Dacha Kochubeia, Tsarskoe Selo
10-11 November, 2001
We would like to inform you about the current situation on the project
'Creative Industries Development Partnership' and invite you on the upcoming
workshop to be held on 10-11 November 2001 . As you know, the goal of the
partnership is to develop enterprise and small businesses in St Petersburg's
A detailed report based on the research and analysing the current situation
in St Petersburg will be published in due course. However, it is possible to
say at once that the research did confirm that while St Petersburg is rich
in heritage and the classic performing arts, the creative industries are
less well-supported, particularly in 'life style' activities and in areas of
contemporary arts and innovation.
The project partners are now working on lines for development, plotting the
St Petersburg findings against the successful experience of the partner
cities. Several strategic lines are emerging: the need for joint marketing
initiatives; exploring alternative sources of investment and micro-credit;
developing business skills through a programme of mentoring and other means;
accessing the considerable existing expertise in the city and making it more
available; building networks, including formal and informal structures for
support and debate.
In order to decide how to take these ideas forward, the organisers would
like to invite you to a residential meeting at Dacha Kochubeia, Tsarskoe
Selo. The session will begin at 18.30 on 10 November, and continue until
18.00 the following day; all expenses to be carried by this Tacis programme.
The aim will be to bring together some 15 representatives of the sector with
the Partnership organisers from Helsinki, St Petersburg and Manchester: to
brainstorm the various ideas and consider how best to develop them.
Please respond within by 30.10.2001, to indicate your availability to Elena
Belova at firstname.lastname@example.org, tel/fax 319-9626. If you are able to
accept this invitation a paper will be circulated to you in one week's time
as the basis for the discussion.