activist memory book



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The project « Civic Activism and Resistance in Retrospect: (post)-Yugoslav region 1980-2016: RETROaktiva » was funded with the support of the European Union under the Programme "Europe for Citizens"

Applicable to the Strand 2 – Measure 2.2 "Networks of Towns"
Measure 2.3 "Civil Society Projects"
Strand 1 – "European Rememberance"

2 events have been carried out within this project:

Event 1 Public forum “Zaštita ljudskih prava na putu prema dolje”

Participation: The event involved 54 citizens, including 49 participants from Croatia, 2 participants from Serbia, 1 participant from Macedonia and 2 participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Location / Dates: The event took place in Zagreb, Croatia, on 07/12/2016

Short description: As part of the Human Rights Film Festival, on December 7, 2016, at the ‘Mueller’ Hall of Cinema ‘Europe’ in Zagreb, a forum was held on the successes and effects of recent activist practices in the region. Through examples of recent activist initiatives in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Croatia, with emphasis on those who advocate for direct democracy and the protection of common public goods, moderator Antonija Letinić from Kurziv has been discussing ways of organizing and mobilizing citizens, problems and solutions and the consequences of acting in the broader sense. Eventually, the participants agreed through such initiatives the resistance is shown, and stated that despite the failures and re-evaluations of action, such action is necessary to achieve change.

Event 2 Regional Conferece “U potrazi za Građankom/Građaninom: regionalni vremeplov aktivističkih i umjetničkih praksi”

Participation: The event involved 208 citizens, including 169 participants from Croatia, 10 participants from Serbia, 6 participants from Montenegro, 10 participants from Macedonia and 13 participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Location / Dates: The event took place in Zagreb, Croatia, on 13/04/2017

Short description: The aim of the event was to affirm, but also to propagate the tradition of progressive activism and artistic creativity in the controversy and transformation of dominant political, cultural and social matrices in post-Yugoslav territory. This space is permanently marked by conflicts, poverty, devastation of public goods and the environment, distrust and deep divisions. Nevertheless, this space is still closely linked - with its old and new borders, injustices and traumas, but also with creative outbursts of resistance, healing and innovation.