Our Exchange and Cooperation pilot program, implemented in 2017, was oriented towards strengthening cultural cooperation of independent cultural organizations in the region. The participants were Kooperativa members and their partner organizations. All of the funded programs were implemented by at least three partners from different Southeast European countries, active in the fields of visual arts, contemporary dance, archival practices, audience development, research of working conditions of cultural workers, activism and public good, etc.
The pilot program was based on continuous cooperation through the organization of numerous innovative activities in different cities and towns in the region, as well as on common decision-making in the evaluation and selection processes.
Find out more about the implemented programs in our publication Connecting through Culture About the work of regional platform Kooperativa
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Exchange and Artistic Circulation Program for Cultural Centres
The aim of the Exchange and Artistic Circulation Program is to enable circulation of artworks and artistic productions within the region by means of program exchange between independent cultural centres. It creates the framework for first-time program collaborations between the art centers Anibar (Peja), Magacin Cultural Centre (Belgrade), Youth Cultural Centre “Abrašević” (Mostar), Socio Cultural Space Center Jadro (Skopje) and Pogon – Zagreb Centre for Independent Culture and Youth (Zagreb), while also opening up the possibility for an intensified collaboration with other cultural centres from the European Union. Each cultural centre will develop at least 3 exchange programs of diverse formats, ranging from hosting artists and/or curators within residency programs, presentation of artists, artworks and productions from other countries, developing co-productions with at least one other country in the region or EU, presenting own productions in cultural centers in other European countries, organizing study-visits, workshops etc. All programs will focus also on audience engagement and participation ranging from specifically designed participatory art projects with the local community up to “peek into the artist workshop” meetings with the audience.
Who will benefit from the program?
1) Artists and curators from the region, who will get an opportunity to present their work and/or to collaborate with peers from the other countries; expand their professional networks; reach new audiences; and get introduced more closely with the independent cultural scenes in the other countries;
2) Staff involved in programming and management of the centers, who will create strong professional ties with each other;
3) Local audiences, who will be introduced with the artists and artworks from the other art scenes from the region and EU, as well as to participate in the program.
About the REG.LAB project
The Exchange Program is part of the project Regional Lab: New Culture Spaces and Networks as drivers of an Innovative and Sustainable Bottom-up Development of Regional Collaboration (REG.LAB) granted by Creative Europe: Sub-programme – Western Balkans Cooperation projects – 2020.
The project builds on the existing experiences and collaborations and further develops regional and European exchange, creating a 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 a local and European level.
The project is conducted by the consortium consisting of several partners from six SEE countries lead by Kooperativa – Regionalna platforma za kulturu, and project partners Anibar from Kosovo, Društvo Asociacija from Slovenia, NKSS from Serbia, Jadro Association | Јадро Асоцијација | Jadro Asociacioni from North Macedonia, Operacija grad from Croatia, and OKC Abrašević from BiH.