Welcome to Cultural Insights by Tatyana Garkavaya, a blog about Sustainable Living and Cultural Exchange!
Hello, my name’s Tatyana Garkavaya, I’m a creator and author of this blog, a lifestyle writer and an enthusiastic traveller. Currently, I live in Bulgaria.
This blog was inspired by my volunteer experience at the initiative European Capital of Culture (ECoC) in different cities.
In 2018, I devoted my master’s thesis at the University of Milan to the analysis of the communication strategies of Aarhus 2017 and Pafos 2017. This followed by my volunteering and internship at Plovdiv 2019 and Galway 2020. There, I’ve met dozens of creative practitioners from the past, current and future ECoCs. We still continue staying in touch and exchanging experiences.
I am truly pleased that for one year, Cultural Insights has become a networking platform for art lovers and sustainable travellers who favour sustainable living, volunteering and lifelong learning.
In 2020 and 2021, my blog reached the final of the Bulgarian national competition in green journalism in the category ‘Blog’ and in 2021 it was among the 11 best social and ecological initiatives in Bulgaria.
You can find more details about sustainable lifestyles in different countries in my interviews with creative practitioners of Plovdiv 2019 (Bulgaria), Matera 2019 (prepared specially for Volunteers Plovdiv 2019), Kaunas 2022 (Lithuania) and Veszprem-Balaton 2023 (Hungary) and posts about my visits to Athens (Greece), Paris (France), and Liverpool (England).
Additionally, I share my discoveries during different journeys which I often combine with volunteering. The posts Counting dolphins in the Black Sea and My discoveries with Galway 2020 are good examples.
The motto of Cultural Insights – Share Ideas & Inspire Changes – reflects my personal credo and lifestyle. By exchanging experiences, we enrich our lives, get inspiration and find support.
The posts of this blog are 100% original content and created by me in 3 languages, English, Bulgarian and Italian, with the use of best communication practices and digital tools. So, please, cite any information from Cultural Insights with hyperlinks.
For the first 13 years of my career I worked as a journalist in newspapers and digital media (Ukraine and Russia) and for the following 3 years – as a PR manager of a non-governmental organization engaged in alternative dispute resolution methods – arbitration and mediation (Russia).
For the last 5 years, I’ve been working freelance as a communication consultant helping small businesses to prepare advertising, communication and PR strategies. I also write content for corporative blogs, create video and visual content.
As an award-winning communications specialist, for 20 years of my career, I’ve developed portfolios in 4 languages: Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian (3 my mother tongues), and English across a variety of platforms, including print and online social media.
As an avid traveller, I’ve visited over 20 countries and lived in a quarter of them for study, work, or volunteer purposes (Russia, Italy, England and Bulgaria). Cultural Insights helps me explore and promote the best sustainable travel practices, and constantly meet incredible people that shape the cultural heritage across Europe and develop modern culture.
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