The Nest – Art Colony, Krusevac
Description: Centre for the alternative culture “The Nest” is a house dedicated to the revival and promotion of modern art through exhibitions, festivals, music shows, cinema theatre, discussions and workshops. It is a place where the young people gather and connect with each other, so they could develop and fulfill the cultural needs of both themselves and the local community of Krusevac. Through different volunteering actions and workcamps in previous years, we cleaned up, renovated and repurposed the space that is now used as Alternative Cultural Centre “The Nest”. The furniture reflects the urban and ecological style that is visible in “The Nest”. This year we would like to include more young people to take part in the artistic and cultural activities in The Nest together with international vols.
Type of Work: The workcamp will have two parts. One artistic and one ecological. The volunteers will participate in two workshops (painting on the canvas and painting of the walls) together with the local youth, where they will, in the course of two weeks, learn how to use these techniques and develop their own style. Each volunteer will paint one canvas and brainstorm ideas about the “blacklight” mural. The mural should promote the idea of the unity. In order to maintain the center clean and ecological, the volunteers will plant some trees nearby The Nest, help clean the riverside of Rasina, that flows on one side of the “Nest”, and also set up the trash bins alongside of the river. This way we will help the environment stay clean and more enjoyable for the locals to spent free time in the nature.
Study Theme: Last weekend of the camp, an exposition will be organized, where all of the work that the volunteers have done together with the local young people will be displayed, hopefully inspiring the locals to continue these type of activities in the future. Vols will have the opportunity to learn about the rich cultural and historical heritage of the city of Krusevac. Also the volunteers will have the opportunity to take part in the activities of the center, different expositions, concerts, yoga lessons...Discussions and workshops on the possibilities of abandoned spaces converted into useful ones.
Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in a house, the social center for young people, with kitchen and common toilets and bathrooms, in double rooms. The solar showers will be installed. It is necessary to bring a sleeping bag. The volunteers will independently prepare meals from ingredients provided by the organizer. The house is located near the workplace.
Approximate Location: Krusevac is a city located in Central Serbia, on the river Rasina and has about 75,000 residents. In the Middle Ages, it was the capital of Serbia. One day of the workcamp will be reserved for visiting nearby locations: Lake Celije and Jastrebac Mountain.