A meeting of managers of Vologda State institutions of culture and representatives of Swiss delegation working these days in Vologda Oblast was held on 10 April 2012 in Vologda State historical and architectural museum of fine arts

At the opening, the head of Department of Culture and Cultural heritage preservation, Vsevolod Tchubenko, said it is not accidently that this meeting is happening since now cultural institutions are actively involved in international cooperation. It was this cooperation which became the subject under consideration. Several other questions: education in the sphere of culture, organization of library business in Russia and Switzerland, the work of Swiss culture fund “Pro Helvetia” ways of cooperation at regional level, were also touched upon.

Representatives of Switzerland claimed that their compatriots want to change the stereotypical view of Switzerland as a country of banks, clocks and chocolates, show it as a modern state with high technological potential. That is why fund “Pro Helvetia” pays such attention to popularization of modern Swiss art.

“Cultural exchange between countries is a natural process and our task is to support it, said Elena Naumova, the champion of Swiss Embassy culture projects in Russia. Cultural policy of Switzerland is first of all distinguished by interest in partnership. Therefore we would like to cooperate with Vologda Oblast, with all its involved and active people.”

To draw the conclusion of the meeting Vera Iliashenko, deputy of the head of Department of Culture and Cultural heritage preservation, expressed her hope that during its visit Swiss delegation will get enough information about cultural life of Vologda Oblast which will be able to trigger new ideas of mutual cultural projects of Russia and Switzerland.

“The example of such successful cooperation will be displayed in Museum of lace today, highlighted Vera Iliashenko, and once again on behalf of Vologda Oblast Government we would like to express our gratitude to Frau Ruth Scheidegger-Meier, who handed over her collection to the museum.”

Natalia Molchanova