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.


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.

Fiona de Bell 

Dutch painter and art director of the creative team Cascoland that consists of international artists, architects, designers, animation filmmakers sharing an idea of public art – “artistic interventions” in public space. In the past she worked with theater groups Warner & Consorten and Odd Enjinears.

Chris Downey

American architect, planner, and consultant. He lost his sight in 2008 and today he is dedicated to creating more helpful and enriching environments for the blind and visually impaired. He teaches accessibility and universal design at UC Berkeley and serves on the board of directors for the Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco.

Hedwig Fijen

Fine art expert, the founding director of Manifesta. Hedwig is in charge of all aspects of the Manifesta organization including the selection of host cities for the biennial, thematic content and the curatorial selection.

Tom Fleming

Dr.Tom Fleming, as director of Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy, is a consultant and an academic specializing in research and support for the cultural and creative industries sector at all levels, plus on broader issues of culture and creativity for cities and regions. He completed a doctoral dissertation on the transforming cultural politics of municipalities, the role of music, performances, festivals in the formation of innovative products and services.

Maria Isserlis

Curator and fine art expert, specialist in media communications, the main coordinator of the European Biennial of Contemporary Art Manifesta 10. Maria obtained a higher education in art in Germany and until recently she has lived and worked in Berlin; she undertook an internship at the State Hermitage Museum.

Marc de Mauny

General manager of the Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre, in the past - arts officer of the British Council in St. Petersburg, development director of The Mikhailovsky Theatre.
Organizer of the festival of early music Earlymusic held annually in St. Petersburg.

Margaret Newman

Designer, Executive Director of the Municipal Art Society of New York, she previously worked at the New York State Department of Transportation, where she supervised the projects of urban design, in particular environmental projects;  was a partner in Marren and Newman Architects.

Chris Rutherford

Expert in parks and recreations management. At the Tauranga City Council (New Zealand) he was responsible for the full range of tasks concerning parks and community facilities services. Currently he is one of the founders of Xyst ltd., specialized in urban projects. He has worked in UK and USA, since 2006 he has been a world commissioner for New Zealand at the International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration IFPRA.

Silja Suntola

Expert in creative education, project director at Creative Industries Finland (CIF), a national coordinator and network for creative economy development in Finland.

Leonora Thomson

Director of Audiences & Development at Barbican Centre (London), board member of Association of British Orchestras, ABO. Expert in marketing, communication and digital technologies in cultural institutions.