Some 48,000 people visited the three-day Moscow Cultural Forum held at Moscow’s Manezh. The number of guests during the first two days of the forum increased by 10 percent as compared to last year. Over 4,000 people subscribed to libraries and 600 people attended hobby groups and workshops. All in all, the visitors borrowed over 10,000 books.
Professionals and guests gathered at Manezh to review the best cultural projects that had already been realised and those that were in the pipeline. The forum’s entertainment programme featured over 800 events, including meetings with stage and screen actors, concerts, poetry evenings, workshops, tours and autograph sessions.
The forum’s guests had the opportunity to meet informally with director and actress Irina Apeksimova, founder and artistic director of the Contemporary Play School Theatre Iosif Raikhelgauz, film director Andrei Konchalovsky, actors Valery Barinov, Sergei Garmash, Chulpan Khamatova and others.
The concert, Glad to See You, My Dear Audience, which was held ahead of the 80th anniversary of Vladimir Vysotsky’s birth, wound up the forum’s second evening with a reading of his poetry and songs. The concert also featured performances by his son Nikita Vysotsky, actor Dmitry Kharatyan, the rock group Va-Bank and performers from the MGIK Moscow Experimental Theatre.
The stage marathon concluded with Theatre at Night, which lasted until morning. The event started at Manezh on 26 March. The audience was treated to extracts from some of the best performances: the Operetta Theatre showed A Dream As Free As the Wind, the Roman Viktyuk Theatre chose Phaedra and A Venetian for the marathon and the Lenkom Theatre took visitors on a tour through its history.
In all, over 60 sites were involved in the initiative with over 14,000 people attending. They had the opportunity to go backstage, see the best performances and premiers, meet with directors and actors and listen to folk songs and songs by singer-songwriters.