West Balkans Cultural Antenna
Slovenia Croatia (Hrvatska) Bosnia and Herzegowina Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Albania Afghanistan
West Balkans Cultural Antenna represents network of individuals and organisations from Western Balkans to improve regional cultural cooperation and mobility of creative individuals. The purpose of WBCA is to develop mutual understanding between peoples of the Western Balkans. WBCA main outcome has been a conference, which gathered those creative individuals and organisations from Western Balkans in Social, Media, Cultural and Democracy and development fields. The WBCA gathered participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia in workshops, lecture and publications. The first Conference was held on 17-19 May 2013 in Ljubljana (Slovenia). WBCA project cover the sectors of civil society, human rights, post-conflict transition, youth activism and volunteering, culture and media in the Western Balkans. The innovative part of the WBCA in that raising political awareness lies in the complex variety of issues that were tackled on the conference in Ljubljana in the year of 2013, which are rarely spoken of in traditional media or seen as a contemporary problem that needs a solution. This time the solutions offered came from the youth for the youth. From visualising the ideology that was broadcasted through TV programs (especially children’s’) in the ‘80s and ‘90s to the new media zone that is growing now, through analysis of minorities’ multi-layered identities and nationalism, to the contemporary issues of youth unemployment and the status of non-governmental sector, the themes covered in the conference offered new approaches in dealing with important subjects affecting youth in the Balkans and simultaneously the Mediterranean countries. Furthermore, the printed publication and its distribution to universities, cultural centres, non-governmental and youth organisations is another step forward towards promoting new practices and raising political awareness and activism among youth coming from the affected countries.