Photos by: Ruben Agadjanean


Str. 25 octombrie 104, TIRASPOL

“No 19” Civic Club is an interactive platform, oriented towards the free expression of thoughts and ideas, towards examining the pressing issues of modern life, regional and world history, and civic education, including with the means offered by modern culture. It is a good place both for intellectual self-improvement and cultural entertainment.

Our project enables the identification, development and realization of cultural and intellectual initiatives. We organize public debates and discussions, film and documentary screenings, lessons, art and informative exhibitions, concerts, workshops, training, parties and literary evenings. These activities are either the fruits of our partners’ creativity or the actual product of our visitors’ initiatives. We are currently organizing popular-scientific lessons, a book club, photography and art exhibitions, a film club, literary evenings, meetings of the “Mafia” guitarists, board games, and an English language club.

The club is a place where people of different visions and different ages can spend time together, talking about common interests. We tend to appeal to a very wide audience, as we strive to diversify our activities and appeal to new guests. We invite influential and interesting people from various industries, and our fruitful partnerships are increasing the number of concerts by foreign musicians. Thus, in April 2016 the Human Rights Documentary Film Festival will take place here.

The grants have given us the opportunity to capitalize on those wishes and possibilities that were previously inaccessible for want of resources. Given that modest funding hadn’t allowed us to invest in the exterior and the functionality of the „No 19 Civic Club”, we obviously didn’t think about being innovative. But thanks to the 2014 grant, we’ve managed a radical transformation of the club’s exterior and its ambiance. Thus, we are continuously striving to change and improve it with the available resources.

This project has also got the advantage of allowing us to find out more about the possibilities that our own space offers, as well as to build relationships with other alternative spaces and create regional networks. One downside of the first grant were the tight deadlines that we were given to make the changes to the alternative space. The project was also made difficult by the fact that the Project Coordinator did not always have sufficient knowledge in accounting or other relevant fields. This is why, at the beginning, it was difficult to deal with quality reports and final results, but then that enabled us to gain the experience required for the management of cultural activities. Despite all these issues, we managed to account for all the work performed and the expenses in a simple and transparent way.

Alexandra Telpis