On June 16 and 17, Alexey Lebedev, Director of the “Russian Seasons” project, took part in the 25th jubilee St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
On June 16, the session "New National Brands Based on Cultural and Historical Traditions" was held, where the issues of globalization and peoples' loss of cultural identity were brought up.
Also, on June 16, during the session "Russia - Africa", new significant entrants in the international political and economic space were discussed, with the African continent belonging to such new centres of world development.
It is emblematic that from May 2 to May 13, the Republic of Senegal hosted for the first time an overseas Art session of the "Innopraktika & Russian Seasons School". 16 talented painters and sculptors from 7 African countries were selected from more than 100 applicants.
It is worth reminding that now the Art session of the "Innopraktika & Russian Seasons School" is taking place in St. Petersburg at the Ilya Repin Academy of Arts. Among the participants there are 6 gifted students from African countries: the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tunisia, Senegal, Algeria and Guinea!
On June 17, in the framework of the session "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Russia: Economic Context", Alexey Lebedev announced a new joint project with the Alexandrinsky Theatre!
This is the all–Russian multimedia project "Theatre Map of Russia" that includes shooting documentaries telling about the original theatres of the country's several regions: Yakutia, Tatarstan, Karelia, Bashkiria.
The audience will be treated by 4 films about the national theatres of Russia, among which there are following: the Sakha Academic Theatre named after P. Oyunskiy, the Bashkir State Academic Drama Theatre named after M. Gafuri, the Galiaskar Kamal Tatar Academic Theatre and the State National Theatre of the Republic of Karelia.
The project received grant support by the Internet Development Institute (IRI). The series will be directed by Alexander Zamyslov.
Looking back on the sessions, it can be said that the main issue was the discussion of a fundamentally new approach in the development of regional art, which is an important component of identity and uniqueness of Russian art.