Russian cities will compete for the status of “Cultural Capital of the Year”

Photo: press service of the competition “Cultural Capital of the Year”

Initiative teams representing the administrative centers of the subjects of the Russian Federation and urban districts with a population of at least 250,000 people will be able to take part in the Competition. To ensure relatively equal competitive conditions, representatives of Moscow and St. Petersburg – megacities with a historically undeniable metropolitan status – will take part in the project not as participants in the Competition, but as co-organizers and experts.

Applications from teams for participation in the first stage of the Competition can be sent to the Project Directorate from January to March 2023. The participants of the Competition will have to present the life activity in their cities in the context of a broad view of their cultural resources. Applications will be considered in three dimensions – history, present and future – in the following areas:

Archives and historical and cultural heritage

Material cultural resources

Intangible Cultural Resources

Urban environment and urbanism

Innovation and creative industries

Tourism and hospitality industry

Education and enlightenment

Ecology and healthy lifestyle

Mass communication system

Non-profit sector

Inclusive Ecosystem

Territorial marketing and branding.

In April-June, experts will study the received applications and determine the list of finalists, who will be invited to finalize applications in July-August and prepare presentations of their cities for the solemn ceremony to be held in September 2023. The winning team representing the 2024 Capital of Culture will also be announced there.

The competition “Cultural Capital of the Year” is intended to become an effective tool of modern cultural policy aimed at creating a favorable climate for the socio-economic development of all territories of the Russian Federation, the formation of friendly competition and the expansion of comprehensive cooperation between them. All this will ensure the promotion and improvement of the status of cities and regions of Russia, and strengthen the country’s importance in the international arena.

– Modern culture is not an appendage to the economy, requiring constant subsidies, but the basis of its development. The key idea of ​​such a vision of culture is reliance on human creativity as the main resource, a competitive advantage. The competition among Russian cities for the title of “Cultural Capital of the Year” is designed to unleash this potential and direct it to the development of territories, – a member of the Organizing Committee of the Competition, Associate Professor of the Higher School of Cultural Policy of Moscow State University named after M.V. M.V. Lomonosov, Candidate of Economic Sciences Alexander Protasevich.

– There are more than a thousand cities in Russia, many of which are small and medium. Their preservation and development is in fact the basis of our civilization, – notes the head of the Organizing Committee of the Competition, a deputy of the State Duma, Doctor of Economics, Professor Nikolay Novichkov. – Therefore, our common task is to create conditions for the realization of the economic and cultural identity of Russian cities, and the federal competition “Cultural Capital of the Year” serves this very purpose. Its holding is the beginning of a long journey of revival.

The initiator of the competition is the Cultural Capital Development Fund for the Development of Cultural, Scientific, Educational and Socio-Economic Spheres of the Territories with the support of the Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives. Official press agency – InterMedia

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