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‘Letter to the Future’ Social Festival to Be Held at HSE University

The event programme features a donor drive, a fund fair, masterclasses, lectures and more

© Daniil Prokofyev/ HSE University

On October 19th, HSE Outreach will hold a large-scale festival, ‘Letter to the Future’, at HSE Cultural Centre.  Attendees will learn about various charitable foundations, and current pressing social problems. The festival will be a ‘letter to the future’ from those who want to learn how to solve public problems and make the world a better place. The lectures and meet-ups will be held in Russian.

The festival programme:

09:00 – 12:00 — A donor drive (Dance Hall of HSE Cultural Centre)

12:00 — Festival opening

Lectures in the main hall:

12:00 – 12:10 — Festival opening

12:10 – 12:50 — Open-talk ‘Volunteering and Education: How to Help with Skills’

Speakers: Anfisa Dmitrieva and Anna Martynenko, Director and Manager of the Centre for Leadership and Volunteer Work

13:50 – 14:50 — Public-talk ‘Charity Promotion and Development: Two Perspectives’

Speakers: Elena Shlegel, Head of the SberTogether platform; Kemal Tarba, Director of Communications at the Naked Hearts Foundation

15:50 – 16:30 — Lecture by the Khabensky Foundation: ‘Systemic Charity: Why Is It Important?’

Speaker: Ekaterina Bartosh, Director of the Foundation

17:40 – 18:40 — Head-talk ‘It’s not Moscow there: How to Help in the Regions’

Speakers: Ekaterina Lebedeva, Editor-in-chief of the Dobro Mail.ru project; Anna Dobretsova, President of the ‘Open the World’ Foundation; Bella Shakhmirza, Director of the Zaman Foundation; Maria Bryanskaya, ‘Children +’ Foundation

Lectures in the small hall:

13:00 – 13:40 — Lecture by the ‘Help Needed’ foundation: "Why It Is Important to Talk about Social Problems a Lot and Often’

Speaker: Elizaveta Tyurina, Editor-in-chief of the ‘Help Needed’ media

15:00 – 15:40 — Lecture by the ‘Best Friends’ foundation: ‘Stigmatization of People with Mental Disabilities’

Speaker: Galina Smirnova, Project Manager of the Foundation

16:40 – 17:30 — Lecture by the ‘Elder Brothers Elder Sisters’ foundation: ‘How to Become Mentor for a Child from an Orphanage’

Speaker: Olga Flakova, curator and psychologist of the mentoring programme

Open masterclasses (2nd floor hall):

13:00 – 17:00 — Open masterclass by the Ray Foundation on making eco-friendly toys for dogs and cats

15:00 – 18:00 — Open masterclass on creating blankets from old sweaters by the ‘Second Wind’ foundation for psycho-neurological boarding schools


17:00 – 18:00 — Open dactylology master class from the Connection Foundation

Meetup zone (hall on the 3rd floor):

13:20 – 14:00 — Meeting chaired by the ‘Second Wind’ foundation on the impact of the fashion industry on the environment

Speaker: Natalia Senatorova, Head of information projects of the Second Wind Foundation, member of the St. Petersburg Cultural Forum, member of the NP ‘Wikimedia RU’

14:10 – 14:50 — ‘Friends’ Foundation meeting on intellectual volunteering

Speaker: Natalia Malafeeva, Marketing Director, Head of ProCharity

15:00 – 15:50 — Meet-up of the National Health Fund and National Medical Research Centre of Hematology on blood and bone marrow donation

Speakers: Maria Kochenova, Manager of the National Health Fund; Elena Firsova, Specialist in donation development of NMRC of Hematology

16:00 – 16:30 — Meeting chaired by the ‘Give Food’ Foundation on the emotional support for recipients during the charity delivery project

Speaker: Yulia Dyuzheva, coordinator of volunteers of the ‘Give Food’ charity delivery, organizer of offline meetings and events for foundation volunteers

Activities in the Dance Hall:

12:30 – 13:50 — Theatrical body percussion by the integrated theatre studio ‘Circle II’ with the participation of people with disabilities

14:10 – 15:10 — Meet-up with ‘Dogs as Assistants for Disabled People’ training centre about guide dog training

Speaker: Alina Pochueva, Deputy Director of Fundraising

16:00 – 16:50 — Open Yoga master class

15:40 – 16:40 — Workshop ‘Volunteer Fundraising for Beginners’ from the ‘Help Needed’ foundation (coworking zone of the HSE Cultural Centre)

12:30 – 18:30 — Fund Fair (hall on the 2nd and 3rd floors of HSE Cultural Centre)

19:00 – 20:30 — The ‘Once upon a Time’ Playback Theatre performs ‘A Man Needs a Man’ (small hall of the HSE Cultural Centre)

Register for the festival by following the link.

Register for the lectures by following the link.

For more information please see the official VK group.

October 12, 2022