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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Movement Aims To Widen Cultural Base

Throughout the world, the names of Shostakovich, Pasternak and Chagall are pronounced with recognition and respect. Far fewer foreigners could readily pick out the leaders of Russia's current artistic scene.

This is where the nascent cultural movement Perelyot Cherez Stoletiya, or Flight Through the Centuries, comes in.

At the club's opening ceremony Tuesday at the Yellow Submarine club, organizers presented their plan to restore the worldwide influence of Russian culture.

They believe that Russia's artistic degradation could be halted by a systematic cultural reorientation in the direction of popular, media-related expression.

"It is stupid to struggle with that which happens naturally," said a filmmaker and key organizer of the proceedings, known under the pseudonym Andrei I.

Instead of being discarded, he argues, popular culture should be harvested and ripened into a new wave of Russian art.

In this spirit, Flight Through the Centuries will begin a tour of Asia, Africa, and Latin America on Monday with a two-week trip to Bali, Indonesia.

The events will be funded by a strong field of donors, including the Moscow branch of UNESCO.

Chaired by the cosmonaut Vladimir Dzhanibekov, who has flown in space five times, the board of directors includes both performers and representatives from many areas of Russian culture, such as Andrei Zhegalov, director of photography in the recent films "Blockpost" and "Peculiarities of the National Hunt."

The program of events in Indonesia will feature the Russian band Neschastny Sluchai, Russian-inspired fashions by the designer Natalia Naftaliyeva, and presentations on Russian expeditions by the traveler Vitaly Sundakov.