Makers of Siberia:

The lively culture of Russia’s continental landmass

15 podcasts about Siberia

For foreigners, Siberia is known for its harsh climate and being far from civilization. To dispel these stereotypes and deepen understanding of the region, get acquainted with the podcasts of Makers of Siberia.

Makers of Siberia is a youth journal about those who are changing the creative environment in the region: musicians, artists, designers, photographers, illustrators, tattooists… The project is being done by the Creative Practices Foundation with the support of the Native Towns social investment program of Gazprom Neft.

The Siberian Federal District includes twelve federal subjects, with three million-plus cities (Novosibirsk, Omsk and Krasnoyarsk) and six cities with a population of more than 500,000 people. The remoteness of Siberian cities from each other makes local communities fragmented. Creative units develop separately, without forming hubs. Amazing stories stay unnoticed. The project aims at bringing the creative environment of Siberia “out of the underground.”

Everyone will find something for themselves in these podcasts. Those interested in the environmental movement can listen to the podcast The Shaman has Three Troubles about the struggle of the native inhabitants of Altai and the Kuzbas with industry. Those immersed in cultural studies can get acquainted with Let’s Use our Voice about the contemporary cultural scene of Sakha-Yakutia. If you are in search of yourself, you can enjoy the podcast Mountains without Peaks, an intriguing story of a solitary crossing through the Putorana Plateau where a 22-year-old girl decided to test her strength. The podcast Polka is dedicated to one of the major Soviet infrastructure projects that fortunately went unrealized – turning the Siberian rivers toward Kazakhstan and Central Asia to provide water to arid regions of the country. In the USSR, ecology was one of only topics through which it was possible to somewhat criticize the authorities. Village Prose Writers managed to prevent an environmental catastrophe. The movement to save the Siberian rivers was led by the writer Sergei Zalygin, formerly an engineer and specialist in building power plants. Around the same time, the writer Vasily Belov threatened to set himself on fire on Red Square. Tap the link for other impressive stories.
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