Urban Lab

Two-day series of offline and
online meetings with Russian
and European experts
on cultural management
and urban studies.

The practices of cultural planning, relying on the use of cultural resources in the development of a territory and its communities, are new for Russian cities and have not yet become widespread. At the same time, there are more and more examples of this approach, initiated by various cultural institutions, civic associations and their coalitions. To exchange experience, the Kaliningrad Urban Lab will bring together artists, researchers, culture managers, leaders of urban communities and experts on urbanism and participation.

The laboratory consists of two blocks. The first one is devoted to rethinking the Kaliningrad experience of cultural planning, discussing the prospects of this approach and networking with partners from the North-West region of Russia. The second block will allow all participants to get acquainted with the practices of cultural urban planning in the North-West of Russia, with already completed projects, as well as to discuss the role of museums and galleries in such urban development.
Baltic branch of the A.S. Pushkin Museum (NCCA Kaliningrad) presents the international urban laboratory Kaliningrad Urban Lab - a two-day series of offline and online meetings with Russian and European experts on cultural management and urban studies. The laboratory is focused on the methods of cultural planning in the development of urban areas of the Kaliningrad region, North-West Russia, as well as Lithuania, Poland, Latvia and other countries of the Baltic Sea region.
Aleksandra Artamonova
Demonstration project «Kronprinz»: the project results (research, promenade performance)
Julia Bardun, Alexandra Artamonova, NCCA, Kaliningrad
Cultural planning:
methodology and relevant practices
Jekaterina Lavrinec, Associate professor at Faculty of Creative Industries, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Co-founder, researcher and curator at Laboratory for Urban games and research Laimikis.lt, Vilnius
Urban Toolkit: useful instruments, methods, case studies and models, which help to manage cultural
planning processes and projects
Natalia Brylowska, City Culture Institute, Gdansk
Cultural and participatory mapping in Russia: tools and possibilities
Aleksandra Nenko, Ph.D., Institute of Design & Urban Studies, University ITMO, St-Petersburg
«Interactive history» project: the role of museums in mastering the past and living the present
Mila Buzova, independent curator in the field of culture and art, chief curator of the Art Norden project bureau, Petrozavodsk
The Children's Museum Festival and the City: Experience of Integration
Julia Nezhid, curator of the Children's Museum Festival «Islands», Kaliningrad
Community laboratories model «Fluxus Labas!»
Greta Klimavicidité, Community programme curator of the Kaunas Fluxus
Power of art and culture in public space
Jadwiga Charzynska, Director LAZNIA Centre for Contemporary Art
Reimagining cultural identity of post-nuclear city
Oksana Denisenko, cultural producer, founder of the creative platform Urban Stories, Visaginas
Beyond artistic institutions: art-activism as a common language of solidarity
Vera Goshkoderia & Alina Minkova, authors and organisers of Artivism & Solidarity online laboratory and exhibition of art-activism projects
The laboratory is an integral part of the international project #R089 UrbCulturalPlanning "Cultural design as a method of urban social innovation", which has been implemented by the NCCA Kaliningrad since 2019. The main goal of the UrbCultural Planning project is to develop cooperation and improve communication between cities of the Baltic Sea region.

In Kaliningrad, the project focuses on the Kronprinz barracks, a 19th century historical and cultural monument, which served as an important element of the city's historic fortification ring. For many years, the historical site has been used by the Baltic branch of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (NCCA, Kaliningrad) to hold public art projects, concerts, and exhibitions.

With the help of cultural planning, as well as urban research methods that include surveying, mental mapping of the territory, and interviewing the local residents, we’re looking to define the role of contemporary art in the current landscape of Kaliningrad. This knowledge will allow us to understand how various cultural initiatives and projects created with reference to a specific place can unite and bring together the residents of a particular area. The Kronprinz Path project, which will last until September 2021, will include a promenade performance, an urban laboratory, public art projects, an exhibition, and an art guide.

Event dates: July 15, 16, 2021
Opening: July 15, 11:00
Venue: art space "Gates", Kaliningrad, Lithuanian Val, 61
Organizer: Baltic Branch of the A.S. Pushkin
State Museum of Fine Arts (NCCA Kaliningrad)
Project partner: Danish Cultural Institute (Copenhagen, Denmark; Riga, Latvia)
Coordinators: Anna Alimpieva, Yulia Bardun
Participants: Anna Alimpieva, Natalia Brylevska, Mila Buzova, Lilia Voronkova, Vera Goshkoderya, Trevor Davis, Oksana Denisenko, Greta Klimavichute, Yekaterina Lavrinec, Alina Minkova, Yulia Nezhid, Alexandra Nenko, Olga Mnishko, Jadwiga Charzynska, Oleg Pashchenkov

Admission is free, by registration
Registration link: https://forms.gle/ZfKsoxrsfeZQpKrD6

For more information on the project participants and event schedule, please see:

The Cultural Planning project is implemented as part of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Cross-Border Cooperation Program and is funded by the European Union and the Russian Federation. More information about the project: www.urbcultural.eu.

ABOUT NCCA Kaliningrad

The Baltic branch of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (NCCA, Kaliningrad) was founded on November 28, 1997. This is the only organization in Kaliningrad oblast that works in the field of contemporary art. In addition to displaying the finest examples of Russian and foreign contemporary art, NCCA also creates its own works. It also provides possibilities for cultural experiments, analysis, and criticism as well as contributing to the understanding of art as one of the most important factors in the development of the socio-cultural sphere. NCCA focuses on the unique strategies of artists and curators, their relevance and promotion in modern society, and also helps its visitors to navigate the modern art process.

Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest museums of foreign art in Russia. Its collection features around 700,000 works of art from different eras - from Ancient Egypt and Antiquity to the early XXI century. The museum’s Gallery of European and American Art of the 19th – 20th centuries features one of the world’s most famous collections of impressionism and post-impressionism courtesy of art collectors Sergei Schukin and Ivan Morozov.

Press service of the Baltic branch of the Pushkin Museum (NCCA Kaliningrad):
Alexandra Artamonova
+7 4012 604-329
+7 906 236-50-40

Press service of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts:
Olga Bazueva
+7 495 609-56-48