A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, congress, exhibitions, business, social and sporting, public, and cultural events.

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 160 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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Cultural Development: A Key Step Towards a New Quality of Life
4 September 2021
10:00—11:30
KEY CONCLUSIONS
The level of cultural infrastructure development has immediate effect on the quality of life and the possibilities for personal fulfilment

The truth is that just such projects as, for example, the Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Tretyakov Gallery, the Philharmonic, the Institute of Arts, the Gorky Theatre have a direct and immediate effect on how people live here — Roman Karmanov, Chief Executive Officer, Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives.

There should be opportunities for people to succeed; to succeed in a place that they come from. <...> If people have a chance to fulfil their potential and develop their talents to the maximum, they are going to stay here in Vladivostok — Eldar Aliev, Chief choreographer of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theater.

Jobs and the opportunity to fulfil their potential for people who want to be connected with the cultural sphere: it is an essential thing that could bring a sense of quality to their lives — Larisa Kotreleva, Director of the Branch of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Vladivostok.

Young people cannot be held back from leaving without creating new opportunities for them

Self-realization, in my opinion, is a basic human need, and, of course, it has a direct influence on improvement of the quality of human life; in the case of the Russian Far East, of course, it has a direct influence on a person’s willingness to settle here in these parts — Roman Karmanov, Chief Executive Officer, Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives.

Young people who are actually leaving, and whom we want to stay, they need this movement. They need to feel a sense of belonging to something big and important, so that they do not need to go anywhere far, because they can get a sense of pride here — Yulia Klimko, Director, Enso Foundation for Cultural Initiatives.

Young people try new things, and we cannot put up any barriers or obstacles for them; young people will always look for better life — Maxim Kosenko, General Director, Youth House (Komsomolsk-on-Amur).

ISSUES
Funds allocated for development of the cultural sphere in the Far East are insufficient

Only 1% of regional budgets is spent on youth policy in the regions of the Russian Far East, and if we actually want to successfully work with young people, with the environment for the youth, I think that 1% of the budgets is not enough — Maxim Kosenko, General Director, Youth House (Komsomolsk-on-Amur).

We actually spend little money on culture – I mean budget spending. <...> Being happy, not being in need, and having a chance to realize your potential, because such an opportunity exists – that is exactly the quality of life that money should be spent on — Roman Karmanov, Chief Executive Officer, Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives.

Lack or complete absence of cultural infrastructure in the regions of the Far Eastern Federal District

People who leave Vladivostok or Primorye Territory and do not return argue that elsewhere they can find opportunities not only to fulfil their potential, but to actually live <...> they go to creative clusters, art centres, museums – all the infrastructure that is not sufficiently developed in the Russian Far East — Yulia Klimko, Director, Enso Foundation for Cultural Initiatives.

Indeed, there is a lack of infrastructure. The Primorye State Art Gallery is doing a wonderful job, albeit, they have to remove their permanent exhibition in order to bring over a large temporary one, so their conditions are tight — Larisa Kotreleva, Director of the Branch of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Vladivostok.

Khabarovsk really lacks open spaces for the young. Here in Vladivostok, there is a real street culture emerging, with street art and skateparks. <...> We do not have enough clusters for creative and talented young people in the Far East, — Maxim Kosenko, General Director, Youth House (Komsomolsk-on-Amur).

SOLUTIONS
Government should provide support for leisure facilities, especially in terms of financing

With every additional rouble spent on culture, crime goes down and people living in the region get more involved. This will ultimately bring us closer to the solution of the problem that we all try to solve: how to make people stay in the Far East and make sure they live here happily — Roman Karmanov, Chief Executive Officer, Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives.

We should continue spending big to support theatres, art galleries, etc., and to bring celebrity conductors, performers, paintings, exhibitions, projects and so on, in order to create an environment here, so that this environment could be sustained further down the line — Alla Smorodinova, Vice-Rector for International Relations, Innovation and Additional Education, Far Eastern State Institute of Arts.

Street culture exists today, and there are many festivals. <...> It is time for the government and the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East to pay attention to this phenomenon, because it will greatly involve young people and push them to develop a healthy and creative lifestyle — Maxim Kosenko, General Director, Youth House (Komsomolsk-on-Amur).

We would like the museum to become a kind of a place for discovery, not only for those who visit the city, but also for the locals who could discover something new for themselves — Larisa Kotreleva, Director of the Branch of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Vladivostok.

Introduction to culture from childhood

There is less juvenile crime among children who are introduced to art, by a certain percentage. Children who are introduced to art are better at studies. Children who are introduced to art succeed greatly. <...> This is a very important and proper investment — Eldar Aliev, Chief choreographer of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theater.

We could pay attention to human resources. From a young age, a person should be able to draw a little, dance a little, sing a little. <...> If we do not teach them that, we are never going to bring them into concert halls and museums — Alla Smorodinova, Vice-Rector for International Relations, Innovation and Additional Education, Far Eastern State Institute of Arts.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS