What is national culture? To what extent is it aligned with the geographical boundaries formally associated with it in people's minds? Can it exist independently of language, detached from the local references that resonate with an audience? Can one even discuss performing arts within the framework of national cultures, or have they long existed within a broader cosmopolitan realm? In light of recent political events, these questions have gained sudden relevance. Perhaps never before in recent history have so many people connected to the arts become instant exiles, refugees, and emigrants, seeking to rediscover themselves beyond their homeland's borders, in various countries and circumstances. The Voices Festival offers a new perspective on contemporary culture through the lens of this novel existence of artists, directors, choreographers, and composers. The main part of its program showcases Russian-speaking voices that vividly reflect this new trend. Voices, on one hand, focusses on individuals rather than group identities; each voice in this program is all the more precious, the more unique their individual experiences are from one another. On the other hand, it raises the question: can representatives of culture living in dispersion maintain themselves as a unified mental entity, as an extraterritorial phenomenon, detached from their roots without losing their distinctiveness?