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

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

Mission and goals

The Mission of the Forum

The Forum is focused on international cooperation, mutual cultural enrichment, and the integration of Russia into the global cultural space. The Forum looks for and find new ways to overcome discord and reveal the creative potential of the world's cultural diversity. The creative fusion that takes places during the Forum facilitates the reinforcement of international cultural ties and mutual enrichment of cultures.

Moreover, the Forum also enables the expansion of the cultural presence of Russia in the world, and prepares the groundwork for the promotion of Russia's spiritual values and rich heritage abroad. 

The Main Goals of the Forum are the development of international cooperation in the cultural sphere; the support and development of Russian culture as an important strategic resource of the country; support for cultural initiatives; the promotion of the prestige of the Russian culture; assuring the ubiquity of cultural and spiritual values; informing younger generations about the heritage of Russian and world culture; positioning of Saint Petersburg as one of the cultural capitals of the world. 

The main theme


The Forum was supposed to be held on 11-13 November 2021 and dedicated to the cultural codes of our zeitgeist.  
“The pandemic has imposed significant challenges on our daily lives. In many ways, it's creative activity and the arts that have helped people survive the lockdown, and given them hope and confidence in a better tomorrow. The cultural establishments have coped with the situation in a dignified way with a non-stop flow of high quality online content for their loyal viewers,” states Olga Lyubimova, Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation. 
The Head of the Russian Ministry of Culture also emphasized that the Forum has rightfully come to be considered a significant event, attracting experts from around the world. 
“I'm sure all the interested parties will be happy to discuss the experience gained over this period. It will allow us to come to understand the developing trends of the new normal and take them into account when implementing cultural policy, as well as to work out guidelines for our future work,” she added. 
The Forum is an international venue for meetings, fruitful interaction and experience exchange between leading experts in field of culture, government officials, public figures and politicians from countries all over the world. 
The discussions were supposed to be focused on successful cultural projects and initiatives, as well as cultural establishments' experience of digitalization in the context of overcoming challenges caused by the pandemic. 
The organisers of the Forum are the Government of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, and the Government of St. Petersburg.   

Program architecture

The Professional Flow (badges or invitations are required) consists of events in 14 sections, each of which covers one area of cultural activity, thematic tracks, the 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, Open Lectures "Culture 2.0", as well as shows, concerts, exhibitions and other events.  


The Festival Program 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 through various channels provided by the event venues.