Arts and cultural activities, Urban development

Twinning Cities Connecting Europe


Who is behind this?

Oleksandra Nenko

Arts for the City


Who is joining forces?





Centre for Independent Social Research


We are also involving our friends - independent curators Liza German and Maria Lanko from Kiev, Ukraine, and Linnalabor from Tallinn, Estonia

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

The ties between European twin cities are actualized by creating a symbolic network of artistic installations in their public spaces. The installations are interconnected as parts of one puzzle. The emergent picture of connected cities is growing with every new local team building an installation twinning its city with others. This picture and network of twinned cities is visualized on project web-site. The project forms sense of co-presence and metaphor of cultural connectedness of twin cities.

Where will your idea take place?

Baltic sea region, Russia and Ukraine

Why does Europe need your idea?

In the context of obstacles to connectedness of Europe, Russia and Ukraine there is an urge to remind, make-sense and make-believe their peoples that they are connected. This can be done by the means of culture.

What is your impact?

We aim at twinning as many European, including Russian and Ukrainian, cities as possible to form a symbolic network and to create a vivid picture of European connectedness.

How do you get there?

We start weaving the network with installations in St.Petersburg, the city we reside in, and its neighboring twin cities Tallinn and Helsinki, and will twin Vilnius, neighboring, but indirectly connected. Cities will keep on twinning other in Baltic sea region, Ruhr area and Ukraine and network will grow in progression all over Europe. We will spread the word to our friends and friends of our friends. The visibility of the process, the innocence and beauty of the gesture will be our allies.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

For the citizens of the twin cities who can feel connected and twinned through the project. For the creatives, experts and activists from different cities, who can imagine and build the future together while creating installations. For ourselves for we want to do something to tackle the obstacles to cohesiveness and peace in Europe, Russia and Ukraine.

What makes your idea stand apart?

It is simple and deep, it is self-growing and inclusive, it is conceptual and sensual.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 52000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

(1) materials for installations 20 000 (2 Euro for 10 starting cities - Essen, Helsinki, Kharkiv, Kiev, Nizhny Novgorod, Riga, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Tampere, Vilnius) (2) fees for creative teams 10 000 (3) development of web-site visualizing the map of twinned cities 9 000 (4) technique for live-streaming from the installation spots 10 000 (4) technical support of the web-site 3 000

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

This idea is an open code. Every team here can become a part of this project, because every city is twinned and can find its twin in this symbolic network. Just imagine your own city on the map, check the ties it has and start weaving a network with us. Also feel free to suggest on the format of installations - how to make them connected as pieces of one puzzle. Contact us


Alexandra Nenko

Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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