Fundamental rule of North-East Passage Cultural and Academic Association

I. General regulations: name of the Association, centre and its legal status

1.Name of the Association: North-East Passage Cultural and Academic Association

Short name of the Association: Passage Association

English name of the Association: North-East Passage Cultural and Academic Association

2. Centre of the Association: Miskolc

3. The operating area of the Association covers the whole area of Hungarian Republic and the states of Central Europe

4. The Association is a legal person, public benefit organization

Year of foundation: 2007

The members of the Association have been acting as self-motivated group in the cultural life of Miskolc and its region for more than five years. Their purpose is to provide high quality artistic, cultural and academic programs such as exhibitions, concerts for local people.

II. Aims and activities of the Association

1. Aims of the Associaton

Essential aims of the Association are the followings: fighting against harmful prejudice, stereotype, discrimination, stigmatisation. The passages are essential conditions for surmounting distance between majority and minority society, upper and impoverished stratum (the unemployed, the poor and the homeless), city and the country (city, village and capital – country towns). These include fighting against discrimination (and prevention), protection of interest, helping of social integration and introducing the culture of people with socio-cultural handicap, groups, stratums and different social minorities (national, ethnic and religious, subcultures, immigrants and migrants etc.)

Further aims of the Association are reviving and boosting the cultural life of the North-East Hungarian region, activating the cultural and scientific life of the country and country towns, building up partnership and cooperation with other cultural spaces in the spirit of Central-European life.

For achiving the objectives of the Association, we wish to use the method of cultural anthropology and sociology

Our objective is the development of local, Miskolcian identity so that the citizens can appropriate and, identify the „sense of place” of urban areas and spaces in order to understand the private history of the not so distant past of the city (social history – history from underneath) and to bring its history closer to people, thereby canonizing it as an alternative urban history and to help getting over the trauma following the collapse of the heavy industry and to help making a step forward preventing it from becoming a taboo. With this we would like to support, strengthen our long-term objective i.e.: Miskolc should constitute a perspective for the youth living here.

Thus the programme promotes the development of urban identity so that the concept of the town and its history is revalued in the mentality of the community and fresh pictures replace displeasing and traumatic ones as the elements of mental cultural heritage.


2. Activities of the Association

Main activities:

Scientific activities and researches (3.): sociological and anthropological research, uncovering, survey of needs and making anthropological films. Publishing of printed and electronic periodicals, internet website, notes, textbooks, research records and other professional publications.

Education, development of abilities, dissemination of knowledge (4.). Organization of adult education, further education, trainings, workshops as well as distance education and providing information on labour market.

Cultural activities (5.). Organization of programmes: conferences, clubs (round tables, discussion panels and tea house), filmclubs, (feature films, documentaries, anthropological films), exhibitions, concerts and camps.

Children and youth care, representation of interest of children and youth (10.).

Facilitating of social equal opportunities of disadvantaged groups (11.)

Further activities:

Social activities, family social work and caring for the elderly (2.)

Protection of cultural heritage (6.)

Protection of historical monuments (7.)

Environmental protection (9.)

Protection of human and civil rights (12.)

Consumer protection (16.)