Date
Wednesday 10 March 2021 to Sunday 14 March 2021

From 10 to 14 March 2021, the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow invited culture industry professionals and everyone interested in discussing the future of the cultural sector to take part in the UK-Russia Creative Bridge forum online.

The forum brought together leading British experts, writers, and artists to discuss the latest cultural trends, share their experience and knowledge, and comment on the impact of the pandemic on the cultural sector. Given that participants from the UK have already worked or will soon work with Russia, all events of the forum focused on features that are specific to Russian cultural industries and new ways of cooperation between people and institutions in the two countries.

The forum programme fell into three distinct categories, each having a particular aim: to inspire cultural professionals and everyone interested in the cultural industry; reinvent old mediums and find new formats for a more meaningful artistic exchange with audiences; and offer the opportunity for cultural professionals to further develop their skills.

  • The educational programme included a dance session with Studio Wayne McGregor, a professional workshop for theatrical producers by Manchester International Festival, a masterclass on creative writing by Swansea University and a series of lectures delivered by leading experts from Barbican, FutureEverything and other British cultural institutions.
  • In their inspirational talks, many British artists and visionaries focused on reinterpreting oneself and reinventing cultural interaction in times of industry crisis and digitalisation of art, and also tackled the issue of gender equality in the arts.
  • One of the central events in the programme culminated with a recorded concert by Shabaka Hutchings, a London saxophone virtuoso who has established himself as a central figure in the London jazz scene. The twice Mercury Prize-nominee, Shabaka Hutchings is mostly known from his onstage presence as a member of the bands The Comet is Coming, Shabaka and the Ancestors, and Sons of Kemet.

The forum was part of the UK-Russia Creative Bridge 2020-21 programme run by the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow. All the events were online. 

Schedule

MARCH 10, WEDNESDAY

12:00 - 18:00 GMT+3

International Producer Training Day 1

Practical course for producers and cultural professionals facilitated by Manchester International Festiva (MIF)

18:00 - 19:00 GMT+3

Open Interview: Fergus Linehan, Edinburgh International Festival Director and CEO in conversation with Anton Fleurov, Institute of Theatre

Especially for the UK-Russia Creative Bridge online forum, Fergus Linehan will offer insights on the development of the Edinburgh International Festival’s programmes in these challenging times, discuss EIF’s experience of collaboration with Russian cultural institutions and share the organisation’s plans for the future. 

20:00 - 21:00 GMT+3

Redefining Museums: Blockbuster Exhibitions and What Comes Next

Panel discussion with Geoffrey Marsh, Kate Bailey (V&A) and Tatiana Getman (Tretyakov Gallery)

MARCH 11, THURSDAY

12:00 - 18:00 GMT+3

International Producer Training Day 2

International Co-commissions and Co-productions. Practical course for producers and cultural professionals.

18:00 - 20:00 GMT+3

Creative Producers Intensive Workshop. Day 1

Three-day intensive workshop designed for creative producers undertaking cross-artform work to help them explore how they develop their creative ideas.

19:30 - 20:30 GMT+3

Rip it up and start again. Public talk by Simon Reynolds

Simon Reynolds will talk about the era chronicled in his classic 2005 book Rip It Up and Start Again and will discuss the subsequent legacy and ongoing reverberations of postpunk.

MARCH 12, FRIDAY
12:00 - 18:00 GMT+3

International Producer Training Day 3

Practical course for producers and cultural professionals facilitated by Manchester International Festiva (MIF)

18:00 - 19:30 GMT+3

Panel discussion: Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship after the pandemic

Ellen O’Hara, Jim Galloway, Nikita Tokarev, Alexey Onatsko, Natalia Fishman, Ekaterina Cherkes-Zade

19:30 - 21:00 GMT+3

Public talk by Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival, in conversation with Sarah Gavron. Screening of Rocks

The conversation will focus on industry insights, current trends in British cinema, and Sarah Gavron’s film “Rocks” which will be available throughout the Forum.

MARCH 13, SATURDAY
12:00 - 18:00 GMT+3

International Producer Training Day 4

Practical course for producers and cultural professionals facilitated by Manchester International Festiva (MIF)

12:00 - 15:00 GMT+3

Creative Producers Intensive Workshop Day 2

Three-day intensive workshop designed for creative producers undertaking cross-artform work to help them explore how they develop their creative ideas.

13:00 - 16:00 GMT+3

Living Archive — A creative workshop with Studio Wayne McGregor Day 1

Learn company repertoire and use the AI tool to develop material and gain an insight into Wayne’s creative practice.

16:00 - 17:30 GMT+3

Exciting Writing Lecture

Professor Britton’s lecture explores the journey from what we observe to what we write and how the imaginative filter which sits between observation and literary presentation allows each aspiring writer to find a unique voice through which to share his or her thoughts. 

18:00 - 19:30 GMT+3

Art perception in the digital era. Talk by Irini Papadimitriou and Katya Inozemtseva

Chief curator of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art art director of FutureEverything are going to discuss current trends and challenges in the visual arts sector.

17:30 - 18:30 GMT+3

Exciting Writing Workshop. Group 1

A practical workshop titled ‘Finding an idea’ from the professor of the Swansea University. 

18:30 - 19:30 GMT+3

Exciting Writing Workshop. Group 2

A practical workshop titled ‘Finding an idea’ from the professor of the Swansea University. 

19:30 - 21:00 GMT+3

Public Talk: Alexey Munipov in conversation with Pelin Opcin. Screening of Britten Sinfonia and Shabaka Hutchings concert.     

The talk will feature Pelin Opcin, Director of Programming at Serious, and will be followed by the concert of the new jazz Shabaka Hutchings and Britten Sinfonia chamber music orchestra.

MARCH 14, SUNDAY
12:00 - 18:00 GMT+3

International Producer Training Day 5

Practical course for producers and cultural professionals facilitated by Manchester International Festiva (MIF)

12:00 - 15:00 GMT+3

Creative Producers Intensive Workshop Day 3

Three-day intensive workshop designed for creative producers undertaking cross-artform work to help them explore how they develop their creative ideas.

13:00 - 16:00 GMT+3

Living Archive — A creative workshop with Studio Wayne McGregor Day 2

Learn company repertoire and use the AI tool to develop material and gain an insight into Wayne’s creative practice.

16:00 - 18:00 GMT+3

Exciting Writing Workshop. Group 1

‘Finding form and words’ workshop. Tutor: D.J. Britton is Head of English and Creative Writing at Swansea University, Wales, UK.

18:00 - 20:00 GMT+3

Exciting Writing Workshop. Group 2. 

‘Finding form and words’ workshop. Tutor: D.J. Britton is Head of English and Creative Writing at Swansea University, Wales, UK.

18:00 - 19:30 GMT+3

Artist talk: Akram Khan in conversation with Irina Chernomurova   

The renowned dancer and choreographer will talk about his upcoming collaboration with English National Ballet and how his dance piece Kaash was adapted for the Russian stage.

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