PASCO: animating communities through the creative industries (further horizons)

 The PASCO (Performing Arts Scene in Obrenovac) project has had significant effects on the cultural infrastructure in the Obrenovac municipality since the project started in 2009. Due to generous support both locally, Buskerud County in Norway and the KS funding programme of the Norwegian government, PASCO has had demonstrable economic, cultural and social impact on the region. The Aspire Trust, together with its Serbian and Norwegian partners had a critical role to play and this post discusses how the future might unfold and what is on the planning horizon.

We propose a cultural regeneration programme across the other ‘Inner Ring’ Municipalities of Belgrade. We propose to work with the 6 municipalities of Grocka, Lazarevac, Obrenovac, Barajevo, Surcin, Mladenovac and Sopot (the GLOB-SMS Consortium) in order to stimulate and support the development of local and regional cultural infrastructures across the Belgrade City Region.

We want to contribute to the development of regional infrastructure and in doing so establish a wider gateway to Serbia and the Balkans as a whole for innovative arts and cultural regeneration practice.

We see a future time where the GLOB-SMS consortium is able to demonstrate significant growth in its tourist derived income, its economic activity from its cultural sector and a burgeoning creative industries sub-sector who are rooted in the communities, traditions and folklore of the GLOB-SMS consortium. We see the GLOB-SMS Consortium branching out to wider national and international market places and in doing so, demonstrating that the future of economic regeneration is dependent on a lively innovative and generative creative sector.

We see the GLOB-SMS Consortium removing their dependence on the presence of single regional or capital city, but that they take their energy, initiative and spirit of development from the communities and spaces on the periphery of those cities. We see the GLOB-SMS consortium demonstrating that the creative city has reached the end of its conceptual lifetime. We argue that it is the creative networked communities of those communities ‘on the edge’ which will provide the lead, inspiration and vision for the development of culture for the next 20 years.

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