Workshops on Smoqua 2023: empowering self-defense, Waacking, DJing, safety&rhythm of resistance

We are very pleased to hear how you enjoy Smoqua while learning new moves and skills. For that reason, at Smoqua 2023 we have prepared a whole bunch of somewhat special workshops we do not have the opportunity to attend often! Take a look what is offering below, find out if you need to apply for something and join us. 😊

Thursday, October 12th 2023

The rhythm of resistance: Loud&Combative!, Drum'n'Bijes (HR) // 15:00 – 17:00 // OKC Palach, Kružna 8

Empowerment for actions and social engagement. As sharing rhythm and energy with a group of people heals and empowers, if you wish to learn the basics of protest drumming, join us for this workshop. Perhaps you might find yourself drumming at the festival opening 😉 For more info, check out the FB event.
Register at: with the subject 'SMOQUA 2023 workshop application.' In the email, please include your full name, age, and a motivational sentence by Wednesday, October 11th.

Friday, October 13th 2023

Workshop: Safe@festival for event organisers, KUN (NO) // 15:00 – 17:00 // OKC Palach, Kružna 8

When organising (large scale) events, it is important to think through how to prevent, recognise and respond to sexual violence at festivals, concerts and in various public spaces. Learn more about how to plan for and arrange violence free cultural events, including risk assessment and sanctions with workshop leaders from Norway organisation KUN.

DJing 101 workshop, queerANarchive (HR/CL) // 15:00 – 17:00 // OKC Palach, Kružna 8

Gabibabydoll generously shares knowledge, experiences and tips&tricks for handling DJ equipment, how to put together your first DJ set or mix. No previous knowledge is required, but you should bring a flash drive with ten songs of your choice and register at: .

Foto: Damira Kalajzic

Saturday, October 14th 2023

Workshop for youth: Safe@festival, KUN (NO) // 14:00 – 16:00 // OKC Palach, Kružna 8

If you wish to learn more about different forms of violence, how to recognize them and how to react to them, workshop leaders from Norway organisation KUN educate both event organisers and youth. This workshop on sexual harassment, gender-based violence and safety in public spaces at festivals is primarily for (LGBTIQ+) youth.

Empowerment self-defence workshop: Center for Girls (RS) // 16:00 – 19:00 // OKC Palach, Kružna 8

Through 5 basic principles: think, shout, run, fight and talk, participants learn to assess and create safety for themselves. We practise punches, kicks and elbow strikes, while learning about assertive communication and attitude. This workshop led by Tatjana Nikolić, a certified level 2 ESD Instructor, empowers, raises self-confidence and shows how strong we really are.

Workshop: Waacking, Helena Ostojić aka Ursula Away (HR) // 17:00 – 19:00 // OKC Palach, Kružna 8

Your desire is to waack? Learn the history of the style through five key elements: technique, punking, musicality, posing, and individuality. Then we will combine all the elements into a choreography. No registration is required, just come and bring positive attitude 😉

Waacking Helena – Timy Šarec

Huge hugs, see you at Smoqua! 😊

Check out the whole Smoqua programme here.


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