Voting for the selection of finalists and laureates of the Culture Online International Award is now over. Among 300 applications received, the expert council chose a select few to receive their well-deserved awards. The voting process was conducted online, which was fitting for an award that celebrates digital culture.

Despite having clear regulations and selection criteria, it was a challenging task to choose the winners as the participants’ projects were impressive in terms of their creativity, courage, and scope. The Expert Council primarily focused on the most important criteria while selecting the winners, which were innovation, social relevance, audience reach, user experience, scalability, and cultural value.

35 projects in 7 nominations made it to the list of finalists of the Culture Online International Award 2023:


  • Virtual international exhibition “The 100th Anniversary of the USSR”, by the State Russian Museum.
  • Monday Lovers Club, by People Talk JSC.
  • “Theater Season Pass. Act 1. National Theatres”, by “Tricolor” (NAO “National Satellite Company”).
  • Artteam: an event of mutual creating of VR art, by Guye Art House.
  • VII Inclusive Art Competition “Special Talents,” by the National Rehabilitation Development Foundation.


  • Dialogues about art. Podcast for the deaf and hard of hearing, by the Languages Without Borders Educational Center in cooperation with VTB Bank (PJSC).
  • Media project for children “Ancient Inhabitants of Sea Depths” Department of Design, by Paleontology Museum of St. Petersburg State University, FGBUK “Museum of the World Ocean.”
  • New Year’s digital fairy tale “The Nutcracker,” by the Pskov Regional Philharmonic.
  • “Secrets of the Nutcracker,” by the portal “Culture.RU” and the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theater.
  • They are Heroes too — the world’s first space memory project, by Dobro Creative Agency in cooperation with Sitronics and Sputniks.


  • Harmony of data. Robot in a library, by Federal State Budgetary Institution Russian National Library.
  • Artificial Intelligence at the Service of Philharmonic Society, by Pskov Regional Philharmonic Society.
  • Stories of the unconquered Stalingrad, by the Federal State Budgetary Institution of Culture “State Historical and Memorial Museum-Reserve “The Battle of Stalingrad.”
  • Neural network in the Russian Museum VKontakte community, by Federal State Budgetary Institution of Culture “The State Russian Museum.”
  • NFT Multirature, by Animation Studio “Multogram”.


  • Animation series “Dobychina’s Choice,” organized by the Museum of Russian Impressionism and VK Community Relations Department.
  • History in Rhymes, by the DostoevskyLecture Hall.
  • Opera in a Mansion, by the St. Petersburg Chamber Music Theatre St. Petersburg Opera.
  • Professional media “Ideas for Museums,” by the ANO Center for Assistance to Professional Development of Museum Specialists “Ideas for Museums.”
  • SochiVkulture, by the cultural institution “House of Culture”.


  • A mirror with a memory. The open collection of ROSPHOTO, by the State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSPHOTO.
  • Classwork, organized by JSC “NEWS MEDIA.”
  • Dostoevsky Lectorium, organized by ANO Center for Education “Modern Lecture.”
  • Educational project “Opera Institute,” by Art Agency Premier Ltd.
  • Romanovs on the brink of enthronement, by TASS Information Agency of Russia.


  • “Moscow in the rhythms of the peoples of the world,” by the Moscow House of Nationalities.
  • #ВСЕОНИ Gala Concert, by SPbGBUK “Petersburg-Concert” together with the Foundation for Promotion of Musical Culture “Ornament” with the support of the St. Petersburg Culture Committee.
  • International Festival of Classical Music Cantata, by ANO Festival Directorate.
  • The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia and Vladimir Spivakov. Rachmaninov, by State Budgetary Institution of Culture of Moscow “Moscow International House of Music.”
  • VIII International Ethnic Festival “Music of the World”, by St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatrical and Musical Art.


  • City pocket guide “History of the country in the streets,” by a student, Pankina Anastasia and teacher, Khodatovich Darya Arkadievna of the V. I. Surikov Krasnoyarsk Art College.
  • “Living Word,” by the Lock On Games creative union.
  • A game of crafts. VR immersion into the world of folk crafts by the “Association of Organizations of folk art crafts, artisans and artists “Heritage and Traditions.”
  • PatrioticTech – history games with neural network technologies by individual entrepreneur Vlasov Dmitry.
  • Digital platform of the Museum of Russian Railways, by the Museum of Russian Railways – a structural subdivision of the Oktyabrskaya Railway, a branch of Russian Railways.

Based on the voting results, the Russian Cultural Foundation encouraged the initiative and awarded one project with the nomination “Special Prize of the Russian Cultural Foundation”. Vkontakte – the partner of the award – has also allocated a separate nomination – “Special Jury Prize” – for the most impressive participating project.

The award ceremony will be held on November 15 at 17:00 Moscow time in the online format on the official website of the Culture Online award:, as well as on partner websites.

The Culture Online International Award is organized by the Russian Culture Foundation.

                  About the project:

The Russian Cultural Foundation is a National Public-State Organization in culture and art. Dozens of new regional museums were established, hundreds of all-Union and international exhibitions, festivals, concerts and competitions were held, unique literary treasures were published, and periodicals were launched in many regions of the country with the support of the Foundation. An extensive regional network of branches and representative offices allows the Foundation to carry out cultural and educational activities throughout the Russian Federation.

Every year, the Foundation allocates grants in various fields of art, supporting theatrical, publishing, musical and educational activities. The Russian Cultural Foundation operates cultural and educational programs for schools, the national project “Culture,” and the federal project “Creative People.”