"October in Zhovten" is a multidisciplinary festival with an international conference and a public program for a wide audience. The festival aims to implement the idea of decentralization of culture, the cultural identity formation and to develop a methodology for building a local identity on the example of Zhytomyr.
NGO "Zhytomyr, voice up!" is the institution that works for a long time to change Zhytomyr: it organizes festivals, training programs, creates media resources; keeps constant communication with the city dwellers for joint consecutive work on the development of socio-cultural spheres of the life in the region. This time a public organization initiated the project "October in Zhovten" – the Zhytomyr Festival of Contemporary Culture.
The festival aims to recommission the former Zhovten cinema as a new cultural center and lay the foundation for a new cultural infrastructure in Zhytomyr region. The long-term project results involve in the further functioning of the Zhovten cinema as a progressive institution promoting the development and changes in the cultural life of Zhytomyr with the involvement of public initiatives, government and business. The festival should become a catalyst for changes both in the
local area and in more global areas of the country in the long run.