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Art-Residence «The Old-Tatar Sloboda” was created with the support of Kazan Mayor`s Office.

Art-residence offers artists of many art forms to receive a grant for living in Kazan and creating works of art connected with the history, culture and modern environment of the city of Kazan and the Republic of Tatarstan.

There are a few cities on the Volga which are so closely connected with literature as Kazan. Leo Tolstoy began his career in Kazan. Maxim Gorky, Sergei Aksakov, Petr Melnikov-Pechersky, Velimir Khlebnikov, Amirhan Eniki, Qasim-Sheikh, Gabdulla Tukay, Mazhit Gafuri, Musa Jalil and Hadi Taktash lived and worked in this city. Houses, streets, gardens and squares became intimately linked with novels, poems, verses - they are perceived as living pages of culture. Grant recipients, residents of the art-residence "The Old-Tatar Sloboda" will have a happy opportunity to enrich this list and to make a contribution to the “Kazan text”.

The grant is given for a period from 1 weeks to 2 months, depending on the task set by the artist.

We are waiting for your applications! In the application you should specify the topic of the work planned in the art residence. Also it is necessary to include in the application biographical information about yourself, including a short list of main works and achievements.

Grant Applications can be sent by filling in the form on the website, or by contacting us by e-mail:

Kazan takes a special place among Russian cities. This is the place where at once several civilizations meet. Kazan, the capital of Tatarsan, can easily be called a crossroad of worlds, a true symbol of harmonious coexistence of not only cultural, but also religious traditions of two Russian territories - European and Asian.

It is not by chance that one of the first art-residences has appeared in Kazan. Creative work at the junction of cultures and civilizations often gives unexpected and fruitful results.