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Cultural Policy Debate

SPACES seeked ways to open the existing cultural institutions to the new cultural actors from the independent/non institutionalized scene. After three years of policy research, we published a policy paper that is based on participatory approaches to cultural policymaking, inlcuding recommendations for policy makers.

At the level of cultural policymaking, the region sees a strong presence of cultural policies (and politics) that are still largely based on an obsolete system of public institutions, leaving independent cultural actors in an unprivileged position.

Decision makers in culture are yet to initiate much needed reforms in means of developing strategic orientation, transparency of activities, and openness for a number of actors active on the cultural map.

In this context, we initiated and carried out an extensive knowledge transfer from the countries of the Western Balkans, in particular from Croatia, to our countries of action. In the last decade, Croatia has achieved concrete results in this field, and the Zagreb experience of participatory cultural policy built from below is recognized as a valuable model. Our Croatian partner Slobodne veze/Loose Associations has deep insight into it.

We contacted local authorities and political decision makers and representatives of state cultural institutions with the aim to overcome the transitional biases, and to proceed towards a communication with the independent scene.

Main results

  • Our Policy brief in English language with recommendations for cultural policies and strategies on regional, national and trans-national level. For a free printed copy please contact 
  • A summaraised version of our policy brief in Armenian, Georgian, Ukrainian and Moldovan language 
  • Platforms for Dialogue between institutionalized and non-institutionalized actors and key players in the four countries - for more information, please contact our project partners directly!