The purpose of the Music Culture Center, which was reorganized in 2003 on the basis of existing municipal cultural institution The International Children's Festival devoted to S.V. Rachmaninoff (since 1993) is promotion of the creative heritage of S.V. Rachmaninoff.
Organization of the International Music Festival and the International Competition for Young Pianists in honour of S.V. Rachmaninoff brought fame to the Novgorod land as the homeland of the great composer. Seven international festivals and six international competitions were already held.
The Russian National Orchestra (three times), the Moscow theater Novaya Opera, Theater of Opera and Ballet of St. Petersburg Conservatory, People's Artists of Russia and the USSR, outstanding Russian and foreign musicians were participants of the festivals ver the years. Acknowledged by the press and such prestigious musicians as M. Pletnev, S. Stadler, S.I. Belza, now-deceased E.V. Kolobov Rachmaninoff festival in Novgorod has become a notable event in the cultural life of Russia. Twice - in 1998 and 2000 - the institution was awarded grants of the President of the Russian Federation. In 1999 according to independent experts from the USA Novgorod festival has been recognized as one of the ten most significant events in the cultural life of Russia.
Every competition is expanding its geography - over the years young pianists from 20 cities of Russia (including the remote regions of Siberia and the Far East), as well as from the UK, Belarus, Ireland, Canada, the USA, Ukraine and Japan competed in the festivals.
Since 1993 Rachmaninoff's Memorial Days are held every autumn and spring with a wide program of concerts, exhibitions and workshops.
Leading Russian and local Mass Medias, such as Radio of Russia, Mayak, a television channel Culture, newspapers Culture and Music Survey, a radio-station Orpheus give coverage to all the contests and festivals.
Exhibition Rachmaninoff - Russia and photo exhibition And I Had a Native Land (Rachmaninoff's favorite places on the Novgorod land) are open at the Culture Center.
The exhibition Rachmaninoff - Russia presents to the viewer a little-known aspect of the activity of Sergei Rachmaninoff - his charity. The exhibition shows the titanic activity of Rachmaninoff as a performer. The money paid for his great work the musician spent on assistance to his compatriots. The exhibition is the first in Russia and the world. Guided tours, lectures to audiences of different generations are held on its basis. The exposition is on the regular basis. Excursions can be ordered.
The photo exhibition And I Had a Native Land includes photographs of memorable places associated with the life of S.V. Rachmaninoff and his family on the Novgorod land.
The center has a chamber concert hall, exhibition halls, specially adapted for the organization of exhibitions, seminars and scientific readings dedicated to the works of the great composer, who was born in the Novgorod region.
In addition to these, the exhibitions of the Center can be devoted to other topics: The image of S.V. Rachmaninoff in the visual arts, S. Rachmaninoff and his entourage, Musical rarities and many others.