Like many rural European regions, communities in Transylvania, East Germany, and Albania are challenged by migration and an accelerating decline of local cultural offerings.
Although most villages in Albania and Romania have designated cultural centers, such spaces are still to become more connected to local communities. Meanwhile, new community spaces emerge, providing new models of social activation through culture.
icebauhaus, Mihai and Maria Fratila Foundation / @HomeinFăgăraș, Tek Bunkeri, and the Fagaras Research Institute are initiators of MOCI Balkans, enabling new partnerships of cultural spaces and between creative pioneers. With SPACE (Sustainable Partnerships for Arts and Culture in Europe), we aim to activate local initiatives and inspire collaborators to develop future-oriented cultural solutions to systemic challenges. Cultural SPACES in rural areas can re-emerge as spaces of freedom placed at the heart of local community development.