A guide to the New East

About The Calvert Journal

The Calvert Journal

The Calvert Journal is an award-winning online magazine dedicated to exploring the culture and creativity of the New East: eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia. 

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 has established itself as the leading authority on contemporary culture, creativity and travel in the region, delivering a mix of daily features, news, interviews and photography.

We aim to offer an inspiring, carefully considered take on the people, places and creative projects of the region. Our vision is to bring context and insight to a part of the world that, despite its richness, often goes underreported. 

Based in London — and with content-sharing partnerships with international titles including The GuardianBusiness Insider 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 countries and time zones.

The Calvert Journal is a project of the Calvert 22.

Awards and accolades


Highly Commended, Best Specialist News Site, The Drum Online Media Awards
Bronze Winner, Best Design — Wellness & Lifestyle App for Explore Russia app, Lovie Awards 

Winner, Best Use of Photography, The Drum Online Media Awards
Silver Winner, Best Design – Functional, Lovie Awards 
Official Nominee, Best Use of Photography, The Webby Awards

Gold Winner, Best Lifestyle Site, The Lovie Awards
Official Honouree, Cultural Website, The Webby Awards
Commendation, Best Specialist Site for Journalism, The Drum Online Media Awards 

Bronze Winner, Best Lifestyle Site, The Lovie Awards
Winner, Best Designed Site, The Drum Online Media Awards 
Winner, Promotion of Art in the Media, Kuryokhin Centre 


Nonna Materkova

Editorial team

Creative Director
Ekow Eshun

Editor in Chief
Nadia Beard

Managing Editor
Liza Premiyak

Senior Editor
Howard Amos

Features Editor
Samuel Goff

News Editor
Katie Davies

Photo Editor
Anastasiia Fedorova

Staff Writer 
Sasha Raspopina

Contact the editorial team here.

Calvert 22

Calvert 22 is a not-for-profit organisation committed to empowering young talent in the creative economy of the New East: eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia.

Based in London, the organisation has actively showcased the art and culture of the New East through exhibitions, talks and events since its founding in 2009.

Now situated at the intersection of culture, economics and the arts, Calvert 22 works as a think net, building partnerships and collaborating with international companies and top universities to conduct research and deliver in-depth analysis on the creative industries of the region.

At its annual Calvert Forum conferences in Russia, the organisation brings together international speakers from business, public policy and academia to explore the evolving landscape of the creative economy in the New East.


Nonna Materkova
Founder and Director

Ulrika Cattermole
Executive Director

Alison Ludlow
Operations Manager

Ruxandra Connolly
Senior Marketing Manager (Maternity Leave)

Alexander Schneider
Marketing Coordinator, Press Enquiries

Zhenia Vasiliev
Lead Designer

Mohamad Montazerian
Web Developer

Board of Trustees

Nonna Materkova (Chair)

John Thornhill
Dominic Sanders
Nonna Crane
Nigel Nicholson
James Rann
Dmitry Ozerkov
Maxim Bouev

Calvert 22 Foundation is a registered charity in England and Wales no. 1134939 and a company limited by guarantee no. 06941737. Registered office: New Wing, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA


Please send all commercial or business development enquiries to Ulrika Cattermole.

Click here for information about advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

Job vacancies

We are not currently hiring. Check back here for any opportunities as they arise.