This year, the Moscow Urban Forum, Russia's largest international congress, will hold the MUF Community Awards as the first-ever multidisciplinary award ceremony for urban communities, independent projects, private initiatives and startups that have contributed significantly to the capital city's development. The shortlist of nominees is available for open voting at mos.ru today, and will last until 1 July 2017. The official award ceremony is scheduled for 7 July.
The MUF Community Awards have eight categories, encompassing all the essential spheres of urban life — from the design of public spaces to cultural landscapes. Eligible for nomination are any projects that have significantly affected the life of the city and its communities, as well as projects representing Moscow at the international level and promoting the city's integration into new professional networks.
Nominees were selected by the advisory council, composed of urban environment professionals and community leaders, including film director Dmitry Brusnikin, director of the British Higher School of Art and Design Anastasia Butrym, ex-director of Gorky Park Olga Zakharova, cybercrime specialist, founder and co-owner of Group-IB Ilya Sachkov, publisher Alexey Ametov, head of the SPBCH group Kirill Ivanov, president of the Naked Heart Charitable Foundation Anastasia Zalogina, bloggers Natalia and Murad Osmann (the Follow Me To duo), and others. The winners will be determined by Moscow residents.
According to the forum's organisers, "world capitals make great efforts to support the initiatives of their urban communities. A properly organised dialogue between the city, its businesses and urban society is a powerful driver for positive urban change, and an important factor in the loyalty of its residents. For this reason, "city communities" is the central theme of the official MUF Community Awards. The focus of the award is Disruptive Communities, or "projects and organisations that greatly changed, turned around and defined the development of a certain sphere of urban life," the organisers stated.