Regional Lab aims to develop inclusive and innovative models for cultural projects, based on existing knowledge and experience from the civil sector, to provide sustainable and stable cultural co-operation in the Western Balkans.
In the past decade, intensive bottom-up developments emerged in the region of the Western Balkans and South East Europe mostly among the civil sector in culture. New models of organising, working and governing outside traditional institutional frameworks encouraged regional peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge and experience. This project builds on existing experiences and collaborations to develop regional and European exchange, creating a dynamic scheme of artistic exchange between cultural centers, generating evidence-based knowledge on new participatory models of operation, building capacities and skills of artists and cultural operators to act regionally and internationally and raising the visibility of regional collaboration both on local and European level.
The project represents an opportunity for actors in the region to create a sustainable and stable framework for future development of regional collaboration, taking a more active role in the processes of transition, reconciliation and mutual support. It will provide an up-to-date map and analysis of existing arrangements related to programme collaboration, management and governance within the civil sector in culture and will articulate this topic on the larger transnational scale maintaining an ownership of bottom-up collaborative processes.