Monthly Archives: September 2017

Open call for European cooperation projects 2018


A public call for submitting projects within projects of European Cooperation of the Creative Europe programme is now open.

Within this call you can apply in three categories:

– Support for European cooperation projects 2018 (Category 1 – Smaller scale cooperation projects and Category 2 – Larger scale cooperation projects)

– Support for cooperation projects related to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (Category 3 – Cooperation projects related to the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage)

Deadlines for submitting projects аre:

22/11/2017 at 12:00 noon (CET/CEST, midday Brussels time) for ‘Support for cooperation projects related to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018’ (Category 3)

18/01/2018 at 12:00 noon (CET/CEST, midday Brussels time) for ‘Support for European cooperation projects 2018’ (Category 1 – Smaller scale cooperation projects / Category 2 – Larger scale cooperation projects)

The guide for applicants, all the requirements and documents can be found here.

The Creative Europe Desk Serbia and our Antenna office in Novi Sad are at your disposal for help when applying.

Promotion of the book Cultural Diplomacy at Bitef


We are inviting you to the promotion of the book “Cultural Diplomacy: Arts, Festival and Geopolitics” within the first day of Bitef! 

Join us in discussing about international cultural cooperation and get your copy of the book.

Speakers at the promotion will include Milena Dragićević Šešić, professor at FDA, Vida Ognjenović, writer and a diplomat, Ivan Medenica, Art Director of the Bitef Festival and Dimitrije Tadić, Head of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia. 

The book Cultural Diplomacy: Arts, Festivals and Geopolitics, ed. Milena Dragićević Šešić in cooperation with Ljiljana Rogač Mijatović and Nina Mihaljinac, is a joint project of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia and the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, which together with the Bitef Festival organised last October the conference: Bitef and Cultural Diplomacy: Theatre and Geopolitics. The conference shed light on the importance of Bitef as a festival taking place on the boundary between the East and the West, a platform where different cultures meet, by examining the activities of Mira Trailović and Jovan Ćirilov which positioned Belgrade on the global theatrical and political map.

The book brings texts dealing with key questions of cultural diplomacy (soft power) in the light of new geopolitical relations: culture of fear, humiliation and hope (Mojsi), re-examining the importance of ideology and political activity which instrumentalises culture. Authors, coming from Great Britain to South Africa, Argentina and Turkey, wrote about challenges of contemporary multi/unipolar situation, deepened by economic crisis and migrations on the one hand, and political populism on the other one. A larger number of works dealt with the role of festivals, and in particular Bitef in these processes, possibilities of intercultural dialogue, and leading the so called bottom-up cultural diplomacy. 

The second part of the book represents results of expert “working groups” held separately for different cultural fields (music, performing arts, literature, etc.) in April 2016 at the initiative of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia. Apart from the promotion of the programme itself, the Desk also initiates projects of wider importance for the development of international cooperation of the cultural sector in Serbia; hence, the goal of every working group was to reach specific recommendations for the development of international cooperation in Serbia. These results were published in IV chapter, and V chapter offers an overview of international cooperation of cultural organisations from Serbia (2010-2016).



Maximum Grant Awarded 500.000 €
Project leader: Aerowaves UK
Ustanova Studentski kulturni centar Novi Sad RS
Art Link Foundation BG
Art Stations Foundation PL
Bora bora DK
Centre de création chorégraphique Luxembourgeois LU
Centrul National al Dansului Bucuresti RO
Centrum Kultury W Lubline PL
Comune di Bassano del Grappa IT
Centre de les Arts de Moviment ES
Contemporary Dance Trust Limited UK
Dance Cultural Centre Unitiva EL
Dance Limerick Hub Ltd IE
Dansehallerne DK
Dansens Hus NO
Fondazione Romaeuropa arte e cultura IT
International Dance Festival of Ireland Ltd IE
La Briqueterie centre de developpement choregraphique du Val de Marne Associ FR
Lietuvos sokio informacijos centras LT
Stegi Sygchronou Chorou Lemesou (Dance House Lemesos) CY
stichting Danswerplaats Amsterdam NL
Stiftelsen Dansens Hus SE
Tanec Praha Sdruzeni CZ
Verein fuer neuse tanzformen AT
Zagrebacki plesni ansambl HR

Aerowaves is a hub for dance discovery in Europe. We identify the most promising new work by emerging dance artists and then promote it through cross-border performances. Aerowaves’ network of partners in 32 countries enables these younger choreographers to bring brand new dance to brand new audiences.

Aerowaves is powered by the weekend promotional platform Spring Forward, a festival that travels from city to city, year on year – from Aarhus to Sofia, then to Paris, to Rijeka and on to Elefsina in 2021. Local audiences will rub shoulders with 200 dance presenters as they decide which of the Twenty short dance works they will invite to their own theatres. At least 75 opportunities will be on offer each year, and still more through our new audience development initiatives. Some of these works will be adapted for galleries, concerts, even sports events and the street. One will grow into a piece for young audiences, another will cross the world to find a very different appreciation in Taiwan. It is through these performances and experiences that both artists and audiences grow.

Springback Academy is a parallel project which searches for 10 young writers and puts them on a crash reviewing course under the watchful eyes of four renowned dance critics. In the following years, and with further multi-media training, they will become the writers of our new interactive online dance publication. They will also collaborate in deepening the audience’s engagement through new approaches to discussion following performances and with the artists. These pioneering activities are rooted in the relationships of trust which stabilise a network that has met in a different city every October for the last 21 years, identifying the next Twenty artists after a Europe-wide open call. The continuing confidence of Aerowaves and its Partners has been secured by a Platforms Award during the first three years of the scheme, following which we now seek to capitalise on what we have learned.

Future Architecture Platform


Max Grant Awarded 500.000,00 €
Project Leader: Muzej za arhitekturo in oblikovanje SI
Društvo arhitekata Beograda RS
Charitable organization, Charitable Fund Canastions UA
Društvo arhitekata Istre HR
EPE Fundació Mies van der Rohe ES
Ethel Baraona Pohl ES
Fondazione MAXXI – Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo IT
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian PT
Haus der Architektur AT
Museum of Estonian Architecture EE
Muzeum Architektury we Wroclawiu PL
Silke Neumann DE
Skills e.V. DE
Tretaroka – Društvo za reciklažne in kreativne projekte SI
Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa PT
Universiteti polis SHPK AL

The Future Architecture platform acts as key exchange and networking platform for European architecture. The platform enables European museums, festivals, producers, publishers, specialised agencies, academic institutions and other cultural operators in the field of architecture to easily connect and build joint projects, products, services and experiences. In the 1st year the programme will connect 6 museums, 8 festivals, 2 producers, 1 publisher, 1 communication agency and 1 academic institution, who come from 13 European countries. The program integrates some of the key existing initiatives in the field of architecture in Europe, such as European Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA), organized by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe and Young Architects Program (YAP), organized by the MAXXI in Rome, which extends beyond Europe, with versions in MoMA New York, Constructo of Santiago, Istanbul Modern and MMCA Seoul.

The platform invites emerging creatives of different disciplines to apply to its Open Calls and become main providers of content which will shape platforms’ exhibitions, conferences, summer schools, prototyping, workshops and other programme modules. Open Calls will annually expose more than 500 talents through online presentation, discussion, sharing and public selecting. Creative Exchange and Matchmaking Conferences will enable emerging creators to publicly present their work, meet with museum and festival managers to enter the programmes of major institutions and organisers around Europe, build recognition and develop their professional skills. Members of the platform will select exhibitors, speakers, workshop leaders and other key players, who will tour around different European countries and present their work at the challenging events of the European Architecture programme. In the first year the programme includes 3 exhibitions, 4 conferences, 1 lecture series, 1 workshop, 1 summer school, 1 prototyping, 1 digital bookshelf and 1 residency.

European platforms 2017

Magic Carpets


Maximum Grant Awarded 500.000 €
Project Leader: Viesoji Istaiga Kauno Bienale LT
Novo kulturno naselje RS
Biedriba latvijas Jauna Teatra LV
Center for Contemporary Art – Tbilisi GE
EVA International Biennial of Visual Art Limited IE
Folkestone Fringe UK
Ideias Emergentes PT
Kunstrepublik E.V. DE
Lab 852 d.o.o. za promidžbu HR
Latitudo Srl IT
META Cultural Foundation RO
Prague Biennale CZ
Stowarzyszenie Industrial Art PL

The Platform MAGIC CARPETS combined of 13 partners from different corners of Europe has been created to support and showcase emerging artists and culture professionals for implementation of audience development strategy and stimulation of international cultural activities.

Non-national emerging artists and culture professionals will be given the opportunity to create and work together with local communities in the form of residencies, exploring local context in the broad concept of a magic carpet which refers to the stories that take us to another place and a long tradition of nomadism.

Artists and creators together with partners’ organisations, mainly, established festivals, will rethink their activities in relation to staying relevant to the audience nowadays and establishing long-term relationships in the face of social and digital transitions, and evaluate how artistic processes and civil society engagement can become mutually inspiring activities and improve communal life of European cities and regions.

By residencies, workshops, exhibitions, evaluation and monitoring, online platform, strong communication and branding activities, the platform aims to become European quality label for contemporary emerging artists and communities across Europe. It will establish a European Community Award CO-CREATE & COMPREHEND. The award will be provided for the projects in which communities are open to share their stories, resources and skills with artists and cultural professionals to create a better cultural, emotional, and thus social environment together.

Cherishing European values with artists, local communities and geographically balanced members as well as our audiences, the platform will contribute to the solutions to the challenges that Europe faces today in order showcase once more culture’s soft power to foster intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding.

Artistic Initiatives

Zvono Gallery


In 1993, at times of widespread economic and cultural crisis in Serbia, Zvono Gallery opened up its doors to young artists finishing their studies at the Fine Arts Academy and starting their careers. 

Goal of the gallery was to gather and nurture young talents, and help them make their first steps. 

The same students that have exhibited their work during the first years of Zvono Gallery are now acknowledged artists who have completed their post-graduate studies at various fine art academies throughout Europe, attained stipends and awards, and some have become professors at Serbian fine art academies. 

Today, Zvono stands for persistence, perseverance and dedication to art without compromise. 

It is still the only private gallery in Serbia mainly dedicated to young artists, but also a place that attracts renowned artists and institutions (it has provided space for eminent international exhibitions and workshops such as October Salon, Biennial of Young Artists, Real Presence, Long Night of Museums, etc).

Artistic Initiatives



YusYus is audio/visual duo formed by Nemanja Stojanović (Neomodern) and Aleksandra Pavlović, which emerged from their mutual love for minimal synth music. Since their start in 2013, they’ve played at the Exit Festival and all over Europe, alongside likeminded artists such as Soft Metals, Xeno & Oaklander, Peine Perdue, Sixth June and Ron Morelli. Their visuals are works of the Ljubljana based designer duo Kitsch-Nitsch and photographer Filip Rađenović.

Artistic Initiatives

WoO and Incredible Bob


WoO experiments with mobile devices such as mobile phones, remote controls, media devices, computer equipment and similar to capture their frequency interference through guitar magnets.

“Amplifying the air” through his guitar, WoO creates a magical, frequency rich, oscillating and meditative sound world.

Incredible Bob is born in the late seventies in a country that doesn’t exist anymore. Bob walks a thin line between glitch art and show business. No matter what, Bob will continue to search for an answer to the question: What’s new in new media?

WoO & Incredible Bob were nominated to the SHAPE platform by SONICA festival.

Artistic Initiatives

VIS Limunada


Vocal-instrumental ensemble, (Srb. “VIS”) Limunada is a band that performs contemporary music inspired by the international popular culture of the fifties and the sixties.
In their live performances, VIS Limunada revives the spirit of this exciting period, through the specific prism of Yugoslav popular culture. VIS Limunada performs contemporary interpretations of schlager, festival compositions, early rock and beat hits, as well as original songs. At concerts this ensemble evokes the atmosphere of European festivals and rivieras depicted in films like Felini’s La Dolce Vita (1960) and Ljubav i moda (1961) by Yugoslav director Ljubomir Radičević.

VIS Limunada is a six-piece ensemble whose music arrangements are built upon a rich correspondence between two female and two male vocalists, a powerful guitar sound, enriched with organs, piano and lively rhythm from varying percussion instruments. In addition to this basic concept, there are leads on various other instruments like Hawaiian guitar (lap-steel), baritone guitar, ukulele, as well as string and brass elements. In a clash of melodramatic schlager and exciting rock and beat music in rich vocal-instrumental arrangements, VIS Limunada brings modern, elegant and expressive pop music. On their repertoire there are original songs as well as original adaptations and new interpretations of compositions in a variety of genres and languages (Serbo-Croatian, Italian, English, Spanish, and German, to name a few).

The artistic direction and visual identity of VIS Limunada are inspired by a time when “ensembles” and “orchestras” ruled the scene and “bands” were just emerging, when musicians and audience dressed in elegant dresses and suits and “numbers” were performed instead of “songs”, and when festivals and rivieras across Europe and the world echoed with the strong but gentle sounds of emerging, international pop music. Across the globe a new popular culture was being created, infused by new technological breakthroughs: technicolor film, transcontinental radio and TV broadcasting, supersonic flights and space programs. It was distinguished by a sound that brought together the melancholic tenderness of parlor music, flavored with the elegant decadence of bohemian parties. This particular moment at the end of fifties and the beginning of sixties was characterized by miraculous union of refinement and recklessness, merit and banality, and a perhaps naïve, but respectful, belief in a bright future.

This energy, which does not lose its value even in the light of complex contradictions that followed, is transferred and evolved by VIS Limunada, not with nostalgia but with zeal, as its own commentary on the challenges of the present days, as well as its contribution to current popular culture.

Artistic Initiatives

Streamlined / Na traci


Authorship & performance: Igor Koruga

Dramaturgical/choreographic assistance: Ana Dubljević

Production: Ksenija Đurović

Design: Jelena Šušnjar

Costume: Jovana Dimitrijević

Work explores role of public speaking within mediatized, neoliberal, capitalistic society through questioning the social statuses of pop- and contemporary art icons and new generation of contemporary dance and performance artists. As a hybrid choreographic performance of public speaking, dance and video, this work exposes different popular rhetorics within the artworld which reflects nowadays the conditions for art production, emerging artists continuously face with. By critical and analogical requestioning of such rhetoric’s statuses within wider context of popular culture, the aim of this work is to analyse a general popularised image of theartist within nowadays society and the space of his/her (non-)politicallity within it. On a formal plan, work also analyses choreography within sphere of immaterial form – language, producing the “language choreography” as an extended form of stage expression.

Co-production: Station Belgrade, Uferstudios GmbH / Berlin; Workspace Brussels & Rosas danst Rosas & PARTS / Brussels – within EU network Life Long Burning; Tala Dance centre & TASK program within PLATFORMA/ Zagreb; Bitef Theatre / Belgrade.

Financial support: Minsistry of culture and information Republic of Serbia; Tanzstipendium Senat / Berlin;

Thanks to: Nicolas Y Galeazzi, Charlotte Vandevyver, Barbara Friedrich, Nina Kurtela and Ana Vujanović

Artistic Initiatives

Le Cabinet SR:CH


Le Cabinet SR:CH is an association which aim is to exchange knowledge about design, provide experience and share cultures between Switzerland and Serbia.

Through organizing workshops, exhibitions and academy trips for students, the collective is playing an active role in education of future graphic designers. Students get the chance to use their knowledge in real environment working with students from different cultures on design and visual communication projects. The concept of these projects is to expand the existing knowledge (typography, illustration…), research local culture, to collaborate, to produce a final result and finally to present these results in form of exhibitions. Meeting new cultures and working together helps bringing prejudice down and builds confidence of young individuals.

Le Cabinet SR:CH is acting as initiator which exploits all creative possibilities and works on projects where culture and knowledge are combined into design for the benefit of young designers, local community and design profession.

Artistic Initiatives

U10 Art Space


U10 Art Space is an independent artist-run space dedicated to supporting contemporary art founded in 2012 in Belgrade.

It was founded with the purpose to be a platform where young local artists would be shown. By collaborating with similar spaces and initiatives, U10 Art Space actively works on creating a culture of artistic education, debate and exchange between artists, curators, art theoreticians, writers and the wider public.

The main focus of the program is to create solo and group shows presenting mainly young artists from Serbia. A few slots per year are dedicated to international projects whose concept is aimed at creating active exchange and collaborating with local artists; followed by presenting mid-career artists. An integral part of the program includes events such as: exhibition guidings by artists and curators, performances, sound and music performances, discussions and panels as well as parallel events outside of the space itself and abroad.

Since its founding, U10 Art Space is run by:
Lidija Delić
Nina Ivanović
Sava Knežević
Isidora Krstić
Iva Kuzmanović
Nemanja Nikolić
Marija Šević

Artistic Initiatives



Uroš Radenković a.k.a. Ewox was born in 1984 in Belgrade. In 2001, he joined the Electric Factory crew, where he started his career as part of the team which was producing a radio show of the same name.

Tamara Bijelić a.k.a. Tamarinsky was born 1985 in Belgrade. She has joined Ewox on the DJ decks since the beginning of 2013. Now they are B2B duet, sharing love over various dance floors. For a very short period of time they’ve managed to make a real big deal on Belgrade electronic music scene. A tough, underground sound prevails in their sets, a fusion of techno, house, deep house, new disco and indie electronic music. In one sentence: They play only love!

Ewox already shared the decks with many internationally famous DJs, among them: Michael Mayer, Jennifer Cardini, Reinhard Voigt, Matias Aguayo, Robert Babicz, Sascha Funke, Jeff Mills, Dave Clarke, Carl Craig, Matthew Herbert, Swayzak, Anthony Rother, Coldcut, Marshall Jefferson, Cle (Maertini Broes), Funk D Void, Thiefschwarz, David Caretta, Mathias Schaffhauser, Dani Siciliano, Terence Fixmer, Misc, Human Tronic…

Since 2002 up till today, Ewox has spinned in almost all relevant EX-YU clubs, and beyond: Melkweg (Amsterdam), De Balie (Amsterdam), Las Palmas (Rotterdam), Friche La Belle de Mai (Marseille), A38 (Budapest), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Black Box (Sofia)…

Ewox & Tamarinsky are currently working on their own production.