Zagreb – European Capital of Culture 3000
Zagreb – European Capital of Culture 3000 is a collaborative platform launched in 2003 by Centre for Drama Art, Multimedia Institute, Platform 9.81, and What, How and for Whom / WHW, and was later joined by the Shadow Casters, [BLOK], Community Art, and Kontejner.
The project was initiated with the aim of questioning the models of national representative culture and the market-oriented concept of creative industries. Its name is an ironical comment on the project of European capitals of culture (the year 3000 being an unattainable horizon for the local creative classes and cultural policies), positioning contemporary artistic and theoretical production into a direct relationship with Capital.
Zagreb – European Capital of Culture 3000 was the first large and long-term joint project of Zagreb’s independent scene in the 2000s and contributed significantly to its local and international visibility. The project also exerted an impact on public policies regarding independent culture, and marked a turn towards social activism.
Zagreb – European Capital of Culture 3000 evolved in the framework of relations project, sponsored by Kulturstiftung des Bundes and Erste Bank Group in Central Europe [The Arts and Civil Society Program].