The International Cultural Centre (ICCGorodskaya ploshchad’ (Town Square) was founded in 2012 for participating in the realization of federal, regional, and nongovernmental programmes aimed to preserve and develop the culture of small historical cities and settlements of Russia.

The main tasks of the ICC are working out practical proposals on the development of municipal units and monitoring the realization of projects intended to unlock the cultural potential, the unique and touristic attraction of small cities and settlements of Russia.

The ICC Gorodskaya ploshchad’ is interested in preserving the uniqueness of different territories, attracting public attention to small cities,  popularizing the history, culture, and traditions of small historical cities, unlocking their touristic potential as a way of preserving the unique historical and cultural heritage, creating a positive image of  the Russian Federation’s regions.

The ICC realizes within its main activity a broad international collaboration aimed to integrate the culture of various towns and regions of Russia into the world cultural space. This collaboration is realized by organizing exhibitions, festivals, and other marked cultural events in Russia and abroad, by establishing and widening the partnership between local authorities of Russia and representatives of towns and territories of foreign states in the sphere of education, culture, arts, and tourism.

The ICC also assists to establishing friendship relations between Russian and foreign small historical cities and provinces and organizes presentations of Russia’s territories in foreign countries for attracting investments. The ICC is especially interested in attracting and supporting business innovation programmes, and lectures, seminars, sessions of various formats, lively discussions and meetings with business communities of Russia and foreign countries. A successful event of the ICC in this direction was the first international festival of small historical cities, which took place on October 10 to 17, 2014 in Portugal.

The activity of the ICC is supported by the Council of Federation of the Russian Federation, the State Duma of RF, Rossotrudnichestvo Agency (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), UNESCO (IOV), the RF Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Russian World Fund, the Arctic Union, the Embassies of Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, Serbia, Germany, and Portugal, as well as other interested organizations.

The ICC actively collaborates with the bodies of state power, local authorities, research centres, Russia’s scientific and business circles, public and international organizations, experts in the field of development of municipal units, and mass media.

The ICC gives assistance to the regional associations engaged in the development of small historical cities and Russian territories. For example, the concepts for the International Arctic Centre for Culture and Arts (IACCA) were elaborated in 2014 for the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) with the active participation of the ICC.

A special role in the work of the ICC belongs to the Board of Trustees created in conformity with the Statement on the Board of Trustees of the Gorodskaya ploshchad’ International Cultural Centre. The members of the board is now being sought from authoritative professionals in the sphere of culture, education, and international affairs.



Aidaev Gennadii Arkhipovich (Russia)

Politician, Mayor of Ulan-Ude from 1998 to 2012, was awarded the Order of the Polar Star.

Makhlai Vladimir Nikolaevich (Russia)

Russian engineer, economist, prominent entrepreneur, director of Togliattiazot from 1985 to 2011, academician of the Academy of Problems of Quality, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, full member of the International Business Academy. Holder of the academic doctoral degree honoris causa of the Key Processes and Machinery of Industrial Technologies Association, Honorary Citizen of the Cities of Gubakha (Perm krai) and Togliatti.  Awards of the government: the Order of the Badge of Honor, Medal for Valiant Labor, two Orders of Red Banner of Labor.


Rein Müllerson  (United Kingdom)

President of Tallinn University Law Academy, Soviet and Estonian Jurisprudence Scholar, Sci. Dr., Member of Institut de Droit International. In 1994—2009 was Professor of International Law (King’s College, London), worked at the Institute of State and Law, USSR Academy of Sciences, was a Member of the UN Human Rights Committee, First Deputy Foreign Minister of Estonia, advisor to President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev in international law.

Ostrovskii Andrei Vladimirovich (Russia)

Sci. Dr. (econ.), Head of the Centre for Economic and Social Studies of China and East Asian Countries, Member of the Russian Association of Sinologists and European Association for Chinese Studies, Deputy Director of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences.


Pshenichnikova Raisa Ivanovna (Russia)

Professor, Academician, International Higher Education Academy of Sciences, Merited Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation, Deputy of the People’s Khural of the Republic of Buryatia, Rector of the Eastern Siberian State Academy of Culture and Arts.

Santova Mila (Bulgaria)

Deputy Minister of Culture of Bulgaria, National Expert of Bulgaria in UNESCO on Intangible Cultural Heritage, worker of the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, professor, doctor of history. Author of more than 200 publications in the fields of folklore, art history and ethnology.

Komarova Irina Il’inichna (Russia)

Leading Economist of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, member of the Society of Orientalists and the Union of Local Historians of Russia.

Carlo Scibetta (Italy)

Mayor of  Palazzolo Acreide.