During 4th World children’s festival of animated film “Zlatni puž“ in Vranje, following the invitation of the School of animated film’s Director, Snežana Trajković, on 12th August 2015 a meeting was held in the local self-government of the City of Vranje. Apart from representatives of the city government, the meeting was also attended by directors of cultural institutions so they could additionally inform themselves about possibilities of participating in the Creative Europe programme. At the meeting the importance of raising the current level of cooperation of cultural institutions with foreign partners was emphasized, however, the meeting also included topics of diversifying funding sources and different possibilities of co-financing of successful projects within the Creative Europe programme – from the specialized competition of the Ministry of culture and informing of the Republic of Serbia to financial support of the local self-government.
Since de-metropolisation in the field of culture is an important aspect of work of the Desk creative Europe Serbia, the main aim of the Head of the Desk’s visit was encouraging cultural institutions, but also civil society organizations from Vranje to participate in the Creative Europe programme. The intention of the Desk creative Europe Serbia is to point out the possibilities of development of programmatic, organizational and financial capacities of cultural organizations through establishing European partnerships within the Creative Europe programme. The development of the national cultural system is inseparably tied to the development of smaller cities and counties, and the Desk Creative Europe Serbia strives to actively contribute to the process.