The new portal wspieramkulture.pl - an internet service which literally supports culture - has raised a total of 203 thousand zlotych over a period of seven months. The money raised on a crowdfunding basis has helped to produce 33 different projects across Poland
People have volunteered to support the projects based on their own selection of which idea their money was going to. Other Polish networks which function on the same basis are Beesfund.com (which was the first crowdfunding site in Poland), PolakPotrafi.pl and MegaTotal.pl. The latter is a service devoted to music and film projects. The level of financial input is not determined; each supporter decides himself on the amount of money they want to give and the endeavor that they wish support.
Wspieramkulture.pl is devoted to cultural endeavors of all kinds of genres and fields: architecture, design, film, photography, comic books, fashion, music, writing, handicratfs, visual arts, dance, theatre and performance art, new media, and publishing projects. It kicked off on the 12th of December, 2012 and since then it has helped to raise money for 33 different projects.
1. A Documentary Film about Joanna, the author of the "Chustka" (Shawl) blog
A scene from the Chustka film, photo: press release
The documentary film tells the story of Joanna Sałyga, a woman who described her battle with cancer on a blog. The film was directed by Aneta Kopacz.
442 people raised 36995 PLN
2. A Short Featrure Film "Zaproszenie na zmywak"(An Invitation to the Sink)
A scene from the film "Zaproszenie na zmywak", photo: press release
The protagonist of this film decides to change her life and fulfill her dreams. And the biggest dream she has is… to work as a dish washer. The film is directed by Marta Nawrot.
35 people raised 2225 PLN
3. "Solidarność według kobiet" (Solidarity According to Women) – A Full-length Documentary Film
A scene from "Solidarność według kobiet", photo: press release
On the one hand this film tells the story of forgotten heroines of the Solidarity revolution, and on the other it paints their contemporary portrait. The film is written, directed and edited by Marta Dzido.
220 people raised 33435 PLN
4. Recording Prorock's Debut Album
Prorock's album cover, photo: press release.
35 people raised 3200 PLN
5. Birthday Concerts
A photograph from one of the Birthday Concerts, photo: press release
An 8-day festival of musical joy to celebrate the anniversary of Frederick Chopin's birth.
90 people raised 12605 PLN
6. Ars Duo's Album Release
Ars Duo, photo: press release.
85 people raised 8030 PLN
7. Publishing "Po prostu męża mi brakuje. Spotkania z wdowami" (I just miss my husband. Meetings with widows)
"Po prostu brakuje mi męża", photo: press release
84 people raised 10560 PLN
8. The Cinematic Premiere of Morituri te Docento
"Morituri te Docento", photo: press relase.
23 people raised 510 PLN
9. The Recording of Maria Ołdak and James Baillieu's Album
Maria Ołdak and Jamer Bailleu, photo: press release
66 people raised 8167 PLN
10. The First CD of proMODERN – A Vocal Sextet of Contemporary Music
proMODERN, photo: press release
48 people raised 5830 PLN
11. European Folk Magic Documentary
A scene from European Folk Magic Documentary, photo: press release
12 people raised 850 PLN
12. "Meblościanka" - A Theatre Performance Directed by Błażej Peszek
Meblościanka, photo: press release
51 people raised 2140 PLN
13. Publishing the Album of "Grajewianie" Song and Dance Ensemble
Grajewianie, photo: press release
51 people raised 5695 PLN
14. "Fraza"Students' Festival of the Word
37 people raised 1526 PLN
15. "W Punkt" (To The Point) Magazine. Poland's First Tablet Magazine
"W Punkt" concept, photo: press release
39 people raised 5175 PLN
16. Publishing "Torsje" (Torsions), by Łukasz A. Zaranek
A fragment of the "Torsje" book cover, photo: press release
26 people raised 2525 PLN
17. "Opraw wystawę" (Frame A Show)
A photograph promoting the project "Opraw wystawę", photo: press release
The publication of a catalogue and prining posters and invitations for Iwona Zawadzka's exhibition at the Mito gallery in Warsaw.
10 people raised 3350 PLN
18. Warszawa Czyta - Warsaw Reads
A poster promoting the action "Warszawa czyta"
A series of actions which aim at instigatin discussion, creating interpretations as well as creative developments of themes from a selected book.
64 people raised 3595 PLN
19. "Między nogami" (Between the Legs)
Między nogami, photo: press release
A performance based on the comedies by Aristophanes. Written, directed and performed by: Adam Kuzycz-Berezowski, Maciej Litkowski, Michał Lewandowski, Wojciech Sandach.
37 people raised 3537 PLN
20. "Szukajcie mnie po drugiej stronie" (Look For Me On the Other Side)
Cover of the Szukajcie Mnie po Drugiej Stronie catalogue , photo: press materials
The publishing of a limited edition of 300 copies of a special catalogue to accompany the exhibition of Łukasz Błażejewski's works. Apart from the reproductions of practically all of the artist's oeuvre, the publications is to include critical texts and a magical biography in the form of a short story.
31 people raised 8015 PLN
21. "Gender Blender", Agnieszka Stecko
Photograph from the project Gender Blender, photo: press release
A photographic project created by a student of Cultural Studies of the Warsaw University. It is to be presented in the form of a display in Women's Park during the annual Women's Congress.
16 people raised 1235 PLN
22. Gregorianum Records Unknown Treasures of the Rorantists' Capella
Gregorianum, photo: press release
101 people raised 10410 PLN
23. "My, rowerzyści z Warszawy" (We, the Bikers of Warsaw), by Magdalena Stopa
A book about the biking community in Warsaw. People who animate cultural events in the city, gathered around various organisations and innovative businesses.
154 people raised 10540 PLN
24. The "+48 22" Neon
"+48 22" Neon, photo: press release
54 people raised 3800 PLN
25. "Survival" - A Review of Art in Wrocław, 21st-30th of June
A photograph promoting the Survival Art Review
40 peopel raised 6400 PLN
26. Publishing "Latająca wyspa Melona" (The Flying Melon Island)
Listening to Latająca Wyspa Melona, photo: press release.
A book written by fifth-graders during their... mathematics camp. The authors of the book are students of the Primary School nr 4 on Poznań, who attend the extra mathematics club in the 2012/2013 school year. The chaperone of the group is Urszula Paluczek.
31 people raised 2600 PLN
27. Shakespeare in Dynowo
A scene from Midsummer Night's Dream, photo: press release
A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Magdaleny Miklasz as an open-air performance.
89 people raised 5680 PLN
28. "Rozmowy na trzech grabarzy i jedną śmierć" (Conversations for Three Gravediggers and One Death), by Tomasz Kowalski
Rozmowy na trzech grabarzy i jedną śmierć, photo: press release
The publishing of Tomasz Kowalski's second novel with the NOVAE RES Publishing Company from Gdynia.
9 people raised 4000 zł
29. "Cave Sings Tuwim" – PROwincja Promotes Poetry at the Open'er
image promoting the project, photo: press release
The transcriptions of Julian Tuwim's poems distributed at the NGO booth area as part of the Heineken Open'er Festival in Gdynia.
17 people raised 800 PLN
30. CO-OPERA Album Release
Co-opera, photo: promotional materials
An undefined mix of classical and pop music, operatic song, poetry and entertainment, a fusion of the modern and the old, created with a very refined taste. The artists blend their craft with wonderful vocalists, presenting the poems by Michał Zabłocki with the compositions of Marcin Nierubiec.
154 people raised 49677 PLN
31. "SIM" Documentary Film, written and directed by Ilona Bidzan
"SIM", photo: press relase
A film-story about incredible people and their equally unparalleled fates. Three intimate conversations about passion, rebellion, and suffering.
37 people raised 5519 PLN
32. A Page From the Calendar
an image promoting the project Kartka z kalendarza, photo: promotional materials
A internet variation which alludes to iconic calendars of the old day in Poland, which always used to hang in the kitchens of Polish grandmas, and are frequently still in use today.
3 people raised 99 PLN
33. The Wandering Song Festival "Polana"
Performances by 13 artists and a contest for amateurs.
8 people raised 520 PLN
Wiktoria Minkowska from Wspieramkulture.pl explains:
Our portal helps to raise money not only for projects by very known artists, but also for those who are just about to create their debut pieces, and whose projects are not all that 'visible' and have therefore smaller chances of winning financial support. Each project has to have a clear goal, such the publishing of a book, a record, or the creating of an art piece. It should end with something concrete.
In order to give a project better chances of the volunteers' support, the artist can submit their projects to patrons who function in the Internet. These are usually cultural institutions or cultural celebrities who can choose to recommend the projects they believe in.
The time of the auction lasts from 14 to 60 days, but special events such as festivals can gather their funds for as long as one year. If the raising is sucessful and achieves the planned amount, the wspieramkulture.pl portal automatically subtracts 11% of the sum.
There are more the 600 portals for crowdfunding across the globe. The Deloitte company estimates that in the year 2013, the mechanism will have helped to raise a total of 3 billion dollars.
Paulina Schlosser, source: PAP, Wspieramkulture.pl.