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Maria Nikitina founds a grassroots artist residency in the Russian village of Kurba

Maria Nikitina decided to make an artist residency in Kurba in order to breathe life into the native village of her family. Kurba has a very valuable architectural and historical heritage but is now going through very difficult times.

Plovdiv 2019. European Capital of Culture and local art community

This year Plovdiv is the European Capital of Culture. We visited Plovdiv to meet the people who have long been developing the culture and urban spaces in this Bulgarian city. 

Sarajevo: Meeting the Criteria at Kriterion

Since 2008, a group of cultural activists has been creating an alternative cultural space Kriterion, probably the only independent arts and community center in Sarajevo.

University on a water in Berlin

Experimental University at a pond in Berlin’s Templehof is searching for new approaches to urbanism and art.

Andre Tomczak and local movement for sustainable Potsdam

The failed initiative to save postmodern buildings in Potsdam shows that participatory democracy is a struggle in Germany.

15 square meters art gallery in Poland

Polish artist Agatha Grzych opened a temporary art gallery in a 15 square meters room in a former chemistry school.

For the Love of Tenement Housing

Ekaterina Yuhnova made a private museum in her flat in a typical tenement house in St.Petersburg. Her mission is to promote this heritage among people interested in the history of their town.

PeopleLoveSpaces: A Search for Community and Dialogue

PeopleLoveSpaces took Ukranian and Russian musicians to a tour through several eastern European countries. This tour revealed how difficult it is to build communication between creative communities and to help artists mobility.

Celia Castro: From cultural cafe through coworking to personal blog

Not all grassroots projects are successful. But this does not mean that we should not try to create and take risks. Love, directed at places and people, gives us the strength to go forward. 

Five grassroots spaces and communities that create new Kiev

Over the past few years, many grassroots initiatives have emerged in Kiev aimed at interacting with local communities, improving abandoned buildings,  districts and social participation. We talked with organizers of these projects.

Crowdfunded public space in Dnipro, where anyone can organize an event

STAGE is an experimental public space built with help of international team of architects in Dnipro, Ukraine, which is conceived as an investigation of the cultural needs of the residents of the town.

Island of misunderstanding: Wroclaw authorities put on sale iconic building

While Europe is talking about the need of strenghtening of local governance, in fact it’s not always possible to find a consensus between the authorities and the local communities. 

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