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.