Urban Communities

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Our goal is to make GES-2 an open platform for collective cooperation and for positive social interactions. Our interactions with urban communities are envisaged as permanent and strong ties between the House of Culture and the local community, fostering local creativity both within GES-2 and beyond.

The programme has two areas of focus. On the one hand, it carries out joint projects with the city's existing cultural and public organizations and/or their audiences, as well as with local grassroots organisations. On the other, it supports a variety of activities that will turn the House of Culture’s indoor zones and outdoor areas into comfortable leisure environments for residents and visitors, providing space for everything from board games and wellness classes to neighbourhood tea parties and street festivals.

Constant features of the programme

Collaborative interaction has the goal of attracting organisations with values and interests congruent with those of the GES-2 House of Culture and involving them in joint projects.

Hospitality is the organisation of “residences” for urban communities on the GES-2 premises in order to give greater resonance and significance to their activities, to share experience and collaborate on joint public projects together with cultural figures who work on urban topics.

Event Laboratory are creative groups based at partner venues in various Moscow neighbourhoods that include the participation of local residents. The Laboratories’ purpose is to develop initiatives in cultural self-organisation and art projects in the urban space.

Do you have any questions or suggestions for cooperation? Please email us at community@v-a-c.org