The cultural life of Kazan is very diverse. Besides classical arts, modern art is also rapidly developing in our city. Every year a number of international festivals are organised in Kazan. Kazan has 9 theatres, 34 public museums, private galleries, the Saydashev State Great Concert Hall and 2 philharmonic halls, all open to the public. And the fame of Kazan State Chamber Orchestra La Primavera goes far beyond the city. Besides that, Kazan celebrates all the national holidays of both Russian and Tatar peoples on a large scale.
New residential and social buildings, industrial and sporting facilities, roads and underground lines are being constructed in Kazan. The city's economy is developing in terms of innovations. We have one of the largest technoparks in Europe, the Idea Technopark, and the largest IT Park in Russia. In the vicinity of Kazan the first Russian city in the new century, Innopolis, has been recently built. Together with the eponymous university it is supposed to become the leading IT centre of Russia in the future. With the aid of the government development program for public spaces of Kazan, a lot of city parks have been improved and redesigned, and that made them favourite places of leisure for both Kazan residents and visitors of our city.
In 2009 Kazan was officially named the sports capital of Russia. The city rightfully and proudly bears this title, acting as the engine of development for sports in Russia. Kazan is home for many celebrated athletes and teams that successfully participate in high-level international competitions.
In 2013 Kazan hosted the XXVII Summer Universiade. It featured over 10 thousand athletes competing in 27 different sports. In the summer of 2015 Kazan hosted the 16th FINA World Aquatics Championships. The high level of international title sports competitions held in Kazan has been recognized by the global sports community.
Today Kazan is one of the most visited cities of Russia. Its unique geographical position, authentic culture, rich cultural legacy and hospitality of its residents attract visitors from all over the world.
About Kazan federal university
Kazan is one of the main university cities of Russia. About 200 thousand students from 67 different countries attend universities and colleges here. Kazan Federal University, the second of the oldest universities in Russia, was founded on November 17, 1804, when Emperor Alexander I signed the Affirmative Letter and the Charter about the creation of the Kazan Imperial University. In 2010, it received the federal status.
As of November 1, 2017, the University consists of 16 Institutes, 3 Higher Schools, Faculty of Law, and 2 regional branches. More than 40,000 students enrolled in 479 degree programs at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Research priority areas are concentrated on biomedicine and pharmaceutics, oil extraction, oil refining and petrochemistry, informational communication and aerospace technologies, advanced materials, and social sciences along with humanities..
KFU is one of just few educational institutions in Russia which offers modern comfortable housing to all students outside of Kazan. Universiade Village is a residential micro-district for about 12,000 people with a medical center, drugstore, sports equipment rent station, copy center, laundry, beauty salon, cafeteria and other facilities available. KFU has partner agreements with approximately 190 universities and research centres from more than 53 countries all over the world. Thanks to its fruitful cooperation with the long-term partners, KFU has taken advantage of participating in various research programmes and implementing double diploma programs and cotutelle agreements. Currently, about 3000 international students are studying in KFU.
Every year KFU academic staff carry out on average 40 joint international projects and get individual support for research and study from DAAD, DFG, Volkswagen Foundation, NSF, European Commission (Tempus, FP7, Marie-Curie Actions, Erasmus-Mundus, etc).
Kazan University Nikolai Lobachevsky Scientific Library has one of the world's most important bibliographical collections, including 15,000 manuscripts and 3,000 rare books. It is also known as the birthplace of electronic spin resonance discovered by Evgeny Zavoisky.
In 1996, the Architectural Complex of Kazan University was added to the National Cultural Heritage Register of Russia.