DIY Bus is a project aimed at decentralization of culture and community development. We want to provide residents of remote ditrticts of Chernivtsi city with a mobile cultural centre for dialogue and cooperation, so they can fulfill the cultural and social needs of their districts independently.
The model of culture in post-Soviet countries like Ukraine assumes that culture processes happen only in specially established places, often in the centre of the city. Both factors make them closed for people who don’t search for “cultural leisure”, don’t belong to upper-middle class or are physically unable to reach them (older people/disabled). Thus, culture is available only for a limited number of people and becomes alienated from everyday lifes. As a lot of post-socialistic countries are joining European Union in the last two decades, this situation still needs to be questioned and reframed in a lot of them. Our project suggests a model for other countries with Soviet heritage, but also a unique transformational experience for the rest of Europe to rethink the very notion of culture.
As a successful outcome we hope that the local residents will comprehend the necessity for active interaction in order to transform and improve the envorinment they share. The ideal outcome will be an establishment of local activist groups which would function independently ensuring the cultural and social needs of their district. We understand that such objective is rather global, but by this project we want to foster the creation of fundamental basis for it’s development. We purpose to realize some actions on practical lever and therefore in a year there will be a certain number of people with the skills and knowlege for further independent activity. In this way people won’t be dependent on the imported cultural product from outside, but rather chose and initiate it on their own.
Stage I (06.2015) will include the provision of the bus with all the necessary facilities and announcing the project. Within the first meetings we will get aquainted with residents and share the core objectives of the project. Stage II (07-10.2015) will outline the perception of the role of culture for the residents: with dialogues and discussions we will try to understand which cultural product do they need/ lack/consider relevant in their district. On Stage III (07-10.2015) we will present the relevant Ukrainian and foreign experience on the cultural activism. On Stage IV (03-06.2016) we will try to embody some initiatives with the basis resources and skills aquired during the previous stages. Through all the stages there will be held cultural events, work-shops, cinema screenings, etc.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Would like to hear about other projects that worked as a platform for dialogue and development within the community, especially from the similar, post-Soviet context.