The creative industries are already worth more than USD 2 trillion, and the sector is continuing to expand rapidly. As well as encompassing traditional industries (art, design, advertising, music, show business, media, online entertainment, filmmaking, architecture), the sector is beginning to see innovative technologies play an increasingly important role. And as the creative industries exhibit growth across the board, they are beginning to increasingly impact culture. Today, they are exerting a growing influence on how people think and feel, and indeed, on the value system held by global audiences, even though those working in the creative industries are driven by rational calculations and a desire to maximize profits. Does this trend indicate that value systems, both today and in the future, will ultimately play second fiddle to the push for ever-increasing ratings, clicks and likes? Will deep-seated, natural, and eternal values that nature and centuries of history instil in each of us no longer remain the primary consideration, or will the opposite turn out to be the case, with arts emotional connection with deep-seated human values proving more competitive? In this environment, what is likely to be the future of cultural institutions, which have traditionally relied on state subsidies rather than becoming financially self-sufficient? Is a dialogue on values possible when it comes to new creative industries, including those which operate online? What needs to be done to establish a constructive relationship between government bodies, businesses, and creatives, without descending into counter-productive political discussions or anything that could be construed on social media as a «holy war»? What coordination efforts are needed with regards investors and sponsors of creative industries? And what should be the role of major companies and state corporations?
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 180 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 81 countries worldwide, and 186 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.
The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, Spanish – t.me/RoscongressEsp and Arabic t.me/RosCongressArabic. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation:roscongress.org.