As a unifying metaphor – Space of Urgency draws immediate attention to the precarious position of independent cultural spaces. The Covid-19 global crisis, an expanding war, coupled with economic standstill and political polarisation threathens the very existence of social ecosystems where non-dominant youth culture, queer communities and other underrepresented groups reside. Within this current socio-political crisis, pre-existing issues such as lack of funding and resources, politically disabling environments, corporate takeovers, gentrification, commodification, social stigmatization and marginalization are only exacerbated.
Space of Urgency envisions a future where independent cultural spaces and their communities in urgency are self-reliant, both in rural and urban environments, even when political support is non-existent. To achieve this vision in the next 5 years, we need to start by tackling the biggest obstacles in our way and ask ourselves.