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.

Foreign guests

Aleksandra Surla

Specialist in intercultural communication from Slovenia. She is currently studying comparative literature and literary theory at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ljubljana. Editor of the newspaper in Braille and the broadsheet publication of the Slovenian Union of Blind and Visually Impaired Associations. Have Joined the Cooperate Initiative, she is actively involved in the development of multi-touch tours and also works as a translator and moderator during the panel discussions. In the past she was the Beletrina Academic Press project coordinator.

Andreas Lange

Founder and director of the Computer Games Museum in Berlin, the world's first exposition dedicated exclusively to digital entertainment culture. Curator, consultant, author of books and scientific papers, in 2013 he co-founded the European federation of game archives and museums EFGAMP e.V. (

Anouk Fienieg

Director of the cultural heritage program in DutchCulture, Dutch organization that specializes on international cooperation in the sphere of culture. Historian, author of books and scientific publications about the world cultural heritage.

Ania Pilipenko and Steffi Loth

The participants of The Holzmarkt cooperative, that conducts the development of the Berlin’s district of the same name. Since June 2014 Ania Pilipenko has been a member of the Berlin’s Senate Committee on funding of independent theaters and artists.

Alexander Schwarz

Architect, teacher, a representative of the architectural bureau David Chipperfield Architects (a partner in the Berlin office since 2011). Under his leadership the company has implemented a number of projects, including the Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach and the Museum Folkwang in Essen.

Benjamin Volta

American sculptor, public artist, arts educator and founder of the Volta Studio School, a workshop and workspace for youth.  He works with public school teachers and community members to develop creative methods that integrate art into specific areas of learning (math, science and reading). 

Bertrand Gosselin

French curator, producer of international (including the Russian-French) cultural projects (in Nizhniy Novgorod, Kansk, Nicola-Lenivets).

Björn Stenvers

World famous marketing specialist in the field of culture. Marketing Director of the Amsterdam Museum; Director of the Association of Amsterdam Museums; board director of the Association for Cultural Marketing and Communication the Association of Marketing and Communications in the field of Dutch culture.

Boris Debaker

Belgian artist and theorist, teacher at the School of Art LUCA. At the present moment he is the director of the V2 Laboratory. He explores interdisciplinary transformation and mutation of different media.

Callum Lumsden

Founder and creative director of the Lumsden Design agency (London), specializing in creating projects for cultural institutions: museums, galleries, theaters etc., such as Warner Bros., National Museum of Scotland, the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Modern.

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.

Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau

Media artists and researchers, heads of the department for Interface Cultures at the University of Art and Design in Linz, (Austria), which was created for the study of interactive art, interactive media and interface design.

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.

David Mangum 

Urban planner, Gibbs Planning Group (USA). A leading consultant in the economics of urban retail, commercial development and sustainable town planning. Expertise in advising public and private sector clients on the application of fundamental retail and merchandising principles for reviving retail in moribund downtowns and for instilling robust commerce in new town centers.

Dina Kafafi 

Program manager of the Townhouse Gallery (Cairo), also dealing with public and PR-campaigns and creating a digital library in the gallery.   

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.

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.

Irina Dushkova

Theater manager and agent, international projects coordinator at the Korjaamo Culture Factory (Helsinki).

John Freedman

American theater critic, journalist, translator, drama columnist at «The Moscow Times», author of publications about Russian theater. He was a curator of the “Russian Case” special program of the "Golden Mask” Festival.  He lives and works in Moscow.

Jonathan Glus

CEO of Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), a city agency, established to support cultural projects. HAA annually distributes about 250 grants to nonprofit cultural institutions and individual artists. HAA is also responsible for the development strategy of the urban cultural sector, organizes educational and volunteer programs.

Katazhina Osinska

Theater theorist and theater critic, Dr. hab., professor at the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. She studies Russian theater of the twentieth century, in particular, the phenomena of experimental nature, connection between theater and plastic arts. Author of researches and scientific articles in Polish, Russian, Bulgarian, French, Hungarian journals and books, as well as Polish and Russian literary and theater magazines.

Katja Sudec

Painter and teacher from Slovenia, manager of COoperate AKTIV projects, specialist in cultural and educational technologies of a work with audience in the field of arts, member of the Spaceship Jugoslawien art group and the New Society of Fine Arts (Neue Gesellshaft für Bildende Kunst), Berlin. She has developed the educational program for blinds O-TIPLJIVO for Maribor Art Gallery (with the participation of Evgen Bavcar, blind photographer and art theorist), as well as the arts education outreach program “How to Start” and “CO-operate" program for Škuc Gallery in Ljubljana. 

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.

Lorenzo Castellini,  Nicolò Bini, Beniamino Saibene and Lorenzo Petrillo

Team of founders and members of Esterni company (Milan), which organizes cultural projects around the world and brings together freelance professionals: designers, painters, architects etc. Some the best Esterni projects are Milan Film Festival and multiformat Audiovisiva festival.

Luisella Mazza

Luisella is a Program Manager for the Google Cultural Institute who joined Google in 2005 to support search quality efforts in the European languages, going on to become part of the Emerging Markets Outreach team to grow the adoption of Google products by students, developers and business communities.
In 2013 she joined the Google Cultural Institute team and she is currently responsible for managing all partnerships with the cultural sector in Russia, Brazil and Italy, as well as in several countries of the Middle East and Africa. She has been recently focusing on leading the launch of some of the Google Cultural Institute’s most experimental projects, such as mobile apps development.
Luisella is a graduate of the University of Bologna, Italy and of the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland.

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.

Magali Regis

Architect practicing in New York City, with a focus on sustainable design, historic preservation and adaptive reuse. She is also a community gardener and garden activist, working for the past 15 years to preserve New York’s communal public spaces from looming development. Magali also serves on the board  of  the New York City Community Garden Coalition, an advocacy group representing over 600 NYC community gardens and 20,000 gardeners.

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.

Mariano Sardon

Argentine professor, painter, head of electronic arts program of the National University Tres de Febrero in Buenos Aires.

Marnix de Nijs

Pioneer of Dutch media art, in the process of creating technology-intensive installations de Nijs cooperates with media labs, universities and highly qualified developers / engineers. 

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.

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.

Roel Schoenmakers

Cascoland is an international network of artists, architects, designers and performers sharing a fascination for interdisciplinary interventions in public space, promoting mobilization, participation and networking through artistic exchange and collaboration. Projects are initiated by Fiona de Bell and Roel Schoenmakers and executed with multi-disciplinary teams of artists and designers.