Ukraine is under siege following a full-scale military invasion by Russia on 24 February 2022

IZOLYATSIA foundation, together with Trans Europe Halles (SE) and Malý Berlín (SK), are starting the first wave of ZMINA: Rebuilding national subgrants projects implementation.

The first wave of ZMINA: Rebuilding national subgrants includes a call for proposals for projects to be implemented in Ukraine by Ukrainian artists or cultural organizations. 

The program aims to create and demonstrate on the national level cultural, artistic and creative projects that facilitate, promote or mediate public discourse on “rebuilding”: identity, social norms, communities, relationships, infrastructure, etc.

Cultural dimension of the community — Moshny village

In the village of Moshny, Ukraine Incognita will implement the project Cultural Dimension of the Community Moshny Village in November 2023 February 2024, dedicated to preserving the identity and sustainable development of the community through research and promotion of cultural heritage. 

The aim of the project is to form a diverse cultural and tourist cluster within the Moshny village community, which will contribute to the development of community resilience and preservation of cultural identity through research and promotion of cultural heritage. The project plans to research monuments and objects that will become centers of the community's cultural life and tourist attention, collect information that will become content for a cultural and tourist information website about the monuments of the rural community, as well as create 3-D models of the cultural heritage of the rural community; the resulting measurement documents will be the basis for future restoration and reconstruction work. 

Plan. Act. Basics

The Pro.Pro.Lab organization in Voznesensk will implement the Plan. Act. Basics project, dedicated to the development of resilience in wartime and post-war, the preservation and development of identities, and decolonization. 

The goal of the project is to create opportunities for teenagers to form their own comprehensive dynamic vision of the country's recovery through work with recent history and intergenerational dialogue. The Pro.Pro.Lab team aims to rethink the space of school shelters, to encourage students and teachers to engage in interdisciplinary dialogues about resilience and the country's recovery through the analysis of recent history while in these shelters. For this purpose, it is planned to combine artistic and educational practices: to develop a series of graphic stories (posters) about the most striking events of independent Ukraine.

Revival of Folk Crafts for the Development of Ecological Communities, Communities and IDPs

In the village of Dmytrenky, in December 2023 May 2024, the Global Ecovillage Network Ukraine will implement the project Revival of Folk Crafts for the Development of Ecological Communities, Communities and IDPs, dedicated to the unique role of the cultural and creative sector in the social and economic development of the country. 

The goal of the project is to create a training course on seven traditional Ukrainian crafts that will provide skills to 56 representatives of ecological communities and IDPs they shelter to open their own workshop for the production of folk art goods and ensure the financial sustainability of ecological communities and territorial communities.

The Country of My Dreams

In December 2023-February 2024, the International Children's Film Festival Kidsmoviefest will implement the project The Country of My Dreams in Zaporizhzhia and Kryvyi Rih, dedicated to the unique role of the cultural and creative sector in the social and economic development of the country. 

The festival team plans to hold two educational film camps in the cities of Kryvyi Rih and Zaporizhzhia for young people (14-21 years old) who want to contribute to the preservation and restoration of Ukrainian culture, the creation of a strong, developed, European country, and want to help counter Russian aggression. Among the participants will be teenagers who have survived the war or are IDPs. The team will also include young people with hearing impairments. In each city, 45 participants will be selected. Under the guidance of experienced teachers, the young participants will master the modern profession of filmmaking, create and develop their own YouTube channels, increasing the overall percentage of Ukrainian-language content, and learn all stages of production (from idea to editing). 


In December 2023 May 2024, PORTAL-21 will implement the Sketch project in the city of Izyum, dedicated to the sustainable development and adaptation of a separate district of the city of Izyum, Kharkiv region, to climate, social and cultural changes. 

The goal of the project is to create a concept of a residential area that will take into account all the factors that lead to the need to rethink living spaces for their effective functioning and communication with nature and humans. The project will include a research part, a design part, an educational part, and a presentation part. The project should become an influential tool and basis for attracting public attention to the need for such adaptations of living spaces and further investment in them for the next stages of design and implementation.


In December 2023 April 2024, the ArtPole Agency will implement the Babyn-Bakhmut project, dedicated to the filming and screening of a documentary video about the Ivano-Frankivsk community that is currently defending Ukraine in the eastern and southern regions. The locations of the project are Ivano-Frankivsk, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk regions and Kyiv. 

The video will focus on maintaining the relationship between the defenders and those who stayed at home, discussing the restoration of community relations on the example of one Carpathian village. It is planned to create an audiovisual work based on the documentation of a trip of volunteers from Babyn village (Kosiv district, Ivano-Frankivsk region) to their fellow villagers who have been on the front line in Bakhmut (Donetsk region) and Hulyaypol (Zaporizhzhia region) for more than a year. The audiovisual work will include not only documentation of how villages in the western and eastern parts of Ukraine live during the war, but will also focus on music, dialect, architecture, plants, and visual patterns of different regions of our country.

Gothic Garden of the Organ Hall

In December 2023 May 2024, the Rivne Regional Philharmonic will implement the Gothic Garden of the Organ Hall project in Rivne, dedicated to creating a new cultural space in Rivne as an ecological renovation of the territory of the architectural monument. 

The project is aimed at community resilience in wartime and post-war and is based on cultural methods of redevelopment and landscaping of the area around the Chamber and Organ Music Hall, St. Anthony's Church, a local architectural monument that is the concert hall of the Rivne Philharmonic. The results of the project will include the creation of a concept for a creative cultural space accessible to the community, tourists, and guests of Rivne. The project will involve experts from among urbanists, architects, landscape designers, cultural heritage specialists, historians, local historians, artists, environmentalists, and community representatives. 

Ecodrama: The Art of Resilience

In January 2023 April 2024, the Lesya Ukrainka Lviv Academic Drama Theater in Lviv will implement the project Ecodrama: The Art of Resilience dedicated to creating new cultural narratives and developing resilience in wartime and post-war. 

The project team aims to draw the attention of its audience to the environmental disasters that Ukraine is experiencing in an artistic, metaphorical way and to encourage them to take maximum care of our common home, which is so rich in natural resources and at the same time so threatened. The project is dedicated to thinking and planning for recovery and ways to take care of the earth. The artistic form has the potential to activate many questions about this complex topic and to reinforce the importance of the topic for both society and the government. The project's performance, accompanying events, and media campaign will aim to unite artists, environmental experts, theater community, and society at large around the issue of ecology in Ukraine.

Living River in the City. Answers to Current Questions

In December 2023 May 2024, the School of Architecture and Design organization in Sumy will implement the project Living River in the City. Answers to Current Questions dedicated to topical issues of ecology and urbanism.

The aim of the project is to destroy the misconception of a river (or other water body) in a city as a resource for life support only, and instead to form a sustainable understanding of the uniqueness of the water body, to realize its integral role in the development of the city and the need to take into account and emphasize its unique features in the planning and design of urban space. The project is a series of public seminars aimed at providing expert assessment and stimulating a broad discussion of current issues of community use of the shoreline and coastal area of the Psel River, systematizing the data obtained and creating a vision of a common strategy for bringing the relationship between the city and the river to a harmonious state. 

White Plague: Fantastic Realism of the Times of One War

In November 2023 February 2024, the Narodna Dopomoha Ukraine organization will implement the project White Plague: Fantastic Realism of the Times of One War dedicated to the interpretation of the theme of recovery in the artistic context of a theatrical performance. The project will be implemented in Dnipro, Chernivtsi, and Kyiv. 

The aim of the project is to create an open cultural dialogue in Ukrainian society about the war and post-war meanings and values relevant to Ukraine by creating a new cultural narrative. By such a cultural narrative, the project team means the experience of staging the fantastic play The White Pestilence based on the play by K. Chapek by the Dnipro Drama Youth Theater We Believe! in the Ukrainian reality. The project envisages a wide regional coverage (performances in three regions of Ukraine Dnipro, Chernivtsi and Kyiv) and discussion forums to engage a wide audience.

Neformat Music Unity: Cultural construction

In December 2023 May 2024, the Neformat Ukraine organization will implement the project Neformat Music Unity: Cultural construction to unite music sector professionals, to become a platform for discussions, exchange of experience and debate on the pressing issues of the sector and post-war recovery. The project will be implemented in Kyiv. 

Neformat Music Unity: Cultural Construction is a one-day conference in Kyiv, which is a logical continuation of the first conference in the niche of underground and indie music, Neformat Music Unity: Movement Despite the War, held as part of the ZMINA 2.0 programme. Subgrants for cultural projects. The conference will be held in a hybrid format: offline with online broadcast.

ZMINA: Rebuilding is a project co-funded by the EU's Creative Europe program as part of a special call for proposals to support Ukrainian IDPs and the Ukrainian cultural and creative sectors. The project is the result of cooperation between the IZOLYATSIA Foundation (Ukraine), the Trans Europe Halles network (Sweden) and the Malý Berlín organization (Slovakia).