Our aims are to bring the culture of developing world countries closer to the local community through their popular culture and gastronomy. Even if we are living in isolated communities we have something in common: we eat and we love music, films and entertainment. What if we use pop culture and gastronomy to empower small communities to show their real selves and break down prejudices and misconceptions towards them among locals?
Mass-media is usually rather one-sided when it comes to the culture of third world countries and muslim ones in particular. A fact which hugely affects the public opinion and further alienates our cultures from each other through misinformation. It also makes it even more unrealistic to expect the population to stay open or tolerant towards people coming from different cultures.
We aim to show an alternative look at the regions in question - to show that amongst all the controversy lies a very rich popcultural scene, often troubled by local politics but still very strong in voice, whether it be music, video, literature, or photography. We also try to find a way to build a platform for immigrants to generate some income.
We plan to feature a wide and colorful selection of cultural items on sale, carefully curated to remain interesting to those new to the regions’ culture. In addition we also plan to organize film screenings, label nights for record labels of the geographical area, exhibitions and workshops featuring artists related to the topic. On top of that, our “open kitchen” concept, where immigrants, who are experienced in the culinary field, or just make great homecooked meals, have a chance to prove themselves and keep the income.
We fund our organization by trading with the records etc and offering simple catering and applying for funds.
We are doing this to make the Budapest scene more varied than it is now. For local people who are open to different cultures, but don’t have a chance for encounters, or they are not keen on going to political events, panel talks, etc. By frequenting our events they will gain knowledge and show support for a community that needs it.
It offers a way to deal with difficult topics by loosening things up. It gives a non-academic platform to be socially active, transmits knowledge in a way that is easier to consume.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Shop rent, kitchen development, technical equipment (simple sound & projection system), interior, hosting & transferring guest artists, event organization, publicity.
Atlasz is a cultural exchange centre, a multi-cultural community house which is based on the cultural diversity of food, music and art. Communities get a platform to feel home, locals get a platform to feel somewhere else in the world, but still at home. Here everyone is equal, the place gives the opportunity for a greater understanding and promotes cooperation between cultures.