The XIII Annual International Media-Forum of young journalists «Dialogue of Cultures» will be held from 7th to 9th of November in Saint-Petersburg.
Media-Forum «Dialogue of Cultures» from year to year is becoming more and more important platform for intercommunication between the representatives of Media from different countries. More than 350 journalists from 30 countries and 50 regions of Russian Federation took part in the «Dialogue of Cultures» last year, and geography of the Forum is supposed to extend in 2018.
The location of the event − the State Hermitage museum – is chosen not by chance, as this is the place, in its halls, where the dialogue between different countries and nations has already being lead for more than 2,5 centuries. Having come a long way of hundreds and thousands of kilometers, and having reached «the station Hermitage», young journalists regardless their age or nationality are becoming the part of the biggest media event, trying to find by joint effort the answers on the media challenges, creating own transboundary projects, adopting experience of colleagues from other countries and making long-term new acquaintances.
Students of Glinka Choir College perform the Hymn of Saint-Petersburg. The Dialogue of Cultures Opening Ceremony, 21.11.2017
We are glad to invite young correspondents, film-crews of TV-companies, photographers, editors and media-experts to take part in the work of the Media-Forum. This little journey to the Northern capital of Russia will hopefully contribute to your professional development. «Dialogue of Cultures» is the place where you meet gurus of international journalism, and also practical journalists from different countries including representatives of Russian media who will try to dispel stereotypes entrenched in the media space of some EU countries generated by sanctions and elite political classes’ competition.
The program of the Forum is very diverse and it is aimed not only at the representatives of registered in their country media, but also at independent journalists, photographers, filmmakers, bloggers, editors of Internet-portals or another digital-media outlets. Every participant could express his opinion on the up-to-date changes in the media space, present openly his own professional achievements, as follows: an article in a newspaper or magazine, TV-spot, a documentary film or series of photographs.
In the frame of the Media-Forum there will be:
- Practical conference in the Hermitage Theater (presentations of cross-border multimedia projects*);
- Photo exhibition of the participant’s works titled «Here I live» in the General Staff Building;
- Festival of documentaries and TV-spots with the same theme «Here I live» in the Hermitage Theater.
Our work will start on the 7th of November with a practical conference in the Hermitage Theater, where young journalists will hear straight from the horse’s mouth what problems journalism in the countries of their colleagues is faced with, and will discuss the issue of overcoming conflicts between the representatives of different cultures and confessions in modern media. The main topic of this year is «The New Forms of Dialogue in Digital and Social Media». Young journalists will talk about the abilities of the modern digital-platforms and ways of promoting the journalistic materials in the internet space worldwide. They will also try to receive in an open discussion the answers that will help to eliminate the problems that exist and to outline the paths modern media is going to follow. It is important because these young journalists,who have started the dialogue in the Hermitage’s halls, will be forming a public opinion in the nearest future having become the leaders of the media space of Eurasia.
Every participant will be able to present his own cross-border multimedia project. Maybe, some of the participants will manage to find like-minded person during the work of the Forum, who will be likely to understand and support the idea of a new project; and is ready to bring it to life after the ending of «Dialogue of Cultures».
The participants of the Forum will also have a brilliant opportunity to shoot in the halls and storages of the State Hermitage museum (the themes of shootings should be approved in advance, the deadline for submission is the 1st of October) and also, with the support of the organizing committee, to film their own reports about Saint-Petersburg.
For the past 12 years of Forum’s existence there have been made thousands of articles, reports, photographs reflecting the life of the city and the State Hermitage. Dozens of short-films form the basis for the documentary film «Hermitage with Love». This film, which had a premiere in 2015, received high recognition abroad. Its sequel titled «Oh, Hermitage» was released in 2017.
«Culture is the very thing that makes us different. And here is the one main commandment for the young journalist to remember: it is the dialogue that could help us to understand another culture, to understand that it is different, different from ours», – noticed Ashot Dzhazoyan, president of the Mediacongress «The Commonwealth of Journalists».
- Visa: the Organizing Committee of the Media-Forum will provide assistance for the visa procedures (visa charges are at the participant's expense).
- Arrivals on Tuesday 6th November (Mediaсongress will welcome the participants at the airport and at the station); departures on Friday 9th November.
- Accommodation at Hotel Oktyabrskaya with a special rate for the Forum’s participants:
120 EUR for 3 nights in a single room; 80 EUR per person for 3 nights in a double room (rate per night per person, including breakfast: 39 EUR in a single room (+ fixed foreign participant’s tax of 3 EUR); 26 EUR in a double room (+ fixed foreign participant’s tax of 3 EUR). Please note that hotel also serves dinner (buffet) that you could book in advance, one dinner costs 12 EUR.
* All the costs are approximate, based on the exchange rate for 26.07.2018
- All transfers from and to the station or the airport, and transfers within the city will be organized by Media-Forum.
We are always happy to answer all your questions arose regarding the work of the Forum! We will also be very thankful if you tell us your thoughts and suggestions regarding the main topics of «Dialogue of Cultures» − that will definitely help us to form the agenda of the Forum together.
For any additional information, please contact us directly:
Tel: + 7 495 637-52-91; +7 495 637-48-91;
We very much look forward to seeing you this November in Saint-Petersburg!
More info about the Media-Forum – Useful links:
Documentary film «Hermitage with Love» TRAILER