Kazan is the city with 1,000 year history and ancient traditions, liveable city of active and responsible citizens with the open local authority and safe environment.
Kazan represents a multicultural and multi-religious megapolis. With a population of over 1,2 million people it is the sixth most populous city in Russia. The representatives of 115 nationalities live here. There are 117 cultural objects in the city.
Kazan has a unique cultural code. There are over 1000 objects of the cultural diversity on a map of the city. Kazan as the candidate of the right of being a creative city concentrats on the potential of culture and creativity as a driver of social integration and unity, focusing on the music as the centre of the cultural identity and development of the city.
«From generation to generation, a respectful attitude towards cultural heritage has been given for over 1000 years. But the main wealth of the city is its inhabitants, active, creative and friendly. It is a great honor for us and a great pleasure to receive guests»
Mayor of Kazan
Music in Kazan
Kazan is one of the centres of culture and art in eastern Russia. Plenty of artists and intellectuals were born here. They wrote their names into history of the world music. They are a great singer Fedor Shalyapin, the talented composers Mily Balakirev, Sophia Gubaidulina, Salikh Saydashev, Farid Yarullin, a jazz musician Oleg Lundstrem, a pianist Mikhail Pletnev, the opera divas Albina Shagimuratova and Aida Garifullina.
The new cultural places are constantly emerging in Kazan, for example, the residence of creative industries “Shtab”, the centre of modern art “Smena”, creative laboratory “Ugol”, the Centre of Contemporary Music named after Sofia Gubaidulina.
The older generation are also involved in the creative activity. More than 10 thousand citizens participate in the Kazan project “Zhiznelyub”.
52 parks and squares are the places for the organisation of musical festivals and concerts. Annually over 700 various events, film performances and handcraft fairs are held in Kazan.
Music and charity
Charity events are an important part of cultural life of Kazan. The All-Russian Cultural and Charitable Festival of Children's Creativity “Good Wave” for gifted children is one of the largest projects of the charity events.
The Kazan Chamber Orchestra “La Primavera” holds the charity concerts, as well as realises such projects, as “Classics online”, “Melodies from mobile telephone” for students, the concerts in Kazan hospice, Republican Children's Clinical Hospital, and orphanages “To hear ”Thank you“, and an educational project ”Stars from Tomorrow" for musical schools.
Totally more than 40 socially significant cultural projects together with non-profit organisations were realised in 2018 and 120 events were held in Kazan.
Preservation of cultural identity
Kazan attaches great importance to the preservation of cultural identity. For example, the Kazan Philharmonic Society is concentrated on the cultural preservation of nations, nationalities and people, living in the city.
Since 2014, the ethnocultural festival “Our home is Tatarstan” is held in Kazan which acquaints with culture of peoples, living in the republic.
Since 2016, the festival of Tatar pop music “Wind of change" takes place in the city. The main reason of the project is promoting Tatar music in Russia and abroad. The actors from the other cities of Russia, Italy and USA participate in the festival.
In 2018, the festival of new Tatar culture TAT CULT FEST was held for the first time in Kazan. Its key objective is to form a cultural community, uniting the most interesting events in Tatar music, theatre, design, cinema, and art in the past year. The event is related to the Kazan City Day which is celebrated on August 30.