Monthly Archives: June 2019

Protecting the Jewish cemeteries of Europe


Pilot project “Protecting the Jewish cemeteries of Europe: Continuation of the mapping process, stakeholders’ involvement and awareness raising”.

On 12 March 2019, the European Commission adopted the Annual work programme for the implementation of Pilot Projects and Preparatory Actions in the area of education, youth, sport and culture. Building up on the previous pilot project Mapping the Jewish cemeteries of Europe (EAC/S10/2018), the current work programme foresees a pilot project aimed at:

• extending the mapping to cover additional cemeteries across Europe;

• identifying specific opportunities for stronger interactions between various stakeholders interested in the preservation of Jewish burial sites;

• raising awareness of the importance of Jewish cultural heritage and cultural diversity of Europe throughout history and utilising Jewish burial sites in showcasing this diversity in educational measures.

The current call is open to consortia of partners (at least two). The action shall further contribute to the objectives set up by the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and the European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage, through dissemination and awareness raising of the European value of heritage and cultural diversity of Europe.

The grant agreement resulting from this call for proposals will be allocated to one single project. The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of the project is estimated at 1,050,000 EUR. The action shall run for 18 months. It is expected that the action will start in December 2019.

Please find more information here.

Pilot project for Cultural and Creative Industries


This second phase of the pilot project for CCI is focusing on areas two (Learning) and three (Innovation).

One of the pillars of the European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage, launched by the European Commission to ensure the legacy of the European Year beyond 2018, is “boosting skills in cultural heritage professions”. Actions should support the initial and continuing development of qualified professionals and the improvement in knowledge management and knowledge transfer in the cultural heritage sector, at the same time linking them to CCIs and regional policies.

The main objective of the FLIP for CCIs-2 project is to explore activities which aim to bridge the gap between on the one hand, cultural heritage education and skills development and on the other hand the labour market, and to encourage in particular connections with creative industries and ‘third places’ such as creative hubs, maker spaces, fablabs, cultural centers, community centers or other.
The grant agreement resulting from this call for proposals will be allocated to one single project. The duration of the project shall be 28 months and is expected to start at the beginning of 2020.
Please find more information here.

Desk on the We Inspire You! tour


From 12th to 15th June, 35 professionals from the domains of science, education, art and the media, including a representative of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia participated in the We Inspire You Tour! Organised by the Centre for Promotion of Science.

The tour encompassed a visit to Linz and Ljubljana, and it gathered professionals from the domains of science, education, art and media, decision makers and key actors of the dialogue between science and society. The aim was to present and analyse models of professional activity of modern and innovative institutions, based on the junction of science, new technologies and art, as necessary constituents in essential establishing of science culture and literacy, critical thinking and public engagement.

The programme included a visit to Ars Electronica in Linz, globally one of the most prestigious institutions dealing with the blend of art, science and new technologies. Apart from the visit to the newly upgraded Ars Electronica Centre and the new permanent exhibition, there was also an organised visit to FutureLab, as the research and development centre of Ars Electronica. Talks were also held with management and representatives of the City of Linz in order to present the educational, economic and cultural significance of such an institution for the local community and Austria as a whole.

In Ljubljana there was an organised visit to the Kapelica Gallery, which is one of pioneer organisations developing art programmes and works at the cross-section of art and science. This avantgarde concept and space represents a platform for interaction between artists, experts and audience jointly exploring and developing new paradigms of art. Also, participants of the tour visited the House of experiments (Hiša eksperimentov), institution akin to the Centre for Promotion of Science when it comes to educational programmes and scientific content intended for children and youth. This compact science centre is focussed on developing curiosity and creativity and encouraging critical thinking through open dialogue, exploration and discovery.

The programme is realised within the project “European ARTificial Intelligence Lab – AI Lab”, funded through the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission. The project AI Lab gathers 13 European organisations connecting science and art in order to better understand the concepts of the future through joint activity and interdisciplinary cooperation, which will certainly be marked by artificial intelligence as key technology and the greatest social challenge ahead of us.

More than 200 various activities will be realised through the project, including open calls for artistic residencies, i.e. research stays of artists in prestigious scientific institutions throughout the world, productions of original works, exhibitions, educational workshops, conferences, debates and other. All partners are independently developing programmes in order to jointly realise original, unique events throughout Europe. Within the project AI Lab, the first programme activity of the Centre is planned for December of the current year under the name of art+neuroscience.

Public call for participating in the seminar “Creative Europe – project preparation”


The Culture Desk Serbia in cooperation with the Cultural centre “Vuk Karadzic ” Loznica, will organize the seminar “Creative Europe Programme – project preparation” from 5th until 8th August 2019 in Tršić. The call is intended for all institutions and organizations from Serbia planning to apply for the Creative Europe programme.

The topics that will be covered by the seminar are contemporary practices and concepts in the international cultural cooperation, cultural heritage and contemporary art; management of international projects; European cultural policy and priorities of the Creative Europe programme.

Apart from the representatives of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia, lecturers on the seminar are Nela Tonković, The Head of National Museum Šabac and Marina Matović, Professional Associate for the Administration of International Projects at the Center for the Promotion of Science.

Aim of the seminar

The aim of the seminar is raising the quality and preparing projects to apply for the creative Europe programme, raising the programmatic – organizational capacities of institutions and organizations from Serbia, but also contributing to decentralization in the field of culture. Apart from this, the seminar will be organized for the sake of enhancing communication, cooperation and exchange of experiences of cultural institution and organization representatives from cities and counties of Serbia.


The main criteria for the selection of participants are the quality of project proposals and potential partnerships.The quality of project propositions is measured against: compliance with topics and priorities of the Creative Europe programme, innovative nature of the concept and its professional basis.

Conditions of the public call

1. The number of vacancies is limited;
2. Up to two persons from a single institution or an organization can apply to participate in the seminar;
3. The Culture Desk Serbia and the Cultural centre “Vuk Karadzic ” Loznica will cover food and lodging expenses, however participants of the seminar will cover their travel expenses.

Submitting an application

You can find here the application form.

The application for the seminar should contain the following information (up to three pages):

– A short description of the project the institution or the organization wants to apply with for the Creative Europe programme or if they believe the project proposition has a potential to be used for applying;

– A list of potential partners on the project;

– A short description of the institution/organization (mission, aims, main activities);

– An indication of the position of the person or persons applying to participate in the seminar.

The application should be sent to the email address of the Culture Desk Serbia:

Deadline for applications

Applications can be submitted until 20th July 2019. Applications received after the defined deadline will not be taken into consideration.


Pilot project – Makers’ Mobility


The 2019 Annual Work Programme for the implementation of the Pilot Project ‘A first step towards a European framework for the mobility of makers’ foresees the launch of a call for proposals funded under Budget Line 15 02 77 24, with a maximum amount of €350,000 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 supporting mobility and the exchange of experience between the cultural and creative industries, creative hubs, maker-spaces, fab-labs; formal and non-formal learning, and skills development systems in a cross-sectoral way. The pilot project is intended as a first step towards developing a European Framework aimed at boosting the mobility of makers, as well as exchange of good practices.

The grant agreement resulting from this call for proposals will be allocated to one single project. The duration of the project shall be 18 months and will start at the beginning of 2020.

Please find more info here.


The results of the first i-Portunus call for mobility


In April 2019, i-Portunus launched the first call for Applications, for short-term mobilities in the fields of the Performing Arts and the Visual Arts. Over 1,200 valid applications were received. Each of the applications was assessed by two independent evaluators, specialised in the relevant artistic field.

The first i-Portunus Call resulted in a financial mobility support for 122 artists or culture professionals for the amount of 252.300,00 euros.

Support was also given to four artists from Serbia: Aleksandar Crnogorac, Benedikt Heigle, Gordana Zikic and Jasna Jovicevic.

The financial support for this first Call covers 31 % of Visual Arts projects and 69 % of Performing Arts projects of legal residents (36 % men, 63 % women and 1 % other) from Southern Europe (39 %), Northern Europe (33 %), Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (11 %) and Non-EU countries (17 %). The majority of selected applicants was between 25 and 34 years old, closely followed by applicants between 35 and 44 years old, although one selected person is between 18 and 24 years old and 2 selected applicants are between 65 and 74 years old. In this first call all sub-categories in Visual Arts and Performing Arts are represented, except fashion and opera.

The objectives which were most in demand were Production Oriented Residencies (39 %) and International Collaboration (35 %) followed by Professional Development (12 %), Cultural change (8 %) and Presentation (7 %).

The most popular destination countries for the mobility projects were Italy (16 %), Germany (13 %), Belgium (10 %), Serbia (9 %), France (7 %) and Ukraine (6 %). Other destination countries are Albania, Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Tunisia. Destination countries which are not in demand for this first Call are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ireland, Malta, Moldova, North-Macedonia and the United Kingdom.

The statistic report on the final selection of the first i-Portunus Call shows that 54,9 % of the selected applicants applied for the category 15 – 29 days, 24,6 % for the category 30 – 59 days, 10,07 % for the category 60 – 84 days and 9,8 % for 85 days.

Detailed information on these applications is available here.


The Second I-Portunus Call for Mobility


The second I-Portunus call for mobility of artists and cultural professionals working in the field of visual and performing arts is open until 24th June.

I-Portunus is a new initiative of the European Commission with regards to testing models of support to the development of mobility in culture throughout Europe. During 2019 three calls are expected, and starting from 2021, the competition will be a permanent component of the Creative Europe programme.

Conditions in applying are simple, and the competition is open for competition application of natural persons. More information about the required documents can be found on the I-Portunus website. Deadline for applications is 24th June at 2 p.m.

Bear in mind that I-Portunus grants can be used to travel in all countries participating in the Creative Europe programme. The complete list of countries can be found here.

If you are in search for residential programmes and similar opportunities for the development of artistic, curatorial or research projects and cooperation, we advise you to take a look at the calls on existing platforms, such as: On The MoveResArtisTransArtistTouring ArtistsNorth Africa Cultural Mobility MapCall for CuratorsFully Funded ResidenciesRivet.esWorld Art FoundationsResidences and Workspaces GuideBerlin SessionsPanic


CREATOUR Portugal: Creative Tourism as the Catalyst of the Relationship between Culture and Tourism


Presentation of the project Creatour, organised by the Creative Europe Desk Serbia – subprogramme Culture and the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management. The lecture of Nancy Duxbury, a researcher on the project, will take place on 4th June at 6 p.m. in the premises of Nova Iskra (43 Gavrila Principa St) in Belgrade.

CREATOUR is a three-year-long research project linking culture, heritage, tourism and local development and examining the development of creative tourism in small cities and rural areas across Portugal, using a bottom up approach, ideas and experiments, and also knowledge acquired through networking.

The project is comprised of five research centres and forty pilot projects independently designed, implemented and conducted in four regions. Taking into consideration the limited knowledge about models of creative tourism in small communities and rural areas, these pilot projects are also research stations examining the possibilities in the development, approach and challenges of creative tourism. The lecture is an overview of implemented projects and lessons learned during the implementation.

The lecture will be delivered in English.

Admission is free of charge.