Kooperativa – Regional Platform for Culture was registered in August 2012 in Zagreb, as non-governmental, non-party and non-profit association of legal entities. It is a regional network of organizations working in the field of independent culture and contemporary art in South-eastern Europe. Kooperativa was jointly founded by 21 independent cultural organizations from the countries in the region: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Slovenia and Serbia, active in all areas of contemporary cultural and artistic practice.

Kooperativa platform was founded with the purpose of creating a long-term and sustainable framework for cooperation and development of independent cultural organizations in South-Eastern Europe. In line with the basic purpose of its establishment, Kooperativa works on strengthening the capacity of independent culture organizations through transferring good practice and knowledge; empowering the actors that contribute to the development of cultural policies in the region; and creating conditions for continuous implementation of collaborative projects between independent cultural organizations operating in different countries of South-Easter Europe.

Kooperativa has been functioning as a registered platform since 2012, and its establishment and activity are the result of a long-lasting cooperation of independent culture organizations active in this area. Partners gathered around Kooperativa have been closely cooperating since 2005, and together they have implemented a number of activities: collaborative projects within the exchange and collaboration programmes; bringing together and networking the advocates of independent culture; information and educational activities. Besides, Kooperativa and its participants have also been active in advocating for cultural policy measures that would systematically improve the international cultural cooperation and enable its long-term sustainability.

The main objectives of the Platform are:

  • to ensure the framework for long-term and sustainable project cooperation and programme exchange between the advocates of independent culture in the region
  • strengthen the capacities of organizations through the transfer of good practice and knowledge
  • empower the actors that can contribute to the development of cultural and other policies that will introduce significant changes in cultural systems of the countries of the region