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Lokomotiva - Centre for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture (Macedonia)


LOKOMOTIVA -- Centre for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture

Information about institution: 

Lokomotiva - Centre for New Initiative in Arts and Culture

Registration adress: Veljko Vlahovikj 20/8, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia

Office adress (Kino Kultura): Luj Paster b.b., 1000 Skopje, Macedonia

www.lokomotiva.org.mk, [email protected]

Core Team: Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski - Executive director, programme editor; Violeta Kachakova - President, project manager and programme editor for cultural policies, Kliment Poposki - Administrator and project coordinator

Vision - Lokomotiva is a centre that enables creative realisation of ideas and critical thinking, which acts as a platform for education and support of the development of contemporary arts and culture in order to achieve progressive socio-cultural change in the community. 

Mission - Lokomotiva is civil society organization that creates new opportunities for creation, development and work for professionals in the field of contemporary arts and culture. Lokomotiva achieves this by generating new models of collaboration, research, advocacy in creation of developmental cultural policies on local, regional and international level, as well as development of needed capacities in the community. In its work the organization respects the principles of openness and access to information, transparency in work, continual internal (through team meetings) and external (through websites, social networks and media) communication, accountability for the work done by preparing annual narrative and financial reports, mutual respect and respect of fundamental rights and freedoms of the citizens and all cultural, religious and gender communities, promotion and support of the cooperation with institutional and civil sector in the country and abroad.

Short history: 

Lokomotiva - Centre for New Initiative in Arts and Culture was founded in 2003 in Macedonia, Skopje as a non-profit organization playing the role of a multi-purpose platform for education, reflection, discussions, creative projects and critical thinking. It is a small organization, but is a very active participant in the building and development of the democratic socio-cultural space in Macedonia and ex-Yugoslavia region. Through its activities, Lokomotiva aims to widen the access of citizens to arts and cultural events and projects and to influence the development and support of the contemporary, dynamic art and culture as incentive in the development of the democratic society.

Lokomotiva is one of the most reputable non-profit organizations in the field of arts and culture in the region of ex-Yugoslavia as well as in Europe. Its reputation is due to development and successful implementation of many projects, such as films, performances, education, capacity building and training programmes, debates, discussions, exhibitions, researchers, advocacy activities and events etc. 

The most important projects: 

Lokomotiva is co-founder of Nomad Dance Academy project network (2006), JADRO- Association of the independent culture scene in Macedonia (2012) and Koopreativa – Regional Platform for culture (2012), founder of LocoMotion festival for contemporary dance and performance (2008). Lokomotiva is partner and co-organiser in two 5-years European project Jardin d’Europe (2008-2013) and Life Long Burning (2013-2018), supported by EU Culture Programme 2007-2013. Since its establishment, the organization is very active in the development of local cultural policy. In the frame of the Programme for Decentralised Cooperation between the region Lower Normandy (France) and Macedonia (2007-2016), Lokomotiva was programme developed and published the first Regional strategy for Culture of the Pelagonija Region in Macedonia (2013-2016). In 2015 together with Theatre of Navigator Cvetko, Lokomotiva founded KINO KULTURA - project space for contemporary performing arts and culture, with the support by the municipality of Centre that holds programs for performing arts as well as for civil society and community.



The main goal of Lokomotiva is to develop new models of management and collaboration in the field of culture, cultural policies and cultural production through activities in the field of contemporary arts and culture, with the focus on the contemporary performing arts, as well as in the filed of contemporary visual arts and film. To influence on the reformation of cultural policies and working conditions in the filed as well as on the larger socio  - political development through research, critical reflection, capacity bulging of the cultural sector (public and civil), participative efforts and advocacy activities.  

Specific objectives:

  • To encourage the development of civil society in the field of culture - creating of new and dynamic civil society in Macedonia that will participate in the processes of creating public cultural policies;
  • To support decentralisation in culture;
  • To initiate and encourage partnership and collaboration between central, regional and local authorities and institutions on one hand, and civil society, on the other;
  • To work on development of new models of cultural institutions;
  • Capacity building for cultural professionals from civil sector and public cultural institutions;
  • Facilitation in the process of development od cultural policies on local and national level;
  • Creation and implementation of new models of education and knowledge sharing in the field of contemporary art practice and theory, which are not represented in the formal education system in the country;
  • Stimulation of contemporary artistic production;
  • To support development of strategies for international collaboration in the field of culture;
  • Affirmation and presentation of the Macedonian contemporary art and culture aboard;
  • Presentation and affirmation of international artists and art and cultural works in the country, and distribution of arts projects and works on international level;
  • Networking at national, regional and international level;
  • Knowledge transfer;
  • Building up its own structure for development of projects and programmes for creation and dissemination of the contemporary art and culture;
  • To encourage critical thinking and development of cultural needs;
  • Education and audience development;
  • Organization of humanitarian events for collecting funds for charity.
International cooperations: 

Since its establishment Lokomotiva has developed continues and solid international collaboration with many organizations, institutions and individuals (artists and professionals) working in the fields of arts and culture. The organization has realized around 40 different projects and activities in the fields of education, creation and production, artistic exchange, diffusion, research and development of cultural policies, opening of the space for debating, problem thinking, networking etc. On Lokomotiva web site you can find all the information related to all past and on going projects and activities.

In this context we can mention several projects:

- Nomad Dance Academy – regional network for support of the development of the contemporary dance in the Balkan region created by 6 organizations from former Yugoslavia plus Bulgaria

- Two 5-years EU projects in the field of contemporary dance and contemporary performing arts Jardin d’Europe and Life Long Burning implemented by network of 12 European organizations

- 10 years of bilateral cooperation with Lower Normandy region from France composed of: capacity building, cultural policy research and development, conferences, artistic residencies and exchange in the filed of theatre, dance, visual arts, study visits, professional internships ect.

- Co-production of five contemporary dance performances for European artists

- A page out of order overland – international dance coproduction between Macedonia, Japan and USA

- 4 Tuned Cities Independent film and visual art festival

4 cities: Pristina, Amsterdam, Sarajevo, Skopje

4 festivals of independent film and visual art

4 days of festival programme in each city

4 partner organizations and programme selectors: Dit ‘e Nat’ (Pristina), Balkan Buro (Amsterdam), Kriterion (Sarajevo) and Lokomotiva (Skopje) etc.

The most important awards: 

In 2013 Lokomotiva received an AWARD for the utmost commitment and valuable contribution to the development and promotion of the contemporary dance in the Balkans through the cooperation project NOMAD Contemporary Dance in the Balkans, implemented in period October 2007 – December 2010, in partnership with Stanica (Belgrade), Tanzelarija (Sarajevo), Tala Dance (Zagreb), Fico Balet (Ljubljana) and BrainStore (Sofia). The award was given in Sarajevo at the final event “Cultural Encounters - Collaboration, Achievements, and Perspectives” organised by the Swiss Cultural Programme in Western Balkan. The event gathered around 100 cultural operators, donors and artists from the region.



Lokmotiva will continue working on development and sustainability of Kino Kultura - project space for contemporary performing arts and culture and thought the support of Balkan Arts Fund grant will work on management model of this new and inclusive type of cultural space. In the next 2 years the organisation will continue its collaboration and activities within the Life Lon Burning project and will work as partner on a new European application. End of October the 9th edition of LocoMotion festival for contemporary dance and performances will take place in Skopje.


1. Lokomotiva, Skopje, 2010 publication: Decentralisation in culture in Republic of Macedonia and France - Region Lower Normandy”; transcript of a conference held in Skopje on 15 September 2009 in the National Gallery, Multimedia Centre Mala Stanica


2. TkH (Walking Theory), 2010, Belgrade, publication: “DANCE / THEORIES – Reloaded“, collaboration between TkH, Belgrade and NOMAD Dance Academy


3. Lokomotiva, Skopje, 2011 publication: “Nomad Dance Academy Publication”


4. Lokomotiva, Skopje, 2012 publication: “The Present: Nomad Dance Academy Publication 2011/2012”


5. Lokomotiva, Skopje, 2013 publication: Strategy for Cultural Development of the Pelagonija Region 2013 - 2016”