Traditions are Trendy. Preservation and Actualization of Cultural Heritage in the Modern Context - Programme - St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum
Panel Discussion

Traditions are Trendy. Preservation and Actualization of Cultural Heritage in the Modern Context

10:00 — 11:30
General Staff Building 6/8 Palace sq., St. Petersburg

Can folk traditions be used as a resource for social development in a multicultural society? What are successful practices and barriers to the integration of national traditions and values and what are the consequences of such integration or lack thereof for communities, states, and individuals today? How do museums and cinemas contribute to the preservation and creation of the ethno-cultural heritage? How can they build a culture of public trust and dialogue, manage risks, and develop ethical, spiritual, and moral views of modern society? How do centuries-old traditions shape our creative space, and is it possible to talk about traditions as an essential tool for humanizing the 21st century society?


  • Elena Bogdanova, General Director of the Kizhi State Open-Air Museum of History, Architecture and Ethnography (Russia);
  • Tatiana Rybkina, Minister of Culture of the Tula Region (Russia);
  • Anna Koryakovtseva, film and TV producer, member of the Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation, member of the Union of Journalists of Russia, author, producer and head of over 25 ethnographic film expeditions in Russia, author of The Land of People series of films on MIR Channel (Russia);
  • Akilova Kamola, , Director of the Fine Arts Gallery of Uzbekistan (Uzbekistan);
  • Aida Alymova, President of the National Committee of ICOM Kyrgyzstan, Director of the Museum of Nomadic Civilization named after Kurmanjan Datka (Kyrgyzstan);
  • Zorina Myskova, Director of the Hermitage 20/21 Foundation (Russia);
  • Vagharshak Harutiunyan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia in the Russian Federation (Armenia).

Moderator: Yulia Kupina, Director of the Russian Ethnographic Museum, Chairperson of the Association of Ethnographic Museums of Russia, member of the Presidium of ICOM Russia.