Zagreb Conference (20 – 23 January 2011)

The Zagreb conference Open Institutions – Institutional Imagination and Cultural Public Sphere is an attempt to revisit the changing institutional landscape of culture: How can we reshape cultural institutions, common resources and cultural public sphere to withstand the challenges of marketization of culture, austerity politics and institutional parochialism?

The conference includes lectures, conversations and debates that involve theoreticians, scholars, experts, artists and practitioners: Boris Buden, Vesna Čopič, Branka Ćurčić, Sanja Iveković, Jim McGuigan, Suzana Milevska, Blaž Peršin, Mirko Petrić, Simon Sheikh, Miško Šuvaković, Andrea Zlatar Violić. A special focus of the conference is the exploration of practices in running the cultural infrastructure, with around 30 participating institutions and organizations.

The conference is organized by Operation City and POGON – Zagreb Center for Independent Culture and Youth.

Ljubljana Workshop and Public Debate (14 – 15 February 2011)

The workshop and public discussion “Open Institutions: In Search for New Models of Collaboration Between NGOs and Public Institutions” are organized by Asociacija Association and their aim is to tackle the question of possible new ways and models of content and strategic collaboration between NGOs and public institutions in culture, especially in light of the upcoming reform of the public sector in culture that is currently in process in Slovenia.

Speakers at the public discussion: Katarina Pejović, Sonja Kralj Bervar (director of the Directorat for Cultural Development and European Affairs from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia), Iva Hraste Sočo (head of the Department of Dramatic Arts from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia), Emina Višnić (director of Pogon – Zagreb Center for Independent Culture and Youth), Jurij Krpan (president of Asociacija Association and art director of Gallery Kapelica), Ivan Dodovski (dean of The School of Foreign Languages at University American College Skopje) and Bogdan Benigar (director of the jazz and world music program at Cankajrev Dom Ljubljana and director of the Druga Godba Institute).

Skopje Workshop and Public Debate (14 – 16 April 2011)

The workshop and public discussion “Open Institutions” are organized by Kontrapunkt in order to approach the issue of collaboration between public institutions and independent cultural sector in a constructive way. The aim of the events is to open space for discussion and reflection on institutional openness thus raising awareness of the need for structural changes in the field of culture.
The names of the participants and speakers will be announced shortly.

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