BIG MUSIC FOR SMALL CITIES

Directorate of Festival and Cultural Events of the Republic of Karelia Autonomous Non-Profit Organization, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Karelia, Karelian State Philharmonic Budgetary Institution, the Department of Cultural Services of Joensuu city (Finland).

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Russian-Finnish project within the framework of the Karelia Cross-Border Cooperation Program between Russia and the EU.

The mission of the Big Music for Small Cities project is to demonstrate that effective cooperation models in the sphere of music art presentation and promotion, as well as collaboration practices in the field of arts, can change a small city from a simple living area into a center of attraction.

In 2021, thanks to cooperation within the creative sector, a recording studio appeared in the Republic of Karelia, which allowed the authors of the project to implement interesting initiatives online. The team continues to make small cities brighter and develops online culture at the same time.

The project is implemented within the framework of the Karelia Cross-Border Cooperation Program between Russia and the EU, funded by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland and is always open to cooperation and inspiring ideas. Project in social networks:Vkontakte,Facebook, Instagram.

A PROJECT SHALL BE STARTED WITH ENVIRONMENT STUDY, CONSULTING WITH EXPERTS AND BRAINSTORMING WITH YOUR OWN TEAM

EKATERINA SHISHKOVA

Project Coordinator, Directorate of Festival and Cultural

How to come up with an outstanding online cultural project?

To come up with an outstanding project idea about culture in online environment you need to "catch a wave". In order to be able to do this, you need to be energetic and able to inspire people, feel the moment, be creative, notice details and see perspective at the same time, be open to new things but have a backbone. You definitely need to be "online", so to say, and understand all the technical nuances, because you can't do without online promotion. Project surely shall be started with environment study, consulting with experts, brainstorming with your own team and, of course, communicating directly with those for whom the project is being designed for. Anna Tomchik, the leader of our project and founder of the Directorate of Festival and Cultural Events of the Republic of Karelia, taught me much of the above-specified, for which I am very grateful to her!

What hidden pitfalls should be kept in mind?

When launching a project of any level, the most important is to set up the preparation schedule in such a way that there is absolutely some time to go through the implementation plan with the whole team, running the entire process through in your head to foresee all the possible risks and deviations. It is also important that everyone involved in the project implementation envisaged the ideal outcome of the work along with the rest of the team, and understood his/her role in this common goal step-by-step. Yes, it's difficult, because all people are different! But you need to pump this skill as part of the team, then success is achievable!

How can you understand if the project is worth making?

I can definitely say that it is necessary to implement such projects that, simply stated, make people better, kinder, more inspired, emotionally freer, which contribute to their personal development and, "charge" for creation in a good sense.

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