The call for the Culture Online International Award applications ended on October 1, 2023. This year, 300 applications from participants from various cities in Russia and other countries were accepted. Hundreds of cultural institutions, creative unions, bloggers, and organizations compete to win by creating projects in the world of culture and art while incorporating innovative modern technologies. As usual, the most popular nomination category was the Best Education and Outreach Project, which attracted 118 applications.

This year’s participants’ variety of creative approaches and unconventional solutions was exceptional. Submissions included online travel guides and encyclopedias, historical animated series, virtual exhibitions, educational video cycles, podcasts and lectures from museums and bloggers. Many AR/VR technology projects, such as mobile apps and other digital projects in culture and art, were also presented.

Similar to last year, many applications for the Culture Online international award were for online broadcasts of concerts and performances via social networks and online platforms. Vkontakte was the most popular platform among the participants.

Now, for the most exciting part, an expert council headed by Yuri Bashmet violist, conductor, and People’s Artist of the USSR – is already beginning to process and evaluate the applications. The council also included 6 other prominent figures of culture and art of Russia:

  • Elena Yuryevna Golovnina, General Director of the Russian Cultural Foundation;
  • Mikhail Arkadyevich Bryzgalov, General Director of the Russian National Museum of Music;
  • Anna Lvovna Yalova, Director of the Manege Central Exhibition Hall;
  • Sergey Vitalievich Emelyanov, Director of the National Drama Theater of Russia (Alexandrinsky Theater);
  • Yulia Nikolaevna Strizhak, Director of the St. Petersburg State Musical Theater, named after F. I. Chaliapin;
  • Alexandra Andreevna Zvezdina, Head of the VK Community Relations Department in culture and art.

The Award winners and finalists will be determined by an expert panel of judges based on several criteria: audience reach, innovation, user experience, scalability and cultural value.

The finalists will be announced by October 26, 2023. The winners will be awarded online on November 15 on the official website of the Culture Online Award.

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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 the field of 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.”