Today relatively small towns and districts have found ways to experiment with various new economy models and achieve quick results. Cultural and educational projects serve as drivers for development of these towns as they help attract investments, tourists, and qualified talent. How can one school drastically change life in the city? Can street art influence street crime levels? What are the ways in which the modern urban environment can become more attractive to new generation tourists? What are the “panem et circenses” that residents of megalopolises can travel for to heartland towns? These are the questions that the participants of this session will seek to answer.
Looking in: Regional Development Strategy. Local Identity as New Economy
General Staff Building, White hall 6/8 Palace sq., St. Petersburg
Mikhail ShvydkoySpecial Representative of the President of Russia for International Cultural Cooperation. Russia
Irina SedykhChairman of the Board of Trustees Of the charity Fund "OMK-compassion"; ideological leader and organizer of the festival of contemporary art "Art-Ravine" ("Art-Ravine") in the city of Vyksa. Russia
Aleksandr TomashenkoHead of the TOLK Urban Environment Competency Center in the Kaluga Region. Russia
Tamara MuradovaArchitect, founder of ARCHIPROBA STUDIOS (2009), Member of the Union of Moscow Architects. Russia
Kamil MagomedovThe head of the educational project Education Centers "Luminari" of the "Education named after the honored teacher of the Republic of Abdulkerimov M. A." Charity Fund. Russia