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TRUC SPHERIQUE

(Truc sphérique)

description of organisation

Truc sphérique, NGO founded on September 30 1998 is an opened platform linking contemporary with social development. We are committed to the contemporary arts and culture that are more than an extension or leisure time activity – they are the means of creativity development, personal growth and discovering new forms of communication. We bring the culture from the edge to the centre of interest and, for us, it is more determining for creating new visions than any political or economical reasons are. All activities of the organization are run by young people (age from 23-32 years).

Since the year 1998, Truc sphérique has been carrying out various cultural projects with the aim to develop creativity and discover alternative forms of communication and social life based often on the youth mobility. Its activities are realized on regional, national and international level. Steering from large single projects towards the everyday activity joins the targeting at creation process, direct connection of presentations with educational workshops and other creative projects, what makes Truc sphérique an original institution in Slovakia. Since the year 2000 Truc sphérique is running "Creative Centre Ateliér", where mainly children 6-14 years old are participating in regular innovative art education workshops (fine art, ceramic, puppets, animation film, work with photos…) Apart from these, few times a year also students of art and young artists are participating in single workshops of new methods in contemporary theatre, dance, visual arts and design.

From 2003, our organization operates in the building of a local train station Žilina-Záriečie. Our venue is called Stanica and it is a cultural node of contemporary arts and cultural/social activities. We present all-genres of arts (concerts, dance and theatre performances, screenings, exhibitions), discussions, workshops and educational activities, development of the urban area, young people (both artists and audience) and their creative and engaged involvement in the intercultural dialogue and social interaction. Besides EVS volunteers, we also host artists on residencies who become part of our team for 1 – 3 moths.

Our collective usually consists of 13 internal workers and 3 EVS volunteers. Besides them, there are many people who cooperates with us on external basis like architects, designers, dancers, musicians, builders, craftsmen and members of our community which not only attends our events, but co-work with us voluntarily, as well.

Apart from organizing cultural events, milestone of our work is the reconstruction of the train station building we occupy (2003-2005), construction of the experimental theatre hall S2 made of beer boxes, straw and clay, under the highway bridge in 2009. Our current, so far largest challenge is the reconstruction of Neolog synagogue in Žilina and transformation of this national cultural heritage into museum of contemporary art. All done with help of hundreds of volunteers, both local and international.

Our activities involve a wide range of people - children, young people, adults, seniors, artists and spectators, but also passengers and random walkers. We are welcoming and sometimes producing progressive projects in the field of contemporary theatre, dance, literature and music and from September 2004 starts the gallery, debates and workshops.

inclusion topics

This organisation is willing to involve volunteers who face situations which make their participation in activities more difficult, from the following categories for different types of project:

Inclusion categoryReceiving projectsSending projectsCoordinating projects
Economic obstacles
Geographical obstacles

Volunteering project

Project name Project Dates Deadline Status
Stanica - train station and cultural venue in one
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
May 2016 to Apr 2017
01/05/2016 - 30/04/2017
12/09/2015 closed
event photographer wanted in Stanica - culture centre/train station
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Sep 2016 to Aug 2017
01/09/2016 - 31/08/2017
31/03/2016 closed
theatre technician wanted in Stanica - culture center/train station
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
May 2017 to Apr 2018
01/05/2017 - 30/04/2018
15/01/2017 closed
event photographer wanted for Stanica: culture centre/train station
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Sep 2017 to Aug 2018
01/09/2017 - 31/08/2018
31/03/2017 closed
all-rounder wanted for Stanica: culture centre/train station
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Sep 2017 to Aug 2018
01/09/2017 - 31/08/2018
31/03/2017 closed
last minute: Polish volunteer wanted for art exhibition space
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Jun 2017 to May 2018
01/06/2017 - 30/05/2018
06/05/2017 closed
bicycle repairer wanted in Stanica - culture center/train station
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Apr 2017 to Mar 2018
01/04/2017 - 31/03/2018
03/03/2018 closed
Volunteering in bike workshop / culture venue
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Apr 2018 to Apr 2019
13/04/2018 - 12/04/2019
10/03/2018 closed
Volunteering in exhibition space Nová synagóga
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Jul 2018 to Jun 2019
01/07/2018 - 30/06/2019
31/03/2018 closed
Volunteer theatre technician in Stanica - culture center
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
May 2018 to Apr 2019
01/05/2018 - 30/04/2019
14/04/2018 closed