The first Ostrava cultural magazine in English language. You can find our recommendaitions and tips for places we love. he international community in Ostrava is largely overlooked and under served, they feel disconnected to the land and culture they are spending their lives in, and sometimes are treated more like an inconvenience than a welcomed neighbour.

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The international community in Ostrava is largely overlooked and under served, they feel disconnected to the land and culture they are spending their lives in, and sometimes are treated more like an inconvenience than a welcomed naighbor.

And so. A wonderful team came together prompted by our own local foreigner, Shawn Antoni Wright With the aim to give the internationals living in Ostrava a sense of ownership and facilitate integration into the Czech culture and Ostrava life. Making Ostrava more foreigner friendly.

The way to do that was though Yogurt, Ostrava’s first english language cultural magazine. This platform allowed us to introduce readers to Ostrava’s social landscape, build a community of Czech and international readers, and develop a space for everyone to share, call to action and mix, online, in print and at events.

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The team of internationals and Czechs collected all of Ostrava’s events info and filter them through a set of values, presenting only the most meaningful, accessible, diverse and exciting programming for each month. A map accompanied the magazine, and in a short space of time new supplements were added including exciting Tips, and detailed advise on all things connected to living in another country, from travel and shopping, to places to eat and where to find legal advice, toped off with useful Czech Phrases and a from of innovative advertising that connected communities through careful communication, teaching and promotion.

The little magazine quickly became recognizable and used by the international communities as the main source to find out whats on in Ostrava, surprisingly it was also read mostly by other Czechs and used in language classes, universities and schools as a tool for learning and as a guide for visiting students from abroad. It was distributed to over 30 key locations and directly into companies that had international workers.

The artwork of the magazine was also used to expose new local talents, by inviting young artists and designer to have the front cover and small interview.

Everything about this project from the motivations of starting it to the process of making it was about a commitment of care in the place we live as well as the content we published to the people who read it.

Although the project met with minimal support, it developed from a single page document to a 16 page magazine in just 4 issues. As for now the project has stopped indefinitely whilst it works out a realistic and sustainable future.

Last update: 7.2.2019