The message reads, in part:
“It is a pleasure to note that the Association of National Theatres was established in January 2022, the Year of the Cultural Heritage of the Peoplesof Russia. This new creative organisation aims to address important tasks, such as uniting the national theatre community around priorities and goals, as well as helping implement outstanding initiatives and educational projects by national theatres. Consequently, it is important that your congress, which brings together representatives of the art of drama from many Russian cities, has become the first large-scale, landmark event under the auspices of this Association.
I am confident that during open panels and roundtable discussions you will be able to discuss topical professional issues that concern you, to exchange experience, to set guidelines for the future and, most importantly, to suggest effective measures for preserving the magnificent traditions of dramatic art, ensuring the successful development of regional theatres, and supporting young playwrights, directors and actors.”