Mission and Vision

The mission of Link Vostok is to promote open and stable relationships between international arts communities by fostering creative, cross-cultural exchanges between North America, Europe, Russia and other countries previously separated by the Cold War.

During this time of political, social and economic uncertainty, Link Vostok recognizes the absolute importance of cross-cultural exchanges in promoting tolerance and respect between cultures and in securing the future of dance as an art form. The creation and presentation of dance performance has become a critical lifeline for an art form that is struggling to survive. As a universal language, dance breaks down barriers to communication. It is an eloquent expression of the human experience and an effective means to address shifting attitudes in Europe and Russia towards American culture. Collaborative dance projects can inspire Western artists by introducing them to new voices and techniques, and can give Eastern artists valuable exposure to new audiences. Link Vostok addresses these needs through festivals, cross-cultural exchanges, and activities that support the financial stability of artists and dance organizations. It is one of the few organizations in the U.S. that focuses specifically on East-West exchanges in dance.