Valentyna Zalevska


Valentyna Zalevska was born in 1988, graduated in Culture and Arts at the Ivan Franko Lviv National University and spent an exchange year at the University of Nebraska (USA). From 2009 she worked as the cooperation manager and producer of the International Short Film Festival Wiz-Art in the NGO “Wiz-Art”, and from 2013 was a founder and director of the NGO “Cluster” which is in charge of the National House of Culture in the suburbs of Lviv. Valentyna has implemented many cultural and art events in Ukraine and abroad, including the Lviv International Short Film Festival Wiz-art, the Abycine International Festival (Albacete, Spain), Ukrainian Cinema in Iceland and the Rover Film Festival. She also produced a short film titled “Yellow Flower for Monsieur Bourillon” (Ukraine/France) which participated in many festivals including the Cannes Short Film Corner 2013.
She is actively involved in the non-formal youth education field as a project manager of numerous youth exchanges, trainings and volunteer  programs.

Organization: ´CLUSTER´, Ukraine

Our vision is to use culture to help bring about positive changes in all the districts of the city. We present social and cultural projects, develop the social consciousness of individuals and believe that the whole city is a centre.
The project aims to contribute to the process of decentralization of the city, to raise residents’ awareness that they themselves help create their district and that they are responsible for the changes in the urban area, and to incorporate the inhabitants of the city /district in media discourse.
  • Project preparations will include a detailed investigation in the community, creation of a digital map showing the “problem areas” and places of “cultural diversity”; community interaction, distinguishing objects of research; recruiting volunteers; and visual and conceptual solutions to enhance project visibility.
  • The first phase will consist of two parts: the «research» and «publication». This will involve close collaboration with the residents of the district through interviews, meetings, photo reports and analysis of the material, followed by online publication in a specific way, where journalists will make an interactive map of the community and district by creating engaging stories.
  • The second phase includes preparation and production of an actual community event: the Zboischa festival.
Awareness of local identity by the residents of the “Zboischa” district and the whole city in general affects the strengthening of civil society locally in the area and in the general scope of the city. The result could be a coalition of local residents which would address key issues and implement their own ideas of area/site development, community consolidation, and shared leisure time activities. In addition, the number of readers who get acquainted with the online publications about the community research will play an important role in facilitating changes in their own communities.