A guide to the new east


The Calvert Journal

The Calvert Journal is a guide to the contemporary culture of the new east: the post-Soviet world, the Balkans and the former socialist states of central and eastern Europe.
From art and film to architecture and design, avant-garde culture from these countries has helped shape our view of modern life. But it remains an underreported and unfamiliar part of the world to many.
Today, thanks to a rising generation of artistic talent, the new east is in the midst of tremendous change. This is the inspiration for The Calvert Journal, which covers the region’s culture and creativity through a mix of daily features, news, interviews and photography.

Having launched in 2013 with a Russia-only focus, we are increasingly broadening our scope to include other countries, embracing the challenges involved in covering such a large and complex area. Based in London — and with content-sharing partnerships with international titles including The Guardian, Business Insider, Meduza and The Moscow Times — we tell the story of the new east’s contemporary culture via a network of writers and contributors stationed across its many regions and time zones.

The Calvert Journal is a project of the Calvert 22 Foundation.


Nonna Materkova and Alexei Kudrin

Editorial team

Ekow Eshun

Deputy Editor
Arthur House

Visual Content Editor
Gaétan Nivon

Commissioning Editor
Anastasiia Fedorova

News Editor
Elise Morton

Associate Editor
Liza Premiyak

Junior Graphic Designer
Lauranne Cox

Contact the editorial team here

Calvert 22 Foundation

Calvert 22 Foundation's mission is to create projects and partnerships focused on the contemporary art and culture of of the new east: the post-Soviet world, the Balkans and the former socialist states of central and eastern Europe.  

Drawing on artistic and intellectual legacies, we seek to prompt new thinking about the promise and significance of the region. 

Calvert 22 Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation. We are committed to dialogue and discovery. To the development of international creative networks. And to the potential of culture as the basis for international connection. 

The foundation is active in four main areas: art, culture, research and learning, each of which has its own special project. 

ArtCalvert 22 Gallery
A contemporary art gallery in London staging exhibitions and talks

CultureThe Calvert Journal

An online magazine on the contemporary culture of the new east

ResearchCalvert Forum

An in-house think tank centred on the creative industries

LearningCalvert Education

A programme of learning partnerships linking artists, academics, students and policy makers

Calvert 22 Foundation is a registered charity in England and Wales no. 1134939 and a company limited by guarantee no. 06941737. Registered office: 22 Calvert Avenue, London E2 7JP


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