Monthly Archives: May 2018

Music Moves Europe open calls


Music Moves Europe is the overarching name for the European Commission’s initiatives that support the European music sector.

There are two calls and two tenders as part of the Music Moves Europe pilot that together aim to test suitable actions with a view to more targeted EU support for music post-2020:

Call: Training Scheme for Young Music Professionals

To support up to 10 pilot training programmes for young professionals in the music sector testing small-scale models on how to improve the sector’s capacity and resilience and to contribute to its professionalisation.

Lessons learnt from these pilot training proposals should improve the sector’s understanding on about professionalisation.

Deadline: 27 August 2018

Call: Online and Offline Distribution

The general objective of this call is to support European music diversity by identifying and supporting existing innovative methods promoting online and offline distribution models, as well as newly generated ideas, through the selection of 10 grant proposals.

These proposals should enhance the cross-border circulation of music repertoire in order to overcome the existing barriers imposed by the international hits or other obstacles such as visibility, language and market fragmentation in the music sector.

Deadline: 10 September 2018

Tender: European Music Export Strategy

The general objective of this tender is to develop a proposal for a European Music Export Strategy that promotes Europe’s music diversity and talent and enhances the competitiveness of Europe’s music sector on the international market.

The Strategy should help policymakers to take more informed decisions about music exports and enable music decision-makers to align their choices accordingly.

Deadline: 29 June 2018

Tender: Observatory

The objective is to design a feasibility study for the establishment of a European Music Observatory, and undertake a gap analysis of funding needs for the music sector.

Deadline: 2 July 2018

The calls and tenders have different guidelines and different deadlines. Please find more info here.



New perspectives in EU-Western Balkans cultural relations

Creative Europe Forum 2018, a traditional event of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia will take place 20th-22nd June at several locations in Belgrade (Ilija M. Kolarac Foundation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Memorial Museum of Vuk, Memorial Museum of Dositej, Kvaka 22, Youth Centre of Belgrade, Legacy Franklin, club Polet, EU Info Centre) and this year it is special for two reasons.

Firstly, it is organised in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Delegation of the EU in Serbia, EUNIC Global, State Institute for Culture of Bulgaria, specifically on the occasion of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Since it is presiding, Bulgaria is initiating the topic of the position of Western Balkans, and a part of the Forum programme will be dedicated to the question of international cultural relations and cooperation between the Western Balkans and the European Union, and the results of the Forum will nurture future reflections on the implementationofthe European Union’s cultural strategy in the region.

Secondly, Creative Europe Forum 2018 will mark the European year of cultural heritage through various programmes shedding new light on the notion of European cultural heritage and the questions around it.

The main topics which will be approached through panels, lectures, workshops, guides and exhibitions are:
– Cultural cooperation, international relations and repositioning of the Western Balkans;
– European Year of Cultural Heritage; culture of remembrance, history, European cultural heritage and its cultural, social and economic potentials and contributions;
– Practical knowledge: project development and applying.

With participation of a great number of domestic and foreign experts, the Forum will offer a framework for a dialogue about the past and the joint planning for a better and more responsible European future.

Hence, the Creative Europe Desk Serbia and the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Serbia are inviting all cultural professionals to join the Creative Europe Forum 2018 for the sake of strengthening professional connections, obtaining new information, participating in the creation of the vision of future and joint work on raising awareness of possibilities and importance of cultural projects for the overall social development of our continent!

Please find here the agenda of the Forum.

If you interested in participating, please fill out this form.

Results of the Competition for European Cooperation Projects EYCH2018


Results of a special category of European Cooperation Projects Competition 2018 for support to projects related to the marking of the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH2018) were published today.

The results of Serbia are a great success because the supported projects include as many as three lead projects from Serbia: Hartefakt Fund as the Future Epics project leader, Student Cultural Centre Novi Sad as the Someone from Home – in the sense of belonging to Europe project leader and Cultural Centre Futog as the Make it new! project leader.

Successful partner organisations include: Public Media Institution Radio-television of Serbia within the project Unearthing the Music, organisation Kulturni kod within the project Food is Culture, Homeland Museum Paraćin within the project Crafting Europe in the Bronze Age and Today, Centre for Urban Development within the project Heritage Hubs, Vojvodina Civil Centre within the project European Cultural Heritage Onstage and the Management of the Tourist Space Lepenski Vir within the project Journey to the Beginnings!

Congratulations to all successful organisations! We are very glad they include new programme participants, especially those we have seen and working with during the previous years.

Lists with other supported projects are available here.

New European Agenda for Culture


European Commission adopted the New Agenda for Culture today proposing to:

1) harness the power of culture and cultural diversity for social cohesion and wellbeing, by promoting cultural participation, mobility of artists and protection of heritage;

2) support jobs and growth in the cultural and creative sectors, by promoting arts and culture in education, boosting relevant skills, and encouraging innovation in culture;

3) strengthen international cultural relations, by making the most of the potential of culture to foster sustainable development and peace.

Also, the Agenda includes actions within five dimensions:

Social dimension

New programme for mobility of artists within Creative Europe;

Activities related to social inclusion through culture, including activities intended for refugees and migrants;

A project for the development of cultural and creative spaces in cities across Europe;

Research about the impact of culture on health and well-being.

Economic dimension

Encouraging art education;

Master courses in creativity for interested universities;

Dialogue with the cultural and creative sectors, including music and audio-visual professions.

International dimension

Increased support to culture in the Western Balkans countries, Eastern partnership and African, Caribbean and Pacific countries;

Establishing European Houses of Culture in partner countries.

Cultural heritage dimension

Two new Action Plans: related to political heritage of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and combating illegal trafficking of cultural goods;

In future EU programmes, including cohesion policy, developing the quality principle in restoring and conserving cultural heritage.

Digital4Culture dimension

Establishing heritage digitalisation centres throughout the European Union;

New EU Film Weeks in order to make European films available in schools throughout Europe;

New pan-European network of Digital Creative Hubs;

Mentor programmes for professional in the audio-visual field, especially women.


Desk at the European Capital of Culture Forum in Kaunas


Participation in the conference European Capital of Culture Forum, organised in Kaunas in Lithuania was realised at the invitation of the Creative Europe Desk Lithuania.

Within the conference organised on the occasion of the project European Capital of Culture Kaunas 2022, and with the aim of presenting cultural landscapes of Europe, cultural scenes of attending representatives’ countries of origin were presented: Serbia, Croatia, France, Norway, Greece, Sweden, Hungary, Ukraine, Slovenia, Latvia, Iceland and the Czech Republic.

An important aim of these presentations is directed towards connecting organisations coming from the mentioned countries with Lithuanian organisations and improving the existing cooperation within the Creative Europe programme. Dimitrije Tadić, the Head of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia, presented the work of umbrella organisations in Serbia, gathering numerous organisations active in the field of culture. Also, he presented the activities of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia that can serve as a unique guide through the cultural scene of Serbia – primarily, the publications “Audience Development in Serbia” and “Re-positioning the Region of Southeast Europe through Culture”. Both publications present numerous organisations and their projects concerning audience development and contemporary culture as important guidelines of the Creative Europe programme.


Projects of Cultural and Creative Industries


Finance, Learning, Innovation and Patenting for Cultural and Creative Industries

The importance of Cultural and Creative Industries has been acknowledged in different policy documents as well as by the European Parliament Resolution on a coherent EU policy for cultural and creative industries of December 2016. The Parliament Resolution on CCIs stresses the importance of cultural and creative industries (CCIs) in the economy and job creation, in promoting and preserving cultural diversity, strengthening social cohesion and increasing Europe’s attractiveness internationally. CCIs play a key role in reindustrialising Europe and trigger innovation spill-overs in many other sectors, from manufacturing to education or social inclusion.

The 2018 Annual Work Programme for the implementation of the Pilot Project “Finance, Learning, Innovation and Patenting for Cultural and Creative Industries (FLIP for CCIs)” foresees the launch of a call for proposals funded under Budget Line 15 04 77 19, with EUR 1 million allocated to the development of an action addressing this specific objective.

The general objective of this pilot project is to define and test policies and actions for sustaining and developing cultural and creative industries and to generating cross-sectoral benefits and spill-overs in the different areas and sectors CCIs interface with.

The pilot project should cover in particular the following aspects concerning CCIs: Finance, Learning, Innovation and Patenting (FLIP):

Finance (Elaboration of guidelines, follow-up of EU CCI actions)
Learning (Support skills classification system, development of guidelines for CCI skills development, activities and dissemination)
Innovation (Guidelines for CCIs development, good practice cases and showcase events on innovative models, peer-to-peer hubs exchange)
Patenting (Analysis, case studies and recommendations)

The grant agreement resulting from this call for proposals will be allocated to one single project. The purpose of this call is to select an organisation that will co-ordinate and organise different activities with cultural and creative professionals and entrepreneurs, in particular SMEs and micro-enterprises, as well as other stakeholders.

The duration of the project shall be 28 months. The planned starting date should be no later than 1 March 2019.


Info Day within BINA


An Info Day about the Creative Europe programme held by Culture Desk Serbia will take place as a part of the Belgrade International Architecture Week programme on Friday 11th May at the Faculty of Architecture (73 Bulevar kralja Aleksandra St) at 4 p.m.

We invite all interested representatives of cultural institutions and organisations to use the opportunity to find out more about the guidelines of current competition calls, and also the ones which will be open throughout next year, priorities of the programme, conditions in applying and specific questions related to the application process.

You can apply to participate by sending your application to the email address:

Detailed programme of BINA can be accessed here.


Jasna Dimitrijević: Kolarac Foundation in EYCH2018


What is European cultural heritage in your opinion?

The shared past and the shared future! Respect of your own and acceptance of other nation’s values. The need to get to know each other. The wealth of cultural diversity.
Language, script, personal archives, memorabilia, family heirloom, customs, memories, monuments, architecture, archaeological sites, museum collections, music, graffiti, clothing culture… Everything we bring with ourselves when emigrating and living in other countries and what we adopt from other cultures and bring back home.

Which historical periods and events from Serbian history are important and interesting for you from the point of view of the shared European cultural space, shared history?

In my travels around European cities, it was especially interesting to analyse the names of the streets on maps and signs as one of a kind stories about the history of a city, a country.

The Medieval period, WWI, WWII – the kingdom, then Partisans and Chetniks. Wars on the territory of former Yugoslavia, dissolution of the country I was born and grew up in…
I have a completely different perception of all these historical events today as opposed to the time when I discovered and learned about this in school… The more I find out by reading history literature, not only the domestic one, the more I am confused. However, reading the works of contemporary literature offers me the capability to have an honest, different, human perception of historical events. Experiences and emotions of people in different historical contexts are recorded and described in all shades in literary works. This always gives me more space to contemplate about the European cultural heritage than cross matching historical facts and artefacts does.

In your opinion, in what ways should awareness be the developed and the feeling of belonging to this shared history and values encouraged?

An opportunity and possibility to travel across Europe is the most important thing in developing awareness of the European cultural heritage. Meeting and spending time with people from other countries. Reading poetry and fiction of European writers, going to the theatre, watching European films, the documentary and the feature ones, visiting galleries and museums. Essentially, developing cultural needs and habits.

Would you highlight a project of contemporary creativity dealing with cultural heritage that you particularly like?

The documentary film “Čija je ovo pesma” (“Whose song is this?”), but also other documentary film productions dealing with ordinary people’s stories from different parts of Europe. The Festival of Feature-length Documentary Film “7 veličanstvenih”, Film Festival “Slobodna zona”. Theatrical play CARSTVO NEBESKO, with its premiere at the Bitef Festival, a co-production of the National Theatre and the Bitef Theatre. The October Salon in Belgrade, the Venice Biennale, the Bemus Festival, the Womex Festival, the Nova Festival in Pančevo, the music festivals in Romania, the TodoMundo Festival, the manifestation Belgrade Days… Literature-literary translations-Thomas Bernhard, Amin Maalouf, Orhan Pamuk, Crnjanski, Andrić, Kiš…

Would you highlight a project in the field of cultural heritage successfully cooperating with other sectors?

The European project on cultural routes where Serbia is participating through activities of the Touristic Organisation of Serbia.
The Danube, Sava… For several years, and maybe even a decade back projects from the field of tourism and culture thematically dealing with the Danube, through activities of Danube Centre offices, are important. Danube as the reason and inspiration to contemplate about history in the European space. In the beginning I perceived thematic projects on the Danube as touristic attractions and manifestations, musical and entertaining ones beside and on the water… And then I realised the Danube is the reason of and an incredible inspiration for confrontation with history, borders and divisions in history from both sides of the river through cultural projects. Customs, tradition, food, everyday habits, life and faith of people beside the Danube, to what extent and whether they are different in historical circumstances they took place in along the banks of the river flowing through the largest part of Europe? Danube as the reason to create a new cultural identity and unity of inhabitants of the Danube river banks.

The second example are industrial heritage and cultural centres established in abandoned factories and military buildings since the end of the eighties, as a one of a kind cultural project in comparison to institutional culture. In fact, the independent cultural scene as a whole since the end of the eighties. The production and work of these independent institutions improved communication and cultural exchange in the lack of these by official institutional systems.

Digitalisation as an especially current topic here is very important in changing the awareness of citizens and institutions of the availability and a new form of communication in all fields of cultural heritage, in the spirit of the digital and virtual world we live in. The need for getting familiar with, sharing and exchanging the application of new technologies is another, bigger opportunity to create and present the European cultural identity.

I would particularly emphasise Europeana project having a great importance in raising awareness of the European cultural heritage. For example, during this year, 2018, Europeana will work on a thematic collection dedicated to migration in, out of and through Europe. Based on documented materials of institutions and individuals about traces of material culture but also personal stories and archives about migrations in Europe throughout several centuries, a story about their influence on science and art of the European cultural space will be presented.

In what way will your institution participate in marking the European year of cultural heritage?

On Kolarac until the beginning of May, in cooperation with the office of the EU Info Centre in Belgrade, an exhibition of photographs is taking place on the occasion of marking the European Year of Cultural Heritage – photographic documents from the Europeana archive.

From the beginning of autumn until the end of the year, in cooperation with the Musicology Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and on the occasion of their jubilee of 70 years of existence, we will organise several lectures about musical cultural heritage and some of the topics will be: Music in the private life of Serbs in the 19th century, Music in Serbian hostage theatres during the Great War, then the International stars on the concert podium of Kolarac from 1932 to 1941, music creativity of our authors globally…and other interesting topics from music history.

This year, the focus is especially the digitalisation of archive material of Kolarac, as a unique history of culture and the music art from 1932 until today. We haven’t acquired the necessary equipment related to the realisation of these activities yet, but we are aware this is our priority and our obligation for the sake of future generations.