On 14 December the opening ceremony of the IV St. Petersburg International Cultural Forumtook place at the new stage of Mariinsky Theatre. In the frames of the ceremony the baton was passed from the Year of Literature to the Year of Russian cinema. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin appeared at the event.Tatiana Lyudmilina, the general director of Novosibirsk State Philharmonic Society took part in the forum.
The festive opening was attended by prominent cultural figures in Russia and abroad, distinguished guests, as well as representatives of the government.
Among the guests of the ceremony: Svetlana Kryuchkova, Nikita Mikhalkov, Valeri Todorovski, Konstantin Ernst, Alena Babenko, Anatoly Bely, Dmitry Dyuzhev, Danila Kozlovsky, Alexander Pahl, Sergei Puskepalis, Anton Shaguin, FilippYankovsky, Leonid Yarmolnik, Alexander Yatsenko. The Symphony Orchestra ofMariinsky Theatre under Pavel Petrenko performed for the audience.
St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum is a platform, where every year thespecialists from the sphere of culture, politics, public authorities and businesses can meet and discuss the most actualissues concerning the development of the modern world and Russian cultural life. The Forum events allow the experts, investors and potential partners interested in the implementation of federal and regional projects, to have open dialogue and exchange of experience.