Urban development, Democracy and participation

Europe Café


Who is behind this?

Yuliya Znatkova

Non-govermental organisation "Misto-sad"



Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Creating public space for social interaction in the central square of Kyiv (Ukraine) - Mykhailivka Square.

Where will your idea take place?


Why does Europe need your idea?

Ukraine lacks social and political communication between society and the authorities. This leads to social conflicts. The most striking evidence are three Maidans (revolutions on the central square).
We suggest an unprecedented U-turn in understanding the social role of Maidan and offer a grass-root project to turn one of the central squares into a democratic platform of dialogue and engagement as opposed to the traditional understanding of a square as a platform for conflict and protests.

What is your impact?

The main aim is to facilitate the emergence of new political and social culture in Ukraine through the creation of a real European public space, where people can meet, drink coffee, enjoy music and arts, talk about politics, so-cial problems with foreign experts and local officials.

How do you get there?

Held in a central open space, Europe Café will have an excelled outreach and will become a touristic attraction, visited by Ukrainians and foreigners who will be taking part in discussions and will be sharing their experience and ideas. In addition, it should be a recreation place where street musicians will perform, exhibitions of young artists and other events will be held. Art-ists will be able to perform for free in Europe Café according to the sched-ule. Space will be open from May to October 2 days per week on weekends.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

We are doing it for people who need to speak, not fight each other, to cre-ate, not to destroy. The Europe Café will become unifying space for citizens and government, place where problems will be discussed and solved peacefully.

What makes your idea stand apart?

This project is unique for Ukraine, and unique for Europe in the part of international cooperation. It will be a place where political, social discussions can be combined with art projects.

€ 35750,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 53000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Furniture, constructions for musician’s and art spots; light and sound.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

The democratic revolution that took place on Maidan (Kyiv, Ukraine), high-lighted the problem of lack of the dialogue between government and society. After the tragic events on Maidan, it became a symbol of country's inability to solve conflicts in a peaceful man are because the government was not willing to hear the voice of the society. We should establish a permanent dialogue to avoid such conflicts in future and share our experience withother nations to help them prevent similar tragedies.



Idea created on March 7, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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