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Telling Stories Festival to Be Held outside Moscow for the First Time

Telling Stories Festival to Be Held outside Moscow for the First Time

© Daniil Prokofyev/ HSE University

The Telling Stories Festival of Creative Industries is a non-profit project created in 2018 by HSE Faculty of Communications, Media and Design. This summer, for the first time, the festival won’t be held in Moscow, but, instead, will unite and expand the creative communities in St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan. The capital of Tatarstan will host guests on June 11th, with an exhibition, free lectures, and concerts in some of the main venues around the city.

Telling Stories focuses on innovations, trends and education in the fields of cinema, new media, the games industry, marketing and communications, art, design, and fashion. Over the last four years, the festival has become a platform where opinion leaders and experts share their views on trends, and thousands of participants listen to lectures, participate in workshops, and attend exhibitions, performances and concerts. The organizers of Telling Stories see their mission as uniting those who are interested in the present and future of the creative world.

Tatiana Rivchun, general producer of the festival, Deputy Dean of the HSE Faculty of Communications, Media and Design, Academic Supervisor of the Programme ‘Management in Creative Industries’

‘This is the fifth year we’ve held Telling Stories. We always dreamed that our festival was not only international, but also took place in different Russian cities: we believe that creative industries are the basis for the development and creation of new brands and identities. This is a platform where we meet both great masters and young talent, discuss interesting topics, learn and teach each other new things!’ 

The first city where the festival will take place in 2022 is Kazan. The programme was created jointly with the local creative community, specifically reflecting their interests.

The festival will be held on June 11th at four venues in the city. Entrance is free, but if you plan to attend the event, please register here.  

 12:00–18:00. The ‘Smena’ Centre for Contemporary Culture will host a series of lectures and discussions by creative industry leaders. The speakers will include film and television producer Alexander Akopov; journalist and fashion expert Anzor Kankulov; collector, exhibition organizer and TV presenter Pierre-Christian Brochet along with many others. The Smena bookstore will also feature books about creative industries selected by expert curators.

 09:00–21:00. The National Library of the Republic of Tatarstan will host the ‘Typography of Expression’ exhibition featuring work by the Poster Laboratory, led by graphic designer, winner of international awards, and teacher of the HSE Art and Design School, Yuri Gulitov.

 12:00–20:00. The Smena bookstore in the Black Lake Park will host a multimedia art installation designed by HSE Sound Lab students and curator Gleb Glonti, lecturer at the HSE Faculty of Communications, Media and Design, head of the Agency for Cultural Initiatives and the Kotä Sound Research Laboratory, and general producer and curator of the Experimental Music and Art Expo. There will also be a series of lectures on media, art and sound, and in the evening there will be a concert featuring the Kazan electronic artists kontrolnie otpechatki and Romashhin.

 The festival will end with a party in the WERK art space featuring electronic music from Egor Semakov, Anna Youth, and Ser Martin.

Organising partner: ‘Consumer Culture’.

General content partner: ‘Smena’ Centre for Contemporary Culture.

Content partners: National Library of the Republic of Tatarstan, independent music art space WERK, cultural project ‘Books in the city’, Art Promotion Society.

Media partners: ‘Inde’ web-magazine, ‘Enter’ web-magazine.

Technical partner: Creptone Media production company.

Register here to participate