Sector for international cooperation of the Foundation Novi Sad 2021 – European capital of culture, organised on 18th October 2017 in the Cultural Centre of Novi Sad an info day “Floating divan” using the opportunity to present international calls for funding cultural projects, with reference to examples of good practice in Europe and cooperation in the Danube region.
The event was opened by Vuk Radulović, Head of the sector for international cooperation of Foundation Novi Sad 2021 – European capital of culture and he presented past, current and planned activities of the Foundation directed towards internationalising the local cultural scene. Today’s “floating divan” is an excellent opportunity to present successful examples from the practice of the Danube region and international calls for funding of cultural projects. This is just another small step towards raising capacities of the Foundation and out city in reaching a common goal – to bear the title of the centre of European culture in 2021 in the best possible light.” – Radulović said.
The event was also supported by the Antenna of the Culture Creative Europe Desk Serbia. Coordinator of the Antenna, Mina Radmilović Pjevac, presented a new call within the Creative Europe programme focussed on project of European cooperation. Since 2018 is the year of cultural heritage in the European Union, peculiarities of this category were also emphasised.
Márton Méhes, cultural manager and Dubravka Lazić from the Academy of the Arts in Novi Sad presented the DTP INTERREG platform for cultural projects explaining the importance of cohesion policy and transnational cooperation. Méhes further stated that Novi Sad has the potential of becoming a centre for international cooperation in culture, emphasising that je dalje will be the year of cultural heritage, which will be, at the same time, the focus of Novi Sad as the European capital of culture during this year.
As an example of good practice in Europe, a lecture with the topic of “Coordination of cultural institutions’ operation” was held by Paul Gessl, the Director of NÖKU Holding in Sankt Pölten, Austria, stating key segments of working structure and guidelines for internal coordination of cultural institutions’ activities.
Sophie Deuer, project manager of “Euro Vienna”, spoke about building capacities and project management in cultural institutions and presented tools for finding funding possibilities from EU funds in countries of the Danube region.
Culture Desk Serbia and the EU Info Center in Belgrade are organizing the presentation of a new European Cooperation Call for Cultural Heritage projects on October 20 at 10:00am at EU Info Center in Belgrade. In addition to the presentation of the call, a workshop for project writing will be held.
The call is addressed to all institutions and organizations from Serbia that are planning to apply on Creative Europe programme with cultural heritage projects.
If you are interested in participation, please submit a brief description of their project idea with a list of potential or definite partners. Within the framework of the discussions, concrete proposals of the participants’ projects will be discussed, taking into account the main guidelines and evaluation procedures of the Creative Europe program.
Up to two people from one cultural organization can apply for participation in this event. The number of participants is limited.
The application must be submitted to the address of the Culture Desk Serbia: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications can be submitted by Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Applications that arrive after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.
The Antenna of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia in cooperation with the Center for applied and fine arts Terra organised the Info Day about the Creative Europe programme on 4th October 2017.
Info Days are promotional events of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia where the Creative Europe programme and activities of the Creative Europe Desk are presented, but also the successes of Serbia achieved to date in competitions of the largest European programme for cultural projects.
During the Info Day, representatives of the Antenna of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia presented the priorities and aims of the programme, basic characteristics and mandatory conditions in applying, the importance of this programme for cultural institutions and organisations from Serbia and specific possibilities when it comes to internationalising cultural activities and projects from Serbia.
The Info Day was dedicated to representatives of all cultural institutions and organisations from Kikinda and the surrounding places – public institutions of culture, organisations of the civil society dealing with culture, educational, scientific and research institutions, but also to independent artists, curators and cultural managers.
The book Cultural Diplomacy: arts, festival and geopolitics, published by the Creative Europe Desk Serbia and the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, was presented during the international congress in Brussels.
A week after the Belgrade promotion which took place within Bitef, the book Cultural Diplomacy: arts, festival and geopolitics edited by prof. Milena Dragićević Šešić PhD in cooperation with Ljiljana Rogač Mijatović PhD and Nina Mihaljinac PhD was successfully presented on 29th November in Brussels at the ENCATC congress (European Network on Cultural Administration and Training Centres). This joint publication of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia and the Faculty of Dramatic Arts received great interest from European officials and experts in the field of cultural policy and management, but also from the non-academic public.
After Brussels, the book Cultural Diplomacy started its regional tour. Hence, already on 12th October in Skopje, Macedonian Minister of Culture Robert Alagjozovski will speak at the presentation of this international publication. The planned book promotions are at the same time an inspiration to strengthen cultural cooperation and promote the bottom-up principle of cultural diplomacy.