The capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, situated in the west of the Russian Federation and home to 1,231,878 inhabitants, Kazan is a city with long musical traditions and the birthplace of many famous composers and performers. Today, there are 771 cultural legal entities in the regional music sector, employing more than 80,000 people in the sphere of culture in the city, as well as providing 336 entrepreneurial opportunities.
Every year Kazan hosts more than 40 largest international festivals, including the opera festival after Feodor Shalyapin. This international musical event attracts singers and opera lovers from all over the world, providing a global stage for both local and national opera singers. In addition to this, the classical ballet festival, named after Rudolf Nureyev, is also a popular music event, promoting the synergies between dance and music. Regarding traditional artistic mediums, the International Theatre Festival of Turkic People is a fast-growing festival movement supported by a well-developed infrastructure, amounting to more than 400 institutions and organizations of culture and art.
Kazan municipality has implemented a strategy of social-economic development to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Furthermore, Tatarstan and the city of Kazan have created a system of supporting and recognizing culture sector professionals. The President of Tatarstan has established an annual state Gabdulla Tukay award, awarding works of literature and arts that have made a significant contribution to the development of national culture. To this end, 40 socially significant cultural projects and creative content for public spaces were implemented in partnership with non-profit organizations.
As a Creative City of Music, Kazan envisages:
- implementing creative projects and holding international festivals in Kazan with the aim of attracting participants and partners from the members of the Creative Cities Network;
- supporting the development of creative industries within the Cultural Wednesday’s project, to actively involve residents and guests of the city into the musical cultural life;
- projects inviting representatives from the UNESCO Creative Cities Network to engage with local musical initiatives;
- creating cultural-educational projects for the youth by organizing international events, utilizing new musical forms within the multi-genre project Tatcultfest; and
- organize the International Festival of Young Composers to provide a platform for young composers creating new modern music to be performed by Kazan orchestras.