Contemporary Culture and Public Policies Program (2019)


On December 12-13, at the Cinema Culture, Lokomotiva organized the Summit on “Art Spaces and Residences”, edited by Biljana Tanurovska Kulavkovski and Violeta Kachakova. The Summit is being implemented in partnership with the Nomad Dance Academy Slovenia and was supported by the Ministry of Culture of Northern Macedonia, the Municipality of Centar and the Creative Europe program under the Life Long Burning project.

The summit was designed to bring together artists and cultural workers from both domestic and international contexts who discussed and shared professional experiences and knowledge on two topics: art spaces and residences, through the perspective of “spaces of common” and “spaces of interdependence”.

This Summit is an invitation to bring together experiences from different socio-political and economic perspectives on these topics, to reflect on and discuss the politics of cultural spaces and their configuration.

The Summit was held within 2 working days and the working format included closed workshops and working sessions with the participation of invited artists and cultural workers and 2 moderated discussions open to public.


Andreas Liebmann (Copenhagen)-artist, Jan Philippe Possmann (Manheim)-dramaturg, theatre director and producer, Director at Zeitraumexit Manheim; Morten Goll (Copenhagen)-artist, founder of Trampoline Centre, Marijana Cvetkovic (Belgrade), cultural worker, activist and manager Station Service for contemporary dance; Ivana Vaseva (Skopje)-curator and cultural worker; Dejan Srhoj (Ljubljana)-choreographer, Nomad Dance Academy Slovenia, Cofestival Ljubljana; Danae Theodoridou (Brussels)-freelance performance maker and researcher; Milica Ilic (Paris)-cultural policy researcher and cultural manager, ONDA – French office for contemporary performing arts circulation; Oliver Musovikj (Skopje)-freelance artist; Slobodanka Stevcevska (Skopje)-artist, OPA (Obsessive Possessive Aggression) Collective; Filip Jovanovski (Skopje)-freelance artist, founder of FRU and AKTO Contemporary Art Festival. Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski, Violeta Kachakova and Elena Risteska (Skopje) – Lokomotiva/Kino Kultura.

Details of the summit program can be found at the following link:


  • Workshop “Advocacy of cultural workers for labour rights” with Tjaša Pureber

Tijasha Pureber (cultural worker and former head of advocacy for Asociacija, network of independent cultural workers in Slovenia) held a workshop on ” Advocacy of cultural workers for labour rights” on November 29 and 30 in Kino Kultura. At the workshop young artists and cultural workers participated, who applied for the open call announced in early November, 2019. During the workshop, examples of good practice of organizing cultural workers in various forms of collectivity were discussed, in order to fight and advocate for their rights. Forms of advocacy have been discussed and an overview of the objectives, methodology and mapping of problems was done questioning do they differ from the class revolutionary struggle? What is the link between reforms and social change? Can we combine the two approaches to improve the conditions of artists?

The workshop with Tjaša Pureber is organized by Lokomotiva – Centre for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture in the framework of the yearly program “Contemporary culture and public polices” 2019, curated by Violeta Kachakova and Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski, developed as part of the project “Programme of Lokomotiva in Kino Kultura – project space for contemporary performing arts and culture”, supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Northern Macedonia.

The workshop was also part of the program of the “Symposium on Thinking for the Future from a Labor Perspective – Pre-capitalist in Capitalist Culture – Should We Continue to Live Like This?” Which increased its visibility and relevance in a regional context. This symposium was organized by the Faculty of things that can’t be learned (FR~U), in partnership with Lokomotiva – Center for New Initiatives in Art and Culture and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Southeast Europe as part of the Left Culture initiative on 29th and 30th of November in Kino Kultura.