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.
FORUM 2014 IN FACTS AND FIGURES:
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.
IDEAS AND PERSPECTIVES:
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.
TOPICS AND RESULTS:
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.”