I. Metshin about the modernization of cultural institutions
Photo by Denis Gordiyko
The renovation of the city cultural institutions of Kazan
started in 2016 with the reconstruction of two objects: the CLC Lenin and CC
“Moskovsky”. Today, they hold the major city and republican events. In
February, Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, met with representatives of
the public at the Center “Moskovsky”. In 2017, the work began on rebranding
houses of culture and transforming them into “cultural centers of Kazan”. We
set a goal to create a cultural environment that would not be limited to the
HoC walls, but unite nearby parks and public spaces. I think everyone agrees
that the system needed drastic changes for a long time.
The large-scale reconstruction allows not just to repair buildings
of institutions, but also to develop new directions. Some time ago, we could
not even dream about it. And today we state that not just a major overhaul is
carried out in cultural institutions, new trends are emerging in them. For
example, the opera studio of Albina Shagimuratova will appear in the cultural
center “Saidash”, which will open after repairs in the third quarter of this
year. The CC “Chulpan” will become the base site for the city ensemble “Kazan”
and also the center for the development of folk dance.
For the sake of fairness, I should say that the financing of
the cultural sphere used to be done on a residual basis. Still, we managed to
solve urgent issues from extrabudgetary sources and, thank God, we didn’t sell
and kept houses of culture, unlike other regions.
We couldn’t believe that we would be able to master such a
volume of work on the reconstruction and modernization of institutions that is
being carried out in the city. However, thanks to the support and decisions of
Rustam Minnikhanov, the President of the RT, the Government of the Republic,
working enterprises, businesses, we have the opportunity to implement such
Culture is a large and significant component of life, which
has not only a great educational impact, but also forms the way of citizens’
life. Today, Kazan is becoming a world-renowned city thanks to large-scale
events, and cultural trends should correspond to this status.