Development of Cultural Cluster in Russia’s Regions

Development of Cultural Cluster in Russia’s Regions

About how the beautiful can affect the world 

An expert session ‘Development of Cultural and Educational and Museum Complexes as a New Growth Point in Russia’s Regions’ took place within the women’s forum in Novokuznetsk. Larisa Sauerwein, Head of Department for Culture and National Policy in the Kemerovo Oblast, was the moderator of the discussion. Outstanding cultural and art figures, politicians, and public figures took part in the meeting. 

The discussion focused on issues related to development of cultural cluster, modern approaches to preparation of creative personnel, and methods of forming tourist attractiveness of Russia’s regions. 

In her speech, Ilze Liepa, actor, ballet dancer, and People's Artist of Russia, mentioned that Kuzbass had become a springboard for her future career. According to her, today it is important to develop cultural cluster in the region in order young people could immerse in the traditions of Russia’s great culture. In the first turn, it is necessary to pay attention to personnel preparation: training of teachers to work with the rising generation. 


As a founder and head of the Russian National Ballet School, Ms. Liepa told about projects she implemented in different regions of Russia jointly with her team. Many of them are aimed at creation of conditions for training of ballet dancers. 

Vladimir Gusev, Director of the State Russian Museum and Honoured Art Worker of Russia, presented the museum as a unique element of forming and developing of cultural cluster. The institution he heads actively interacts with Russia’s regions. Today, the State Russian Museum has over 200 electronic subsidiaries in different cities of Russia and other countries. 


According to Mr. Gusev, gender proportion of visitors of the State Russian Museum has been almost unchanged for 10 years. Women amount to 70% of the museum’s visitors. The share of women among the personnel of the museum is similar. 

Kuzbass is generally believed to be a ‘male’ region. By means of implementation of projects in the Kemerovo Oblast, Vladimir Gusev hopes to attract more men to visiting museums and galleries. “When people immerse in the world of art, they become more attentive to the beautiful around them. They change their attitude to the world”, he says. 

Mikhail Bryzgalov, Director of the Russian National Museum of Music, told about the new forms of interaction with visitors.

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For example, the museum has a musical amusement. The guests can find out what timbre of voice they have, how good their sense of pitch is by means of special equipment. Thus, they can spend time usefully and with pleasure. 

The museum’s collection includes instruments that are extremely valuable from the cultural point of view. They not only serve as exhibits: professional musicians regularly play them when performing at the most prestigious venues of the world. 

According to Mikhail Bryzgalov, art should be close and accessible to citizens. People should feel themselves part of their culture. 

Today, the whole world discusses the topic related to the significance of women’s role in the cultural sphere. Moreover, it is mothers who are responsible for what the future generation will grow into. It is important that children from an early age are infected with love towards art and learn to see the beautiful around them. It is right that the topic of development of cultural cluster became one of the main at the women’s forum in Novokuznetsk. 

Anna Repina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community

Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov