A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5000 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 155 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 75 countries worldwide.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian (t.me/Roscongress), English (t.me/RoscongressDirect), and Spanish (t.me/RoscongressEsp). Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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An online meetup of regional initiatives in the creative industries called Creative Thursday will be held in Russia on 2 July. The meetup will take place in four time zones over a record period of 24 hours.

The meetup was organized to bring together representatives of creative industries in Russia in an effort to find a solution to problems that have had a negative effect on the situation in various segments of the creative economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts project that losses in the creative sector could exceed RUB 150 billion by the end of the summer of 2020.

Global studies on the contribution that creative industries make to the economy are indicative: this sector generates anywhere from 3 to 7% of GDP in developed nations. It also provides jobs for up to 8% of the active population and is growing 3–5 times faster than other sectors of the economy each year. A well-developed ecosystem of creative industries and vibrant cultural life are what attract promising young specialists, tourists, and innovative companies to the cities.

Thirteen Russian cities will be involved in the event: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Izhevsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Sevastopol, Sochi, Tula, Ulyanovsk, and Yakutsk. They will serve as the main venues carrying out the online broadcast. Each of the cities will host panel discussions on creative industries, such as education in creative industries, publishing and journalism, architecture and urban studies, computer graphics, game development, new media, marketing, art, music, design, fashion, cinema, TV, and IT.

The meetup will feature more than 30 discussions, workshops, pitch sessions, plenary sessions as well as meetings of local communities. The main questions to be addressed at the meeting: how can creative professionals influence the economy and quality of life in their city given the new realities? How can the state help form an ecosystem of creative industries in the regions today and which private initiatives are most effective? How can an idea be transformed into a business project in a crisis? What professions will be in-demand in the next few years in creative industries and where can people learn them? What is the best way to enter international markets?

Creative Thursday will be open to creative industry managers and representatives of the cultural community and the regional authorities as well as university specialists, city activists, and journalists. To view the broadcast, you need to register in advance at the link: https://100gorodov.ru/creativethursday. All the platforms will be broadcasting on the website 100gorodov.ru on 2 July. In addition, the plenary session and other events will be broadcast on the platforms of the Roscongress Foundation, the Innosocium Foundation, Russian Cultural Centre, multimedia library sites in the regions of the Russian Federation, and other partner resources. A detailed programme will be announced on 20 June 2020.

The organizers of Creative Thursday include the Urban Competence Centre of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI), the Innosocium Foundation — the social platform of the Roscongress Foundation, the Russian Cultural Centre, the Universal University of Creative Industries, the Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art, the R.A.D.I.O. cultural and educational centre, MusicAeterna as well as 15 regional platforms: the SHTAB residence of creative industries (Kazan), the 1732 Agency for Territorial Development (Yekaterinburg), the Music Industry Committee (Yekaterinburg), the Udmurt Region Territorial Development Centre (Izhevsk), the Krespektiva Creative Industries Centre (Kaliningrad), the Oktava Creative Industry Cluster (Tula), the Ulyanovsk — the Capital of Culture Foundation (Ulyanovsk), the Ulyanovsk Night City Hall, the Flacon 1170 design residence (Sochi), Boiling Point — St. Petersburg, Technopark and the Lenpolygraphmash District (St. Petersburg), Kamenka Cultural Space (Krasnoyarsk), the Volcanarium Volcano Museum (Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky), Sevastopol State University, and the Development Corporation of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutsk).