Krasnodar State Institute of Culture is the leading complex in the South of Russia for the training of specialists in the field of culture and art, one of the largest scientific centers in the field of cultural studies, folk art and social and cultural activities. The institute conducts training in 10 specialties of secondary vocational education, 38 areas of bachelor's degree, nine specialty programs, 19 areas of magistracy, 10 postgraduate programs, nine - assistant internships. The institute has over 3700 students and over 250 teachers.
On September 1, 1967, on Shosseinaya Street (now 40 years of Victory), the building of the Institute of Culture was solemnly put into operation. The rector of the university Pavel Vasilyevich Nayanov expressed his gratitude to the construction team, who received a symbolic key from the newly built building as a keepsake. The first students and teachers received congratulations. In the year of the opening of the institute, there was one dean for two faculties (cultural and educational and library) - V. Gaskov. He carefully studied the photographs of the students from the entrance documents and knew by sight each of his 150 wards.
The premises of the institute, built according to a typical school design, were not convenient for a creative university. The builders did not take care of the soundproofing of the rooms. A real cacophony sounded in the corridors of the institute: a choir sang, an ensemble of folk instruments rehearsed, individual piano lessons were held nearby in the classrooms. The noise was complemented by the endless stomp of choreographers. This is such a difficult neighborhood awaited students of the library faculty at a creative university.
In the first year of the institute's existence, a hostel had not yet been built, so the students were settled in apartments, and visiting teachers lived in a part of a multi-storey building rented by the institute on Gagarin Street. The beginning of the 1968-69 academic year was marked by the commissioning of a hostel for 502 places. During the summer holidays, students were involved in helping the builders complete the construction of the building. All the teachers in need, as well as nonresident students, could now live in the hostel.
With the appearance of foreign students at the institute in the fall of 1968 (the first were the Vietnamese), the library acquired its constant and loyal "admirers" who persistently mastered the grammar of the Russian language, sitting in the reading room for several hours every day. Interestingly, during short breaks, Vietnamese boys and girls did exercises in the corridor. The teachers mastered the peculiarities of working with foreigners. They tried to find an individual approach to everyone, which was not easy given the language and mental barriers. It was necessary to provide their leisure time after school hours, to provide assistance in the study of Marxist-Leninist theory, to teach how to give a correct assessment of the most important events of our time, to acquaint foreign students with the achievements of the economy, science, and culture of the country of the Soviets.
The session at the Institute of Culture was a serious test, especially for the first admission students: there were no senior students with whom to discuss "strategic" issues. As at all times, writing cheat sheets and "bears" was commonplace. In their pockets one could find a simple "accordion", and the most intelligent young men managed to hold a cunning device to the lapel of their jacket to transmit the sound text of the ticket (as in the popular comedy of L. Gaidai in those years). Girls often sewed cribs to the back of their skirts. It was necessary to use the "auxiliary materials" very carefully and carefully, because nothing could hide from the watchful eye of the teacher. The "lucky ones" remained unnoticed, while the less dexterous and lucky ones went to retake.
Concert activities were an integral part of the educational process of students and teachers of the cultural and educational faculty. Kuban newspapers highly appreciated the performances of the young and little-known then KGIK choir, which, under the leadership of A. Dudin performed at a concert of the choral society. The performed works "were distinguished by enviable harmony, purity of intonation, concert pieces were very different in content and style." Coherence, technicality, culture of performance allowed us to speak of the choir as a completely professional team.
In the institute itself, creative evenings were constantly held, concerts dedicated to significant dates, KVNs, a "literary cafe" was opened.
Events held by the university (especially concerts) have become significant events not only for students and teachers, but also for the city's population. KGIK gradually turned into one of the centers of the cultural life of Krasnodar.