Heads of sections of the Cultural Forum drew first conclusions

Heads of sections shared their thoughts about the achievements of this year’s forum and future cultural projects at the session on December 3, dedicated to the results of the V St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.



General Director of the State Hermitage museum and the head of the “Museums and exhibition projects” section Mikhail Piotrovsky started the speech with a description of this year’s forum as “perfect, without any problems”.


“We talked a lot about finding balance between the interests of the society, culture and the state, which do not always coincide. About changing international laws for the rights of culture, in accordance with Dmitry Likhachev’s idea, which is becoming the foundation of the cultural ideology”, - Mikhail Piotrovsky summarized key discussions of the Forum.


The head of the “Cinema” section Fedor Bondarchuk pointed out the positive results of the Year of Cinema and the challenges of the industry:


“We were glad to welcome our guests from FIPRESCI, the head of the organization Klaus Eder came to the Forum this year. Heated discussions, dedicated to quotas for films, distribution problems and new cinemas, took place at the Forum. The fantastic “Chapaev” project was presented at the Forum – this is an online resource with all information about Russian cinema from its very birth. At the presentation the part, dedicated to the work of cinematographers during the siege of Leningrad, was accompanied by ovations. The fate of the Petersburg “Cinematic” was discussed – I hope, that next year it will operate in a different place in Saint Petersburg, which would be of importance for residents of the city and cinema workers”.


The head of the “Fine arts” section Semyon Mikhkailovsky pointed out that science should be an inalienable part of the Cultural Forum, and that development is impossible without exploring cultural heritage. “So what if at first our audience is just 50-100 people, the audience will expand”, - believes Mikhailovsky. He also highlighted that before the forum in the “Manege” exhibition hall “we buttered everyone up with our speeches about the protection of contemporary art: let artists be creative in whichever way they like”.


The head of the “Cultural heritage preservation” section Oleg Ryzhkov spoke very highly of the work of the invited co-head of the section, Duchess Mari-Sol de la Tour d’Auvergne. He announced a joint discussion with France – “Horse – heritage”, which is dedicated to the historical value of horseback riding and will take place at the next Forum. Besides that, during the year significant efforts will be dedicated to studying marine archeology and the heritage of industrial architecture.


“The sense of the Forum isn’t in some agreements and realized project – this can’t be resolved in three days. The main thing our society can learn is that they can really popularize cultural heritage”, - said Ryzhkov.


“Architectural heritage is a powerful cultural liaison. I expressed my wish for Russia to be more supportive of private initiatives on preserving historical heritage. The love for such heritage, whichever form it takes, unites people and facilitates our work. This is my message: love is the key to everything”, - added Duchess de la Tour d’Auvergne.


The head of the “Literature and reading” section Ludmila Verbitskaya once again talked about promoting book culture.


“The problem of children’s education has universal and national importance. Certainly, this concerns school and pre-school education, but it starts from three years old, before that the child is on its own. We should promote the love for reading for our people to remember that there’s nothing better than our classics in the world, so that people would cultivate this love in their children”, - said Verbitskaya.


The rest of the participants of the session once again commented on dozens of important agreements, lectures, events and efficient communication with cultural figures from different countries of the world and shared their plans for the next Cultural Forum, where this year’s results will find new support and development.