Dear colleagues and friends,
For Serbia, participation in Creative Europe programme in 2017 was extremely successful!
Domestic publishers are on the top of the list in the literary translation competition, 5 publishing houses gained the support of the program in the amount of 271,008.59 euros. Also, a great success was achieved in the competitions for European platforms and European cooperation – a total of 12 supported projects. Over 50 organizations have prepared project applications for the next year, so we hope that this will continue.
Therefore, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to you for your valuable work and effort and to wish you even more success and happiness in 2018 – the Year of European Cultural Heritage!
Creative Europe Desk Serbia team
Presentation of the Creative Europe programme took place on 25th December 2017 in Sopot, in cooperation with the Cultural Centre Sopot. We discussed topic covered by the programme with representatives of local cultural institutions and organisations, and also what can be a good project idea and how important project administration is.
The importance of deepening the existing cooperation between local cultural institutions and foreign partners was especially emphasised, and we also discussed diversifying funding sources and various co-funding possibilities of successful projects within the Creative Europe programme – from a specialised competition of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia to financial support of local self-governments.
With the aim of increasing the number of participants from Serbia, encouraging participation and improving cooperation of organisations from smaller places, the Desk will continue organising presentations, seminars, trainings and other educational activities utilised to transfer knowledge and skills required to receive support of the Creative Europe programme outside of major city centres as well.
The European Year of Cultural Heritage will put the spotlight on Europe’s wealth of cultural heritage, showcasing its role in fostering a shared sense of identity and building the future of Europe.
The European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth, and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, who officially launched the European Year of Cultural Heritage today, said: “Cultural heritage is at the heart of the European way of life. It defines who we are and creates a sense of belonging. Cultural heritage is not only made up of literature, art and objects but also by the crafts we learn, the stories we tell, the food we eat and the films we watch. We need to preserve and treasure our cultural heritage for the next generations. This year of celebrations will be a wonderful opportunity to encourage people, especially young people, to explore Europe’s rich cultural diversity and to reflect on the place that cultural heritage occupies in all our lives. It allows us to understand the past and to build our future.”
The purpose of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to raise awareness of the social and economic importance of cultural heritage. Thousands of initiatives and events across Europe will provide the possibility to involve citizens from all backgrounds. The aim is to reach out to the widest possible audience, in particular children and young people, local communities and people who are rarely in touch with culture, to promote a common sense of ownership.
Culture Desk Creative Europe Serbia in cooperation with the EU Info Centre in Belgrade will organise the “European Cooperation Projects 2018 – last check!” meeting on Friday 22nd December at 12 p.m. in the EU Info Centre in Belgrade, 7 Kralja Milana St.
The call is primarily intended for all institutions and organisation from Serbia prepairing competition applications for the Competition of European Cooperation 2017, but also for all parties interested for the competitions of the Creative Europe programme.
The meeting will cover the topics of competition materials of the applicants who intend to apply for support of the Creative Europe programme in this competition round, going through the application form and the budget of a project.
Also, anyone interested in applying for the competitions of the Creative Europe programme can attend the event.
Participation applications are mandatory, and anyone interested can apply by sending their name and the name of organisation or institution they represent to firstname.lastname@example.org at latest by 17th November at 12 p.m.
The Agenda of the training will be available soon.