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EEF 2021 Cultural Programme: Italian Paintings, Classical Music, and ‘Far East Street’

17 August 2021
Культурная программа ВЭФ-2021: итальянская живопись, классическая музыка и «Улица Дальнего Востока»

The cultural programme has been prepared for the participants and guests of the 6th Eastern Economic Forum, which will take place on 2–4 September in Vladivostok.

“The EEF not only promotes business cooperation, but also the establishment of cultural exchanges and the advancement of humanitarian ties. The Forum’s guests traditionally have the opportunity to not only learn about the distinctive cultural features of the peoples of the Far East, but also acclaimed masterpieces of world art. This creates a friendly and productive atmosphere at the event’s business venues and contributes to the cultural integration of the countries of the Asia-Pacific region,” said Anton Kobyakov, Advisor to the Russian President and Executive Secretary of the EEF Organizing Committee.

Unique exhibitions in the Primorye State Art Gallery will be open to residents and guests of Vladivostok over the entire course of the Forum. One of the most striking ones will be an exhibition titled ‘Under the Venetian Sky. Vedute of the 18th Century from the Collection of Intesa Sanpaolo’, which will consist of four paintings by landscape painters such as Canaletto, Francesco Guardi, Michele Marieschi, and Hendrik Frans van Lint. The works are among the most significant in the collection of Venetian paintings at the Palazzo Leoni Montanari Gallery in Vicenza, Italy, which is now a museum owned by Intesa Sanpaolo.

This project is being implemented as part of a cooperation agreement between Italy and Russia signed by Banca Intesa Sanpaolo Board of Directors Chairman and Professor Antonio Fallico and the Primorye State Art Gallery in 2014, as well as with the support of the Roscongress Foundation. The exhibition will be open until 7 November.

Another exhibition is ‘Russian Art. From Icons to Avant-Garde’, which includes samples of Old Russian and Russian paintings. The collection displays the main milestones in the development of Russian fine art: from academism and classicism to the Itinerants and modernism.

In addition, the Primorye State Art Gallery has prepared an exposition called ‘Union of Earth and Water. The Theme of Seashells in the Applied Artworks of the 16th–21st Centuries from the State Hermitage Collection’. The exposition details the metamorphoses that seashells underwent in art. Guests will be able to view more than 30 exhibits. The earliest work in the exhibition is the French Cup from the middle to the second half of the 16th century.

The concert programme on 3 September will feature an evening of classical music with opera singer and People’s Artist of Russia Hibla Gerzmava, accompanied by the Primorsky Stage Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre with conductor Valentin Uryupin. The programme will include works by Giuseppe Verdi, Ruggiero Leoncavallo, Pietro Mascagni, Vincenzo Bellini, Francesco Cilea, Reinaldo An, and Ernesto de Curtis.

The EEF 2021 cultural programme will also include expositions and excursions hosted by the Vladimir K. Arseniev Museum of Far East History, concerts by the Primorsky Philharmonic Society, and other cultural institutions as well as film screenings.

Another important part of the EEF 2021 cultural programme will be the ‘Far East Street’ exhibition, where the regions of the Far East will present their economic potential, tourism opportunities, and cultural traditions.

The main stage of the exhibition will feature performances by creative teams from the regions of the Far Eastern Federal District, video presentations, and competitions. The creative programme will not only consist of numbers that reflect regional folk art, but also modern performances, such as circus art, show numbers, and concerts by musical groups.

The ‘Far East Street’ exhibition will take place on the embankment of Ayaks Bay on 2–7 September as part of the 6th Eastern Economic Forum. It will be open only for Forum participants on 2–4 September, for residents and guests of Vladivostok on 5–6 September, and a social day is planned on 7 September. The exhibition is being organized by the Roscongress Foundation with the support of the Office of the Plenipotentiary Envoy of the Russian President in the Far Eastern Federal District.

As part of the cultural programme, a park of relict trees from the Far East will also be set up on the FEFU embankment. Forum participants will have the opportunity to plant about a hundred Far Eastern endemics, including Siebold’s magnolias, Manchurian apricots, Schlippenbach’s azaleas, junipers, and others. Each participant who plants a tree will be given a certificate indicating the geographical location of the tree.

More details about the Forum’s cultural programme is available at the official website: