The database of creative industries of Northern Russia (Murmansk and Arkhangelsk regions) shows selected profiles of creative workers active in the region. This network includes participants of the projects Arctic Art Institute has been arranging in Northern Russia in 2014-2018. Despite the fact that the field of creative industries is growing, there is little visibility about their existence, as well as understanding that this is a field which needs support and development.
Most of the creative workers find their customers through the word of mouth, live meetings, groups in the internal social network www.vk.com, but many have started to create own webpages illustrating their work.
The goal is to visualize the existence of these industries (which is not clear to international community, especially in the light of the growing military rhetorics in the international media) and start a discussion about the necessity of support of these at the regional and federal level.
Northern Russia has kept the most ancient folk heritage in the country, where bylinas (Kievan Rus epos) have still been performed in 1980s, where wooden architecture is listed in The Telegraph must- see tourist attractions, and where the growing interest to the Arctic, and active development of tourism promises both national and international collaboration possibilities.
The project is supported by Project Office of Development of the Arctic.