The main function of Pogon is to provide the use of its facilities for cultural and youth programmes of the Zagreb based organisations free of charge.
Pogon is not defined by any aesthetic criteria or an articulated programme/curatorial concept, but functions as an open platform.
Any NGO, art association and informal group can use Pogon’s resources for the implementation of programmes in the field of contemporary art and culture, as well as for various activities aimed at young people.
The users of Pogon’s resources implement their programmes in the following areas:
- contemporary art and culture;
- educational and information programmes vital for improving the quality of life of young people and youth work;
- educational programmes aimed at the development of capacities of civil society organizations in the culture and youth sector.
Every year there are over 200 various public events organized at Pogon across all disciplines of contemporary culture and art (exhibitions, theatre and dance performances, new circus performances, concerts, lectures, public forums, etc.), as well as over 150 workshops and seminars. In addition, Pogon is also regularly used for production, rehearsals, art residencies, meetings, etc. Numerous renowned artists from Croatia and abroad, as well as many young, yet-to-be-established ones, have performed at Pogon. Pogon is visited by 7000 people each year, 60 per cent of which are young people under the age of 30.
Audience Development and Community Engagement
Pogon is a place of gathering of very different groups of people who come to Pogon either as audience or as participants. The core audience is the youth (mainly students and young people at the beginning of their career), but Pogon is also visited by people of all generations, from pre-schoolers to the elderly, depending on the programme. Also, Pogon is open to all social groups, and the majority of programmes held at Pogon are very affordable – they are either free of charge or offered at affordable prices. Pogon develops communication with its audience in various ways and involves the community in its development projects. In collaboration with user organizations we were implementing or are still impementing activities aimed at audience development, such as POGONIZACIJA – Social Game-Playing at Jedinstvo, Unique Garden Party and Pogon's Participatory Season.