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The results of the development of the cultural sphere in 2020 were summed up in Moscow.

At a meeting of the Presidium of the Moscow Government, the results of events in the field of cultural development in 2020 were discussed. Although the work was heavily influenced by the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Moscow cultural institutions and parks were visited by more than 110 million people. Cultural institutions have held over 40 thousand online events. The city libraries have completed the introduction of a unified automated information system.

The cultural sector is among the industries most affected by the pandemic. Due to restrictions in 2020, educational institutions in the field of culture worked in full-time only 76 days, cultural centers – 173 days, libraries – 200 days, museums and exhibition halls – 226 days, theaters, cinemas – 154 days, concert halls – 228 days, parks of culture and rest – 287 days.

Visitors and ticket revenues have dropped proportionately. Nevertheless, in 2020, 77 million people visited cultural parks, cinemas – 11.5 million spectators, cultural centers – 3.9 million people. 7.7 million visitors came to museums and exhibition halls, and 10.6 million readers to libraries.

Under these conditions, the Moscow Government provided cultural institutions with unprecedented financial support in the amount of 6.2 billion rubles. The allocated funds made it possible to fully preserve the collectives and the level of wages of cultural workers.

Already in April 2020, a project was created on “Culture of Moscow online” – a selection of the best cultural events in the city that you can watch for free. In total, during the pandemic, cultural institutions held over 40 thousand events and 500 thousand online lessons.

Over 2.7 million people watched online broadcasts of nightly thematic events (“Night at the Museum”, “Night of the Arts”, “Night of the Cinema”, “Night at the Theater”, “Library Night”).

In the first months of 2021, Moscow culture is gradually returning to normal. However, the maximum number of spectators in cinemas, theaters and concert halls should not exceed 50 percent of the hall capacity; restrictions on the holding of cultural, entertainment and entertainment events still apply. Full normalization of the work of cultural institutions will become possible after the abolition of these restrictions.

Book city

The Moscow government has completed the implementation of a unified automated library information system. Since 2018, as part of the transition to it, more than 460 thousand common library cards have been issued, allowing you to borrow books from any city library. Since January 2020, 5.55 million books have been issued to readers.

A single library card is now accepted in all libraries in the capital

Library funds continue to be replenished with works of contemporary authors. In 2020, city libraries received more than 13 thousand books from laureates and nominees for literary awards and more than 23 thousand books from the catalog “100 best new books for children and adolescents”.

For the first time, a competition was held for the Moscow Government Prize named after Korney Chukovsky for authors of children’s literature, the co-chairman of the jury of which was the writer’s great-grandson. 671 applications were submitted to participate in the competition, seven books became winners. The award ceremony took place online, and was watched by over 94 thousand people.

On June 6-8, 2020, with observance of all necessary precautions, the sixth book festival “Red Square” was held, in which 200 publishers took part. The event was attended by 15 thousand people.

Within the framework of the Decommissioned Books project, 282,000 publications written off by Moscow libraries were donated to residents free of charge. Portal “Written Off Books” scored 8.5 million views.

Theatrical capital

During 2020, 15.1 thousand performances, concerts and circus performances took place in Moscow, including 173 premieres.

51.6 thousand people were able to attend 18 major festivals, including “Triumph of Jazz”, “Golden Mask”, “Theater March”, the II festival of Moscow puppet theaters “Yarmarka”. The program of six festivals was broadcast online, gaining 194.3 thousand views.

To store the scenery and props of Moscow theaters, as well as funds of city museums, in August 2020, a single warehouse complex was opened on Kaluzhskoye highway near the village of Yurovo, including five buildings with a total area of ​​44 thousand square meters. Equipment, decorations and props of 26 Moscow theaters were moved there, as well as part of the collections of the Museum Association “Museum of Moscow” and “Multimedia Art Museum”.

City of museums

More than 15 million people visited city museums last year. 972 exhibitions were held at the sites.

The most visited not only in 2020, but in the entire history of the Central Exhibition Hall “Manege” was the exhibition “Salvador Dali. Magic art “. From January 28 to March 16 last year, almost 479 thousand people saw it.

Within the framework of the “Museums for Children” project, Moscow schoolchildren can visit museums and exhibition halls subordinate to Department of Culture of Moscow… In 2020, eight private museums joined the project: the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, the Moscow Lights Museum, the Vadim Zadorozhny Museum of Technology, the International Numismatic Club, the Matvey Muravyov-Apostol House-Museum, the Museum of Entrepreneurs, Patrons and Philanthropists, the Museum of Military Uniforms and Museum of Moscow archers “Archers Chambers”.

During the implementation of the project from September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2020, over 705 thousand schoolchildren have visited city museums more than 1.3 million times.

“Art for Children”

Since 2018, the project “Art for Children” has been implemented in Moscow, which involves a comprehensive update of the material and technical base of creative education for children. Including:

– complex repairs of 149 buildings that are in an unsatisfactory condition, and improvement of the adjacent territory;

– overhaul of 29 buildings in a pre-emergency and emergency condition;

– purchase of over 15 thousand musical instruments and over 43.4 thousand sets of special furniture.

In 2018-2020, 125 buildings of art schools were repaired, about 10 thousand musical instruments, 30 thousand sets of special furniture and more than 5.2 thousand units of technological equipment were purchased. The project will be fully completed in 2022.

More than 6.4 thousand teachers work in Moscow art schools, 20 percent of them are honored and people’s leaders of the USSR and Russia. The amount of the Moscow Mayor’s grants is 170 thousand rubles per year for each teacher.

Filmmaking and film distribution

There are 706 cinemas in Moscow, 11.5 million people visited them in 2020.

Last year, the restoration of Moscow’s oldest cinema “Khudozhestvenny” on Arbat Square was completed.

The restoration of “Khudozhestvenny” – the oldest cinema in the capital has been completed

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, filmmaking has continued. The City Interdepartmental Commission for Assistance in the Organization of Filming in Moscow continued to work. In 2020, the Moscow Film Commission received 337 applications and assisted in the filming of 750 episodes.

In total, during its work, the film commission considered 805 applications from filmmakers and assisted in the preparation and filming of more than 1,700 episodes of films and television projects.

As a result of the meeting of the Moscow Mayor with the filmmakers, held in August last year, it was decided to create a cinema park – a single site for outdoor filming near the village of Yurovo (Krasnopakhorskoye settlement in the Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative areas). The project will be implemented in the coming years.

Shooting in the open air: a cinema park will be created in the Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative areas

Circles and sections

The system of cultural institutions in Moscow includes 76 clubs, houses of culture and cultural centers. On their basis there are 7.8 thousand circles and sections for citizens of all ages.

In 2020, cultural centers and houses of culture held over 11.5 thousand events. The action “Cultleto” was held, in which more than 400 thousand people took part, an open day (26.4 thousand participants), the project “Theater nearby”, the action “Offline Wednesday” (2.4 thousand participants). In addition, classes were held under the Moscow Longevity programhttps: // 21 thousand participants).

The Moscow government continues to work on the modernization of cultural centers. In 2011–2020, 10 cultural and leisure establishments were repaired at the expense of the city budget.

Also in 2020, two new buildings were completed – for the Kievsky cultural center and the Sovremennik club.

Parks of culture and recreation

The parks received 77 million visitors last year. In winter, 37 skating rinks worked, which were attended by 599 thousand people.

Comprehensive landscaping was carried out in the park of the Northern River Station; work was also in progress in the parks Lianozovsky, Northern Tushino, Dubki and Druzhba.

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A major overhaul of the film screening site in the park on Angarskaya Street was carried out, a playground was built in Tagansky Park, the park area of ​​a large rose garden in Sokolniki Park was landscaped and not only. In general, in 2020, work was carried out in city parks on the local improvement of park areas, including the repair of the road and path network (153.3 thousand square meters), lawns (112.7 thousand square meters), 17 children’s and 36 sports grounds, installation 1 , 3 thousand small architectural forms, 27 pavilions (kiosks, security posts, tents), 26 modular toilets.

Renovation of cultural objects

In 2020, renovation work was completed at 138 cultural sites, including 29 libraries, 10 museums, 12 theaters, 20 cultural centers, 55 parks of culture and recreation, 12 art schools.

Among them are the Moscow Theater of the Young Spectator, the Children’s Theater of the Young Actor, the Children’s Art School named after M.I. Glinka Theater, Grandfather Durov’s Corner Theater (construction of a new stage), Kuskovo Estate Museum (restoration of the facades of a drying house and a coach shed, an obelisk and a column with a statue of Minerva), Zelenograd Museum, Class-Center school, A3 gallery other.

In 2021, it is planned to carry out repairs of another 232 objects.

Park “Zaryadye”

On February 29 last year, a large concert organ sounded for the first time in the Zaryadye Concert Hall. Its installation and intonation took more than two years, the craftsmen took about 40 thousand hours of work.

The inauguration, that is, the grand opening, of a large concert organ lasted 24 hours. At this time, 24 of the world’s best organists played on it. More than 20 thousand people witnessed the unique event, which was included in the books of records in Russia and Europe.

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In 2020, 5.8 million people visited Zaryadye Park, 86 events were held here. In particular, on November 20, an online ceremony of awarding the laureates of the Moscow Art Prize, an award in the field of contemporary art, was broadcast on the park’s official page. The broadcast has collected 1.1 million views. More than 800 applications were submitted to participate in the competition, as a result 17 winners were determined in five nominations.

The unique spaces of the park are popular with visitors – the Polet media complex, media hall 360, the ice cave and the northern tunnel.

Last year, the Old English Court Museum became part of the park.

In 2020, Zaryadye Park launched a project of virtual tours of exhibitions for the first time.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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