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Projects 2011

  • “Development of creative industries partnership between Northwest Russia and the Nordic countries”
  • “Management of music festival”.  “Northern Dimension Management in Culture and Creative Industries”
  • Cooperation Project with the city of Lappeenranta "Cultural Bridge"
  • Organizational support for the Finnish-Russian Cultural Forum
  • Week of Italian cinema in St Petersburg
The XII Finnish-Russian Cultural Forum (Saransk, Republic of Mordovia)
October 6-7, 2011 the XII Finnish-Russian Cultural Forum was held in Saransk. The main forum topic was "Ethnic Culture in a globalizing world”. The annual forum is held within the framework of the intergovernmental agreement of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland. The XII forum in Saransk gathered more than 300 representatives of the creative clerisy and public organizations, ministries and parliaments of the two countries.
The forum participants were traditionally welcomed by presidents of both countries. Minister of Culture and Sport Paavo Arhinmäki and Minister for Culture Alexander Avdeev made speeches on the plenary session devoted to the opening of the forum.
Among the activities of the forum are partnership negotiations, meetings of the sections on different topics, seminars, round tables, work of information centers and the project cafeteria.
In the framework of the project the Institute for Cultural Programs coordinated the participation Petersburg delegation in the forum.
Cooperation with the city of Lappeenranta - "Cultural Bridge"
Institute for Cultural Programs during 2011 actively worked on the project “Cultural Bridge” in the framework of cultural cooperation between St. Petersburg and Lappeenranta (Finland). Institute carried out a large amount of work in all phases of the project. During the preparatory phase were organized workshops and meetings with representatives of the Committee on Culture, the Finnish-Russian Innovation Center and City Hall, Lappeenranta.
As part of the project, the Institute for Cultural Programs was to provide information support to the Second EU-Russia Innovation Forum, which was held in Lappeenranta in May 2011 and brought together more than 650 guests from different countries.
One of the most significant events of the summer and the next step of the project was the opening of the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg and the Institute for Cultural Programs Information and cultural center of St. Petersburg in Lappeenranta. Center opened its doors on June 12, 2011, on the Day of Russia. The opening of the Information and Cultural Centre was attended by representatives of the St. Petersburg administration and Lappeenranta.
The main objective of the Centre is to attract the attention of residents and guests of Lappeenranta to cultural events taking place in St. Petersburg, and the provision of information about the activities of cultural institutions in St. Petersburg.
Information and cultural center of St. Petersburg in Lappeenranta continued its work until the end of August 2011. Employees of the Institute for Cultural Programs throughout the summer coordinated the exhibition center: advised staff, provided training, workshops and seminars to ensure successful operation of the center.
The Institute for Cultural programs took an active part in the preparation of events dedicated to the Week of Russian culture in the city of Lappeenranta in August 2011; the responsibilities of the Institute included: organizational issues associated with obtaining visas, transport and accommodation in Lappeenranta for the Petersburg creative teams, as well as administrative services as part of the project. Institute organized performance of the “Grad Quartet” ensemble and St. Petersburg theater of hands plastic «Hand Made», assisted the Ethnographic Museum in carrying out the program of activities for the presentation of Russian culture in Lappeenranta (exhibition “The World of the Finno-Ugric peoples. From the Baltic to Siberia” and game-program for children and adults “Forest Tale”).