November 11 — 13, 2021
The IX St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum

The St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum is the highlight of the country’s cultural life. It's an international venue for meetings, open dialogue and exchange of experience between experts in various aspects of culture, public officials, politicians and businessmen from various countries.

Mission and goals

Mission of the Forum The Forum's activities are focused on international cooperation, mutual enrichment of cultures and integration of Russia into the global cultural space. The Forum is looking and finding new ways to overcome discrepancies and reveal the creative potential of the world's cultural variety. Consolidation of creative efforts that takes places during the Forum enables reinforcement of international cultural ties and mutual enrichment of cultures.

Meanwhile, the Forum enables extension of Russian cultural presence in the world, creates favorable conditions for promotion of Russia's spiritual values and rich heritage abroad.

The main goals of the Forum: development of international cooperation in the sphere of culture; support and development of Russian culture as an important strategic resource of the country; support of cultural initiatives; promotion of high prestige of the Russian culture; assuring best possible availability of cultural and spiritual values; informing the young generation about the heritage of Russian and world culture; positioning of St. Petersburg as one of the cultural capitals of the world.

Main Theme 2021

“Culture of the Civilization — the Civilization of Culture”

The civilization has been inextricably linked to culture. The society emerges concurrently with groups of people developing common cultural values: it is these values that allow representatives of different nationalities and faiths to find points of contact in order to live in peace and develop together. This year’s COVID-19 pandemic has put the current social interaction systems to a stringent test. The humankind was forced to review its values and go back to the true understanding of humanism. It was culture that formed the foundation that allowed all people who found themselves in a difficult situation to once again experience confidence in their future, gain hope and support. The best proof of that change is the high demand for cultural projects.


Forum organizers: Government of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Government of St. Petersburg. 

Program architecture

The main program of the Forum develops in three main directions: the Professional Flow, the Public Flow, and the Festival Program.


The Professional Flow (badges or invitations are required) consists of events in 14 sections, each of which covers one area of cultural activities, thematic tracks, events of the Business Venue, events hosted by Guest Countries and countries with special programs, official Forum events, agreement signing ceremonies, and award presentations. 


The Public Flow program (free electronic tickets are required) includes discussions and lectures for broad audiences, including the events of the Forum’s special program, Culture 2.0. Open Lectures, as well as shows, concerts, exhibitions and other events. 


The Festival Program (tickets are required), includes numerous premieres and cultural events for residents and guests of Saint Petersburg held during the Forum. The tickets to the events can be bought on various resources offered by event venues.