SOLIDARITY KALININGRAD - GDANSK

This educational project’s goal was to highlight the importance of cultural and civic ties between the border cities in Baltic region using the example of Kaliningrad and Gdansk. As a first step, organizers suggested creation and promotion of a special museum programme adapted for the children from the Kaliningrad region. The museum exhibition and tour tried to explain the children the ideas of solidarity, freedom and democracy through historical memory.

As a part of this project several children from the small town of Chernyakhovsk visited the European Solidarity Centre in Poland, where they learnt about Solidarnosc Movement in Poland in principles of democracy. Besides the achieved educational mission, the project also managed to establish productive partnerships with the European Solidarity Centre, Administration of the city Chernyakhovsk and the Polish Consulate. The project team envisions several other initiatives in the future that aim to bridge the gap of cultural knowledge between the citizens of Kaliningrad and Gdańsk.

Article on the project in newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza

You can learn more about the results of this project on its Vkontakte, Instagram and Facebook pages.

Project Team

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    Evgenii Emelyanov · Russia

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    Kristina Vladykina · Russia

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    Vsevolod Chernozub · Lithuania

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    Daria Iakovleva · Russia

VOICES OF CHANGE

The project aims to show stories of politically active young people from post-communist countries. The project team cooperated with aspiring journalists from respective countries. Selected participants interviewed local activists to share their stories with the Western audience who often fail to understand political and social processes taking place in Eastern Europe. 10 selected journalists from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Hungary and Poland researched and wrote stories about young change-makers from their countries. The project included a research trip to Belarus, where the coordinators met with local activists and created several stories.

The team of the project has developed a wide presence on social media, which helped to attract a lot of participants to the project. 10 selected journalists from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Hungary and Poland received funding to research and write stories about young change-makers from their countries. Besides, Natalia Smolentceva and Varvara Morozova went on a research trip to Belarus, where they met with local activists and created several stories.

You can learn more about the results of this project on its Website and Facebook page.

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    Natalia Smolentceva · Russia/Germany

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    Varvara Morozova · Russia/Germany

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    Maria Baldovin · Italy

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    Murat Ambarian · Russia

CITY FUTURE IMAGINARIUM

City Future Imaginarium is a platform for a joint discussion on views of the future of the cities we live in. The project aimed to find a method to make residents proud of their living space. The ultimate goal was to show people that positive change is possible by giving voice to the locals, encouraging and inspiring them with possible pictures of future for their neighbourhood. City Future Imaginarium connects locals, artists, designers and architects by organizing workshops on future planning. The coordinators of the project also set up a series of educational master classes at schools in Moscow that inspired the young generation to take care of their urban environment.

During the process the project fully moved online. That helped to target the selected audience for the online-survey that gave a general idea of similarities and differences in the visions on the future of cities and towns in Europe. The results of the survey will be published soon. The coordinators of the project also set up a series of educational master classes at schools in Moscow that inspired young generation to take care about their urban environment.

You can learn more about this project on its Facebook page.

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    Alexander Rusanov · Russia

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    Pauliina Lukinmaa · Finland

GREENING THE CITY 2017

This project suggested a trilateral exchange program for civil society representatives from Russia, Ukraine and Germany, who work in the field of ecology, urbanism and culture. The central point for this project was Berlin as it demonstrated one of the development paths Kyiv and St. Petersburg could take in regards to green urban planning. This exchange experience helped to develop participants’ cities and achieve the desired change faster.

As a part of this project 12 participants from Germany, Russia and Ukraine were invited to Berlin, where they visited several states of the art and prize winning projects. Each of the participants benefited a lot from this trip and proposed initiative that increase the sustainability of the places of residence. The partners of the project, the DRA, the EUREF Campus and ECF Aquaponics Farm contributed to the success of the project and are staying in touch with the participants to help them fulfil their initiatives.

Project Team

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    Ksenia Gavrikova · Russia

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    Valentyn Nyzkovolosov · Ukraine

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    Katharina Hock · Germany

TALKING BUILDINGS FROM SOVIET CHECHNYA 2017-2018

The objective of the project is to record and share women voices and experiences through the prism of Soviet architecture in the Chechen Republic. Using an interactive storytelling format, the project aims to breathe life into the architectural remnants from the Soviet Union. The buildings chosen for the project are the women’s former workplaces. The narrative will cover dilemmas faced by the Chechen women, who actively participated in the Soviet society but also respected the traditional and Islamic way of life in their families.

The project was supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Moscow.

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    Asia Umarova · Russia

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    Oksana Manchak · Germany

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    Johanna Pruessing · Germany/Poland