Balkan Cultural Centre is a cultural association with a local, regional and international impact.
We strive to nurture regional cultural cooperation through the organisation of various activities related to film, theatre, music, literature, visual arts and other cultural or social expressions deriving from historical and traditional practices within our region. Through our cultural and educational activities, we want to encourage intercultural dialogue and facilitate the involvement of local communities in regional artistic expressions.
BCC’s range of activities include the participation in, and the organisation of seminars, roundtables, workshops, conferences, projects and events that strengthen the development of structures in civil society and boost regional mobility, as well as develop good working relationships with similar organisations in Croatia and abroad. Our partnerships with leading regional institutions contribute to the success of a desirable international cultural outreach.
One of BCC’s key activities is the EU funded 5C Project, a film literacy travelling program, which brings together five young European film critics who have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with local audiences in four Balkan cities, and to be coached by experienced tutors. In partnership with altcine (Greece), Balkan Cultural Institute (Romania) and Adriapol (Albania), BCC is organising film screenings, workshops, roundtables and Q&A sessions open to the public in Athens, Split, Cetate and Tirana. The event in Split included the collaboration with the city’s biggest festival, Mediterranean Film Festival and the local cine club, Kino klub Split, as well as the organisation of a film screening and lecture by renowned Yugoslav filmmaker Lordan Zafranović.
Past events organised by BCC include a curated selection of Balkan shorts at the 21st edition of the Festival Regards sur le Cinéma du Monde (Paris, Rouen), a screening of the Albanian film Tomka and his friends in the French capital’s historical arthouse cinema, Le Nouvel Odeon and the roundtable “New perspectives on old films: Albanian cinema during the Kinostudio era 1954 – 1992” with the participation of Albanian cinema specialists. In addition, we held a showcase of recent restoration work by the Albanian Cinema Project for the Franco-Albanian community in order to bring awareness to film preservation projects in the region.