July 5. Klyazma Hall. 16:45 - 17:45

Panel discussion

A city as a cultural space. Theatres, museums, festivals on the streets of Moscow

Culture can exist not only within museums, concert halls and art centres. In recent years there are more and more formats in which art gets the opportunity to take to the city streets and connect with all residents. Large-scale street festivals, continuing the traditions of carnivals, major exhibitions of contemporary art — Manifesta, Documenta, Ruhr Triennale — such projects form the urban environment and identity. Street art, large-scale opera and music open-air festivals that popularize the high genre of opera; electronic music festivals that produce spontaneous communities around themselves; theatre and dance festivals: such projects make the city its stage, encourage residents to become involved in culture and interact with art.

  • How does the trend towards strengthening the interaction between cultural institutions and street life manifest itself?
  • How can the city be perceived as a cultural space?
  • How do cultural events of different sizes — international, urban, district - affect the city? Should we look for synergies between them?


Anna Trapkova
General Director, Museum of Moscow


Teresa Iarocci Mavica
Lutz Leichsenring
Executive Director, Berlin Clubcommission
Hedwig Fijen
Director Manifesta, The European Nomadic Biennial
Sergei Perov
Deputy head, The Department of Culture of the city of Moscow
Dmitry Bertman
Director general – artistic director, Helikon–Opera
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