How to make an initiative? All you need is an idea,
general public. We could grasp the importance and
dedication and people to support it.
richness of a community which was created by many different parts, each contributing and striving towards a positive change.
We invited the most relevant architects, designers, artists, thinkers, activists and academics to work on real problems and see real potentials in the city, using
Skopje Creative Hub 2014 is the beginning of a se-
a cross-disciplinary, critical and innovative approach
ries of projects, which are presented in this book. All
to urbanity. Our collaborators were immediately con-
projects are on-going and continue beyond the frame
vinced about the importance of a creative festival as
of SCH. They are aimed to become instigators of real,
an initiative for activating public space and at the
strategic change and establish a dialogue with the lo-
same time a reaction to the current developments in
cal authorities, and other interested parties in Skopje.
the city. Most of them were already acquainted with
Beyond this, our tendency is to establish a balance
the specificities of the city but also had a somewhat
between the national representative culture and an
exotic image of it. Once all domestic and international
alternative cultural production. We deploy strategic
participants were on-board and started working, the
scenarios for city development that generate new,
great energy and enthusiasm created an atmosphere
publicly accessible knowledge. This book is a data-
of uncompromised and significant artistic expression.
base for further collaborations.
The local/international coupling of tutors proved fruitful in addressing global trends and grounding them in the complex context of Skopje. The local tutors could benefit from the diverse experience, objective and systematic approach of the international tutors while the latter had the chance to experience and intervene
in the problematic but spontaneous and socially rich public space of Skopje. We held daily public lectures and discussions on a wide range of topics which cre-
ated a critical discourse that was beneficial both to the participants of Skopje Creative Hub 2014 and the
Digital version of our book about Skopje Creative Hub 2014 - new content in public space