On the occasion of the overtaking of presidency over the Council of Europe by the Republic of Austria and the commitment to European values promoted by the Arad County, and also the cultural and historical heritage the county inherited from the Habsburg Monarchy, on 27th March in Arad, in cooperation with the Institute of European Regions a conference was held entitled “Via Habsburg” gathering numerous regional decision makers and cultural actors.
As it was emphasised during the conference, the project “Via Habsburg” is one of the cultural routes of the Council of Europe and during the discussions in three panels it was concluded that East and Southeast Europe lack a similar cultural route, where the Habsburg Monarchy shaped historical development.
Representatives of the Antenna of the Culture Desk Creative Europe Serbia Mina Radmilović Pjevac and Dragana Srećkov attended the conference. Coordinator of the Antenna of the Culture Desk Creative Europe Mina Radmilović Pjevac presented the work of the Culture Desk and the Antenna Desk Creative Europe at the conference, as well as past activities and possibilities for funding from the Creative Europe programme, results achieved by institutions and organisations from the Republic of Serbia within the competitions of the Creative Europe programme, and also possibilities of funding for cultural institutions from the programme of cross-border cooperation.
The conference was attended by the representative of the Provincial government, Assistant of the Provincial Secretary for Regional Development, Interregional Cooperation and Local Self-Government Nebojša Drakulić, President of the Institute of European regions, Dr Franz Schausberger, Reporter of the Committee of the Regions, Stefano Dominioni, Director of the Institute for Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, Leyla Strobl, Austrian Committee “Blue Shield” and the President and Manager of Via Habsburg Elisabeth Udolf- Strobl.
In cooperation with the Foundation Novi Sad 2021 – European Capitol of Culture the first in a series of trainings was held entitled Funding Possibilities through EU Funds with a special focus on the Creative Europe programme for representatives of civil society organisations in the field of culture and individuals, independent artists and interested cultural professionals. Three-day training took place in the period between 13th and 15th March in the former castle and shooting grounds Egység which today operates as a cultural station in Novi Sad.
Representatives of the Foundation European Affairs of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina Sanja Čuturilov Veselinović, Tamara Glišić-Krivošija and Jovana Rapajić (Antenna of the Culture Desk Serbia) presented the Creative Europe programme, and also programmes of cross-border cooperation financed via Instruments of Pre-Accession.
Attendees had the opportunity to learn how to transform their ideas into European project. On the last day of the training, attendees got acquainted with the basics of budgeting projects, and also parts of the application form for applying for available funds of the European Union. Through work in smaller groups, attendees developed project ideas focussed on preserving tamburica and tambura culture in Vojvodina and Slavonija, and also increasing the inclusion of disabled persons in arts, as well as promoting activities in the field of culture intended for youth.
The question dealt with by this year’s Forum is: in what way projects and organisation models in culture can encourage cooperation, combatting hatred, stereotypes and different forms of social inequality. With the idea of the necessity to strengthen cooperation and connecting, the Forum is organised through partnerships in three cities (Novi Sad, Niš, Belgrade) and it includes horizontal learning methods, exchange, inclusion and connecting domestic and foreign professionals.
The programme of the Forum is organised in three blocks which will be realised in all three cities: Critical thinking and media literacy, Participatory management in culture, Horizontal knowledge.
In the time of re-examining the model of future social functioning of our continent, the necessity was recognised to further develop democratic management principles, strengthen the autonomy of decision makers in culture, and also the capacity for critical thinking and acting. There will be discussions about notions such as joint management, participation, co-creation, and also about introducing participatory management models in culture while emphasising examples of good practice (e.g. the application of the Faro Convention), and defining guidelines for the introduction of these models in our country.
The programme entitled Horizontal knowledge consists of trainings of domestic and foreign cultural professionals in fields relevant for the Creative Europe programme (audience development, new technology in culture, cultural tourism, etc.), but also peer-to-peer open platform for exchanging knowledge and skills among cultural professionals. This segment of the programme will be organised on the basis of a competition-call to professionals to propose their trainings, workshops, programmes.
In all three cities, presentations of successful projects in the Creative Europe programme from 2018 will be organised, and also trainings in applying for the Creative Europe programme, consultations about project ideas, presentations of various funding sources in culture, artistic programme and cocktails.The accompanying programme will encompass the forming of a library of electronically published works – publications dealing with the topic of cultural cooperation published by domestic cultural organisations. Since Novi Sad will have the title of the European Youth Capital in 2019, a special part of the programme will be dedicated to transfer of knowledge and skills youth-for-youth.
The main partners of the Forum are City of Niš, Young Ambassadors Niš, Foundation Novi Sad 2021, EU Info Network and traditionally – Ilija M. Kolarac Foundation.
You can download the electronic version of the Creative Europe Forum here:
Agenda of the Forum in Belgrade
In cooperation with the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management of the University of Arts Belgrade and the Gallery of Contemporary Art Nis, Creative Europe Desk Serbia is launching a residence program for professionals in cultural policy in Europe named EUROPE_20XX. It will be held in Sićevo, Serbia from 25th to 30th of May, 2019 and we invite you to take part!
Every year EUROPE_20XX will deal with one of the key topics of Europe and cultural policy. The theme of the first edition will be strengthening cooperation of the region of Southeast Europe. Participants will have the task to use the results of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia research (Re)positioning the region of Southeast Europe through culture and define recommendations for further development of projects and programs of regional cooperation. Then, they will present their conclusions on 30th of May, within the Creative Europe Forum 2019, which will be held in Niš.
How to apply
The program will include 5 professionals in the field of cultural policy, who have gained experience and showed interest in the cultural cooperation of the region of Southeast Europe. We welcome participants from all European countries.
It is necessary for all interested professionals to send their biography and a one-page motivation letter to email@example.com by April 20th. Selected professionals will be notified of their participation by April 25th, and the assessment of the applications will be made by the professors of the UNESCO Chair of Cultural Policy and Management.
All travel and accommodation costs are covered.
We are at your disposal for all additional information. You can send an email to Ana Fotev, coordinator of the UNESCO Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking forward to meeting you!
Dimitrije Tadić, Head of Creative Europe Desk Serbia
Within the programme of the festival “Theatre at the Crossroads”, Dimitrije Tadić, Head of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia, delivered a presentation of the Creative Europe programme.
The presentation was attended by representatives of cultural institutions and organizations from Niš – managers and employees of museums, theatres, libraries, archives, cultural centres and other cultural institutions and civil society organisations. Apart from presenting about competitions of the Creative Europe programme which will be open this year, the programme of the Creative Europe Forum 2019 was also announce, which will be organized in Niš this year for the first time.
Creative Europe Desk Serbia is striving to support all initiatives and new programmes of cultural institutions and organizations, and so the presentation was held in cooperation with the National Theatre Niš and the City Government of the City of Niš precisely during the time the first “Theatre at the Crossroads” festival took place.
As the only theatrical festival which aspires to gather in one place the theatrical art of the Balkan cultural space, “Theatre at the Crossroads” has the aim to affirm the similarities and differences of the cultural identity of countries and peoples sharing the same space, the Republic of Serbia and the City of Niš as places of meeting of European and world paths, strengthening international cultural exchange, promoting theatrical art and creators, exchange of ideas and theatrical practices, and it is dedicated to challenges and perspectives of the modern theatre.