Minister of the Moscow Government, Head of the Moscow Culture Department
Ist Moscow International Forum "Culture. Look into the future" is the city important step for further improvement of the cultural development strategy of the capital. We hope that the Forum will become a platform for understanding the achieved results and for creating new ideas for further development of the city's cultural environment.
Over recent years, we observe increased competition between metropolises for the human potential, for those people who will ensure the prosperity of the city today and in the future. In order to keep living in Moscow people should feel comfortable here and it should be interesting for them to live here, therefore the role of culture can hardly be overestimated. City will be able to attract people only moving with the time, meeting expectations of modern citizens.
We do our best to make the life of Moscow citizens more interesting, but we encourage them not just to live here but to improve their city making it more beautiful, more interesting, more cultural. Today, culture has come out to the streets: we have revived public spaces, parks, squares and life has started pulsing through the city! To continue this tendency successfully a common strategy for the cultural development of the metropolis should be developed. The Forum should help in drawing up such a long-term strategy and we plan to hold the forum annually. "Live! Work! Create!" is the motto of the Moscow International Forum "Culture. Look into the future". We hope that it is the look into the future full of interesting cultural events that will take place in our beautiful city.