Monthly Archives: July 2019

List of Participant of Tršić Seminar Published


Representatives of twenty three institutions and organisations from Serbia will have an opportunity to participate in the seminar “Creative Europe Programme — Project Preparation” we are organising in cooperation with the Cultural Centre “Vuk Karadžić” in Tršić, from 5th to 8th August.

Among them there are seven public institutions: Intermunicipal Historical Archive in Šabac, National Theatre Niš, College of Vocational Studies Belgrade Polytechnic, Belgrade, Historical Archive Niš, National Museum Užice, Šabac Library, Šabac and Cultural Centre “Studentski grad”, Belgrade; and twenty civil society organisations: Publishing House “Arete”, Belgrade, Startup Centre, Niš, MASCOM EC ltd, Belgrade, Civil Association for the Protection of the Environment “Majdaneko”, Majdanpek, Civil Association “Ink Fest”, Novi Sad, Civil Association “Young Ambassadors”, Niš, Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities of Serbia, Belgrade, Civil Association “ProArtOrg”, Belgrade, Civil Society “Kruna”, Belgrade, Youth Centre “CK13”, Novi Sad, Civil Association “Budi aktivan 16”, Preševo, Civil Association ”Centar 424”, Hartefakt Foundation, Association “Arslokacija”, Belgrade and two independent researchers in the field of architecture.

Here you can download the programme of the seminar i list of participants.

The open call for participation in the seminar received 41 application. Due to limited temporal and accommodation capacities we are not able to accept all applications, which is why we invite all representatives of institutions and organisations who were not among this year’s participants to follow future events of the Desk.

In October this year the Antenna of the Culture Desk Serbia will organise a seminar for project writing in Andrevlje near Novi Sad and this can be a new opportunity for everyone interested. Also, you can schedule a meeting with our project team in Belgrade – Culture Desk Serbia, and Novi Sad – Antenna of the Culture Desk Serbia.

We thank everyone interested for their applications, and we wish successful work on project ideas to seminar participants, as well as establishing long-term professional connection at the seminar in Tršić!

Call for applications for cultural professionals’ workshops


In the spirit of the idea about the importance of horizontal learning, we want to dedicate the educational part of the programme of Creative Europe Forum 2019 in Belgrade (7th-8th November 2019) to raising capacities of cultural employees through direct and mutual exchange of knowledge and skills.

If as an individual or a team you possess general or specific knowledge and skills that could be beneficial for a larger number of cultural professionals, we invite you to propose a topic and a description of a workshop you would like to organise within the Creative Europe Forum. Workshops developing general knowledge and skills in culture (e.g. audience research and development, digital tools, marketing and PR, new cultural practices and concepts, new business models, methods of working with artists, financial management of projects…) or specific knowledge and skills (e.g. exhibition architecture, creating a cultural map, use of specific software, and the like) will be considered.

Application requirements are:

1) biography of the lecturer or team members, up to 200 words per person;

2) programme topic and description (workshop or some other form of training) up to 300 words;

3) list of projects within which you developed this specific knowledge;

4) expected profile and number of participants (this number should not exceed 30);

5) list of skills attendees will acquire;

7) approximate list of technical equipment needed to realise the programme.

The plan is the workshop consists of an introductory part lasting for an hour which will be used to familiarise workshop participants with the topic, with two working blocks each lasting two hours, between which there will be organised lunch (the first work block: workshop work on a task or tasks and the second work block: presentation and discussion about the completed task or tasks). Organisational specificities would be agreed on with each workshop leader (duration, application conditions, prior preparation of participants, etc.).

Remuneration for a lecturer or a group of lecturers is planned.

Applications should be delivered by September 15th by sending an email to

Priority will be given to individuals or teams who already participated in projects supported by European funds and organisations.

Information about the selected proposals will be published by September 25th on the website of Creative Europe Desk Serbia.

Results of the Second i-Portunus Call


In June 2019, i-Portunus initiated the second call for applications for short-term mobilities in the field of performing and visual arts. Through group and individual applications, 710 applications were received, encompassing 1.141 individuals. Each of the applications was evaluated by two independent evaluators, specialised for the relevant art field.

Support was awarded to six individuals from Serbia: Jovan Ćurčić (visual arts) traveling to Croatia, Igor Koruga (performing arts) traveling to the Netherlands, Iva Brdar, Ksenija Đurović and Ana Vuković (performing arts) traveling to France and Mirjana Dragosavljević (performing arts) traveling to Portugal.

With the support of the same fund, non-residential stay in Serbia was granted to Rita Góbi (performing arts) from Hungary, Mateja Smic (visual arts) from Ireland, Zulfikar Filandra (visual arts) from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Seda Yıldız (visual arts) from Germany, Neza Knez (visual arts), Danilo Milovanovic (visual arts), Tone Poljanec (visual arts) and Luka Erdani (visual arts) from Slovenia!

Statistics of the last call and the complete list of supported artists and cultural professionals can be found on the official website of the i-Portunus competition.

Presentation of the i-Portunus in Serbia


Creative Creative Europe Serbia and the EU Info Center in Belgrade are organizing the presentation of the i-Portunus open call in Belgrade. The event will be held at the EU Info Center (Kralja Milana 7) on August 26 at 5 pm. Eva Blaute, a representative of the Gete Institute in Brussels and the i-Portunus team, will present a competition for mobility and answer questions related to the applications.

The i-Portunus call is a special initiative of the European Commission piloted by a team of European organizations led by the Geta Institute in Brussels, in order to test the model of supporting mobility projects for artists and cultural professionals across Europe. This is the first competition within the Creative Europe program where individuals (private entities) who work in the field of visual and performing arts can apply.

In addition to the presentation of the competition and the results so far, Eva Blaute will answer questions from the participants who are preparing for the competition in the third open call. Therefore, we invite all artists and professionals in the field of visual and performing arts to use the opportunity to get information about the competition, as well as representatives of residency programs and art colonies that can be the destination of many foreign artists who will be supported by this competition.

The next call for projects is scheduled for August 14th, with a deadline for applications by 5th September. More information about the competition can be found on the official website of the i-Portunus initiative.


Mobility scheme for artists and/or cultural professionals


Artistic and cultural mobility has increasing received policy attention both at European Union and national levels. Mobility has always been a policy priority under the European Agenda for Culture and a crucial component of the Creative Europe programme. More recently, Culture ministers have explicitly called upon the European Commission to investigate the possibility of setting up a specific mobility action for artists and culture professionals.

Some opportunities for the international mobility of artists and/or cultural professionals exist with the support of public institutions, private foundations and/or NGOs, at local, regional, national, European and international level. At national level the situation is quite varied and at EU level, several EU programmes and funding instruments offer various opportunities for cross-border mobility activities that may include the cultural and creative sectors. However, none are specifically focused on the needs of artists or cultural professionals but rather on formal education, entrepreneurship or volunteering. The Creative Europe programme supports the mobility of artists and/or cultural professionals but only within cooperation projects and platforms.

This Call for Proposals is the second initiative taken by the European Commission in organising mobility for artist, attempting to address these shortcomings and in line with the 2019 Annual Work Programme for the implementation of the Creative Europe Programme.

The first initiative is the pilot scheme i-Portunus, which is currently being implemented, following a Call for Tenders, by a consortium headed by the Goethe Institute. The beneficiaries selected under this Call for Proposals are requested to review the current i-Portunus projects and build upon it. In addition the beneficiaries will have access to the recommendations, electronic portal, electronic forms and other tools developed by the i-Portunus project, including the name and logo which will be delivered to the European Commission by the end of February 2020.

The general objective of this Call for Proposals is to develop and implement their own short-term individual mobility actions through the provision of financial support to artists and/or cultural professionals and produce recommendations to the Commission. The results of all projects will be taken into account by the European Commission in developing a permanent action under the Creative Europe Programme 2021-2017 dedicated to supporting the mobility of artists and cultural professionals.

The two grant agreements envisaged in this Call will be for a maximum grant of 750,000 each. The duration of the projects shall be 16 months.

Please find more information here.


Prepare for the Next European Cooperation Competition


This year’s competition for European cooperation projects is expected to be open from the beginning of autumn, and the next few months are sufficient time to prepare to apply. Throughout the year, Creative Europe Desk Serbia helps all institutions and organisations planning to apply, so we invite you to use all opportunities for help we are offering in order to prepare your project as good as possible.

The competition supports projects od institutions and organisations active in the field of culture, which assume cooperation with at least two partner organisations from Europe with a focus on audience development, improving mobility or strengthening work capacity. So far 76 European projects of cooperation have been supported, in which 100 institutions and organisations from Serbia participate. If you wish to become a part of a European partnership, we would like to bring your attention to several important steps until autumn:

1. Research the so far supported projects on our website and in the browser of projects in order to gain insight into possibilities offered by the programme. Getting familiar with supported projects can help you design an authentic response to the competition priorities. Apart from this, it is useful to research the last year’s application guidelines.

2. If you have a project idea, devote sufficient time to searching for the right partners for your project idea; these do not have to be organisations similar to yours, it is important that you recognise their strengths, share values and that there is mutual trust between you. Only such partnerships are successful because they guarantee longevity. If so far you did not establish personal contacts with European organisations, partners can be found in the database of calls for partnerships or by creating your own call. Also, contact European networks you recognise as important for your work and the project you are preparing – perhaps among their members there are some who are interested in cooperating with you.

3. If you need help in defining the concept and financial plan of your project, contact us to help you or apply for participation in trainings we organise. From 5th-8th August in Tršić, a project writing seminar will take place, and during the end of summer, there will be another one in Vojvodina. Every work day, you can schedule a meeting with our team in offices in Belgrade and Novi Sad.

European cooperation projects are an opportunity to acquire additional funds to realise your ideas, to connect with key actors of the international scene and to build credibility of your organisation on the international plan.

We are at your disposal for all questions, contact us!


Results of the European Cooperation Projects Competition 2019


The results of the European cooperation projects competition 2019 have been published today where the total of 15 projects have been supported, in which 14 organisations from Serbia will participate. These are three leader projects: Stories Behind Cities (Novi Sad, Rijeka and Timisoara) led by Art Association Inbox, followed by BITE – Introduction of new business model into European contemporary art operators to generate new young audience, led by Civil Association Bum, in which the Cultural Centre Belgrade and the organisation Color Media Communication participate as partners, and the project Beyond Quantum Music, in which the Musicology Institute SASA participates as the leader, and the Centre for New Art as a partner.

Also, project partners will be:

• Children’s Cultural Centre in the project Young Theatre on the Move;

• Association KROKODIL in projects: Reading Balkans: Borders vs. Frontiers, The Ulysses’ Shelter: Building writers-in-residence network 2 and Connecting Emerging Literary Artists;

• EXIT Foundation in projects Hub for exchange of music innovation in Central and South-eastern Europe and MOST – The Complex Strategy to develop the Balkan World Music Scene;

• Foundation Novi Sad 2021 in the project European Outdoor Arts Academy: School of Participation

• Association Kulturanova in projects: TRAINART – Building new skills for innovative business models in the performing arts sector, Z Elements: Artistic experiences and exchanges to attract a younger audience through Transmedia co-creations,

• Theatre laboratory Blue Theatre in the project Inclusive Theater(S);

• Centre for promotion of healthy lifestyles in the project A New European Generation – Exploring Freedom and Identity through Creative Integration;

• Foundation Fond B92 in the project Paint the Change.

Congratulations on exceptional results to all institutions and organisation which worked hard and it paid off!

The list of remaining supported projects was published on the website of the European Commission.