Regional Lab: New Culture Spaces and Networks as drivers of an Innovative and Sustainable Bottom-up Development of Regional Collaboration

Regional Lab: New Culture Spaces and Networks as drivers of an Innovative and Sustainable Bottom-up Development of Regional Collaboration

05/02/2021

Project Leader: Kooperativa – Regionalna platforma za kulturu, Croatia

Alliance Operation City, Croatia

Anibar, Kosovo*

Association independent cultural scene of Serbia, Serbia

Društvo asociacija, Slovenia

JADRO – Association of the Independent Culture Scene Skopje, North Macedonia

Omladinski kulturni centar Abrašević, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Maximum grant awarded: 424.010 €

In the past decade intensive bottom-up developments emerged in the region of West Balkan and South East Europe mostly among the civil sector in culture. The necessity of new models of organizing, working and governing outside traditional institutional framework encouraged regional peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge and experience. This project builds on the existing experiences and collaborations and further develops regional and European exchange, creating dynamic scheme of artistic exchange between cultural centers, creating evidence based knowledge on new participatory models of operation, building capacities and skills of artists and cultural operators to act regionally and internationally and raising visibility of regional collaboration both on local and European level. The project represents an opportunity for actors in the region to create sustainable and stable frame for future development of regional collaboration taking more active role in the processes of transition, reconciliation and mutual support. It will provides up-to-date map and analysis on existing innovative participative arrangements related to program collaboration, management and governance within the civil sector in culture and will articulate this topic on the larger transnational scale maintaining an ownership of bottom-up collaborative processes. The project also provides reliable tools as a common know-how available for further use on European level. Combining peer-to-peer logic of exchange of experiences and skills with expertise approach, within mentorship and twining formats, the project will provide trainings on practical skills needed for successful implementation of transnational cultural programs. Finally, it enables recognition and greater participation of Western Balkan artistic and cultural scene in European cultural ‘ecosystem’, continuing and enhancing efforts of other actors, such as European cultural networks.