Creative spaces in Saint Petersburg
I'm Olya Polyakova. I work with creative spaces since 2012. I run a flower workshop in one place in 2012, then organized charity and social events there in 2013, then I worked as a PR. It was called 'Chetvert' and it was closed with a huge media buzz by the owner so we became a legend. Then we made an art-space with modern art galleries and pop-up cafe in old garage for summer 2014. Now I work with numerous projects in creative industries (hipster's industries) and know everything about it in Saint-Petersburg.
We gonna see the oldest art-center squatted by underground artists and musicians in early 90's, 8 year old space in the former bread factory, designers spot and modern creative spaces. I'll tell the last history of creative spaces, recommend best designer shops and cozy cafe and bars. We'll visit some exhibitions and sometimes events, try local streetfood. I will give you extra contacts and recommendations based on your interest. So I'll be your local guide in Russian creative industries. The tour depends on current events and always updated with new spots.
[I'm traveling till around middle of January so can't make a tour with you and don't know anyone who can. Just visit the following spots by yourself to make an impression about modern art and culture.
'Taiga' http://space-taiga.org/ (go any day since 1 to 9 p.m.)
Techno bars&clubs in former horsestables http://mosaique-space.com/, https://www.facebook.com/stackenschneider and non-techno Tancplowadka (weekend after midnight)
Eat and have beer in the artsy yard: Kovenskii, 14, second yard (from midday till 9 p.m.)
Design shops and bars Fontanka, 20, inside the yard (anyday, second half of the day, try something in 'Treska' bar, chill in Ziferblat)
http://www.p-10.ru/en/, early postsoviet squat, any day
http://www.loftprojectetagi.ru/en/, old and hot spot, too crowdy and pop now
http://streetartmuseum.ru/, schedule on the website, strongly recommended]
Loft Project Etagi
Strange bars, cafe and small spots on the way
Dvortsovaya embankment, 20, on the corner with Moshkov Lane
Creative spaces in Saint Petersburg - customer reviews
April, 30 2017
she is a great tour guide and give me many special information. If you come to st peterburg don't miss her tour!!
September, 20 2016
This was a very nice tour. Olga is so involved into everything going on that you really get a taste of the "alternative" life in Petersburg. Highly recommended. Also the process/ contact etc. is very straight forward.
August, 30 2016
Awesome way of discovering a new side of St Peter and getting in touch with the local creative industry. Olya is a great guide and really knows her ways around the creative spaces :)
November, 9 2015
Оля, очень добрый и светлый человек! Очень непринужденно все прошло! Не хотелось прощаться, но надеюсь, что увидимся снова!!
September, 19 2015
Olya is a great tour guide! She showed us places that we never would have found on our own in St. Petersburg, and introduced us to the fascinating art scene. She is very knowledgeable about the art scene, and all sorts of events going in in the area connected with it. Very soon after the tour she sent out links to the places we visited, as well as additional information that we discussed on the tour. She's very friendly and interested in getting to know you. This was a great tour and I'm glad we got to see some of these spots.
September, 15 2015
Olga was a great tour guide. She introduced me to some of the creative places and movements in Saint Petersburg and described the causes/initiatives for which they were founded. Her English was superb. I would recommend taking her tour if you want to see a side of St. Petersburg you might not expect and get to know some exciting developments which are in store!
September, 7 2015
This tour was awesome and really unique. I would highly recommend this to everyone!!
August, 14 2015
What a great experience.
You are in a foreign culture and you want to get to know what's really going on in a field that interests you; what could be better than a personal guide who is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and a great communicator in your own language. This tour, thanks to Olya, did all that and more. She invites questions and takes you to places and people you would never otherwise discover. If you want to see past the splendours of St Petersburgs past and get some experience of its vibrant and creative present, nothing could be better. The practicalities of this online process work very well too. Thanks Olya and Sputnik8.
August, 10 2015
Olya was great - very energetic and focused. Would highly recommend this tour as an alternative say to see St Petersburg!
August, 8 2015
Olja's tour "Creative spaces in St Petersburg" was very, very interesting. I saw new places that I could not find myself. I recommend this to all people who are interested in urban culture, art and life of St. P! Olja speaks also excellebt English.
Reija from Finland