Eleni Margarita Neikova
I believe that culture represents a cultivation of the soul and plays a vital role in our daily lives. Having grown between my two motherlands (Greece and Bulgaria),I have experience the concept of cultural diversity and I believe that it is one of the greatest heritage, we humans have. Dialogue of cultures, for me personally, means: learning, evolving, making peace and learning to understand and respect.
About Eleni
Freelance editor in English language at Diplomatic Spectrum, International Magazine
What are you expecting from the upcoming Media-Forum Dialogue of Cultures?
— I expect to attend a forum where important networking can be achieve and where I will get the opportunity to work on a very intriguing project about St. Petersburg and the Hermitage museum.
— Have you ever been to Russia? If yes, what are you expecting from re-visiting this country?

— I have visited Russia three times in the past (Moscow, St. Petersburg and Crimea) and yet I know there so much more to be seen. I expect to get a bit more acquainted to St. Petersburg, to experience the city in a fresh and creative way, to meet new people and visit new places.
— Could you name any cross-border projects that help to maintain good relations between your country and Russia?

— Relations between Russia and Greece have always been friendly. In 2016 the declaration for an effective Government Partnership has been signed between the two countries, and the cooperation has been developing since. There are currently over 70 Greek companies working in Russia, and the developments in the energy sector promise further deepening of ties.
— We all are living in a digital era now. How modern technologies effect your work?
— Modern technologies have changed my sphere of work completely. Equipment has become way more affordable, which has given me the opportunity to work wherever, whenever and on whatever topic I am interested. Fast communication has allowed me to create social and cultural bonds with people from all over the world; while the hybridization of the media and technology, in general, has allowed me to involve myself creatively and professionally in various spheres like film, media, journalism and photography.
— What personal projects are you going to release based on this trip to St. Petersburg?
— I intend to create a short documentary on the topic "In and Out" or "The Cats of the Hermitage". I will be challenging the artistic approach towards juxtaposing the Museum's interiors with the street life of St. Petersburg. I will publish the multimedia project and any other material that comes out of the trip (whether it is a text with photos, an article etc.) on the Diplomatic Spectrum magazine and the www.welcometogreece.net website, where I work as an editor. Moreover, around the end of this year, we will be opening an informational travel website where an article or the documentary will be posted among the very first publications.
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