Association for promotion of cultures „Kulturtreger" was founded in 2003 with the purpose of promotion and popularization of literature and other forms of contemporary culture.
The most important programs of Kulturtreger include:
1. Club Booksa
Since its opening in 2004, Booksa has hosted more than 500 Croatian and foreign writers at readings, book promotions, public discussion as well as many literary festivals such as Festival of European Short Story, Festival of Latin American Literature, International Festival of Contemporary Poetry Brutal, International Poetry Festival Goran’s Spring etc. Some of our guests were: Anne Enright, Hari Kunzru, Aleksandar Hemon, Slavenka Drakulić, Ece Temelkuran, Miljenko Jergović, Adam Bodor, Bora Ćosić, Elizabeth Strout, David Grossman, Lydie Salvayre, James Kelman, David Albahari, Daša Drndić, Laszlo Krasznahorkai, Alberto Manguel etc. The club has more than 18.000 members. Booksa is a member of the European platform of literary festivals and venues Literary Europe Live. Since 2005 it has organized its own annual festival Review of Small Literatures which presented more than 150 writers from various countries. In 2018. we began presenting writers from Arab speaking countries which is the first time in Croatia that literature in Arabic is systematically translated and presented.
Kulturtreger launched its web portal for literature Booksa.hr in 2007, and ever since it has been publishing news, book reviews, editorials and literary texts on daily basis. Booksa.hr has become a reference point for literature in the Balkan region read by more than 30.000 unique users per month. It is a member of Eurozine network.
Together with Multimedia institute from Zagreb Kulturtreger co-curates edition "Friends” focused on theory and belles-lettres. In this edition we have published Alain Badoiu’s Metaphysics of Real Happiness, Cathrine Malabou’s The Ontology of the Accident, Dubravka Ugrešić’s Karaoke Culture and David Albahari’s 21 Stories of Happiness, Anne Carson's Albertine Workout, Laszlo Krasnahorkai’s Always toward Homer. We will also publishi China Miéville’s London’s Overthrow, Barbara Cassin’s Nostalgie and. Apart from "Frineds” we co-published Alberto Moretti’s The Bourgeois: Between History and Literature. In connection to the festival Review of Small Literatures, every year Kulturtreger publishes anthologies of contemporary writing of the less known literary landscapes. Since 2014 we have published anthologies of contemporary writings of Baltic and Benelux countries, while the most recent, the anthology of contemporary Levantine and Magreb writing edited by Zeina G. Halabi, was published in December 2017 and 2018 and is the first Croatian translation of contemporary literature in Arabic.
4. International collaboration
Kulturtreger has been involved in numerous international collaborative projects. Among other things it has organized a regional conference Literature Goes Balkan Again bringing together cultural workers from the Balkan countries, co-organized Symposium for translators with Berlin based organization SO Ubersetzen and organized education program Criticize This! for young art critics in the Balkan region with partners from Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro. Recently, with partners from Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia and Germany Kulturtreger has run the program Aesthetic Education Expanded exploring the nexus of arts, politics and education.
5. Center for Documenting Independent Culture
Since 2011 in collaboration with Zagreb based organization Kurziv, Kulturtreger has been running a community archive documenting independent culture in Croatia. Springing from the anti-war movement in the 1990s and leaning on the earlier progressive cultural practices this specific segment of cultural production in Croatia has remained the most dynamic one until present. The Center documents artefacts and practices produced in the last 27 years by independent organizations, art collectives and activist initiatives, it runs an educational program for university students of archiving and museology as well as capacity building for independent organizations in Croatia and Balkan region. It is located in Booksa.
6. Civil society collaboration
The association has been active in the development of civil society in Croatia. It has established the program of presenting and hosting other cultural initiatives and organizations. Kulturtreger is a member of several national and local networks of civil society organizations involved in culture, media and youth policies.
The Association is financed by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, City of Zagreb, National Foundation for Civil Society Development, Foundation Kultura nova, European Cultural Foundation and European Commission.