🔵 WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 🔵
Community governance practice
The last day will be dedicated to practices that move further towards countering the dominant narratives and prevailing apathy of the status quo. By visiting places of institutional innovation, solidarity initiatives and citizen engagement in the democratization of decision-making, you will be able to see the efforts of activists to create spaces for developing new narratives.
☀️ MORNING TOURS 10:00-13:00 ☀️
Meeting point Brvnara
21. Civic-public partnership Pogon Jedinstvo – the institutional innovation story of Zagreb
🗣️ Tour guide Marijana Rimanić
How to bridge the gap between large scale, publicly financed, stable cultural institutions and small, but vibrant and constantly changing independent cultural scene in Zagreb? One of the solutions that the independent culture scene in Zagreb found was establishing its own institution based on the model of civil-public partnership. Pogon – Zagreb Centre for Independent Culture and Youth was established 10 years ago with the goal of providing stable spatial and technical support for cultural and youth programmes of Zagreb-based organisations free of charge. Pogon brought institutional innovation to the Croatian cultural sector, and serves as an inspiration to many institutions abroad too. Of course, the road to establishing such an institution was a long and bumpy one, paved with advocacy, protests, struggles…
In this tour, employees of Pogon will present the cultural context in which Pogon was established, describe the institutional innovation that drives it, the current functioning with all of its challenges, and plans for reconstruction of the ex-factory building Jedinstvo that should happen in the following years.
22. Democratizing decision-making in city neighborhoods – the story of the Trešnjevka neighborhood and the first neighborhood assembly in twenty years
🗣️ Tour guide Iva Marčetić
Zagreb consists of 17 administrative “city quarters” and 218 neighborhoods. All of them have their local councils and many of the local councilmen and -women are rarely to be seen and heard. In the part of the city called Trešnjevka citizens and activists demanded that their local councils finally start working for them. Trešnjevka was, before the transition, part of the city with predominantly family houses and collective housing buildings scattered among green parcels of low density neighborhoods. In the ‘90sit became attractive to the developers who turned small parcels of family houses of Trešnjevka into a collection of dense neighborhoods lacking in parks, recreation and other public services. This was possible due to the gray area in the Masterplan and the laws, thus making Trešnjevka the most desirable part of the city for early speculative practices of the changing system. Because of its proximity to the city center, prices grew in this part of the city, just like its popularity among very shady investors. Trešnjevka became expensive to buy, but hard to live in, being the hottest neighborhood in the city during the summer and hardest to navigate if you were looking for any kind of spaces for leisure. However, not much resistance happened until the City attacked the last of the green spaces that were not taken over by development. The City greenlit the development of luxury apartments that needed one of the last Trešnjevka’s green spaces. A citizen initiative was formed, and for the first time in twenty years (the first time ever since the beginning of the ‘90s) it pressured its local council to organize a citizen assembly, where, according to the City Statute, citizens can oblige their local council to respect their decision.
During the walk we will visit what is left of Trešnjevka’s green space and talk to the local initiative about their experience in challenging the status quo and demanding the democratization of decision-making when it comes to their surroundings and their health.
23. Intercultural practices in Zagreb – story of the Dugave neighborhood
🗣️ Tour guide Iva Zenzerović
You are welcome to join us on a “Refugees Welcome” walk through Dugave, a neighbourhood on Zagreb’s periphery where the Reception Centre for Asylum seekers Porin is situated. We will present some welcoming activities organized by local initiatives and non-state actors, as well as some of the barriers set up by the state. We will start the walk in front of Porin. From 200 to 500 people live there while waiting for a positive or negative decision. From there we will walk to the football field in Dugave where the football team Zagreb 041 play. Zagreb 041 is a rarity: maybe the only openly antifascist and antiracist football team from Zagreb with the goal of bringing football to common people and engaging actively to fight discrimination. The club has also made its contribution to the integration of refugees by including senior refugees in training and playing for the team, and organizing football school for children from refugee and domestic communities. The final point of our walk will be the People’s Library Dugave, where the Civic Initiative Dugave organizes a number of activities aiming to bring different refugees’ cultures closer to the Dugave neighborhood. The work of Civic initiative Dugave will be one of the foundations for the future Intercultural Social Centre, which the platform of organizations Upgrade is trying to establish.