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International conference was held on May 13, 2016 at the premises of the Finland Institute at St.Petersburg.

The conference opens a multidisciplinary dialogue between researchers and urban activists from Helsinki and St.Petersburg about possibilities and constraints of DIY urban culture and activism in these two cities.

11-13.30 DIY activism in St. Petersburg and Helsinki: possibilities and constraints

Moderated discussion


Eeva Berglund, independent researcher
Pasi Mäenpää, University of Helsinki
Aleksandra Nenko, Arts for the City
Liliia Voronkova, Open Urban Lab
Moderator: Arseny Konnov, Open Urban Lab.

13.30-14.00 Coffee-break

14.00-17.00 Sharing city – Developing DIY culture

Moderated discussion

Jaakko Blomberg, Yhteismaa
Ilya Bortnyuk ‘Stereoleto’ festival
Ulyana Kim, ‘Oda, Eda!’ festival
Olga Mnishko, ‘Lively Streets’ festival
Moderator: Arseny Konnov, Open Urban Lab.

17.00 – 19.00 Reception

Presentations of the books on Russian and Finnish urban activism:
‘Changing Helsinki?’ Edited by Eeva Berglund and Cindy Kohtala
‘Encountering neighbors’ edited by Jaakko Blomberg, Anton Polsky and Aleksandra Nenko
Open floor for urban activist projects: Life Library, Mobile Platform ‘Ryadom’, urban prototypes for Tovstonogov Square and others.