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The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, 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, 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 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 188 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

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Sociocultural Development of Russia’s Regions
6 September 2022
The creative industries sector is successfully developing in the Russian regions

Another feature [of the Far East] is a large number of indigenous peoples, their identity, their way of life, their traditions. It seems to me, that they are the keepers of the cultural code that exists today in the Far East and which, as we believe, should form the basis of those very creative industries — Olga Yarilova, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation.

We must all work for the influx of young talented people to this very interesting, beautiful territory of the Russian Federation. <...> Of course, first of all, the responsibility lies with those people who live in this territory, since we ourselves must become the engines of the process that today requires civilizational changes in the concept of development of human society as a whole. And in this context, our Arctic State Institute of Culture and Arts today is a real driver for the development of creative industries in the Republic of Sakha Yakutia and beyond. We have students from Kamchatka, Chukotka, Taimyr, Altai, Tuva. Today, our graduates are the main directors of the national theatres of Altai and Tuva. Today, it was mentioned that the Yakut cinema is a phenomenon for the entire film industry of this country. Why? Because some time ago, an institution was established by decree of the first president of our republic Mikhail Nikolaev, which was designed to preserve the cultural code attached to this land by its indigenous peoples. Today, we were able to create a special and unique system of theatrical and musical art school that is based on that cultural code, and on the cooperation of our institute with the leading central educational institutions. We have preserved all the theatres, the socio-cultural environment of the republic today is one of the brightest phenomena in the large cultural space of our country — Sargylana Ignatieva, Rector, Arctic State Institute of Culture and Arts.

Outflow of young professionals and lack of mobility

If we talk about the features of the socio-cultural development of this territory [the Far East], then I think that we all agree with you that it is its remoteness. Not only from the centre of Russia, but also remoteness between regions. I mean, each subject of the Russian Federation, as it were, lives and, in the good sense of the word, brews a little of its own juice. And the second problem is, of course, a very vast border area. And we must all make sure that in no case do these territories become empty, that we do not allow an outflow of people from these border territories under any circumstances — Olga Yarilova, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation.

The main thing for us is the audience that those content creators have, and the means of distribution of content and creative solutions to those people who are interested in it, who would like or could use it. And, oddly enough, having creative content and creative solutions does not always automatically mean that the demand for these solutions is satisfied. Because there must be appropriate means of delivery and distribution of these solutions to their audience. And sometimes these concepts swap places – you need to deliver the audience to the creative solutions. Because when we are talking about cities with a population under a million, or 500 thousand, or 100 thousand, we are talking about half of the population of Russia. No matter what creative solutions we come up with, no matter what investments we have, no matter what museums we open, the people who live there, especially the young ones will simply get tired of what we have delivered to them collectively at some point — Dmitry Mednikov, Managing Director, Russian Media Group.

But another characteristic of the Far East in general and the regions of the Arctic is, of course, the outflow of young specialists, our young and promising personnel, and not only to the central regions of our country, but also abroad. And, of course, in order to preserve the Far East, in order to develop it, we must all do something together. What we are doing now is we are creating a modern infrastructure, in 2024 every other cultural institution in the Far East will have modern equipment, will be redecorated and reconstructed, these institutions will get a new life. New cultural institutions will be opened — Olga Yarilova, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation.

Development of an active socio-cultural environment and building of modern infrastructure

What is interesting and what is most important in the creative industries is that we must teach a child to create a product that will be in demand and will be purchased. Tomorrow we are presenting exactly such projects, fifteen-seventeen-year-olds will present projects that adult businesses are simply ready to order, buy from them, and scale up — Olga Yarilova, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation.

So, I think that first of all it is important to give our audience the right to mobility. I am talking first of all about a young audience. We must allow them to go to those places where creativity has already been established, places with a certain socio-cultural style. They should be allowed to study it, and possibly bring it later to their cities. They do not have to be someone who create content or cultural artifacts professionally, they can just be consumers of cultural patterns, traditions, modern music or classical art, someone who gets impressions from travelling or from watching animation. But it is very important for us that eventually the content that was created as a result of these great investments and expertise finds its consumer. Both in terms of opportunities for people to travel and see these artifacts, and in terms of the right number of platforms and delivery technologies for people to receive this content — Dmitry Mednikov, Managing Director, Russian Media Group.

We are interested in the development of the technologies of the creative industry, in the sense that you understand them, because they will also lead to the development of the technologies that we will support. <...> In October, we will hold training seminars for the creative class in order to upgrade, to develop skills in working with intellectual property, as one of the main tools for commercializing the results of creative activity. It is important to show that you can earn money on this, you can commercialize the results of your creativity. <...> In my opinion, technical creativity is intertwined with non-technical creativity, and it is important for us to make friends here between “physicists” and “lyricists”, and really catch those traditions, or maybe re-shape and develop creativity in the regions. I see great potential here — Igor Drozdov, Chairman of the Board, Skolkovo Foundation.