Park, a new development concept of the Museum of Contemporary Art "Garage", "Moscow City Museum" development plan, and the concept of the Narkomfin building reconstruction.

A theatrical discussion became an important event of the second day of the Moscow Cultural Forum. The discussion gathered the most modern and radical theater directors of our time. The following persons gathered  to talk about the future of  theater: Konstantin Bogomolov, Kama Ginkas, Dmitry Volkostrelov, Yuri Kwiatkowski, artistic director of the Pushkin Theatre Evgeny Pisarev, director of Teatr.doc Elena Gremina, Polish theater theorist Katarzyna Osinska and others.  The meeting with Boris Yukhananov, artistic director of "Electrotheatre STANISLAVSKY", took place on the same day.  Yukhananov shared with the audience his plans for the new theater season.

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"; between Education development training center in the sphere of culture and the Museum of Contemporary Art "Garage"; between Social support for older people "VNUK" and the house of veterans of  the A.A.Yablochkina Stage; between association “Exhibition Halls of Moscow” and Directorate of the 6th Moscow Biennale.

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

First deputy of the Moscow Department of Culture Elena Zelentsova pointed out that such topics as architecture, literature, cinema, food, design and creative industries should be more widely included next year in the discourse of the Forum.

Summary of the Forum, video and audio recordings of the events are available on the official web site of the forum "Culture. A Look into the Future.”






The Department of Culture will help to implement 12 projects of citizens



Day 1. Grand opening and dialogues on censorship

Day 2. Theater of the future and the new Russian art patrons

Day 3. Theories, practices and "Night at the Manege"

I Moscow International Cultural Forum is finished!



The First Moscow International Forum "Culture. Look into the future", organized by the Department of culture of Moscow, will take place in the Central Exhibition Hall “Manege” from the 15th to the 18th of October 2014.
The Forum will become the main event of the Year of Culture 2014 and will bring together more than 4000 attendees from 15 countries - leading Russian and international experts in the field of culture and art, science and education, heads of Russian and foreign cities, representatives of legislative and executive authorities, business and creative industries.



The Forum will bring together professional communities of international and Moscow cultural institutions: libraries, museums, exhibition halls, cultural centers, theatres, parks and public places, as well as educational institutions.
The business program will focus on discussion for each audience of their problematics related to actualization of institutions in the sociocultural space, presentation of new formats and technologies of work, conceptualisation of future programs and events for Moscow citizens.



David Barrie 
The founder of Wild Blue Cohort, advising investors on implementing of social programs and creating new urban infrastructure; TV producer, director. Topics; social innovations, social enterprise, project management, social design, media production.

Roderick MacDonald Buchanan
Roderick has been Director of Buying and Retail for the last six years. Roderick developed the strategy for the retail operation at the British Museum this included re-designing the shops to meet the needs of the different visitors to the museum.

Ekow Eshun
Creative Director of Calvert 22 FoundationThe former Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, a position he held from 2005-10, he appears frequently on TV and radio programmes including BBC 2’s The Review Showand The Daily Politics and Radio 4’s Saturday Review and Front Row.

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