Out of the Margins – Research and Policy-Making on Independent Culture Scenes in South-East European Societies
The aim of the project "Out of the Margins – Research and Policy-Making on Independent Culture Scenes in South-East European Societies" is to conduct comprehensive research of the independent culture scenes in the SEE region (in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia) and to create evidence-based policy measures which would help them surpass their marginal position in the fields of cultural production. Data will be collected using on-line surveys and focus groups; in addition, secondary analysis of statistical data and legal documents will be undertaken. The collected data will be used: 1) to form a database which will contain data on more than 200 organizations, networks and informal art groups from six countries in the region; 2) to publish a research study which will locate partakers of independent culture scene in the fields of cultural production in their societies; 3) to prepare six policy papers with measures for the improvement of the status of independent culture scenes in SEE societies which will be delivered to the national Ministries of Culture in targeted countries and to international organizations and institutions which have influence on the cultural policies in the region. We hope that the project will encourage further networking in the region, enable stronger influence of non-institutional partakers on cultural policy and contribute to increased visibility of the independent culture scenes in these societies.