Independent Culture Centers in Slovenia

time: 28.01.2010. - 30.01.2010.
place: Maribor, Slovenia
organiser: Pekarna
Center for Independent Culture and Youth from Zagreb and Molekula from Rijeka partake at the moment at the international conference New Times / New Models – Governance Models of Independent Cultural Centers in Maribor.

Participants and panellists: Emina Visnic, Marin Lukanovic, Katarina Pavic, Teodor Celakovski, Tomislav Medak and Sonja Soldo.

Molekula is a production and presentation space in the centre of Rijeka, Croatia, as well as a Union of organisations that work together in that space. The goal of Molekula is to provide space for production and/or presentation of contemporary art & culture, to host socially active manifestations, lectures, exhibitions, performances, presentations, readings, screenings, shows, fairs, workshops, educational programmes, and to provide a focal point to the youth.
Molekula is at the same time a space used by its six members to develop and present their work; a platform for cooperation between the six member organisations; and a space used by other groups, organisations and individuals that share our goal.

Center for Independent Culture and Youth is Zagreb based cooperation platform that gathers NGOs, art organizations, informal groups and individuals. Main goal of the Alliance is to foster development of independent culture and youth self-organizing through various activities: art and cultural programs such as Operation:city (for instance:, international conferences (like:, and regular public discussions. Alliance is initiator and one of the co-founders of Zagreb Center for independent culture and youth, a public institution that  provides basic services and manage infrastructure for programs of independent cultural and youth organizations and groups.

Centre started as informal platform in 2005 when it initiated advocacy campaign for improvement of the position of both sectors. Alliance founders are two national networks (Clubture, network of independent culture, and Croatian Youth Network), organizations gathered around local collaborative platform Zagreb – Kapital of Culture 3000, and three non-profit clubs (MaMa, Mochvara, Attack!). The Alliance was registered in 2006. At the moment it has 23 active organizations in its membership.


(D.H., 29.01.2010)