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Sonja Soldo

ja na aplauzuSonja Soldo is a cultural activist and organizer in the field of public art. She is currently working as program coordinator in Zagreb Center for independent culture and youth.

She is a member of BLOK where she together with Vesna Vuković curates the program of international UrbanFestival since 2006, coordinates joint projects of local independent cultural scene dealing with citizens’ participation in urban development and activities in the field of cultural production. In 2005 BLOK co-organized Operation:City, a ten day event that temporarily occupied the premises of abandoned industrial complex of the former factory ‘Badel’ and ex city slaughterhouse 'Zagrepčanka' with an extensive program by 26 organizations active in Zagreb's broader independent cultural scene. In the framework of Operation:City 2008, together with KONTEJNER, BLOK conceptualized and produced a series of artistic interventions in public space under the title If You Encounter them on the Streets, Join In.

Zagreb Center for Independent Culture and Youth is recently established cultural institution based on public-civil partnership; it is co-founded and co-governed by local network of cultural and youth NGOs, The Alliance for the Center, and by the City of Zagreb. This hybrid model provides long-term sustainability that is a result of balanced ratio between public financing and supervision on one side, and independent programming and participatory decision-making on the other. Its main purpose is to provide venues and services for various cultural programs of civil society organizations, initiatives and artists. Various needs of its users determine its poly-locational characteristic. At the moment the Center is running two locations. The one in the city center is an office space with conference hall, altogether 120 square meters that are used for Center headquarters, temporary office for NGOs, informal education programs, lectures, workshops and meetings. Other, more important space, in former factory Jedinstvo consists of 2 main halls (80 and 400 square meters) with additional spaces. It hosts concerts, performances and other events and festivals.