On 7 December 2019, the Confest “Activiz/my” was held at St. Anne’s Church in St. Petersburg. The event was dedicated to urban activism and presented a new format in the sense that it was a combined conference and festival. More than 1,000 people from four different countries and more than 20 cities participated in the event. They discussed, argued, reflected, planned and talked about the city, city activism and the roles of activists. The participants sought answers to questions such as:

  • What is urban activism, and who represents it?
  • What makes a modern city, and whom does it belong to?
  • How to establish a dialogue with various stakeholders to collectively create the city that we would like to have?
  • How can “new” urbanists build relations to more experienced colleagues?
  • How can we combine activism and urbanism?

The Confest was based on the idea of a ‘multi-faceted’ form of urban activism, as well as of getting to know and analyse different forms of activities. Activities that to some extent aim at achieving one common goal – to make the city not only a ‘comfortable’ but also a lively, interesting and attractive place, which allows for self-realisation and self-development of its residents.

The EU-Russia Civil Society Forum was a partner of the Confest “Activiz/my”.