Lead Organisation

Asociacija, Association of Arts and Culture NGOs and Freelancers (Slovenia), a network that has been active informally since 1992, is today a professionally coordinated organization involving a few hundred NGOs and individuals from all over Slovenia. Its objective is to advocate for the improvement of the working conditions and the systemic position of freelance artists and NGOs in art and culture and the individuals working for them. Its main goal is to ensure equal working conditions as compared to those of public institutions as well as a general improvement of the position of art and culture in the state and society.  It is fostering cooperation between different sectors, developing services for its members and opening new horizons in culture as the leading NGO and freelancers network in Slovenia.


The Association for Culture and Art CRVENA (Bosnia and Herzegovina) was founded in 2010 in Sarajevo. The founders of CRVENA include artists, musicians, curators, architects, engineers, cooks, economists, journalists, human rights and cultural workers, workers and activists. In the past five years, organization has grown from a small group of active individuals to a laboratory for researching, thinking, learning, sharing, collaborating and producing knowledge. CRVENA has moved from project and small action thinking to strategic programmatic orientation and now seeks to integrate, develop, organize and execute all our activities under four programmes: art, activism, space and society; social and cultural research and policies; learning and production; and alternative economic initiatives.

Jadro – Association of the independent culture scene (Macedonia) is a non-profit, inclusive and participatory advocacy platform that aims to strengthen the independent cultural sector and its impact on the creation and practice of cultural policies in order to encourage the process of democratization of culture, society and the civil sector. The main activities of the platform, which brings together organizations, individuals and informal groups, are aimed at providing broader visibility and social relevance of the independent cultural sector through continuous representation of programme activities, advocacy for stable development of the sector, strengthening its influence in socio-cultural contexts and developing alternative cultural practices on the national, local and regional level.

The Centre for Empirical Cultural Studies of South-East Europe (Serbia) was founded in 2010. During the past four years it has emerged as one of the rare independent research institutes which deal with research into culture and public policy in the fields of education, science, religion, and art in the region of South-East Europe. CECS undertakes empirical and theoretical studies of culture and the processes of transformation in the region from a cultural perspective; performs monitoring, analysis, and evaluation of policies, participates in the formulation of related strategies and public policies and provides consulting services in the formulation of public policies, development strategies, monitoring and evaluation of development projects, public opinion research and cultural management.