Worum es bei uns geht
Užupis used to be a depressive neighbourhood of the capital of the Republic of Lithuania. In the 1990s it became popular with the creative community of artists, film directors, actors, musicians and writers. In 1996 the Alternative Art Centre was founded there. And in 1997 a group of artists declared the establishment of a conceptual state there. The new republic was to have its president and government, coat of arms and flag, Constitution and postal stamps. The bohemian society transformed the district. It became the embodiment of natural non-aggressive gentrification in the post-Soviet space.
The republic of Užupis has 300 ambassadors worldwide e.g. the Dalai Lama. Each ambassador has a special aim. The Munich ambassador Max Haarich (http://uzhupisembassy.eu/emb/) aims to build bridges between arts and tech to explore the unthinkable.