14 Nov 2019 18:46

Russians start visiting exhibits twice as more often in past 10 years - Golodets

ST. PETERSBURG. Nov 14 (Interfax) - The demand for art in Russia increased considerably in the past ten years, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said at a panel session of the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.

"Indeed, the demand for art is increasing in a geometrical progression, visits to exhibits increased 1.7 times over the past ten years," Golodets said.

Museums and exhibits were visited 154 million times nationwide over the past year, she said.

"We are seeing the same demand for theater performances (40 million visitors), we see increasing interest in art education," Golodets said.

The main site of the forum, which is held in St. Petersburg on November 14-16, will be the Main Staff of the Hermitage. The business site will be traditionally located in the Russian Ethnographic Museum. Besides, virtually all cultural establishments of the city, from state theaters to small art clusters and museums, are used in the events. During the forum, leading experts will speak on vital issues in the sphere of culture and art. China has received guest country status this year.