Monthly Archives: November 2016

Info day in Užice: Why is a Good Idea the Most Important Thing and How to Apply?


In cooperation with the Office for Local Economic Development and the Government of the City of Užice, Culture Desk Creative Europe Serbia organised an info day in the Assembly of the City of Užice on 25th November 2016.

At the meeting in Užice, Dimitrije Tadić, the Head of Creative Europe Desk Serbia spoke about the programme with the aim of appropriate informing of the cultural public, but he also advised the interested parties about the competition procedure, i.e. how to secure financial assets from this programme in the easiest way.

Key factors in successfully applying for the Creative Europe programme are having a good project idea and being connected with relevant partners while the process of applying and managing a project is significantly less demanding. An important segment of presenting the programme is related to demystifying the notions of the inaccessibility of financing offered by EU programmes and the complexity of competition procedures.

The talks were attended by representatives of cultural institutions and organisations from the City of Užice and the surrounding area – management and other employees of museums, libraries, galleries and organisations of the civil society.

One of important aims of Creative Europe Desk Serbia is contributing to demetropolisation of Serbia which is why a part of the Desk’s activities in not only taking place outside of Belgrade, but also outside of bigger city centres. At the same time, these activities of the Desk are directed towards strengthening the capacity of domestic institutions and organisations in the field of international cooperation.

Educational programme for employees of cultural institutions of the City of Niš as a part of the project “Zajedno za kulturu po meri mladih“


Within the project “Zajedno za kulturu po meri mladih“ (Jointly for culture customised to fit the youth) five panel discussions were held about the possibilities for improving the work with the young audience: innovative approaches to work and European practices in culture, using new technologies, designing new programmes and a successful communication of cultural institutions with the young audience.

On the first day of the seminar, Milan Đorđević, manager of the Desk’s project spoke about innovative approaches to working with a young audience on the example of the project Take Over, supported by the Creative Europe programme. After the presentation, a discussion was held with the topic of active participation of young people in the work of cultural institutions and organisation in Niš. Representatives of institutions and organisations from Niš spoke about challenges they encountered in realising programme activities, communicating with young people and visions of improving the work.

Manager of the Desk’s project also presented the possibilities offered by the Creative Europe programme and models of working with different target groups being developed by projects supported by this programme. One of the most important results of the seminar is empowering local institutions to try the model of forming a youth council, modelled after the Take Over project and the Kolarac Foundation.

Creative Europe Desk strives to provide support to initiatives and local projects supporting work of cultural professionals, working on professionalising institutions and organisations and increasing the participation of new groups of audiences.

DiStory – Hack Creative Week in Belgrade


The Centre for Urban Development in cooperation with the Museums of the municipality of Radovljica from Slovenia, the Association of Historical Cities of Slovenia and the Municipality of Fermo from Italy, organised the international Hack Creative Week from 22nd to 24th November 2016 in the Cultural institution “Parobrod” as a part of the project “diSTORY” supported by the European Commission and the Creative Europe programme.

The first day of the creative week was opened by Dimitrije Tadić, the Head of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia.

The aim of the Hack Creative Week is to explore and create new ways of interpretation of the rich cultural heritage of small historical cities and museums of Europe through cooperation between different participants from the fields of culture and digital technologies, with the aim of improving their “digital” appeal and communication with the new generation of audience.

Small historical cities and local museums are faced with numerous challenges in the preservation and presentation of cultural heritage and in communicating with their audiences. New digital technologies demand new approaches to interpretation that will allow them to disclose their stories, attract and communicate with citizens and visitors and in this way contribute to the preservation of European heritage and sustainable development of local communities.

Therefore, the workshop was focussed on presenting the existing and building new, advanced solutions that would improve the visitors’ experiences, include the audience and enhance the experience of learning through cooperation. Mixed teams of representatives of delegations coming from Italy, Slovenia and Serbia, together with experts and students from the field of museology, digital technologies and design, programmers and experts for audience development, participated in the creation of pilot digital stories of small historical cities participants of the project (Topola, Serbia; Radovljica, Slovenia; Fermo, Italy). The results of the workshop will serve as a platform for the development of ideas, tools and strategies for new practices in interpreting cultural heritage.

Among others, speakers at the Hack Creative Week included: Tatjana Cvjetićanin, President of the Balkan Museum Network, Milena Jokanović, Europa Nostra, Dragana Martinović, Institute for the Study of Cultural Development, Andrija Stojanović, Point of Communication, Direction for Protection and Preservation of Cultural Assets, and Dr Rozhen K. Mohammed-Amin, author of several works dealing with the topic of using technology of augmented reality in museums.

Creative Europe Desk Serbia at the Take Over Festival


Take Over Festival, dedicated to classical music, took place in Kolarac Foundation from 17th to 20th November, and it represented a symbolic completion of activities realised by the Youth Council of this institution within the same name project in the past two years, recognising and designing programmes contributing exactly to the development of the young audience.

Take Over Festival was dedicated to the promotion of classical music in the way young people perceive and experience it, through old and new programmatic content and activating new spaces of Kolarac.

During the festival Kolarac Foundation also hosted young people from Italy, Greece, Poland and United Kingdom, where partner organisations of the Take Over project, supported within the Creative Europe programme came from.

Representatives of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia held consultative meetings as a part of the second day of the festival programme. Apart from the basic presentation of the Creative Europe programme, this year’s applications for the competition of for projects of European cooperation were also spoken about.


Projects of European Cooperation 2017 – last check!


Culture Desk Creative Europe Serbia in cooperation with the EU Info Centre in Belgrade will organise the “Projects of European Cooperation 2017 – last check!” meeting on Wednesday 16th November at 12 p.m. in the EU Info Centre in Belgrade, 7 Kralja Milana St.

The call is primarily intended for all institutions and organisation from Serbia prepairing competition applications for the Competition of European Cooperation 2017, but also for all parties interested for the competitions of the Creative Europe programme.

The meeting will cover the topics of competition materials of the applicants who intend to apply for support of the Creative Europe programme in this competition round, going through the application form and the budget of a project.

Also, anyone interested in applying for the competitions of the Creative Europe programme can attend the event.

Participation applications are mandatory, and anyone interested can apply by sending their name and the name of organisation or institution they represent to at latest by 15th November at 12 p.m.

Creative Europe Desk Serbia is the implementing body of the Creative Europe programme, established as a part of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia.

The task of the Desk is giving support to cultural institutions and organisation and organisations of the civil society in the Republic of Serbia who want to secure participation in the Creative Europe programme. Culture Desk Creative Europe Serbia is implementing the sub-programme Culture, functioning within the Creative Europe programme.


Can culture in Serbia do without Europe?


Serbia is a part of the European cultural space and it is successfully participating in programmes of the EU supporting culture, evaluated the panel “Can Culture in Serbia do Without Europe”, held at the Book Fair at the EU stand organized by the EU Info Centre. The participants of the talks were representatives of the Delegation of the EU, Culture Desk and Media Desk Creative Europe, Forum for Culture of the European Movement, expert Team Europe Serbia and the Kolarac Foundation, but also agents of independent cultural scene and experts from the audience.

Negotiations chapter 26 concerns the field of culture, but it also deals with field of youth, sports and education, representative of the Delegation of the EU in Serbia, Nadežda Dramićanin said. She reminded that in the field of culture there are no strictly determined directives of the EU which should be abided by, but only recommendations: “EU is striving to offer framework recommendations, because directives whose implementation is monitored do not exist. We give framework recommendations through the programme Creative Europe…”, Dramićanin said and stated that the budget was increased for this programme lasting until 2020.

According to her evaluation, it is important the projects used for applying are written by organisations themselves. Dramićanin added that apart through Creative Europe, support is also given to culture through IPA – Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance.

“We believe culture in Serbia cannot do on its own, that the path of cooperation is better”, concluded Dramićanin, adding that it is a fact cooperation is necessary for applying for EU funds, as well.

Representative of the Desk Creative Europe Serbia, Nina Mihaljinac, stated that 40 organisations from Serbia participate in this programme. In giving examples, she state a lot of support is given to establishing the scene of contemporary dance, publishing, programmes of audience development… “Some publishing houses survive due to translations financially supported by Creative Europe” Mihaljinac added. Nowadays, Serbia precisely occupies the first place by the number of approved projects of literary translation (out of 19 submitted, 6 were successful).

Mihaljinac evaluated that Serbia is indeed a part of the European cultural space, but also that the state itself must determine what are the priorities during the negotiation process, also emphasising the possibility of influencing certain conditions of financing.

“The competition for literary translations, for example, initially implied that translations could have been done from all languages so we reached the situation that big languages were being translated to other big languages and small languages to other small languages, hence the result was segregation. Now the condition is to translate from small languages to large ones and vice versa”, she said, adding that in the process of European Integration, Serbia should find its interests, as well.

The Head of the Media Desk for Serbia, a part of Creative Europe supporting the audiovisual media, Nevena Negojević, said that Serbia is very successful since March 2016 when it started participating in the sub-programme. Until now eight projects were supported, mostly for film development. Moreover, Serbia is one of the first countries of low production capacity which gained support at the competition for the TV programme, which is one of the most complex ones. Festivals did not manage in the best way, hence only the Palić Film Festival received support.

“However, for the next year we are aware where we made mistakes, so these applications will be of higher quality. What is interesting is that Beldocs, the international festival of documentary film, received support for the development of industrial market. This is also a space where priority of the Media sub-programme can be seen, because they were given funds to organise the first market of film professionals. It is something Serbia did not have up until now and it will be one of the rare countries in the region organising it this year”, said Nevena Negojević, adding that through all supported projects a tendency was recognised that projects were approved to companies which were already very active at the level of international cooperation.

The specific nature of the Media sub-programme, which has a continuity of 25 years already, lies in the fact that it is primarily oriented towards the profit making side, which results in a problem of the relations between small countries and countries which have high production. “Some of these questions are being solved between desks and between countries themselves, and some of them in Brussels. Our capacities to influence these programmes do not exist”, she said and pointed out that it is good regional networking is an important thing in the sub-programme Media which only then goes to the international level.

The Director of Ilija M. Kolarac Foundation, Jasna Dimitrijević, presented the experiences from the TakeOver project where Kolarac participates with partners from Poland, Greece and Italy whose aim is audience development, particularly the youth audience. The topic, she said, is common for all countries and this is exactly why the project was designed. In order to conduct the project in the most successful fashion, Kolarac formed the Youth Board which expressed how young people actually see some problems and they gave their own perspective. Dimitrijević stated that Kolarac, no longer receiving funds from the budget, has almost the same problems as state institutions but that it is at an advantage in conducting projects because it possesses the infrastructure.

Vice-president of the Forum for Culture of the European Movement in Serbia, Milena Stefanović, evaluated that this forum was recently formed again to deal with lobbying in the field of culture. She expressed a hope that the national cultural strategy will be a part of the public debate next year as it was announced.


Workshop “Creative Europe Programme: from idea to application“


Dear colleagues,

We announce that the Creative Europe Desk Serbia in cooperation with the authorities of the City of Niš will organise a workshop on applying to the competition of the Creative Europe Programme for support to projects of European cooperation, on 3rd and 4th of November 2016 in the Regional Centre Niš, bb Pariske komune St.

The workshop is primarily dedicated to the institutions/organisations preparing documents to apply to competitions of the Creative Europe Programme, but also to all interested cultural professionals from the Nišava and the surrounding districts who want to get informed and trained to apply for the Creative Europe Programme.

The programme is designed so it responds to all important questions related to applying: which competitions exist and whom are these meant for; how and where to find partners; what are the priorities of the programme and how to design a project in accordance with them; which are all the projects that received support and why.

Applications are not necessary, and since a part of the programme of the workshop will be dedicated to application ideas, we are asking everyone interested in participating to prepare short descriptions of project ideas they would use to apply for the competitions of the Creative Europe Programme.

The programme of the workshop can be viewed here.

We are kindly inviting and expecting you at the Regional Centre of Niš!

Creative Europe Desk Serbia


International Panel Discussion “Connecting” as a part of the Belgrade


The conference “Connecting” took place as a part the Belgrade Fashion Week at the Museum of Applied Art and it is dealing with the topic of cooperation between the public, private and civil sectors within the fashion industry. Participants consisted of representatives of different institutions and organisation: Martyn Roberts – Fashion Scout London, Melinda Rebrek – Ljubljana Fashion Week, Slađana Milojević –Fashion and Apparel Cluster Serbia – FACTS, Hristina Mikić – Foundation Group for Creative Economy, Milica Zatezalo – the National Coordinatior of the COSME programme within the Ministry of Economy, Ksenija Marković Božović, BFW Design Collective, Milorad Vasiljević – Chamber of Commerce of Serbia, Nenad Radujević – Belgrade Fashion Week and designers Ana Ljubinković and Budislava Keković. The spokeswoman of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia was Nina Mihaljinac, manager of projects of the Culture Desk.

Short lectures were held covering various topics, among others: Development of modern fashion design in the context of holistic, sustainable society development; Connecting the industry sector of fashion with independent Serbian designers; Regional creative economy and positioning creative entrepreneurship; Cooperation with regional and international fashion industries such as Fashion Scout London, Central European Fashion Days, Zona 45; The regional fashion project; Possibilities offered by international foundations; Cooperation with the public sector.

It often happens that this kind of conferences stop at the talks, however, this not the case now because a cooperation memorandum was immediately signed between BFW Design Collective and the Fashion and Apparel Cluster Serbia – FACTS. Throughout the years, Belgrade Fashion Week established cooperation with the educational system in this domain and realised successful projects in collaboration with various cultural organisations from the private, public and civil sectors so signing the cooperation memorandum was just another step towards improving commercial activities of independent fashion authors.

One of the mail conclusions of the conferences are the facts that inter-sector and inter-departmental cooperation, but also creation of the regional fashion project can make an incremental contribution to further development of fashion in Serbia and the region.