All these years, we have survived without any hierarchic structure, actually without any official structure, and it has always been quite peaceful here, especially in the last years. After Slovenia joined the EU, the TV stations and the newspapers from Europe came to film Metelkova. They were interested in Metelkova as an example of an alternative place functioning in the small new member state.
We are still offering alternative culture, such as alternative (i.e. not mainstream) bands, but this is not our main programme – and that’s why Metelkova is important. It is important for young people to get to know this kind of culture. Ljubljana has lots of students and they come here. They can join and help as volunteers and there are opportunities to be paid also. Importantly, people who need spaces, for example a theatre group looking for rehearsal spaces, know they can approach us and within two weeks they can be using a space here. That’s also very important in this city.
I think Metelkova is slowly becoming more and more important also for other citizens apart from the young people. It could be even more so if we had a wider programme for example for children or older people. However, we are slowly moving in this direction, and we’ve recently had a really good response from our neighbours to this. We still get complaints about the noise etc, but we’ve been engaging with the neighbours much more – we’ve been inviting them to come and see what our spaces look like, who are the artists working here and what are they working on. I can say that most of them liked what they saw and found it to be special. The feedback often was – We feel the creative energy and we like it.
Whenever we have an anniversary or a special event we also invite the older people from the neighbourhood. I remember two old ladies knocking on my office doors once to tell me they were sorry to disturb but they just wanted to tell me how nice they thought this place was, that they liked it very much. They said that for many years they were afraid to enter Metelkova but now they saw it`s not like they thought it was.
- Social integration of Graz
- Investment into culture is investment into people
- Social dimensions of the Graz 2003
- Social impacts of Liverpool 2008
- Impacts on Rotterdam’s deprived south
- Metelkova autonomous centre and the community
- Our main contribution is inspiring people
- Forming good image of Hämeenlinna
- Our children are growing up together with the city
- Success Story from Russia
- We work with local people
- Independent culture has got its place in society
- Where is the attention to human being?
- What does it mean to be sustainable?
- ufaFabrik works for the neighbourhood
- We preserve buildings
- What is the value of community of A4?