Sharing and replication of good practices

Individual residency programs from different topics will be offered in this project to artists, academicians, cultural workers and creative people living and working in highly multicultural environments. The residencies will provide possibility for the visitors to reflect and research our target municipalities and prepare creative/engaging plans, recommendations or other urban products to share best practices of interethnic living and working from their societies.

1st Residency

The residency provides the possibility for the visitor to reflect and research our target municipalities and prepare creative/engaging plans, recommendations or other urban products to share best practices of interethnic living and working from their society.

  • Research on social relations, urban dynamics and cultural opportunities for the Social Club Kombinati and the Municipality of Struga;
  • Research personal and communal historical descriptions, stories, images, architectural information as a background data to support the research;
  • Audio documentary about the city and the region to serve as a record of the cultural project being implemented, the temporal city element of then and now together with the characters and stories which characterize the city of Struga;
  • Exchange expertise with the project organisers and the community and promote Social Club Kombinati through workshops, planning events and by contributing to the programme’s implementation;
  • Report from a resident’s perspective to guide the project with recommendations and findings, to serve as evaluation of its overall impact and to raise awareness locally and internationally about the project in general.

The audio is composed from several interviews which give an insight that Struga can start to organise its urban spaces and politics according to professionalism rather than along ethnic lines. This potential is bolstered by the size of the town because politics here can work on a face-to-face basis. Personal connections across the communities can make a real difference in Struga. Effective, professional collaboration with achievements on the ground can be made more easily visible to the broader population if there is a clear strategy for multilingual communication, effective outreach to both communities ensuring inclusive participation in the cultural activity and a diverse audience. Equally there is the possibility that a breakdown of trust can be visible and have a negative impact.

Building trust within the project is an important initial priority, an effective platform for cultural events that can build trust in the community depends on this. In the process of working closely together the scope for the project has the potential to widen its appeal and reach out to Struga’s diaspora and build a network with cultural organisers in the Balkans. No matter how much the project grows and new ideas are developed, it is crucial that it is based on professional, local implementation that ensures the local participation that represents the best of Struga.

 Final Artistic residency report Sean Rowlands

2nd Residency

The residency provides the possibility for the visitor to reflect and research our target municipalities and prepare creative/engaging plans, recommendations or other urban products to share best practices of interethnic living and working from their society.

  • Research on inter-community legacy of post-socialist community buildings in Struga and southwest region of Macedonia;
  • Field trips in the region exploring and identification of buildings and the neighbourhoods;
  • Archival research on the topic;
  • Report from a resident’s perspective to guide the project with recommendations and findings, to serve as evaluation of its overall impact and to raise awareness locally and internationally about the project in general.

 Report by David Mountain – The intercultural legacy of privatisation and decentralisation in post-socialist community buildings and civil society institutions in Struga and southwest Macedonia

 The Intercultural Legacy of Post-Socialist Community Buildings in Struga and Southwest Macedonia