denkmal Russia-Moscow 2021: A resounding success that exceeded expectations
Going from strength to strength, denkmal Russia-Moscow was a great success yet again when it was held in Moscow in October 2021. Despite the restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Leipziger Messe International and its Russian partners exceeded their expectations with around 80 exhibitors from Russia and abroad as well as 2,750 trade visitors.
The international congress programme featured over 230 speakers (2019: 180) from seven countries at a total of 69 seminars, conferences and roundtable debates. For the first time, all the events were livestreamed, and they can still be seen on YouTube. This considerably increased the reach of the congress, with some events being watched by several hundred viewers.
The congress covered topics such as the preservation of world heritage sites, training, repurposing listed buildings, new legal regulations, the restoration of wood, and the restoration of religious buildings.
The large number of live restoration workshops, especially at the City of Moscow’s stand, and the Young Restorers Competition attracted plenty of attention, with budding restorers pitting their skills against each other in five different categories (metal roofing, painting, stucco, wood restoration, and masonry restoration). This competition was held for the fourth time, and will be continued in 2022 at denkmal in Leipzig.
The exhibition was opened in the presence of high-ranking figures including Russia’s Deputy Minister of Construction, the Deputy Chair of Moscow City Council, the President of the Russian Association of Restorers, the President of ICOMOS Russia, and a number of ambassadors, underlining denkmal’s high political esteem in Russia.