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 MinnikhanovPresident of the Republic of Tatarstan
Alexei KudrinDean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of the St Petersburg State University
John ThornhillDeputy Editor of the Financial Times
Amanda LeveteDirector of the architecture studio AL_A
Andrey SharonovDean of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
Jordi Sellas FerrésDirector General for Cultural and Creative Industries of the Government of Catalonia
Jonathan RobinsonFounding director of the Guardian's new civic space
Nonna MaterkovaFounder and director of Calvert 22 Foundation
Askar RamazanovCo-founder of Theory and Practices
Brian EvansHead of Urbanism at Glasgow School of Art
Jonathan McCloryExpert on regional branding
Andres ColmenaresFounder of the Internet Media Age Conference
Anton GrachevDirector of IT-park
Olesya BaltusovaAssistant of the President of Tatarstan
Martin RothDirector at the V&A Museum
“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.
“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.
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