India and Russia have expressed their keenness for cultural exchanges in the fields of exhibitions, libraries, visits of craft persons, visit of writers’ delegation, contemporary and visual arts, archives, theater art, etc. Both the countries will renew the Cultural Exchange Programme 2015-2018. This was decided at the 20th meeting of the India-Russia Working Group on Culture and Tourism of India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on trade, economic, scientific, technical and cultural cooperation. The meeting was chaired by Joint Secretary Culture, V. Srinivas.
Apart from Ministry of Culture, the other participants from the Indian side comprised of Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of I & B. From the Russian side, Elena Milovzorova, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation headed the five member delegation.
Both the sides expressed satisfaction on the successful implementation of the Protocol of the 19th Meeting of the Programme of Cultural Exchange between the two Governments for the years 2013-15.
Both the sides also agreed to assist each other in sending information on forthcoming international book fairs in both countries and also for exchange of film related events, reciprocal participation in the International Film Festivals to be held in both countries in accordance with their respective regulations.