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Creative cities 2017: meet the new generation of Russian innovators

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Meet the new generation of Russian innovators

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Creativity is hard to define but even harder to quantify. Few people would disagree that creativity is also an indispensable and very tangible resource in making places around the world more liveable and open. This is true in the case of Russia where locals, particularly those living outside of Moscow and St Petersburg, are often forced to be exceptionally creative to deal with the pressures of the day. As the director of an award-winning advertising agency from Yekaterinburg, Nikita Kharisov explains: “This sense of daily resistance makes you look at the world from a very different angle and it prompts you to come up with some brilliantly twisted ideas.”

Some of these trailblazing ideas, people and projects are central to Calvert 22 Foundation’s upcoming Index of Creative Capital, a part of which is previewed here. Produced in association with PwC in Russia and to be launched later this year, the index is designed to gauge key economic indicators that make for more innovative cities. Focusing on nine pilot cities (listed here in alphabetial order), it will reveal the vital qualitative aspects of creative life — such as openness, as well as racial, sexual, gender and religious diversity — that very few organisations have ever tried to examine comprehensively. This selection, compiled with the help of local researchers, writers and photographers, is just a little taste of a bubbling grass-root scene that is slowly but steadily changing Russia for the better.

Kazan

Population

1,205,651

Average annual temperature

+4.6˚C

Internet access

72%

Annual museum and theatre visits (per 1,000 population)

1,193

A melting pot of different cultures, Kazan was officially honoured as “Russia's third capital“ in 2009. The city has experienced two seismic events in recent: its millennium jubilee and the XXVII Summer Universiade (an international event for university athletes), which furnished Kazan with a string of new motorways, five-star hotel chains, craft beer bars, and independent coffee shops. Last year, the Republic of Tatarstan (of which Kazan is the capital) embarked on a major modernisation of its urban parks and embankments. The most promising creative project in Tatarstan, however, is Innopolis — a modern-day re-interpretation of the Soviet naukograd (science town), forty minutes away from Kazan, and which plans to accommodate some 150,000 people, employed primarily in the high technology sector.

Kazan was officially honoured as “Russia's third capital“ in 2009

Krasnodar

Population

829,677

Average annual temperature

+11.9˚C

Internet access

67%

Annual museum and theatre visits (per 1,000 population)

512

Krasnodar is the capital of the warmest, most fertile, and most tourist-trodden region in Russia. It is one of the country's fastest growing regional economies and every year it draws thousands of migrants from other Russian regions. One of the reasons is food: following the introduction of the sanctions, local farmers vigorously set about expanding their production to replace the banned imports. In a little over a year, they have had enormous success, sowing hope that the region can become a Mecca for gastronomic tourism in the years to come. The Krasnodar region is also the most northerly tea-producer in the world, and the harvest is abundantly available in the capital’s central market. Besides the wonderful climate and delicious food, its cultural offerings are manifold: from Tipographia, one of Russia's most interesting centres for contemporary art, and historic public spaces, such as the city's central Krasnaya Street which is pedestrianised at weekends, to its proximity to Rostov-on-Don, the Caucasus, and Crimea. Together, these factors make Krasnodar one of Russia's richest, most promising, and most dynamically developing regions.

Moscow

Population

12,197,596

Average annual temperature

+5.8˚C

Internet access

79%

Annual museum and theatre visits (per 1,000 population)

5,221

Moscow is the nerve-centre of the country, connecting numerous Russian regions with the outside world, but it also interlinking them with each other. The capital is now encroaching on twenty million (the size of an average European country), however the city's creative capital is about much more than its gigantic human potential. Nowhere else in Russia do all the vital components for creative breakthrough coincide in a single place: cultural talent and institutional support, liberal education, a comfortable urban environment, social activity, an open culture, and economic diversification. The most significant players in the latest surge in the city's creative economy have been the educational institutions cultivating professionals for the innovative sector. From Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design to Moscow Film School to The Glinka School of contemporary music, the new generation of independent educational startups are shaping up a massive pool of talent and knowledge that is already dramatically changing the creative landscape of the city.

The new generation of independent educational startups are shaping up a massive pool of talent and knowledge

Nizhny Novgorod

Population

1,267,760

Average annual temperature

+4.8˚C

Internet access

64%

Annual museum and theatre visits (per 1,000 population)

695

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