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.

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.

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. 

Slow fashion from Tel Aviv: Nina Skibnevsky and her brand Haptic Path

Nina Skibnevsky's clothing brand Haptic Path transmits her values: loving beauty and nature, travelling and justice.

“Parallel” blog about women in music by Zhenya Nedosekina (Moscow)

In 2016, Zhenya Nedosekina started the blog "Parallel," which is devoted to female musicians in Russia and other post-Soviet countries.

Ceramist Mie Ghesquiere and local art community in Ostend (Belgium)

Outstanding Belgian ceramist Mie Ghesquiere shared with us her experiences creating a local community of artists with the intention of promoting their work.