Monthly Archives: May 2017

Borderline Offensive: laughing in the face of fear


Project Leader: TILLT AB (SVB) SE
Creative industry Kosice, SK
House of Humour and Satire BG
Stichting Keunstwurk NL
Symbiosis GR
Udruge centar za mirovne studije HR
Centar za kulturnu dekontaminaciju RS
Maximum Grant Awarded: 480.453,00 €

Borderline Offensive engages European (EU) and Middle Eastern (ME) artists in exploring questions of migration and community cohesion in contemporary Europe, through the medium of humour aesthetics and laughter as a mechanism for intercultural socialization and collective identity-building. Partners in 7 European cities: Gothenburg (SE), Belgrade (RS), Leeuwarden (NL), Gabrovo/Plovdiv (BG), Kosice (SK), Zagreb (HR) and Thessaloniki (GR) + 5 ME associate partners: Beirut (LB), Istanbul (TR), Ramallah (PS), Syria (SY), Jordan/Tandem Shaml (JO) + supporting partners Funny Cities Network (Leicester Comedy Festival/UK).

The migrant and its “crisis” are our key political subjects, embodying the contrasts between Western values and those arriving from MENA (Middle East and North Africa region) and holding a mirror to Europe, forcing a discussion by European and neighboring communities on what Europe is, what it should be, and how we define ourselves and our actions. A European community for transnational cooperation and knowledge exchange on humour aesthetics and intercultural dialogue is established (2017). Transnational artistic residencies with local, EU and ME artists employ humour and participatory processes between non-European migrants and European residents, in the co-creation of artworks (2018).

The resulting artworks and creators embark in a transnational tour connected to ECOCs, international artistic events, comedy festivals and ECOCs – replicating participatory and intercultural dialogue practices in each country (2019). The artworks, performances, knowledge are deconstructed to approach new European challenges, and the model is shared via capacity-building, publication and conference. Redefining Europe, new and old European citizens engage in a process of development through community dynamics that do not see the excluded as a threat, but takes difference as a shared substance of the European community. Two people laughing at the same joke, both are reassure that they share a common humanity.

Reading Balkans


Project Leader: Zalozba Goga, Zavod za zaloznisko in umetnisko dejavnost SI

Association Krokodil RS

Društvo za izdavanje, promet i uslugi Goten Group Dooel Skopje, MK

Maximum Grant Awarded: 200.000,00 €

The cooperation project Reading Balkans (South and East reaches West – digital platform for promotion of writers in post-conflict societies) aims to link various partners active in the field of literature promotion and dissemination. The aim is to create new capacities employing a new business model with the Literary Agent for literatures of Southeast, Southern and Eastern Europe, and strengthen the transnational mobility through the network of writers-in-residence programs.

The literary agent will be selected and trained in the course of the project, and his/her long-term mission will be to establish a new literary agency dealing with translation rights for literatures written in less used languages. Using the joint digital platform, which will be another outcome of the project, the partners and the agent will present the region of Southeast Europe as a region of extraordinary literary creativity.

The project will thus build new capacities in Europe’s South and East, and will present the best literary voices of these regions to facilitate their translations to major European languages. The project will also aid writers to professionalize and internationalize their careers through their increased visibility and mobility. The focus of the project will be on writers who in their works warn of the perils of nationalism and intolerance. Through a network of residencies and visit to festivals, the project will offer a platform to writers coming from different (post)conflict regions of Europe to exchange and share with the general audience their views on the consequences of these two phenomena.

In view of the recent rise of the right-wing populism and neo-fascist movements throughout Europe, the cooperation partners believe that especially these literary voices from Southeast Europe need to be heard in other crisis regions of Europe, such as Cyprus and Ukraine, and read in major European languages.

Young Theatre


Project Leader: Pionirski dom – Center za kulturo mladih SI
Children’s Cultural Center Belgrade RS
Elckie Centrum Kultury PL
Opera Comica Pentru Copii RO
Maximum Grant Awarded: 200.000,00 €

The goal of the project “Young Theatre” is to address the trend of low and steadily decreasing popularity of theatre among European audiences, especially the young, by exploiting the audience building potential of improvisational theatre.

The project will accomplish this by developing an innovative Art Education/Audience Development program in the field of theatre and deliver it across five Culture Program countries to key target groups involved with introducing theatre to the young: (1) theatre professionals and (2) pedagogues (schools), in the process creating an international Young Theatre Network, dedicated to children’s improvisational theatre and young audience development in the field of theatre arts.

The project focuses on at-risk countries of Southern and Eastern Europe (Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Croatia, and Slovakia), where Eurobarometer research shows that audience interest in theatre is the lowest and steadily decreasing. Project partners include Pionirski dom – Youth Culture Center (Slovenia), Elk Theatre (Poland), The State Comic Opera for Children (Romania), Children’s Culture Center Belgrade (Serbia) and N.I. Theatre for Children and Youth (Macedonia). Project Associate Partners include KRILA Creative Laboratory for Contemporary Theatre (Croatia) and Thalia Theatre (Slovakia).

Five project partners and two Associate partners from 7 different European countries will produce results that include: (1) first group of Improvisational theatre instructors in target countries (20 persons), (2) training for 75 theatre professionals and 150 pedagogues in five target countries who will (3) directly engage in improvisational theatre production with approximately 1000 children, produce 125 improv formats, publicly present 25 of these improv formats to a combined audience of 5000 visitors at 5 Impro Days, and (4) presentation of the new audience developing tool to target audiences around Europe at 3 international theatre audience conferences.

MAPS – Mapping and Archiving Public Spaces


Project Leader: Kulturno umetnisko drustvo Mota Muzej tranzitornih umetnosti SI
Artos Cultural Foundation Idryma CY
House of Humour and Satire BG
Communication point RS
T-O Green Europe CZ
W24 Programm GmbH AT
Maximum Grant Awarded: 195.000,18 €

MAPS – Mapping and Archiving Public Spaces project aims to identify, map and archive public spaces, architecture and monuments which are part of our cultural heritage, but are not yet identified as such. Through oral histories, creative digital tools and active audience participation, MAPS develops a methodology of redefining the role of public spaces, and an approach of rethinking monuments as places, which carry significant symbolic power for the inhabitants, the immediate users of those public spaces. MAPS finds creative ways to present cultural heritage and builds a geo-location based participatory online platform and mobile app, which informs public on the importance of cultural heritage and allows users to co-create its content.

The basis for the platform is a map-based archive, consisting of (art) historical and architectural data and photos of the location, which present its history and current state. Selected locations include video documentaries, interviews with the community and field recordings, and VR models of the sites. With digitization of cultural heritage and participatory models MAPS democratizes the process of preserving cultural heritage and develops audiences through their direct involvement in the project. MAPS promotes transnational mobility through researchers, who travel to locations, artists, who stay in residencies to develop site-specific interventions and creative technologists, who engage in training and development of tools. All the achievements are presented on symposia and promoted through a vast network of offline and online channels.

By researching, collecting, mapping and archiving the forgotten, decaying and otherwise overlooked gems of architecture, monuments and public spaces, we are making an important contribution in sustaining and reviving the European heritage. Through reuse, repurpose and revitalization of public spaces and monuments, MAPS connects the missing dots and adds to the mosaic of European memory and identity.

European cooperation projects 2017

CATHEXIS: Innovating Theatre as Event: The Spectator as Researcher


Project Leader: Nick Millett Associates FR
Atelier Theatre JeanVilar BE
Elapse FR
Fondacija Centar za zastupanje gradjanskih interesa BA
Heartefact Fund RS
Universiteit Utrecht NL
Maximum Grant Awarded: 197.721,13 €

Cathexis proposes to explore a two-pronged strategy for the development of theatre audiences: the invention of a new form of performing arts participatory event which (1) is more engaging because more relevant & intense, and (2) addresses new professional audiences by also functioning as fundamental social research. Cathexis will extend the audience engagement into a community of enquiry, enabling the spectator to become social researcher and creative collaborator.

The project will build & test a prototype application of this innovative theatre-research apparatus. Cathexis 1: Truth on Trial will empower the public to explore the theme of Truth in all its dimensions, but especially as it relates to current technological change, media democracy and the institution of Justice. The conceptual framework of the event is the “mise en situation” of the audience as judge and jury in a tribunal of the future where technology plays a central role in determining the guilt of the accused. The behavior of all the participants in the event will be recorded, analyzed and stored publicly online. Three subsequent workshops will use creative facilitation techniques to dig deeper into the subject and produce a collective creative expression.

Cathexis will be a six phase process (Research, Design, Audience Development/Communication, Build, Run, Report) involving a multidisciplinary and cross-cultural team collaborating in a series of residencies across Europe and testing the prototype event in two locations. Each residency will include a workshop with members of the public in the spirit of Open Innovation. The partnership spans Europe from the North West to the South East, seeking intercultural exchange to catalyze creativity and to intensify the social impact, relevance and reach of the project. As a result, our results will have comparative value and proof of concept will have trans-European validity, demonstrating the need today for theatre’s core competence of behavioral expertise.

European cooperation projects 2017

Socially Inclusive Literature Operation


Project Leader: UC Limburg BE

Aarhus Public Libraries DK

Aarhus Universitet DK

Association Krokodil RS

CÂmara Municipal da Madalenado Pico PT

Cultuurhuis de Warande BE

Fundación Uxío Novoneyra ES

Szepirok Tarsasaga HU

Maximum Grant Awarded: 199.983,39 €

SILO makes accessible foreign European literature for everyone, especially for groups that do not normally come into contact with literature. From a participatory approach we involve different citizens (refugees, hospital patients, young adults, prisoners, secondary school students, and elderly people). We work “outreach”: we organize events in their daily context. During those events we create situations where everyone can take the role as writer or as storyteller. So, we create a narrative community where sharing stories is central. By doing this, we create an opportunity to talk about foreign literature. During every event there will always be a (foreign) writer. A framework for organizing participatory literature events is an important project result.

On a digital platform we share stories from the narrative community: a social medium where everyone can share narratives in different forms (text, image, sound …)Thestories on this platform can provide inspiration to write new stories or to organize literary, participatory events. Educators (social workers, cultural workers and teachers) are a key target group. They will use the developed participatory framework for literature events, allowing them to engage new audiences, who are otherwise hard to reach.

Our consortium is suitable to achieve this ambitious goal. We have a mix of expertise: the literary world (library, writers), participatory experts (UCLL), experience in interdisciplinary work (UCLL, Aarhus U, cultural centers), policy (PICO). This means that we can realize our goal at local, regional, national and international levels. In Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Serbia, Portugal and Spain, we will reach new audiences at events. In other countries will also provide inspiration through the online platform. Coming from different sectors, we can disseminate results via very different network organizations, inspiring other organizations in using our participatory framework for audience engagement.

European cooperation projects 2017

(Re)Discovering Europe


Project Leader: Hrvatsko Narodno Kazalište Iana Pl. Zajca Rijeka HR
Kosztolányi Dezső Theater RS
National Institution Albanian Theatre Skopje MK
Slovensko stalno gledalisce IT
Teatrul German de Stat Timisoara RO
Maximum Grant Awarded: 200.000,00 €

(Rе)discovering Europe is a project in the field of theatre, dealing with contemporary Europe and challenges it faces today. It is an attempt to speak about Europe from a minority perspective through theatrical language – how different minorities participate in the creation of the identity of contemporary Europe and whether we can offer new perspective of Europe through this subject. This is the reason to choose the last play of Luigi Pirandello “The Mountain Giants” as a metaphor of multiculturalism and motive of the cooperation on this subject. Project includes 5 partners, minority theatre ensembles from European cities with long tradition of multiculturalism, which in some of these environments has recently been reduced to a folkloristic decoration to the official, majority culture.

Parts of the project:
1. Co-production of the play “The Mountain Giants” by Luigi Pirandello
2. Educational programme “Incubators of theatre knowledge”
3. Artistic workshop “From Piranello to Brexit” by Paolo Magelli
4. Audience Development programme “Performative Kitchen – Cooking Diversity”
5. Scientific Research on participation of minorities in Culture in European Cities

After the casting of actors in all 5 theatres and intensive rehearsals, the ensemble will tour 5 cities with the play Mountain Giants. During this process, artistic, educational and audience development activities will be organized.

Objectives of the project:
-to enhance mobility, cooperation and intercultural dialogue in the field of performing arts-theatre
-to raise awareness of the importance of pluralism in contemporary Europe, contribute to elimination of cultural and language barriers, confirming the theatre space as a space of universal communication
-to raise capacities of cultural professionals
-to establish European minority theatre network to increase their visibility on European level
-to educate an audience that will be sensitized to diversity and to enlarge its participation in cultural life

European cooperation projects 2017

New Mappings of Europe


Project Leader: Moderna Galerija SI
Akademie der Bildenden Kunste Wien AT
Muzej Jugoslavije RS
Teesside University UK
Maximum Grant Awarded: 200.000,00 €

New Mappings of Europe is a two-year collaborative project of four different art and cultural institutions from Serbia, Slovenia, Austria and the United Kingdom, which will generate knowledge about the migrants’ cultural heritage in Europe and make cultural and art institutions more accessible to local communities of migrants of the first and second generations as well as to the new communities of asylum seekers and refugees. The project will consist of co-curated exhibitions, accompanied by a rich public mediation programme, artist residencies, a common web platform, and an international conference. The aim of the project is twofold: on the one hand to deal with past phenomena related to migrations, and on the other, to link these phenomena to current migrations. In order to do so successfully, it is necessary to collaborate on a transnational level.

The questions that the project departs from are: What are the common experiences that might link these seemingly different migrants? And how did mass arrivals of people from various parts of the world change not only the way we perceive Europe but also the way Europe is perceived from the outside? With a focused attention to the forms of progressive imagination we would like to offer some answers to those questions. The questions are especially relevant in our contemporary situation when new migrants, asylum seekers and refugees are arriving from all parts of the world due to social, political and economic reasons as well as climate changes. Europe has always been faced with the challenge of including migrants in society. These processes are usually long and complex. An important dimension of inclusion is through culture and through attaching positive social values to migrants’ cultural heritage.

European cooperation projects 2017



Project Leader: Fondatsia Operosa BG
Herceg Fest ME
Opština Herceg Novi ME
Zadužbina Ilije M. Kolarca RS
Maximum Grant Awarded: 198.500,00 €

Young@Opera brings together over 50 talented and keen young artists from countries across Europe and beyond in over 30 performances of vibrant opera and street performances in 14 towns in Montenegro, Serbia and Bulgaria. 4 ambitious core partners together with 6 associated partners have created a dynamic two part cycle of opera events with 12 highly accomplished Artistic Directors and Mentors of 10 nationalities. The 26 month long project specifically aims to reach a wider and younger audience by presenting in Cycle 1 a baroque-classical opera in a modern and “cool” form and in Cycle 2 commissioning a brand new opera by a young composer with modern views but showcasing clear links connecting it to the opera of Cycle 1.

All will be created and performed by young artists to whom young audiences can relate. They are selected from an extensive list of young artists from all over the world. The Partners and Associated Partners will work together to propose and select the young artists for the project from their extensive data base list of names from all over the world; some known to them previously and some that are new through auditions.

Thanks to the novel and innovative nature of the project for the Balkan region there is great interest from media partners; the core partners have secured commitments from at least 3 TV stations for dissemination throughout the project period and this will be further supported and shared by all social media outlets as well as the partners and individuals involved.

The partners have also managed to secure support from local mobile telecommunication companies who will provide Livestreaming of the events. The promotion of the project will emphasize the experiences of the artists by sharing fresh insights to an art form which is regarded by many as heavy, difficult and old fashioned.


EU Projects Fair “EU and Serbia in action” held in Zrenjanin


EU Projects Fair “EU and Serbia in action”, where the most important current projects in Vojvodina funded by the European Union were presented, was held today in Zrenjanin, together with the traditional manifestation “European village”.

At the EU Projects Fair, more than 30 projects were presented, in the realization which the European Union is currently actively participating, and the value of which is several hundreds of millions of Euros. The Fair was marked by the celebration of ten years of membership in the European Union, celebrated by Romania this year with which Serbia has excellent cooperation through projects of cross-border cooperation. This is why this year one of the organisers of the EU Projects Fair, apart from the Delegation of the EU in Serbia, Office for EU Integration in the Government of the Republic of Serbia, the and City of Zrenjanin was also the Embassy of the Republic of Romania.

The EU Projects Fair “EU and Serbia in action” and the manifestation “European village” was jointly opened by Jadranka Joksimović, Minister without portfolio in charge of European Integration, Oscar Benedict, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation in Serbia, Čedomir Janjić, the Mayor of Zrenjanin and Milan Čežek from the Fund for European Affairs of AP Vojvodina.

The visitors of the Fair had the chance to see numerous projects of cross-border cooperation with Romania which are successfully managed by the Office for EU Integration of the Government of RS, and which are related to cooperation in the fields of tourism, preventing floods, and empowering entrepreneurs from Banat municipalities. Ministry of Culture and Information presented their project of rehabilitating the monastery and fortress in Bač and the construction of the so-called “diffusion museum” in this municipality, which is conducted with the support of the EU. Visitors were also enabled to get familiar with numerous projects from the sphere of social inclusion, especially support to pre-school children, the Roma population, refugees and displaced persons.

Creative Europe Desk Serbia presented the success of Serbia so far in participating in the Creative Europe programme at the Culture stand. The Fair was an opportunity for all interested cultural and programme.

We hope the number of applications from Zrenjanin in the Creative Europe programme will increase in the following years and that we will have the first successful stories from this city.