Securing the Future
Panel discussion

The competition between major global cultural capital cities for recognition has only grown fiercer over recent years and major cities such as Paris, London, New York, Madrid, Moscow, and St. Petersburg are renewing efforts to enhance their positions. The deciding factor in this competition will be the strategic and comprehensive development of cultural industries. What new public-private initiatives, expanded cultural exchanges, and new forms of international cooperation are revitalizing culture in the modern global capital city?

Oleg Kharkhordin , Rector, European University in St. Petersburg

Irina Antonova , Director, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
Valery Gergiev , Artistic and General Director, State Academic Mariinsky Theatre
Sergey Kapkov , Head of the Centre for Culture Economy, Urban Development and Creative Industries Research, Faculty of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Alexey Kudrin , Chairman of the Board, Center for Strategic Research Foundation; Deputy Chairman, Economic Council under the President of the Russian Federation
Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales , Secretary General, International Exhibitions Bureau
Vladimir Medinskiy , Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation
Mikhail Piotrovsky , General Director, Hermitage Museum
Mikhail Prokhorov , Founder, ONEXIM Group; Founder, The Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation
Alexander Sokurov , Producer, winner of the Venice Film Festival in 2011


Key moments

Every city should try to be a global cultural capital; every city should strive to exist in the global community.
Mikhail Piotrovsky
It’s absolutely essential for a city to be a part of international trends and help define the modern development of mankind. In order to do this there are several basic criteria: the history of the city, its collective intellectual life, its level of education, its receptivity to new developments, and its ability to generate cultural products.
Mikhail Prokhorov
A cultural capital is not defined by basic museums that were established once upon a time… They are places where meaning and new values are produced and become treasures for all to share.
Alexei Kudrin