Calvert Forum is an international initiative focused on the role of creative industries, studying examples of creative best practice from around the world, fostering international expert exchange and implementing strategies of creative development across the Russian regions.
Сalvert Forum was launched in St Petersburg in 2013 by Calvert 22 Foundation and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St Petersburg State University, supported by the State Hermitage Museum and Leontief Centre. The forum's inaugural discussion event, titled «Creative industries: who is building the new economy of Russia?», took place in the General Staff Building of the Hermitage.
In 2014, Calvert Forum held a conference in Voronezh in partnership with the government of the Voronezh Province, which brought together experts from as far afield as Manchester and London. The forum was supported by a number of Russian institutions, including Voronezh State Academy of Arts; Strelka Institute of Media, Design and Architecture; ArchPolis Centre for Territorial Initiatives; online media outlets UrbanUrban and Downtown, and the Committee for Civil Initiatives.
The third forum took place in Kazan in 2015. Backed by the President of Tatarstan, Rustam Minikhanov, the conference was focused on digital initiatives and the further cultural development of Kazan. The conference was hosted by IT-Park, the biggest technological institution in the region.