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Instructions following a meeting of the Presidential Council for Culture and Art

February 20, 2019

Vladimir Putin approved a list of instructions following a meeting of the Presidential Council for Culture and Art held on December 15, 2018.

The Presidential Executive Office was instructed to organise discussions with members of the expert community and expert organisations on state support for popular music, including modern music genres that are in demand by young people, as well as modern visual arts, and to submit an action plan in this sphere.

Instructions to the Government concern the supply of classical and modern literature, including books for children, to municipal libraries; support measures for the writers of children’s books and the affordability of such books; employment assistance for the graduates of theatre, music and choreography schools and measures of material and social assistance to these professionals.

Instructions to the Government also stipulate assistance to volunteers in culture; the promotion of targeted education of foreigners at Russian art schools within the framework of intergovernmental cultural cooperation; financial support for the production and distribution of national films for children and families, as well as animated films made by the leading Russian directors, including an increase of the annual budgetary subsidies for the national film industry by 1 billion rubles starting in 2019; plus the celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Sergei Rachmaninoff in 2023.

In addition, the Government is to analyse the possibility of holding a Year of Folk Art and Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Peoples of Russia.

The Government together with regional executive authorities are to prepare and implement in 2019–2024 a programme that stipulates building cultural (community) centres under a standard modular technology in rural and urban areas with a population of upwards of 2,000.

Other instructions concern the conservation of historical buildings in the Moscow and Kaluga regions, as well as government protection for historical and cultural landmarks in Tomsk as a historical city of federal significance.

February 20, 2019