State Hermitage hosted Forum preparatory meeting

On November, 5th State Hermitage hosted a meeting dedicated to the IV St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum planning and execution. It was visited by Russian Government officials, Ministry of Culture representatives, St.Petersburg Government members as well as leaders of the sections. The meeting was chaired by Aleksander Juravsky, Deputy Minister of Culture of Russian Federation.


“This year not only the number of events and guests has increased, but also the quality of the Forum: we are planning some events for registered participants of the Forum, special events for participants of the sections, and along with that – events for residents and guests of St.Petersburg. Some of them will be free and open to public. More information will be soon available on-line”, underlined Aleksander Juravsky. “Representatives of 60 states will take part in the Forum activities and we can already see 3400 registered participants. This doesn’t include foreign guests that are invited too. VIP-guests are confirming their participation now – these are ministers of culture of foreign states, high-ranking representatives of UNESCO, including its Director-General  Irina Bokova. We also expect to welcome mister Ban Ki-moon, current Secretary-General of the United Nations”.


Vladimir Kirillov, Vice-Governor of St.Petersburg, stressed the importance of 4th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum for the city: “We promote culture and along with it we promote Russia: its peacefulness, its competitiveness in many areas. We want the Forum to become the major and permanent platform that unites artists and culture leaders of the whole world. St.Petersburg-related branding is crucially important. Our city is one of the world’s richest cultural centers. It’s clear that the Forum will make the city even more attractive to tourists and investor”.


The General Staff Building of the State Hermitage will become one of 82 venues hosting the Forum. “The Hermitage will be the main venue of the Forum.  We are also organizing the Day of Italy which will be visited by Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, Dario Franceschini. Two ministers will reflect on how culture and economics should coexist”, said Mikhail Piotrovsky.


he 4th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum will be held on December 14-16, 2015, and will be dedicated to the 70th anniversary of UNESCO.