Initiative for independent cultural activism (INCA) has been formed as an association of cultural workers with the aim to pursue, protect and coordinate their interests and beliefs for promotion of art and culture. It is founded in 2013 in Struga, Macedonia, and since then, its team stands beside the production of DrimON festival, as well as other projects and activities in cooperation with national wide network of artists, cultural workers, socio cultural organisations, platforms and initiatives.
INCA performs activities aimed at promotion and production of culture and art; raises social awareness for different important topics through language of art; enables dialogue and discussion for socio cultural contexts; creates platforms and creative methodological tools for implementing activities which promote and strengthen culture and socio cultural values.
INCA beleives that art engages people from different backgrounds and interests, annuls different barriers and enables dialogue, free flow of ideas and contributes to a vibrant and diverse society. That is why INCA is perceived as a good local partner for donors and institutions in achieving common goals regarding different social topics toward increasing citizens’ spirit through artistic and creative approaches.
INCA is a member of JADRO Association of independent cultural scene.
INCA cooperates with other partners and associates: AKTO festival, LOKOMOTIVA, Public, AKVA, PORAKA NOVA Struga, Paratissima and others.
- INCA won the FAA by USAID in 2016 which was used for organizing the fourth edition of DrimOn Festival that year. That included 4 promo events, 8 open-air concerts, 4 debates, 8 DJ-sets, 3 theatre shows, one dance performance, 3 poetry performances, 10 workshops for grownups and children, 8 exhibitions, and screening of 8 short films and 1 feature documentary film.
- In 2016 it won a sub-grant by the EU project with Media Circle “Artvertising for Fairpres” – Campaign for raising public awareness against media clientelism. This was an online creative campaign in the social media where the awareness was raised through posters especially designed for that purpose as well as accompanying posts. The posters were afterwards presented on three exhibitions.
- In 2017, it won the grant “Citizen participation for local democracy” by the Foundation Open Society Macedonia with its project “Struga creative city”. This grant was used for INCA team’s capacity building, whereas several mentorship sessions and one training session for the volunteers were organized.Then within this project were organized one dance performance and one multimedia event which included making of two murals in Struga city.
- Then also in 2017 it won the ad-hoc grant by Civica Mobilitas with its project titled “For women’s causes”. Within this project there was promotion of women artists, dialogue on gender equality and networking and cooperation with women cultural managers.