Guiding principles

Lokomotiva has developed “Kino Kultura” as project space together with the organization Theatre Navigator Cvetko and with aim to support contemporary performing arts creation, presentation and reflection and enable development of new forms of socio-political and cultural co-existence.

Such public space is unique in this context and its distinct program is developed in the field of contemporary art and culture, with an emphasis on performing arts (dance and theatre). However, “Kino Kultura” also offers open program space for collaborative activities with the wider (local and international) community.

Kino Kultura project space aim is to:

  • Create working conditions for production of contemporary performing arts (dance, performance and theatre);
  • Produce conditions for institutionalization of critical art practice and theory that is not represented in other public art, culture and education institutions in the country;
  • Collaborate with local and international art and cultural actors;
  • Start a process for creation of a new model of institution for contemporary art and culture;
  • Support, respect and promote diversity, participation, solidarity, democracy, human rights, working rights of cultural workers, gender equality et all.


“Kino Kultura” was built as private cinema theatre in 1937. The building was conceived as a main cinema hall with an entrance hall and two gallery halls on the first and the second floor, connected with lateral stair cores. Besides the main cinema hall, there were other spaces in the building, functioning as cinema halls with a specific film program at different periods of time.

During the Second World War, the cinema theatre had film program of regular and propaganda character organised under conditions of occupation and strictly defined rules. After the war, central authorities of Yugoslavia proclaimed all cinemas as buildings of culture of special importance to the state, and all of them were nationalized by charging the owners as guilty of cooperation with the enemy.

In 1945, the building was state-owned and got the name “Kino Kultura” Later, it became part of the “City Cinemas”-Skopje film company, a self-sustaining structure financed by selling tickets. After the 90s, “City Cinemas”-Skopje remained a public company because it did not receive a privatization permit. Due to the impossibility to maintain ticket sales for covering the costs, in the newly emerged conditions of transition, “City Cinemas”-Skopje ceased its activity.

After its denationalization in 2000s, the building was not used. The owners sought ways to put it into function, but due to certain obstacles, it remained empty until 2015. Kino Kultura was established as project space for contemporary preforming arts and contemporary culture co-funded by Lokomotiva and Theatre Navigator Cvetko, in December 2015.

Building and facilities

The building where Kino Kultura as project space is situated contains: the main hall with two balconies/gallery halls on the first and second floor; the basement or the former first “Bambi” than “Manaki” cinema, the former “Paradiso” pocket cinema, the office spaces on the first and second floor, and the café space (total about 1.160 m2).

The project space “Kino Kultura” under rental agreement uses only the main hall (330m2), the lobby, first floor balcony (120m2) and office (40m2).

The main hall is divided in three sectors: an audience, a performing space and a small stage. If necessary, ballet floor with dimensions 8×10 m can be set up on the stage. Apart from the small stage, which is covered with dark grey carpet, the performing space and the audience are covered with black wooden floor. The audience is set up on movable seats on 8 steps with depth of 90 cm and height of 12 cm, which according to the type of event can also be used as an active space. The whole space has a modern cooling and heating system, which is activated at least 2 hours before the start of the event. This space is especially suitable for theatre and dance performances, movie projections, conferences, public debates, book promotions and concerts. Audience: 165 seats (the whole audience, with no space for passing in the middle). Performing space: 100- 120 seats Small stage: 40 seats.

The lobby has two entrances from outside, and from the lobby you can enter in the main stage from two different doors, located on the two opposite sides of the lobby. The lobby has a static capacity of 100 people, and transit capacity of 250 people. Possible place for sitting (for smaller promotions, presentations…) from 50 to 100 seats.

Main picture: Main Hall, by Pavle Ignovski.

Veljko Vlahovikj 20/8
North Macedonia

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