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In early 90’s the common property was privatised by newly formed oligarchy. So both industrial building and historical houses belonged for years to the narrow group of people who had not many ideas of new functions for them. It turned out into plenty of abandoned or unused space in the modern center. Since 2012 more and more young entrepreneurs use this space following Western trends with Russian specific. Does any investor come to art scene? Where do we meet censorship or discrimination? Is it easy to run your own bar, coffee shops, showroom or craft workshop in the second biggest city in Russia? Let’s see how it works and discuss political and cultural aspects and try to find something unique behind the global trends.
I'm Olya. I'm not a tour guide but an activist relating with creative spaces and modern culture scene since 2012, now an ideologist of civic education project ‘Trava’. For the FIFA World Cup period I started a civic campaign 'Cup for People' (http://cupforpeople.spb.ru/).
The tour is flexible according to the weather, your interests and events happening in the places. We might see the oldest art-center squatted by underground artists and musicians in early 90's, 10 year old space in the former bread factory, designers spot and modern creative spaces. I'll tell the last history of creative spaces, recommend some design shops and cozy cafe and bars. We can visit some exhibitions and sometimes events, try local streetfood. I'd give you extra contacts and recommendations based on your interest. So I'll be your local guide in the scene. And we'd discuss politics, globalization and try to find something unique behind the global trends.
Dear tourists, I can't be available every day to host a tour so please don't pay for it until I confirm it with a customized (not automatic) letter.
You can also use my map: http://trava.education/creativespaces.
|Offer for 1 person||с March, 30||2500 ₽||per person|
|Offer for group of 2-4 persons||с March, 30||1900 ₽||per person|
|Offer for group of 5-10 persons||с May, 17||1600 ₽||per person|
Grazhdanskaya, 13-15, in the yard
Creative spaces of Saint Petersburg - customer reviews
March, 12 2018
Another side of St Petersburg: the liveliest and enriching side.
November, 21 2017
A unique and interesting tour for all those who want to see also other things than the main touristic attractions. Olya is a great and enthusiastic guide, who also gave us other tips for the rest of our stay. Warmly recommended!
September, 7 2017
August, 4 2017
We had an amazing tour with Olga :) she is a lovely guide and even better person ! She provided us with tons of information and tips we never would have found out about by ourselves. We've already been back to some of the places she showed us and they were great ! Thanks again ! <3
August, 3 2017
Idéal pour prendre le pouls de cette ville en pleine effervescence artistique. Olga est formidable! je recommande chaudement cette visite!
July, 21 2017
We had the most amazing tour of creative usages of spaces. Olya was a wonderful guide. Insightful and fun, knowledgeable and clever. We would go back again for more!
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 :)
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.