I recently added Ku La to my list of alternative spots’ guide to Skopje. Both small and hidden yet functional and popular is what I would use to describe it. The place is a nonprofit, multidisciplinary gallery, performance space and many other things in between. You can enjoy a film screening, live gig or a falafel dinner, in addition to a jewellery exhibition by up and coming Macedonian artists or a performance act by an established foreign artist. The choice is yours.
What appeared to be a ruined garden of a falling down house, the people behind Ku La have transformed it into a pet-friendly bar. Rather small in size, but ranking high on the popularity scale. The number of people inside is half of that outside, having a smoke or just waiting to clear out. No wonder. Their music shows are rapidly becoming popular amongst Skopje’s independent scene, their film screenings present contemporary ideas and they make great falafel.
I like the fact that they present emerging and unconventional artists and ideas using their gallery space and how they have made contemporary Macedonian art accessible to the public. Plus they have been working nonstop since the opening. Their agenda is always full and diverse. A big plus.
Also the place works on donations. Feel free to pay as much as you think they deserve.