(Re)positioning of the (South Eastern) European region through culture

18th-21st April 2017

Belgrade Youth Centre, European Centre for Culture and Debate Grad, Ilija M. Kolarac Foundation, Gallery Zvono, Aeroklub, French Cultural Centre in Belgrade, EU Info Centre in Belgrade.

1. Topic of the Creative Europe Forum: macro and micro regional European cooperation

Creative Europe Forum 2017 is an international conference of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia dedicated to promoting the Creative Europe programme and the topic of regional cooperation as a strategy of European cultural development. The topic of the Forum will be covered on two levels: cooperation of the region and the territories in Europe on the macro and the micro level; cooperation and repositioning of countries of South Eastern Europe. The programme participants include experts and representatives of Creative Europe Desks from Greece, Hungary, Montenegro, Romania, Albania, Croatia, Cyprus, Macedonia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Serbia, and also France.

2. Joint debates on re(positioning) of South Eastern Europe

Apart from the topic of European regional cooperation, participants of the Forum should recognise the strengths and peculiarities of the cultural and creative sector of the region, answer how can the region develop its cultural recognisability, whether it can use the good and bad experiences of other European regions such as the Scandinavian, Baltic or Central European one, what are the best opportunities for the development of South Eastern Europe and what is the place of the Creative Europe programme in this process.

3. Presentation of the research (Re)positioning of the South Eastern European region through culture

With the aim of joint defining of recommendations for the development of the South Eastern Europe region within the Forum, Creative Europe Desk Serbia conducted the research (Re)positioning of the South Eastern European region through culture. The research was carried out in all countries of the region and it mapped and analysed: the presence of artists from the region in relevant international manifestations, most important projects and initiatives of regional cooperation, strategic documents and legal framework of regional cooperation, content of tourist promotional campaigns of South Eastern Europe countries. The research also includes surveying cultural professionals with the topic of strategic directions of development of South Eastern Europe region through culture.

4. Promotion of successful stories and help in applying to the Creative Europe programme

Apart from debates, within the Forum there will be: project presentations of organisations from Serbia that won support of the Creative Europe programme, training on applying for the programme, training for cultural professionals conducted by a group of leading French experts, legal and accounting advice sessions.

5. Four accompanying programmes: youth, cultural heritage, European Capitals of Culture and Forum francais

Four accompanying programmes will be organised as a part of the Forum: the programme for young and future cultural professionals (in cooperation with the University of Arts in Belgrade), the programme – dissonant heritage and regional cooperation (cooperation with the organisation Europa Nostra Serbia), European Capitals of Culture (in cooperation with Creative Europe Desk Greece and Foundation Novi Sad 2021) and Forum français (in cooperation with the French Institute and Relais culture Europe, Paris).

Forum français consists of exhibitions and concerts of contemporary authors from France and Serbia which will take place in several relevant artistic spaces in Belgrade, but also speeches of French cultural professionals who will present their experiences in working in the cultural sector of France.

Тhe Agenda of the Creative Europe Forum 2017 is available here.

We kindly ask you to confirm your participation in the Forum until 17th April by sending an email to

Creative Europe Desk Serbia is an office implementing the main programme of the EU for culture, Creative Europe, in Serbia. Creative Europe Forum is organised annually in April.