All the variety of cultural activities in the city of Izhevsk is aimed at preserving and enhancing the spiritual and cultural heritage of the peoples living in the capital of the Udmurt Republic, the development of the creative potential of citizens.
The city has about 100 cultural institutions, among them there are 48 municipal ones, including 13 art schools, which host 7.5 thousand children. Professional municipal institutions are as follows: Chamber Choir n.a. P. Tchaikovsky, Choreographic ensemble "Izhevsk", Youth Theatre "Molodoy Chelovek". Culture and leisure institutions are the following: House of culture "Vostochny", Centre of Russian culture "Russkiy Dom", House of folk art "Spartak" and the Children's house of culture "Izhstal".
The municipal exhibition center "Galereya" carries out exhibition and excursion activities in Izhevsk.
The capital of Udmurtia hosts 4 theaters, the circus, the zoo, and museums. The House of Peoples' Friendship also functions in the city.
In 2011 the Agreement on "Cultural Alliance" with the Perm region was signed. "Cultural Alliance" is a unified approach to the organization of urban space and development areas, new principles of cultural policy and a modern attitude towards human capital as a resource for development.
In order to revive national culture, different festivals are held in Izhevsk: "Christmas festivities", "Maslenitsa", "Gerber", "Sabantui".
Mass holidays are popular and loved by townspeople, such as the City Day, the Victory Day, the Winter Festival, a traditional open interregional festival "Men Singing Fraternity", dedicated to the Day of Defender of the Fatherland, and others.
Events, competitions, festivals
The International Circus Festival – is held in the State Circus of Udmurtia. Today, the world knows Izhevsk as the birthplace of this grand festival of circus arts. The unique Izhevsk project "Red-Hair Festival" got a new scale and a new sound in 2012 - it is now a modern cultural city brand.
The District Festival "Artparad", which was first held in 2012 in Izhevsk, perfectly fit into the context of the cultural policy of the city.
With the support of the Administration, the International Festival of Finno-Ugric youth ethnic culture "Palezyan / Ryabina-fest» has been held for several years in Izhevsk, as well as the International Intercultural Festival "ParIzhevsk", National Festival of Arts "At the Birthplace of P.I. Tchaikovsky - "Zarni Pilem" ("Golden Cloud"), the festival "Fresh Air" and others.
An important event for Izhevsk was signing by the Russian President of the Decree on the preparation and holding of events dedicated to the celebration of the 175th anniversary of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The capital of the Udmurt Republic became one of the major areas of the jubilee events.