St. Petersburg has always been a very special and important place for Russian creativity. From Alexander Pushkin to Viktor Tsoi, St. Petersburg has produced some of the finest talents in the world of art, music and literature. But this creativity needs a place to blossom and bloom. Before, these artists, musicians, dancers and writers would come together and share ideas mostly in each other’s apartments, salons, cabarets and sometimes at the Tsar’s soirees. Now, a new breeding ground has taken form and is making the process of art making a lot more public and a lot more accessible.
In recent years, so-called “creative clusters” have been springing up like mushrooms after the rain, helping bring art and creativity closer to the people. In this special feature, In Your Pocket highlights some of the more prominent creative spaces in Russia’s Northern Capital.