Calvert Forum Kazan
11-12 April 2015

Calvert Forum Kazan

Kazan caught the attention of the Calvert Forum experts as a fast-growing city with significant creative potential, and a rapidly expanding pool of IT and digital projects. The city will host the conference with the aim of supporting the further development of Kazan’s creative scene, developing its digital sector, and nurturing a supportive environment to attract external as well as internal investors to the region.

The conference will bring together high-profile Russian and international experts on cultural policy, urban planning and regional branding, to present their experience to representatives of the government, business community and founders of creative projects. The Forum programme will touch upon general issues connected with the role of the creative industries in socio-economic growth, as well as specific elements of Kazan’s urban design, and the city’s prospects for becoming one of the world’s digital centres.


  • Rustam Minnikhanov
    President of the Republic of Tatarstan
  • Alexei Kudrin
    Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of the St Petersburg State University
  • John Thornhill
    Deputy Editor of the Financial Times
  • Amanda Levete
    Director of the architecture studio AL_A
  • Andrey Sharonov
    Dean of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
  • Jordi Sellas Ferrés
    Director General for Cultural and Creative Industries of the Government of Catalonia
  • Jonathan Robinson
    Founding director of the Guardian's new civic space
  • Nonna Materkova
    Founder and director of Calvert 22 Foundation
  • Askar Ramazanov
    Co-founder of Theory and Practices
  • Brian Evans
    Head of Urbanism at Glasgow School of Art
  • Jonathan McClory
    Expert on regional branding
  • Andres Colmenares
    Founder of the Internet Media Age Conference
  • Anton Grachev
    Director of IT-park
  • Olesya Baltusova
    Assistant of the President of Tatarstan
  • Martin Roth
    Director at the V&A Museum

Conference programme

Plenary session

“Post-industrial economy: new ways of development”

How can the Russian regions become more attractive for creative entrepreneurs? What should be done to consolidate individual initiatives into a thriving competitive industry? The end goal of the discussion will be a comprehensive set of practical recommendations for entrepreneurs, cultural institutions and local authorities.

Panel discussion

“Urban environment and creative spaces: problems of development”

How can local authorities and entrepreneurs develop creative environment in Russian cities and get local people involved? What would be the target audience for the creative industries?

Startup pitch competition

Startup session Kazan

The third session will be organised as a competition of pitches from local startups. The main goal of the competition is to develop efficient channels of communication between the creative community, investors, local authorities and international experts. The successful pitches will be selected by a jury of international and Russian entrepreneurs.

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Time and place

Calvert Forum Kazan 2015 will take place on 11 April in Kazan’s IT Park – one of Tatarstan’s most high-profile projects for supporting modern IT and communication technologies. The IT Park’s mission is to create conditions that will help innovative projects to thrive in Kazan and in neighbouring regions.

Kazan, 52 Peterburgskaya street

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