POGON (which means both “drive” and “production plant” in English) is a hybrid cultural institution, based on a new model of public-civil partnership, established and managed jointly by Alliance Operation City (local network of youth and cultural associations / NGOs) and the City of Zagreb (municipality). This hybrid model provides long-term sustainability as the result of a balance between public financing and supervision on one hand and independent programming and participatory decision-making on the other.
The main purpose of POGON is to provide basic services and manage the infrastructure for cultural and youth programs (contemporary arts and culture; related social, theoretical, and policy activities; various youth activities). Its venues, equipment, and temporary office may be used free of charge for all non-profit activities. At the same time, POGON is also developing its own activities, currently focusing on international cooperation.