Foreign cultural professionals invited for fellowships in Russia

A guide at the opening of a new permanent exhibition at the A. Bakhrushin Central State Theater Museum to mark the 150th anniversary of Aleksey Bakhrushin.

A guide at the opening of a new permanent exhibition at the A. Bakhrushin Central State Theater Museum to mark the 150th anniversary of Aleksey Bakhrushin.

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Competition winners will receive a 2-week residency in St. Petersburg

Professionals from around the world working on creative projects related to the history and culture of Russia are invited to participate in an international competition for fellowships for foreign cultural practitioners specializing in the country.

"The Likhachev summer fellowship program is one of the most remarkable things I have ever experienced. Having gone through this program in 2012, I have recommended it to my colleagues in Washington, DC. As a result, American University's Katzen Art Museum organized an exhibit of two young Russian artists from St. Petersburg and the Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History, which I direct at AU, has profited greatly from the contacts that I made through the Likhachev summer program. It is an investment in contacts whose returns will be worth it for decades."

The winners will be awarded a two-week residency in St. Petersburg, allowing them to work at the city's museums, theaters, libraries and other institutions from May 9 to May 22, 2016.

According the organizers, the term "'creative project' refers to museum, exhibition, literature, film and theater projects related to Russia and aimed at a broad foreign audience." The residency in St. Petersburg is expected to be an important preparatory stage in the realization of the applicant’s project.

Individual fellowship programs will be developed for the winners, to be announced before March 1, 2016.

The competition has been organized by the Likhachev Foundation and the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center, with the support of the St. Petersburg Committee for External Relations.

Details and conditions of participation

"The Likhachev summer fellowship program is one of the most remarkable things I have ever experienced. Having gone through this program in 2012, I have recommended it to my colleagues in Washington, DC. As a result, American University's Katzen Art Museum organized an exhibit of two young Russian artists from St. Petersburg and the Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History, which I direct at AU, has profited greatly from the contacts that I made through the Likhachev summer program. It is an investment in contacts whose returns will be worth it for decades."

Anton Fedyashin, Director of Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History in Washington, DC

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