Culture in the Community

The “Culture in the community” program

The “Culture in the community” program aims to create new opportunities for socially engaged art created by renowned authors, as well as for affirmation of those authors who raise issues of human rights in an interesting way, but come from marginalized background or plainly, do not belong to the cultural elite. Support is focused on cultural creativity that promotes solidarity values and is advocating human rights protection, with particular emphasis on those communication formats that enhance participation in the overall process of creation, reception and interpretation of works of art.

Cultural production as a focus of this program will include a wide range of terms of copyright, styles and media – without discrimination in relation to the traditional division of the so-called popular and high culture – which is an original and inspiring way to open dialogue in the community about the fundamental values of our society and to encourage citizens to think and act critically. The costs of developing and implementing the program will mostly be covered by significant and volunteer based involvement of authors, partnership with relevant organizations and institutions for the purpose of non-financial support and support to our donors.

Along with expected social impact, the program “Culture in community” is a valuable force for promoting the mission of our Foundation SOLIDARNA and expanding the circle of our supporters, and its launch is mainly based on voluntary involvement of founders and supporters of SOLIDARNA, who are active in the Foundation Council for cultural production. The program will gradually develop and receive upgrades, in line with the pace of development in partnerships.

In September 2016, Atlantic Group signed a donation contract for the program “Culture in community” in the amount of 50 000,00 kn, which will provide support for implementation of the first set of cultural production, which will operate in collaboration with the Foundation SOLIDARNA.

Collaboration with the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb

SOLIDARNA has established cooperation with the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb in order to advocate critical thinking on the topic of human rights, democracy and solidarity within the university classes, student productions, festivals and in order to strengthen and systemize cooperation between ADA students and NGO’s and initiatives that advocate for human rights protection through Croatia, in the context of community learning. 

The agreement on long-term cooperation between SOLIDARNA and ADA has been signed in early December of 2016, where states that SOLIDARNA provides financial support for journal of student drama texts DeSADU, Student Film Festival FRKA and is focused on connecting students of ADA with human rights projects and initiatives, for the purpose of creative contributions, supporting the promotion of civic engagement through student’s drama plays and texts, along with educational support of teaching productions on topic of protecting and promoting human rights.

Digital textbook and photo competition for children and youth called “What human rights mean to us?”

SOLIDARNA will collaborate with teachers, writers and experts on the topic of human rights in producing digital textbook intended for children and youth (elementary, high school and university students). The digital textbook will offer an understandable, concise and accessible way to clarify the broad spectrum that exists within the topic of human rights, along with fundamental basis of our democratic society. We will cover topics such as social inclusion, philanthropy and social justice, as a basis for cooperation with youth who are engaged in photography and aspire to interpret and critically assess some of the concepts in the textbook, through visual medium. Selected papers will be presented as a section in the textbook, but few of the contenders will be performed in the form of mobile exhibition, alongside with thematically related works made by renowned photographers.

Our digital textbook will be presented as a complementary educational material for civic education and will target teaching staff through teacher’s network that exists within GOOD Initiative, who carried out significant educational protest named “Croatia can do better”. We expect to reach young adults and promote our cause through the Croatian Youth Network.

Stand-up by Vili Matula “Sign of inequality”

“The sign of inequality” is an interactive political stand-up that relies on audience involvement and encourages them to participate in various ways – from expressing emotions like approval or disapproval, sharing testimony of their own experiences and roleplaying in these examples. Author Vili Matula, in combination with audience, will question the difference between right and left wing, the meaning of freedom, equality, solidarity, democracy,  human rights and how well they are implemented in our society, and which human rights should be added to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Author and audience will emerge in the lives of today’s workers, employers, entrepreneurs, journalist, artists, pensioners, youth and unemployed.

Authors Vili Matula whole engagement on creation, production and performance of this stand-up is on voluntary basis.

Recital “Manual for yesterday” by Goran Ferčec and Urša Raukar

A collection of essays “Manual for yesterday – thirteen essays” by writer, playwright and dramaturg Goran Ferčec, was created in condensed period during the last three months of 2013, as an analytical comment on current events. Author Goran Jerčec dissects contemporaneity marked by social-engaged content compared to author’s personal experience.

The essays cover a wide field of topics ranging from nineties heritage, writers and cultural workers self-image, the termination of railway lines that came as a result of collective passivity, digging through the socialist heritage, along with intimate review of claiming rights to minority identity, subtle pleads made to working mothers, and even playing hide and seek with great Bertolt Brecht.

The task of these micro units with heterogeneous content is to draw attention to social alienation and lack of solidarity as a fundamental social practice.