On July 30, a meeting of the organizing committee for the preparation and staging of the international cultural project “Russian Seasons” chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Olga Golodets was held at the Government House in Moscow. The experts announced the interim results of the international cultural project "Russian Seasons" in Germany for the first half of 2019. In 6 months, from January 1 to June 30, 2019, 206 events took place in 62 cities of Germany: 31 exhibition projects, 56 theatre productions, 27 concerts of symphony music, 54 ballet performances, 16 tours of folk and jazz ensembles, 22 festivals. To compare: in the first half of 2018, when "Russian Seasons" were hosted by Italy, the project embraced 130 events. From January to June 2019, 42 leading Russian cultural institutions and creative companies participated in the events in Germany: Mariinsky Theatre, Tretyakov Gallery, Russian Museum, Tsarskoye Selo, Moscow Synodal Choir, Museum of the World Ocean, Mossovet Theatre, Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, and others. For six months, the cultural events of the "Russian Seasons" project have attracted more than one million viewers in Germany. The highlights of the period include: the opening ceremony of the “Russian Seasons” with the participation of the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, opera troupe, and 11-year-old pianist Alexandra Dovgan, the Tchaikovsky Festival in Munich featuring the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, pianists Denis Matsuev and Nobuyuki Tsujii, a concert of classical music of the All-Russia Youth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yuri Bashmet and violinist Vadim Repin in Berlin, the tour of the Mossovet Theatre in 5 cities, concerts of the MUSICAETERNA orchestra and choir conducted by Teodor Currentzis in Cologne and Hamburg, concert of the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and the winner of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition, pianist Alexander Kantorov, at the opening of the Summer Festival at Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, and the performance, as part of the festival, of "Simon Boccanegra" opera presented by Mariinsky Theatre and starring Placido Domingo. In 2019, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation paid special attention to the involvement of regional Russian art companies in the project and to the construction of “cultural bridges” Therefore, the events featured the Chuvash State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Mikhail Sholokhov State Museum-Reserve, the "Mikhaylovskoye" State Memorial Historical-Literary and Natural-Landscape Museum-Reserve of Alexander S. Pushkin, State Vladimir-Suzdal Museum-Reserve, Sverdlovsk Academic Theatre Of Musical Comedy, and others. On July 20, the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan triumphantly performed at the XX International "Young Euro Classic" Festival of Youth Orchestras in Berlin. In the course of the entire 2019, it is planned to hold more than 400 events of “Russian Seasons” in 80 cities of Germany, including art and historical exhibitions, stage performances, operas and ballets, symphony concerts, concerts of contemporary music, film art projects. The second half of 2019 "Russian Seasons" in Germany will feature: "Russia. Special Folk Edition" Festival of Professional Folk Art, "Brief Encounters" Russian Film Festival, concerts of the Kazan Conservatory and the Kaluga Conservatory will be given; the Days of Spiritual Culture program will be continued; master classes and a concert by the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet will be organized, a tour of the "Moscow Virtuosi" Chamber Orchestra will be held, and so forth. Also, the program includes a performance of the Tchaikovsky Grand Symphony Orchestra in Bonn at the closing ceremony of the 20th Beethovenfest, one of the most prestigious festivals of academic music in Europe (September 29); tour of the Vakhtangov Theatre in 3 cities presenting the famed play "Uncle Vanya" (October), tours of Boris Eifman Academic Ballet Theatre, Moscow Musical Theatre "Helikon-Opera. On December 7, the Elbe Philharmonic in Hamburg will host the official closing ceremony of "Russian Seasons" in Germany with a concert of the "Moscow Virtuosi" Chamber Orchestra conducted by the People's Artist of the USSR Yuri Abramovich Bashmet, performed on the instruments from the State Collection. At the meeting, Olga Golodets recalled that the next "Russian Seasons" are to be held in 2020 in France, Belgium and Luxembourg. 'Now we have agreed that "Russian Seasons" will change their program. And if earlier our planning was restricted to the next year, now we have switched to three-year planning, so that our museums and theatre companies can gear up with more ease,' stated the Deputy Prime Minister. According to Golodets, in 2021 "Russian Seasons" are planned to be held on the Korean Peninsula, and in 2022 - in the countries of Scandinavia. The 2020 "Russian Seasons" in France were also presented at the meeting. Their eventful program will also expand over Belgium and Luxembourg. According to Alexei Lebedev, by demonstrating its cultural legacy to the three founding countries of the European Union, Russia will increase the coverage of foreign audiences. At present, the Board of Directors of "Russian Seasons" conducts an application campaign (until August 31, 2019) and forms a program of its activities for 2020. As of July 9, 72 cultural and educational institutions of Russia are being involved in working through the French “Russian Seasons”. Thus, 350 events in 86 cities in France are scheduled. There will be a premiere of "Gabrielle Chanel" Ballet dedicated to Coco Chanel. In June 2019, this production was presented in Moscow with full house (as is known, Coco Chanel had participated in creating costumes for Sergei Diaghilev’s ballets). The ballet will unfold the life and work of the celebrated fashion designer; the costumes for the production were sewn at the workshop of the Bolshoi Theatre following the sketches by the Chanel Fashion House. The program for France foresees tours of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, the Theatre of Nations, the Leonid Yakobson Ballet Theatre, the Mariinsky Theatre, the Moscow Musical Theatre "Helikon-Opera", the Trans-Siberian Art Festival featuring concerts by Vadim Repin, concerts by the State Academic Symphony Orchestra and pianist Boris Berezovsky, a joint Franco-Russian Exhibition (Ilya Repin St. Petersburg State Academic Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture at the Russian Academy of Arts, EcoledeBeauxArts Higher National School of Fine Arts), the exhibition "Shoulder to Shoulder" dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II, the exhibition "New Art from the Collection of the Morozov Brothers" (The State Hermitage Museum, the Louis Vyutton Foundation (FondationLouisVuitton)). In Belgium, the BOZAR Center of Fine Arts will host a festival dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War. The exhibition “Academic Schools. Russia/Flanders (Ilya Repin St. Petersburg State Academic Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture at the Russian Academy of Arts), tour of the Trans-Siberian Art Festival with Vadim Repin, tour of the Rostov State Musical Theatre, tour of the All-Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yuri Bashmet, tour of the Moscow Jazz Orchestra led by Igor Butman are to take place. In 2020, Luxembourg will see: exhibition of works of the Soviet photographer, war photo reporter Yevgeny Chaldey “Yevgeny Chaldey. Victory Banner ”(“ROSPHOTO”), tour of the Ekaterinburg Youth Theatre, tour of the All-Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yuri Bashmet, "Theatrical Russia" Festival, and more. The speakers of the meeting thanked all the participants of the "Russian Seasons" project for the tremendous work carried out in 2019 and earlier. 'Together, we manage to implement ambitious plans and programs. Thanks to artists, musicians, directors, managers, coordinators, representatives of art platforms and companies, Europe sees the new Russia, gets acquainted with the richest cultural heritage of the nation and with the brightest stars of our time. We create strong spiritual ties between people and countries, grow truly richer in spirit and get real pleasure from serving great art,' added A. Lebedev.