The honorary status, that was first granted in 2016, emphasizes special intercultural relations between the states, helps to strengthen cooperation and to develop further cultural and educational partner projects.
The main goal of this status is to provide the Guest Country with the opportunity to present its culture and traditions by the program of the Professional and Public Flows, as well as by its bright Festival Program. Also, the Guest Country broad delegation with government officials and leading experts in arts and culture takes part in the events of the Forum.
The honorary status of the Guest Country of the IX Saint Petersburg International Cultural Forum in 2020 was awarded to France and Azerbaijan.
Go Lei, Rector of the Beijing Academy of Dance, and Fu Jiang, Vice President of the Chinese Union of Circus Arts, participated as experts in the Forum. The concert entitled “Friendship of Peoples” was organized to celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Russia.