Moscow to host open discussion over the future of Russian towns and villages

Sep 29, 2017 at 19:50 • Culture

29 September a workshop for the winners of the 3rd Cultural Mosaic of Towns and Villages all-Russian competition will feature a professional discussion: Do towns and villages have a future? Local growth priorities. The discussion will be sponsored by the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko.

The workshop attendees will talk about how to develop towns and villages, what issues to focus on and the role culture can play in this context. The winners of the Cultural Mosaic of Towns and Villages competition will describe how they succeeded in making their ideas appealing to the local community.
Maria Morozova, CEO of the Timchenko Foundation: “Russian towns and villages are home to nearly half of this nation, and it is there that Russia’s unique and rich culture is preserved. Unfortunately, such population centres have long been neglected in the national growth policy. Yet examples such as the island of Olkhon in Baikal, the village of Lokh in Saratov Oblast and other localities implementing the projects that won the Cultural Mosaic show us that local cultural initiatives can be a success story. We would like to discuss this with experts, practitioners and government officials. We hope that the discussion will benefit all participants.”
Our invitees include anthropologists, urbanists, cultural figures, representatives from the RF Culture Ministry and NGOs, MPs and journalists. For a complete list of invitees and experts, please see below.
Venue: Blagosfera Media Centre, No. 7 1st Botkinsky Proyezd, str. [bldg] 1.
Event programme
10:30 — 11:00 Registration, coffee reception
11:00 — 14:00 Podium discussion
14:00 — 14:30 Coffee break
14:30 — 16:00 Public interview
Moderator: Olga Karpova, dean of the Sociocultural Project Management Faculty at the Moscow Higher School for Social and Economic Sciences (MHSSES) and research director of the Presidential Programme for Culture Management Upskilling (RANKhiGS [Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)]).
Invited to take part in the discussion are:
• Vladimir Tolstoy, RF presidential adviser on culture;
• Alla Manilova, deputy RF Minister of Culture;
• Ksenia Frank, chair of the supervisory board, the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko;
• Maria Morozova, general director [CEO], Timchenko Foundation;
• Olga Yarilova, head of tourism and provincial policies, RF Culture Ministry;
• Ilya Chukalin, general director, Presidential Grants Foundation;
• Tatyana Abankina, head of the Public Sector Economy Centre, expert of the Culture Advisory Board to the Chair of the State Duma of the RF Federal Assembly and member of the working group of the Culture Committee of the RF State Duma;
• Representative from the RF Minekonomrazvitiya [Ministry for Economic Development and Trade] (to be updated);
• Representative from Rosturizm [Federal Tourism Agency] (to be updated).
• Mikhail Alekseyevsky, anthropologist and head of Strelka KB [Consultancy] Urban Anthropology Centre;
• Aleksandr Nikulin, head of the Centre for Agricultural Research, RANEPA;
•  Isayev, head of the Моногорода.рф [Monogoroda.rf] project;
• Maria Shubina, head of the Location Genius programme, Russian Cultural Foundation;
• Sergey Golubev, general director, Social Investment Foundation;
• Yelena Melvil, head of Zil KTs [Cultural Centre (CC)], expert on the economics of culture and creative industries;
• Yelizaveta Fokina, general director, Tsaritsino open-air museum;
• Representative from the Strategic Research Centre (to be updated).
Talking points:
• What is the place of small communities in Russia’s development strategies (TsSR [Socio-Cultural Development Centre (SDC)] and Stolypin Club)?
• What growth points do small communities have for tourism, business and creative industries?
• What is the role of sociocultural resources and technologies?
• What is the role of local communities?
• What can be the role of the government, the business community, private donors and development think tanks in villages and towns?
Programme of public interview
Moderator: Fyokla Tolstaya, journalist and television presenter.
• Natalia Nikitina, head of Gorod-Muzey [Museum Town] NP [not-for-profit partnership (NPP)];
• Yulia Terekhova, head of The House with the Lion project, Open Collection foundation;
• Yulia Buldakovova, head of the Tulun, My Homeland! project;
• Olga Badryzlova, head of the Siberian Carousel project;
• Tatyana Lesnova, head of the Horseshoe of Time Dvurechye Park project;
• Aleksey Novosyolov, head of the Cultural Q-ARTal project.