How Can Small Cities Realise Their Cultural Potential Through Efficient Communication?
With the support of Ukrainian Cultural Fund, NGO Lviv Media Forum had conducted a large-scale study of small cities’ communication strategies.
The aim was to analyse small Ukrainian cities’ cultural and creative potential and ways to realise it.
For 5 months, the project’s analytics and experts have been researching 12 towns in Ukraine: Mariupol, Sloviansk, Oleksandriya, Myrgorod, Shostka, Uman, Berdiansk, Nova Kakhovka, Ostroh, Drogobych, Mukachevo, and Kamianets-Podilskyi.
The experts have conducted
✓ 67 hours of expert interviews with representatives of creative industries, authorities, and local media;
✓ monitoring of cultural-creative content in 36 local newsrooms and local communities in social media;
✓ 56 active citizens of 7 towns that took part in focus groups;
The research resulted in recommendations that facilitate in forming efficient cities’ communication strategies. The research might be a guideline for local communities when developing cultural policy and city brand, says the Ukrainian Cultural Fund CEO Yuliya Fediv.
The research helps
- develop or improve the strategy and promotion of the city as the one comfortable for living and exciting to visit;
- learn how to monetise cultural products;
- decrease the migration to big cities, expand job opportunities for youth, ethnic minorities, women, and marginalised groups in local communities;
- use traditional advantages such as cultural and historical heritage, geography, infrastructure, human resources while developing a city;
The research was conducted by:
Igor Balynskyy — head of the project research group; media expert, media researcher, coordinator in analytical centre of communication research “Networks”;
Iryna Starovoit — project expert; cultural studies researchers, literary critic; Candidate of Philological Sciences, associate professor of UCU Cultural Studies; PEN Ukraine member.
Oksana Dashchakivska — project expert; leadership and community development researcher; Candidate of Political Science, professor of UCU Department of Political Science; head of the IRF regional office in Western Ukraine.
Iryna Magdysh — project expert; cultural manager, editor, art critic; interpreter, and cultural projects manager.
Zoya Krasovska — head of project monitor group; media expert; Lviv Media Forum media researcher; author of NGO «Detector media» TV news reviews.