Thursday, 13/10, 10.15 AM
Emina Višnić, Dea Vidović and Tomislav Tomašević in conversation // moderator: Ana Žuvela
Opening the city to its citizens – horizons and obstacles

Previous procedures for planning, financing and managing the development of cities have proven inadequate in the context of current economic and political relations. Growing competition and the pressure of global capital have drastically transformed the image and the way a city is reproduced, and at the same time created an ever more prominent social isolation and poverty of an increasing number of citizens. Where is the location for active participation of citizens, and what are the strategies for local action that can mitigate the negative consequences of these processes? Where is culture within these transformation processes, can it avoid taking part in gentrification processes and instead be an agent for empowering the community?

Thursday, 13/10, 12 AM
Opportunities for development of socio-cultural centers: Integrated territorial investments (ITI) as an instrument of urban development
Jelena Ricov (Office for EU Programmes and Projects), Ivana Katurić (consultant)
Moderator: Antun Sevšek

In the framework of the Operational Programme Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014 to 2020, and the Operational Programme Efficient Human Resources 2014 to 2020 for the implementation of activities aimed at sustainable urban development in the largest urban centers of Croatia through integrated territorial investments, 345.35 million euros have been secured. We are going to talk with Jelena Ricov, head of the Office for EU Programmes and Projects, and Ivana Katurić, consultant, about what kind of place socio-cultural centers could have in Croatia.

Thursday, October 13, 2:30 pm, Info session
Opportunities for development of socio-cultural centers: the European Social Fund (ESF)
Stela Fišer Marković (Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs)
Anastazija Magaš-Mesić (Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia)
Ministry of Labour and Pension System
Moderator: Janja Sesar

The socio-cultural centers programmme is expected to develop as part of the European Social Fund and the Operational Programme Efficient Human Resources 2014 to 2020. We will discuss this process with Anastazija Magaš-Mesić, Head of the Sector for EU programmes and projects.

Thursday, 13/10, 15.45 PM, presentation and talk
ufaFabrik, Berlin (Werner Wiartalla)

For decades, dreams were recorded on celluloid on the grounds of the Universal Film Studios in Berlin-Tempelhof. The second life as the “ufaFabrik” began in 1979 when a group of young activists and artists moved in and built a unique centre for arts, culture and sustainability.
New and uncommon ideas have been explored and implemented here since 1979 and most projects involve issues of ecology and sustainable development.
The ufafabrik has become a research and experimental site for ecological technologies and constructions. Guests from all around the world attend here courses, workshops and conferences to learn about photovoltaic and other renewable energy sources, rainwater use, green roofs, ecological refurbishment or clay, straw bale building and on sustainable Urban development in universities, adult education classes and European Educational institutions.
During the first years the eco-pioneers were often seen as friendly dreamers and people smiled about the funny experiments they tried. This has changed:  more and more people see the urgent need for sustainable concepts in all areas of the European and global society.
Today with 35 residents and over 220 co-workers based in ufaFabrik, services and programmes include children’s circus, café and summer garden, organic bakery and natural food store, guesthouse and residencies, children’s school and farm, and a neighbourhood centre. UfaFabrik’s International Cultural Centre is supporting contemporary arts and culture, it houses two theatre spaces, multiple practice studios, workspaces, and an outdoor covered stage in summer. The team of the ufaFabrik aims to inspire and empower the public to participate in cultural practices and social interaction.
In 2004 ufaFabrik was classified by the United Nations settlements program UNhabitat as a “Best practice for the improvement of the living environment.” Today, in it’s 37th year of existence the ufaFabrik is still in a constant process of renewing and improving their concept towards a sustainable future.

16.45: Brunnenpassage, Beč (Zuzana Ernst-Moncayo)
Brunnenpassage defines itself as a laboratory and venue for transcultural and participative art (processes). A learning space that develops models by means of the people. It is based on the belief that access to art and culture is a human right. Artistic values and social objectives are woven together in order to reach a diverse audience and create a novel collective space that allows for authentic, liberal, autonomous cooperation beyond typical models of classification. It is a project that reflects on its own art production in terms of quality and opportunities for participation, providing access to art for underrepresented population groups and establish long-lasting collaborations. 

Thursday, 13/10, 21h, Zagreb Dance Center, Ilica 10, benefit dance performance
BADco: Stranger

Intercultural community center in the context of city development
Menno Weijs (European Cultural Foundation, Amsterdam), Teodor Celakoski (Operation:city), Dražen Šimleša (Green Network of Activist Groups), Tea Vidović (Centre for Peace Studies)
Moderator: Mirela Travar

Discussion will focus on different areas of sustainable development of a city as major content guidelines for the future Intercultural community center: inclusiveness and integration, solidarity economy, ecology and culture, and civic engagement. How can they more efficiently influence positive social change and greater solidarity in a society, and what do similar processes in the European context look like? These are just some of the issues guests will discuss.


Friday, 14/10, 11:45, presentation and talk
Franjo Steiner (Interkulturelles Zentrum)  

Interkulturelles Zentrum (IZ) is an independent non-profit organisation based in Vienna/Austria aiming at the enhancement of intercultural relations both on national and international level. IZ promotes the development of communication between people of different cultural origin and educates people to carry out practical, intercultural work.

Ludvig Duregård (Subtopia, Stockholm)
South of Stockholm, in Botkyrka municipality, you find the creative cluster of Subtopia. This is where artists, film producers, circus companies, NGOs, bands and other creative people follow their dreams and try to make the world a little better. Subtopia houses over 80 organizations, companies and educational institutions and 200 people come to work here every day. Subtopia is the hub in this network of people and ideas. We serve as a platform where organizations and individuals get the chance to develop their creativity on their own terms. The hard and soft infrastructure here is designed to make new ideas flourish. We facilitate innovation. Subtopia is involved in different projects ranging from circus productions, urban development and film support to commercial events. Our main focus is on contemporary Circus, film production and urban art but the organizations within Subtopia work with a diversity of art forms including music, theatre, dance, public art, mask making and more. Subtopia is the core catalyst in Botkyrka municipality’s commitment to the arts and entertainment industry. Subtopia is a part of the municipally owned company Upplev Botkyrka AB.

Friday, 14/10, 13.45 PM, presentation and talk
Miranda Veljačić i Emina Višnić: we need it we do it
The project which represents Croatia at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition / La Biennale di Venezia 2016

The project entitled “we need it we do it” by the authorial team the members of which are Dinko Peračić, Miranda Veljačić, Slaven Tolj and Emina Višnić will represent Croatia at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition. The project focuses on the content reconstruction of three buildings, POGON Jedinstvo in Zagreb, H-building of Rikard Benčić complex as the future Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka and the Youth Centre in Split. The representation of architectural works in Biennale in Venice will be interwoven with the representation of social processes and the architectural work given as a result of collective social involvement of a wide circle of participants. Here we deal with unfinished structures which are nonetheless continuously used for artistic, cultural and social programmes of different actors, and their architectural shaping arises through a series of interactions, interventions and minor operations by which the premises are constantly improved. The three buildings concerned will be additionally explored in co-operation with the performance collective BADco. which will participate at the exhibition with the trilogy “The Institutions Need to be Constructed”.

Participatory mapping of needs and initiatives for new circumstances of city development

We will discuss the variety of ways citizens, initiatives and organizations in Croatia, and in the international context, recognize the problems of the local community, as well as ways they approach them or try to give possible answers and solutions for citizen’s problems in today’s society.

Friday, 14/10, 16:00, panel
EU integration policies: criticism
Miriam Ekiudoko (Ebony African Cultural, Arts and Human Rights Organization, Budapest, Hungary), Faika El Nagashi (Grüne Austria, Sprecherin für Integration, Migration und Menschenrechte), Barbara Matejčić (independent journalist, Croatia, Zagreb)

EU integration policies: criticism – will focus on the critical analysis and study of integration policies conducted by various EU Member States that have had good and bad effects on the societies in which they were implemented. Together with speakers from individual EU Member states, we will discuss several practical examples, try to figure out what future societies will look like, and define the basic tenets on which a society should be built on given current socio-political challenges.

Friday, 14/10, 19:00, key note, Academy of Performing Arts, Frankopanska 22
Rustom Bharucha:
Rethinking interculturalism from performance to policy

In this dialogic intervention, Rustom Bharucha will map how ‘interculturalism’ as a category has been used in Euro-American performance practice and theory since the 1970s.  He will call attention to some of the primary motifs underlying his critique of interculturalism within the larger ethos of liberal individualism by focusing on the politics of appropriation, decontextualization, the exotic use of the Other and cultural tourism. Against this background, he will position how interculturalism as a policy is now being advocated widely in Europe by politicians and policy-makers, more often than not as a backlash to the perceived failures of multiculturalism.  Highlighting the schism that exists between the performative discourse of interculturalism and its contemporary usage in debates around public policy, he will throw out some critical speculations on what can be learned at the level of policy from creative interactions in the performance sector, with particular attention to the marginalized sectors of society.  To what extent can the building of an intercultural centre in Zagreb be viewed as a performative experiment in social transformation?

Saturday, 15/10, 10:00, panel
Integration policies: then and now
Franjo Steiner (Interkulturelles Zentrum, Vienna, Austria), Eleonora Camilli (Independent Journalist, Italy), Carmen Dupont (Amnesty International Belgium); moderator: Viktor Koska (CEDIM, Faculty of political sciences University of Zagreb)

The conversation will focus on the specific processes in the creation of integration policies of individual EU countries by drawing a parallel between the basic tenets of these policies then and now. How have the assimilation, multiculturalism and interculturalism models contributed to the social atmosphere, and how have they harmed it? Do certain policies create fear from the start? Or are openness and trust, that may result in very positive examples like the one in the small Italian town of Riacce, a better approach.

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