The Centre for Cultural Decontamination

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The Centre for Cultural Decontamination [CZKD] is an independent non-profit civil society organisation, based in Belgrade, Serbia. The CZKD provides a public space for socio-political engagement, critical thinking and reflective activism, affirming alternative and experimental cultural practices, while supplying an environment within which multimedia arts can prosper. The CZKD is also a space which enables informal education and promotes non-institutionalised aims and achievements, especially the integration of under-represented social groups. Similarly, the CZKD serves as a public forum, acting as nexus for the production of culture and the furtherance of knowledge, bringing together different groups and audiences and co-operating with both artists and activists in the region and with cultural organisations throughout Europe and the wider world. Through both its own events and those of its guest institutions the CZKD works to strengthen civil society and the active participation of citizens in Serbia.

The CZKD emerged from the anti-war movement in Serbia in 1995, offering both a public space and a framework for the development of a new society in Serbia and the Balkan region. Since 1995, the centre has organised more than 5,000 different programmes, including plays, performances, exhibitions, concerts, public discussions, film projections, workshops, seminars, conferences, lectures and complex experimental performances. The CZKD and its founder Borka Pavićević, have received a number of domestic and international awards including: The French medal of the Order of the Legion of Honour (2001); The Hiroshima Prize for Peace and Culture (for cultural activities which promote tolerance, reconciliation and respect for human rights in the former Yugoslavian space) (2004) and The European Cultural Foundation’s Princess Margriet Award for Cultural Diversity (2009).

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Centar za kulturnu dekontaminaciju – CZKD je nezavisna neprofitna organizacija civilnog društva iz Beograda, Srbija. CZKD je institucija kulture civilnog sektora, javni prostor za društvenu i političku angažovanost, kritičkog razmišljanja i aktivizma, afirmacije alternativnih i eksperimentalnih kulturnih praksi i multimedijalne umetnosti, koja obezbeđuje prostor i sadržaj za neformalno obrazovanje i vaninstitucionalna dostignuća, posebno onih iz manje zastupljenih grupa omogućavajući njihovu društvenu integraciju. Takođe, CZKD obezbeđuje javni forum, mesto za produkciju kulturnih sadržaja i znanja, otvoren za različite grupe i publike. CZKD podstiče saradnju između umetnika i aktivista u region, kao i saradnju sa kulturnim organizacijama u Evropi i svetu. U okviru sopstvene proizvodnje, kao i mnogobrojna gostovanja različitih produkcija, doprinosi jačanju civilnog društva u Srbiji.

CZKD je nastao iz anti-ratnog pokreta u Srbiji u 1995. nudeći okvir i javni prostor za nastajuće novo društvo u Srbiji i regionu. Od 1995, organizovano je više od 5.000 različitih programa, uključujući predstave, performanse, izložbe, koncerte, tribine, filmske projekcije, radionice, seminare, konferencije, predavanja i kompleksne eksperimentalne performanse. CZKD i njegov osnivač Borka Pavićević, primio je brojna domaća i međunarodna priznanja, uključujući: Medalju Reda Legije časti Francuske (2001); Hirošima nagradu za mir i kulturu za kulturne aktivnosti koje promovišu toleranciju, pomirenje i poštovanje ljudskih prava u bivšoj Jugoslaviji (2004) i nagradu Princeze Margriet Evropske kulturne fondacije za kulturnu raznolikost (2009).

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