Culture Code

As part of the Home Towns programme, Gazprom Neft supports cultural events and initiatives that are important to residents of the regions in which the Company operates.

Zhanna Belotskaya
Zhanna Belotskaya Head of Noyabrsk Administration

These types of festivals are important because they give city residents the chance to uncover their creative potential. They bring together people who share a common love for their native city.

During the reporting year, the Company, together with the research centre of the Calvert 22 Foundation and the Smolny Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St. Petersburg State University, conducted a series of events to promote the development of creative industries in Russia. Projects that have received the Company's support include St. Petersburg Design Week: a series of lectures and master classes by leading Russian and international experts and practitioners in contemporary urban design, creative start-ups, and the creative industries, and a public panel discussion at the creative industries session of the 13th Strategic Planning in the Regions and Cities of Russia national forum. During the year, a collection of analytical articles on the creative industries and the collection The Manifesta Journal Reader: Selected Articles on Curation, the official publication of Manifesta 10, the biennial of contemporary art held in St. Petersburg in 2014, were published.

A new format for Gazprom Neft’s social projects is the Home Towns festival, offering recreational activities for families in the regions where the Company operates. The first event, attended by about 400 people, was held in Noyabrsk at the end of August 2014. Sports and recreational activities and master classes on traditional crafts and other forms of art were held, and there were performances by local singers and musicians. The Company plans to roll the project out across the other regions in which it operates.

The Company provides financial support to the D.D. Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia, the Russian Geographical Society, and historical shipyards.

During the reporting year, Gazprom Neft became a general partner of the IT'S TIME! International Festival of Social Communications, which has been held in Omsk since 2007 and is one of the biggest social advertising events in Russia and the CIS, attracting leading experts and specialists in the field. The IT'S TIME festival is designed to facilitate the development of regional social communications in order to deal with pressing social problems. One challenge is to stem the outflow of young people from the city.

Gazprom Neft is a long-time partner of one of Yugra’s key cultural events: the Spirit of Fire Debut Film Festival. The theme of the twelfth festival was People and Oil. During the festival, the results of the amateur short film contest were announced. Participants included Gazprom Neft employees. The winners of the amateur debut film contest were awarded valuable prizes by writer and director Sergey Solovev, and invited to a master class featuring celebrated Russian film directors. A creative and scientific conference was also held during the film festival, attended by oil industry specialists, scientists, and other film festival attendees under the motto ‘Oil Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow in the Fate of Russia and the World’.

Sergey Solovev
Sergey Solovev Director

We wanted people to rethink the connection between oil and people, oil and culture, and the deep connection between oil and the life of society as a whole. This is a very beautiful and worthy objective, and the festival achieves it.