In June 2012, as an opposition to the current cultural policy and its standardised and uncritical cultural practices, 14 organisations and NGOs promoted the Association “Core” as a new platform of the independent cultural scene. The Association will insist on transparency of the Ministry of Culture and its annual public competitions, and will seek participation of independent cultural representatives in the decision process. Since its establishment The “Core” Association represents the essence of the independent cultural scene, constantly promoting the need for democratisation and decentralisation of culture, that the independent cultural and artistic scene is vital but underestimated in Macedonian culture. They also publicly and strongly opposed some of the Ministry’s projects, especially the new National Strategy etc.
In 2015 The “Core” Association announced an initiative for establishing the first (hybrid) cultural institution based on public – civil partnership. This initiative wants to redefine economic, political, cultural and other needs in the sector, but also the functions and the structure inherent to the change of political discourse. The initiative expresses the need for a place, as a focus where urban life will freely express itself, a place that will create autonomous, self-organised content that will articulate the new intellectual, critical and creative capital.