Participants of the project "Joining Creativity" held a meeting of an expert group on April, 25. Throughout the meeting partners discussed the project completion and preparation of final brochures that will contain relevant information on the development of creative industries in the North-West of Russia and Nordic countries. The brochure will be based on the publications that had been prepared by every partner and covered the situation in the respective regions. It will be published at the project website, every partner will get a printed version.
Another point of discussion was the distribution of the information on entrepreneurs working in the sphere of creative industries in the North-West of Russia. This data was got during the research conducted within the project and is planned to be spread via the website. The expert group members analyzed the means necessary to make the tool of search for partners well-known in the respective field so as to make the online-resource effective.
After the session partners met with Dmitry Bystrov, the regional director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, in the establishment. During the meeting the project partners discussed a problem of cooperation between CCI and Nordic countries.
On April, 26th a round table "Joining Creativity. Innovative Technologies in Creative Industries" took place. The moderator of the meeting, a member of the Commission on Culture in the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, the Chairman of the Presidium of the Council of Civic Chambers of the RF, Natalya Vavilova told about the process of the innovation introduction into creative industries, in particular at the regional level.
Natalya Vavilova emphasized that the main problem is to formulate a concept and create a specific institute for the development of creative industries that will need further support. Measures on the cultural development should be taken to create products that will be in demand in both domestic and external markets. Development of creative industries at the level of regions should be among the priorities as well: at the moment activities in this direction are primarily based on separate projects and presidential grants. It is necessary to organize the basis for the long-term cooperation of creative institutes and public organizations.
Anna Tomchik, the Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Karelia, presented the experience of the region in the sphere of creative industries develpoment. "Today a lot of attention is paid to this problem: cultural policy is developing at every level, the Strategy of National Cultural Policy is designed until 2030. In our region we are actively working in this direction as well. Creative industries can be called an unique aspect of activities as it implies self-employment, competition, indigenous peoples. We are implementing numerous federal programs with more than 100 thousands people and more than 50 organizations involved; two-thirds of entreprises are carrying out cultural activities. We have a lot of initiatives that are brought by the local community and people concerned, and their numbers are increasing".
The managers of the project "Joining Creativity" told about the implementation of the major events. Ksenia Chumak summarized the project outcomes, mentioned the key events, and outlined the main achievements of the project. Nikolay Oskin presented a report on the results of the survey conducted with the participation of more than 100 entrepreneurs from the North-West of Russia.
Participants of the round table discussed the exploitation of innovative technologies in creative industries and the importance of interactive events for sharing experience in the respective field. Particular attention was paid to the active involvement of regional public organizations, local and professional communities in the process of creative industries promotion. Experts noted that information on the best practices and existing projects should be distributed; in particular, the experience of Nordic countries was discussed with a special emphasis on further cooperation in the cultural sphere that can be contributive to economic development of the North-West of Russia and Nordic countries.
The events held in Moscow became a significant part of the final stage: partner projects got a chance to express their impressions from the participation in the project and evaluate its contribution into creative industries development. Moreover, results and achievements of the project were presented at the federal level.