Arts and cultural activities, Community development

Culture builds bridges

A series of cultural events, workshops and residencies in Haloze that would combine traditional and modern approaches and create open cultural exchange.


Who is behind this?

Sara Korošec

Kreativno društvo Objemko


Who is joining forces?

Zavod za razvoj Haloz


Tovarna umetnosti Majšperk


Zavod TuRA


Zavod za razvoj Haloz is focused in development, Tovarna umetnosti Majšperk is exhibition space in Haloze, Zavod TuRA is a organization that works in field of creative tourism.


Idea pitch

Project is opening cultural local environment in two directions, defend and promote cultural heritage and connect them with new ideas, modern art and approaches. We would like to create cultural environment that is open to new ideas, connected, shares knowledge and is not locked neither ignorant towards local tradition.Activate people to share their arts and accept other. We would like to put colorful content in local natural landscape and in plenty of un-used or abandoned spaces.

Where will your project idea take place?

In region Haloze (municipalities: Podlehnik, Žetale, Videm, Zavrč, Cirkulane, Makole, Majšperk)

What is the specific societal challenge faced by this region?

Region Haloze in bordelined region with Croatia and one of the most underdeveloped regions in Slovenia. A lot of yougsters are escaping this environment because lack of opportunities and conservativism in cultural environment, on the other hand history and traditional skills and knowledge is in domain of older people and is disappearing through generations. There are also a lot of abandoned or renovated traditional houses without permanent content because all the funds are focused in material infrastructure. There is lack of cultural exchange and open cultural environment, events that would combine local resources and people and also modern culture and arts. Also there is opportunity in cultural tourism but not yet evolved.

Who are you doing it for?

We are targeting on different groups in local environment and their involvement, especially those who feel culturally excluded and those who do not find appropriate cultural environment for their cultural development. Bringing those people together with culture.

Young people
Local artists, creatives, crafters
Mentors of workshops
Older generations
Cultural enthusiasts
Future generations
Local associations, NGOs and authorities
Tourists, visitors, newcomers in Haloze
Residents, creatives and cultural workers that would be coping with local challenges
General local public, community
General public from town like Ptuj and Maribor
Producers of local food and wine
Owners of abandoned or unused places

How do you plan to get there?

1. Through individual interviews and community meeting searching for themes, problematics that are important to local community
2. Open calls for residencies, workshops, cultural events (from point 1.)
3. Searching local and outside mentors, creatives that would deal with thematics in a new way
4. Searching places and houses for residencies, workshops and events.
5. Organization of the events and coordination between locals, mentors, residents, public (dates, communication, coordination, co-creation, promotion)
6. Executions of residencies, workshops, cultural events
7. Evaluation of project

What are the expected results?

5 residencies connected with local problematic that would deal through modern art approaches and co-creation between locals and residents
15 cultural events that will connect traditional ways and new approaches and involve different generations and people with different stands...
Local participants and public and also from elsewhere (Ptuj, Maribor)
Raised activation of locals and their commitment to deal with local problems in a new way
Environment that is open, welcoming, evolving, without prejudices and culturally engaged
Empowering locals with new skills and ideas
New cultural connections
Lessen cultural gaps between generations
Co-creation and collaboration

How does your idea strengthen active citizenship at a local and community level?

Through arts, residencies and workshops from the fields of folk singing, food, herbalism, traditional skills, nature living we would like to combine and connect different generations, modern and traditional approaches. We believe that tradition have to be passed through generations but it is also important that they are not locking social development. Through learning and invited creatives we would like to open cultural exchange, to answer local challenges, connect people.Feeling of acceptance and openess of local community is crucial for involvement of people in problem solving, coworking and co-creating. Involvement of different people and residents can make colourful space and would strenghten democracy through inclusion, and open cultural environment also for future generations.

Why is this idea important to you?

I am living in Haloze. For five years I lived in Ljubljana where I was involved in music journalism on Radio Študent and was visiting a lot of cultural events.In 2016 I returned into local environment where there was only cultural events connected with traditions. It was difficult for me, as a musician, journalist and organizer to involve and to accept such environmet and also vice versa. So I started to participate in many local organization and started to organize events, invite musicians from elsewhere and host them at my home that we could create together. At the same time I began to be interested a lot in local traditions and tried to combine all those approaches to make cultural environment open and evolving for me and others.

€ 50,-

Total budget

€ 50,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

Major expenses

Personnel costs (organization, communication, coordination) - 15.000
Fees for Workshops, events – 20.000
PR: 2.000€
Residencies: 10.000
Travel expenses: 2.000
Catering: 1.000

What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

Any kind of advice, comments on idea, proposals for connections...



Idea created on May 27, 2020

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