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.

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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 Department of Culture will help to implement 12 projects of citizens



During the Welcome day "Entry points" at the Moscow Cultural Forum the Department of Culture selected 12 applications submitted by residents of the city. These projects will be implemented with the support of the Department and its subordinate organizations.

Welcome day of the Department of Culture named "Entry points" was organized on the final day of the Moscow Cultural Forum that took place at CEH "Manege" from 15 to 18 October. During the Welcome day, representatives of public and private institutions, as well as active citizens could meet main curators of the Department activities personally, to consult, to ask questions, and to make specific proposals for joint projects. Selection of projects was carried out by: Agency of Public Projects, Moscow museum development center, Moscow State Library Center, Moscow Agency of the territories development by means of culture (MosART), Management of Educational programs of the Moscow Department of Culture, Moscow Directorate of Public Events, Joint Directorate MOSGORPARK and the Creative Moscow Project Center.

Totally 117 applications were submitted for the participation in the Welcome day. Some applicants applied with several proposals for different subordinate organizations and therefore presented different sets of proposals. As a result 95 meetings happened and 14 the most interesting and useful projects were selected by the council of experts. Among them 12 projects passed public hearings and would be supported by the subordinate organizations of the Department of Culture.

For example, "Smart Moscow” project by Michael Kneller was among chosen projects. The project organizes fascinating science shows for pupils. The show must be organized in the competition format: the pupils are divided into teams and teams compete against one another, carrying out tasks in different subjects: biology, chemistry and others. There are also place for adults in the project: they can visit popular-science workshops.

Another application that is approved by the Department is the concept of creating a cultural center in the Mikhalkovo Estate in Moscow. The Estate used to belong to Dashkov family, and then – to Yokish family that organized near Manor a woolen manufactory. Now the estate and the factory building are in poor condition. Development Project of the estate was presented by Elena Petrova, a descendant of the last owners of the estate, the author of a book about the Yokish family and their manufactory.

The Department of Culture has also promised to support the Alena Kolbysheva’s idea about the Moscow festival dedicated to the Moscow River (River Day), and a project to create a school for the guides suggested by Alexei Melchakov, the founder of Tripster cervice, unusual excursions from local residents. Graduates, according to Alexei’s idea, will make high-quality excursion formats that will turn excursions into very popular leisure-time activities among citizens.

Experts considered inclusive exhibitions "Dialogue in Silence", "Dialogue in the Dark," "Dialogue with Time" (by Ioannina Urusova) as an interesting and important project. Expositions will allow people to understand feelings of deaf or blind visitors or people of the "third age", for whom the visit to a museum sometimes is a real deed.

"Science Rock” project by Olga Duka was among selected applications. The project aims to popularize science by the efforts of young Russian scientists, it works in several formats: short performances in stand-up formats and scientific cafe (has already opened on Pokrovka street in test mode), where scientists together with a stand-up comedian conduct interesting debates on physics, chemistry, biology, history etc. According to the authors of the project, such events can be successfully held in Moscow libraries. The Department of Culture intends to implement exactly this variant of cooperation.

"The Department of Culture announced a contest of ideas for the City Day in the summer, and the project was successfully implemented - first deputy of the Moscow Department of Culture Elena Zelentsova has pointed out, summing up the results of the Welcome Day. - We want to continue this story, we will develop our grant program".