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Creative Russia: Lessons from Berlin  

Can St.Petersburg emulate the German capital, once divided by communism, and transform itself into a global cultural hub?

An audience of nearly 400 people gathered earlier this month in the new contemporary art wing of the Hermitage museum in St.Petersburg for the Calvert Forum, with Russia's oft-ignored creative community the centre of attention...

It marked the beginning of a new collaboration between St Petersburg State University's Smolny College and the London-based gallery and arts organisation, Calvert 22 Foundation, aimed at raising the profile of Russia's creative sector.

Debate focused specifically on questions raised by the case of Berlin. How did Germany's once-divided capital transform itself into a global hub of creative and cultural industries? What could St Petersburg learn from its example?

25 september
2013