[A MOSTAR RADIOGRAPHY] will follow and report the 90th Anniversary of Abrašević through short chronicles and photos.

You will find below the concept behind these celebrations as well as the program of those 4 important days in the life of Mostar. (translation in English : OKC Abrašević)

90 Years of Abrašević.

90 years have passed since the establishment of RKUD Abrašević. Since then, the organization has offered workers and citizens supplementary education, entertainment, and a place to explore their cultural curiosity. This month, we will be showcasing some of our valuable archives and the rich history of our presence in the community for the past 90 years.

We want to celebrate this Anniversary by examining the forgotten ideas of the working class and the right to free time before and after work. The time when a worker could become an actor, a jazz musician, a dancer, or singer in the choir, the time where he could explore, be aware, and experience some other individual or collective identity. A time where he could be regenerated through culture. Did people have to share culture collectively because it was the social rule or was it genuinely how they wanted it to be? We intend to analyze this relationship between free time and culture through articles, lectures, informative manifestos, sound, and performances to discuss how these ideas apply in a contemporary world where work increasingly predominates one’s life.

Members of RKUD Abrašević on Musala Square, Mostar, 1st of May 1949

This anniversary is an opportunity for our young members and visitors to learn more about the significance, meaning, and history of Abrašević. The program will contrast historical information with contemporary presentations and productions put on by Mostar youth. We hope this will facilitate the passage of information about Abrašević’s legacy from the old members to a new generation.

In addition to the normal monthly program celebrating 90 years, December 20-23 OKC Abrašević is putting on a series of events dedicated to the idea of “The Under Class.”

Here are a few events, of many, that will be taking place this week.

From Us To The City: Sound Walk At Abrašević And Šantić Street

Every Day, December 20-23

17:00-19:00

From Us To The City is a documentary audio story about the architecture of OKC Abrašević, where the former RKUD Abrašević was located. On the walk, the listener will move through a series of locations and will have the chance to hear the story of places, that now seem like only ruins, as well as the concepts behind places that were never completed. This is how we want to remind you that the culture of Mostar, after the world wars and before restoration of institutions, was first taken care of by Abrašević, and later spread around the city. This process that started was never actually finished, and in this way can be viewed as utopian. The story ends on Šantić Street to show the direction that this spreading of culture is going and the connection between these spaces which have long been merely yards for dreamers.

The walk begins at Kafe Kosta in OKC Abrašević.

Unfinished Story: Sound, Concert, and Stories

Every Day, December 20-23

19: 30

Unfinished Story is a collage of performances that follow the story of how RKUD Abrašević and OKC Abrašević have evolved over the years. We will be moving through a series of free associations with a focus on important places, the development, and realization of ideas from the day we were established 90 years ago until today. This story will be told through the connecting elements of storytelling, performances, and concerts by performers and authors who in some way have marked this institution since its reestablishment. After each performance, a guest musician will continue the evening.

Every Evening, December 20-23

The Workers’ Canteen 

December 23rd

19:00

The Workers Canteen is a reminder to us all of the power workers have when they stand in solidarity. Abrašević staff will be preparing food to serve to the public in this spirit.

After The Worker’s Canteen and socializing, an event called Innovation A will follow, which is the presentation of entrepreneurial and artistic initiatives in Mostar such as BrainFart Merchandise, Cycloscopia, Hub 22, and Pyromania.

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