Monthly Archives: August 2019

Annual Work Plan of Creative Europe Programme for 2020


European Commission published the Annual Work Plan for 2020 where all important information can be found about the Creative Europe programme in the next year: planned competition calls, intersectoral cooperation and support priorities.

With this plan, the aim of the European Commission is to open a window for the implementation of the new Creative Europe programme 2020-2027 which will rely on the experience of the current cycle and its priorities.

After preparing guidelines for the next programme, one of the most important tasks in 2020 will be preparing competition calls which will be open in the fourth trimester of 2020.

Regards the sub-programme Culture, the most significant part of the budget in the following year will be support though calls for projects of European cooperation. Projects of literary translation, networks and platforms and special actions (EU prizes), European Capitals of Culture, European Heritage Label, cooperation with international organisations, support to music and cultural heritage will also be supported.

Apart from the listed actions, in accordance with priorities of the new Agenda for Culture and preparations of the programme that will continue on the current one, two new actions are also planned: “Circulation of European performing art” and “Sector support to the field of theatre”.

More information can be found in the annual work plan of the Creative Europe programme for 2020, which can be downloaded here.

Third i-Portunus Mobility Contest


The third i-Portunus call for mobility of artists and cultural professionals working in the field of visual and performing arts is open.

The pilot scheme i-Portunus is the first initiative by the European Commission in organising mobility for artists and culture professionals. 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. This is the third and the last call within i-Portunus scheme this year.

The conditions for applying are simple, and the applications can be submitted by private entity.

The main objective of the mobility application must be one of the following:

• International collaborations: For example, you are working on a cultural production, such as an exhibition, a performance, a theatre piece, with an international partner.

• Production-oriented residencies: For example, the result of your mobility will be a public presentation of a newly created body of work – an exhibition, a performance, a publication, etc.

• Professional development: For example, you will take part in auditions, network meetings, showcases, workshops, master classes, and other types of training outside of formal education.

More information on the required documentation is available on the I-Portunus website. The deadline for applications is September 5th at 2 pm.

Please note that i-Portunus grants allows you to travel to all countries participating in the Creative Europe program. Please find here the full list of Creative Europe participating countries.

If you are looking for residency programs and similar opportunities to develop artistic, curatorial or research projects and collaborations, we encourage you to look for calls on existing platforms such as: On The Move, ResArtis, TransArtist, Touring Artists, North Africa Cultural Mobility Map, Call for Curators, Fully Funded Residencies,, World Art Foundations, Residences and Workspaces Guide, Berlin Sessions, Panic.

Creative Europe Desk Serbia as well as other CEDs in all European countries can help you prepare your application and find a partner organization where you can implement your project. We can arrange a meeting in our or your office, or we can meet up at some of our upcoming events.

Music Moves Europe – Cooperation of Small Music Venues


Preparatory Action Music Moves Europe: Boosting European Music Diversity and Talent

The Preparatory action “Music Moves Europe: Boosting European music diversity and talent” aims at paving the way towards the “sectorial support for music” as a new element for the next Creative Europe Programme post-2020. The present call for proposals aims at promoting a sustainable live music distribution through cooperation between small- and medium sized music venues in order to stimulate innovative collaboration models and to enhance venues’ role and identity in the local community. The general objective of this call is to increase the music venues’ capacity to remain competitive in a fast changing market and regulatory environment.

Deadline: 15 November 2019 at 13:00 Brussels time

For admissibility, eligibility, selection, evaluation of award criteria and submission modalities, please refer to the relevant sections in the guidelines of the call for proposals EAC/S17/2019, which could be found here.

Culture Desk Serbia at the Nišville Jazz Festival


During its 36th International Jazz Festival Nišville, taking place from 2nd to 11th August at the Niš Fortress, more than 300 musicians from over twenty countries around the world will make an appearance, alongside the first gathering of partner organisations on the JAIN project supported by the Creative Europe programme.

On Friday, 9th August at 4 p.m. in the building of the Symphony Orchestra in Niš a staged discussion “Jazz and Interculturalism” will take place. The speakers in the discussion will include Dimitrije Tadić, Head of the Desk Creative Europe Serbia, who will speak about the support of the Creative Europe programme to the development of intercultural dialogue in Europe and the importance of European cooperation.

The project Jazz And Interculturalism (JAIN) has the aim of establishing a creative and open artistic exchange by connecting young jazz performers of different cultural, social, economic and geographic origin, in order to nurture intercultural dialogue, international cooperation and transnational mobility. The project connects Serbia (Nišville Foundation), Albania (Cultural Association Syri Blu) and Italy (Jana Project) in identifying their differences and similarities though learning and sharing, exchanging ideas and communication, mutual understanding and opening through mobility, workshops, residences, joint performances, meeting new people and discovering “new worlds”.

Since the 1st festival in 1995, Nišville has been promoting intercultural dialogue as an inevitable characteristic of contemporary jazz music. The concept of the festival is based on presenting “traditional” jazz forms and their connecting with the global music tradition, with the focus on the music of the Balkans.

The main programme of the festival will take place on two connected stages at the Niš Fortress, and in the Fortress and the city numerous free stages will be organised: River, Open, Film, Welcome, Youth and Jam Session Stage. Throughout the festival days more than one hundred thousand visitors will follow music performances, films and theatre, art exhibitions and book promotions.


Participate in our Next Events Throughout Serbia


Culture Desk Serbia and the Antenna of the Culture Desk Serbia re organising free seminars, workshops and info days all year long throughout Serbia, and we are also present in conferences, festivals and other important events. In order to be informed in a timely manner and in order to successfully prepare for current competitions and the ones that will be opened during the year, we want to divert your attention to some of our future activities.

Next week, after the seminar in Tršić we are organising from 5th to 8th August, we are coming to Niš, where within the Nišville Jazz Festival, together with representatives of the cultural sector from Niša we will participate in the staged discussion Jazz and interculturalism. At the same time, this will also be an opportunity to hear more about the new competition within the initative Music Moves Europe, supporting European music diversity and development of young musicians’ careers.

During the last week of August, after the opening of the third i-Portunus competition for mobility of individuals, on 26th August in Belgrade Eva Blaute will speak about applying conditions and how to best construct an application. Apply to participate and use the possibility to establish the contact.

In October we have another seminar for project writing we are organising in Andrevlje, and also Info Days of the Antenna of the Desk in Ruma (September), Vrbas (October) and Novi Sad.
After Niš and Novi Sad, Creative Europe Forum 2019 will be organised in Belgrade on 7th and 8th of November. The conference programme will be announced soon, and until then you can apply to participate in the programme as a workshop leader with the topic you choose on your won, which can be useful for other cultural professionals.

About the remaining activities of the Desk we will notify you through the newsletter, website and social media where we are present.

If by the end of the year, within your festival, conference or seminar, you intend to gather cultural professionals who might be interested in the Creative Europe programme, please contact us and we will gladly answer your call and present the competitions of the Creative Europe programme!

European cooperation projects 2019

BITE – Introduction of new business model into European contemporary art operators to generate new young audience


Project Leader: Association BUM, Republic of Serbia
Backslash, Spain
Color media communications, Republic of Serbia
Connect international, Belgium
Consorci de museus de la Comunitat Valenciana, Spain
Javni zavod mladi zmaji-center za kakovostno prezivljanje prostega casa mladih, Slovenia
Kulturni centar Beograda, Republic of Serbia
Tipovej, Zavod za ustvarjalno druzbo, Slovenia

Maximum Grant Awarded: 200.000,00 €

Today in the fast-changing environment than ever, driven with rapid development of technology, new ideas, change of communication and habits of people, all industries faced a moment in which they will either refuse to adapt to new circumstances and eventually struggle on market, or they will embrace those changes and take advantage of it. This applies to all business today, same as it applies to culture and art. Surrounded with those changes contemporary art and culture remained distant from ordinary citizens. Problems in their relation appears two levels: WAY of COMMUNICATION between cultural operators and young people and INNOVATION in sense of offered CONTENT. Both of which need to become more attractive and more appealing to them. There are new business strategies offered, communication models, and even new events in this field, however none is offering to cultural operator all of it in one “package”. Consequently, as sustainability of culture and art depends on the audience, consumers and buyers who are not attracted, we have situation in which artistic community is facing existential problems.

The “BITE of Art” project is about using pan-European + comprehensive + multi-stakeholder approach for introducing of innovative business model in contemporary art which will ensure financial sustainability of the cultural operators by using new management and marketing tools in attracting new young audience. It represents a joint vision of cultural and artistic institutions and organizations coming from Spain, Slovenia and Serbia to bring innovative practices into work of cultural operators, shaping a path of mainstreaming contemporary art among young citizens. BITE CABM combines modern marketing, business and communication expertise with innovative contemporary artistic events and performances, creating a comprehensive package which aim to redefine approach of contemporary art to the market in its core, targeting young people as new audience of contemporary art.

European cooperation projects 2019

Stories Behind Cities (Novi Sad, Rijeka and Timisoara)


Project Leader: Umetnicka asocijacija Inbox, Republic of Serbia
Fundatia Judeteana Pentru Tineret Timis, Romania
Melting pro learning societa cooperativa, Italy
Udruga za scenske umjetnosti Prostor Plus, Croatia

Maximum Grant Awarded: 102.206,00 €

Stories, narratives, and storytelling are central aspects of all cultures. Stories provide people with a sense of history, a sense of community, a sense of generations, a sensitivity to oral language and its importance to heritage. They play an important role in how other nations see us and how we see ourselves. Croatia, Serbia and Romania have experienced a common history marked by conflicts, changing borders, and totalitarian regimes.

Those 3 countries have not yet succeeded in creating new narratives that would distance them from the negative stereotypes that determine them especially in the Western European countries. Post Conflict identity narratives are very difficult to change. Clearly, we need new stories, stories that highlight human rights discourse and practices in Serbia, Croatia and Romania. In the coming years Rijeka (Croatia), Timișoara (Romania), and Novi Sad (Serbia) will be European Capitals of Culture in 2020 and 2021.This title has been used by many cities (especially those in the transition) to change or reshape their earlier narratives. This project aims to reflect on the connections between urban narratives and city making in an interdisciplinary way. It deals with mapping new resources (urban stories, myths etc.) which will enable Rijeka, Novi Sad and Temisoara joining visions, data and actions to tell new stories. Cities will also explore their common heritage and stories that connect them through history. This approach will provide multiple perspectives and will empowered us to read our cities differently, and to rethink our blinkered and biased views.

This project contains a research, educational and artistic part. The research part of the project is about exploring urban narratives through community involvement, the educational part will deal with developing new skills and storytelling techniques, in order to provide models of use of these narratives, and the artistic part will deal with creative ways of their transnational promotions.

European cooperation projects 2019

Z Elements: Artistic experiences and exchanges to attract a younger audience through Transmedia co-creations


Project Leader: Fundacion municipal de cultura de Avilés, Spain
Artesis Plantijn hogeschool Antwerpen, Belgium
Association Kulturanova, Republic of Serbia
Ecole superieure Europeenne d’art de Bretagne, France
Fondazione Accademia di Belle Arti di Verona, Italy

Maximum Grant Awarded: 200.000,00 €

Generation Z is formed by young people that grew up during the last years of the economic crisis, mostly born between mid-90’s and 2010. They represent 25% of the world population and have a strong influential capacity that make them a decisive target, particularly for Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) and institutions. It is considered as the first generation to be digital natives, having grown up permanently connected in a multi-screen environment, and being familiar with anything related to Internet or digital multitasking. Due to their digital profile, many traditional cultural institutions and artists are facing difficulties in attracting and engaging them.
The objective of the project is to develop artistic experiences and exchanges to explore how traditional and analogue artistic expressions can involve and attract a younger audience from Generation Z, and how young people can contribute to the development of such subsectors through co-creative processes towards the development of Digital Transmedia Storytelling products.

In that framework, Z Elements will implement a series of activities in order to pursue the following objectives:

• Audience development

Through the involvement of some 75 young volunteers in co-creation and co-curation of works, their participation in workshops with artists and conversion into e-reporters.
The project will also develop some research to identify and map Good Practices and trends towards the e-distribution of cultural goods that better reach young people.

• Mobilities

Through the participation 20 artists from different fields to 4 artistic residences for the production of works inspired by the classical elements (Water, Fire, Earth and Aether), and the posterior distribution of the work through Social Networks and platforms.

• Capacity Building–New digital skills

Training of participants on Digital Transmedia Storytelling through ad hoc workshops and “Learning by doing” tutored transformation processes.

European cooperation projects 2019

The Ulysses’ Shelter: Building writers-in-residence network 2


Project Leader: Srsen Ivan, Croatia
Društvo slovenskih pisateljev, Slovenia
Opaka, Greece
Udruženje Krokodil, Republic of Serbia
University of Wales Trinity Saint David Royal Charter, United Kingdom

Maximum Grant Awarded: 158.108,00 €

Ulysses’ Shelter: Building writers-in-residence 2 is a literary residency network of five partners from Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Greece and Wales. The idea of the programme is to combine literary residencies for young literary authors with a strong supportive programme for local target groups. The residency programme, with the priority of transnational mobility, will give young emerging authors an opportunity to work, perform and present themselves in different social and cultural contexts. The programme will try to reach this objective by giving the residents new transnational experiences and motives for their work by:

• enabling young writers and translators to gain an insight into literary scenes of another two European countries, which will increase their chances of future transnational mobility;

• improving transnational networking between young participants of the creative process in the literary field, which might lead to future transnational collaborations;

• connecting the residents with local communities and other residents through project activities and the website, which will post information on the project
activities, video interviews with writers in residence and their reflections on their experiences during the residency programs and expected outcomes of the project;

• inspiring other literary authors, translators and editors from these and other European countries to participate in similar transnational programs in the future.

The priority of audience development will be implemented through numerous public talks and readings held by residents and other established authors, and literature-related workshops aimed at local target groups such as the elderly, the population of socially isolated areas, immigrants, children and students, who will be learning how to run the local library on Mljet, and participating in creative writing and translation workshops in Belgrade, Ljubljana/Bled Lake, Aberystwyth and Larissa.

European cooperation projects 2019

TRAINART – Building new skills for innovative business models in the performing arts sector


Project Leader: Consorzio marche spettacolo, Italy
Association Kulturanova, Republic of Serbia
Haceria arteak, Spain
Teater Nu, Sweden
Welcome A.P.S., Italia

Maximum Grant Awarded: 198.796,00 €

TRAINART addresses the need of artists/cultural operators to shape their entrepreneurial mindsets, to ensure the financial sustainability of their activities, to turn their talent into a profession and to become fully able to make a living from their art. Thus, the project aims at strengthening the competitiveness of the European Performing Arts sector and shaping new skills for cultural operators interested in developing innovative business models in the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs). To reach these objectives, a peer learning community will made up of creative partners coming from Italy, Spain, Sweden and Serbia and supported by associated partners also coming from Ireland, will address two particular fields of CCIs A_the innovation of management models for partners’ cultural spaces and B_the introduction of innovative services in their performing art portfolios (i.e. live performances in non-conventional contexts). Project strategy will firstly lay on the assessment of the missing professional skills needed in both the fields at local levels. Secondly, it will implement a blended-long term Capacity Building for a pilot group of 24 artists/cultural operators from Theatre, Dance and Music sectors. Beneficiaries will participate in 120 training hours delivered via MOOCs (60h), to foster transversal skills in management, business and marketing common to both the CCIs fields and through transnational mobility schemes (60h) specifically tailored on field A or B.

Six training hotspots will be hosted by project partners during the project lifetime to provide beneficiaries with training sessions led by business models experts/mentors, capitalization visits and peer networking initiatives, hotbeds of creativity for new co-production ideas and cross-fertilizations among economic sectors. Finally, to test and evaluate learning outcomes achieved through TRAINART programme, 8 new models of revenue, management and marketing will be piloted in the local CCIs.

European cooperation projects 2019

Young Theatre on the Move


Project Leader: Pionirski dom – Center za kulturo mladih, Slovenia
CNC Danse, France
Dečiji kulturni centar Beograd, Republic of Serbia
Elckie centrum kultury, Poland
Opera Comica Pentru Copii, Romania

Maximum Grant Awarded: 199.999,00 €

The main objective of the project is to develop and spread innovative, engaging and practical audience development approach that relies on the creative methods and techniques of improvisational theatre and contemporary dance and their shared potential. The project aims to address the main audience development challenge of steadily declining popularity of theatre and dance, especially among the young.

The project will accomplish this by developing innovative cultural and artistic education programme that roots in techniques and tools of this field. Methodology of programme will be delivered in all 5 partner countries to key target groups in creating audience development and cultural education programme for the young: theatre and dance professionals, pedagogues, youth workers and other important cultural operators in the field.

Partner network consists of 5 cultural institutions, from different geographical parts of Europe, with a focus on the four at- risk countries of Southern and Eastern Europe (Slovenia, Serbia, Poland, Romania), where Eurobarometer research shows the lowest audience interest in theatre and dance and one expert partner from France, which is one of the countries with the biggest audience interest for cultural events. The partner institutions involved in the project all share their mission to co-create quality cultural education for the young: Pionirski dom – Center za kulturo mladih, Slovenia; Dečiji kulturni centar Beograd, Serbia; Elckie Centrum Kultury, Poland; Opera Comica pentru Copii, Romania and CNC Danse, France.

Partner consortium will develop and implement attractive and engaging audience development approach, that will merge two of the most neglected art forms in curriculum-based cultural education for the young – theatre and dance. By combining two methods that encourage creativity, freedom of expression and active participation of everyone involved, we are inventing new capacity building tool: Impro Move.

European cooperation projects 2019

European Outdoor Arts Academy: School of Participation


Project Leader: WALK THE PLANK, United Kingdom
Coventry City of Culture Trust, United Kingdom
Fondacija Novi Sad 2021 – ECoC, Republic of Serbia
Kaunas 2022 – ECoC, Lithuania
Obshtinska fondatsia Plovdiv 2019, Bulgaria
UniT – Verein für Kultur an der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria

Maximum Grant Awarded: 195.000,00 €

European Outdoor Arts Academy will deliver five ‘School of Participation’ 8 day training into production schools, presented in five partner cities between 2019 and 2020. Each school will bring together 26 creative practitioners together from the 10 partner cities in 9 European countries, to gain new skills and experience in co-creating an outdoor participatory arts event.
All schools will be delivered by a team of outdoor arts experts drawn from across the core partnership. Each school will result in the creative practitioners collaborating with each other and 20 local community participants in each school hosting city to deliver an “end of school “outdoor participatory arts event to the public.

The programme will underpin the development of a transnational talent pool in European participatory creative practice and contribute to the strengthening of participants’ creative careers. It provides a practical opportunity to build capacity and create a programme of “action learning” for cultural organisations and practitioners in cities who have, plan to apply or are building to the delivery of European Capital of Culture or similar major cultural programmes.

The project will be led by Walk the Plank (UK) in partnership with small to medium sized European Capitals of Culture, candidate cities and UK City of Culture; Fondacija Novi Sad 2021 (Serbia), uniT – Verein für Kultur an der Karl-Franzens- Universität Graz (Austria), Municipal Foundation Plovdiv 2019 (Bulgaria), Kaunas 2022 (Lithuania), Limerick City and County Council (Ireland), Institute for Contemporary Art: ARé Festival (Armenia), Tartu 2024 (Estonia), Municipality of Town Veszprém 2023 (Hungry). It will serve to grow sustainable outdoor participatory arts capacity in small to medium sized, culturally engaged European cities. It will also exchange models of audience engagement through participatory practice in public space. Learning will be shared across the European Capitals of Culture network and beyond.

European cooperation projects 2019

Paint the Change


Project Leader: Off-Centre Productions Limited, United Kingdom
Fondacija Fond B92, Republic of Serbia
Impact Hub Labs, Greece

Maximum Grant Awarded: 198.660,00 €

Last several years have seen a worrying rise in disassociation of vulnerable and marginalised youth from the cultural, social and political processes in Europe. Across the continent we have witnessed growing xenophobia and religious, ethnic and cultural intolerance that have managed to find outlets in hate crime and violent extremism. Street art has shown great potential in engaging young people and raising awareness by breaking through stereotypes and delivering powerful thought-provoking messages.

The three partner organisations have worked successfully to engage young audiences in cultural discussion and learning that promotes core European values of tolerance, respect and inclusion. We wish to test a curriculum that will engage marginalised and vulnerable youth in examination of causes and consequences of intolerance and extremism, concepts of artistic expression, and means of positive engagement and advocacy. Our aim is to increase the diversity of young people participating, attract those least engaged and increase the depth of their experience through active participation in developing street art concepts. By focusing on the values of tolerance, inclusion and respect for diversity, our goal in tandem is for the programme to contribute to civic life through significant advocacy training element.

Focusing on audience development and capacity building, our project will result in:

• Nine emerging street artists gaining skills in concept development through audience engagement

• Nine educators gaining experience in cross-disciplinary curricula testing and delivery

• 270 members of young audience engaging with art and its power to discuss social issues, gaining social action skills

• Nine murals in prominent public spaces sustaining general public discussion and awareness of issues of tolerance, respect and inclusion.

• Partners equipped with template curricula for young audience development; improved skills for cross-border collaborations.

European cooperation projects 2019

Reading Balkans: Borders vs. Frontiers


Project Leader: Zalozba Goga, Slovenia
Drustvo za izdavanje, promet i uslugi Goten Group, North Macedonia
Association Krokodil, Serbia

Maximum Grant Awarded: 200.000,00 €

Reading Balkans: Borders vs. Frontiers is a continuation of the project Reading Balkans that was supported by Creative Europe in 2017. This time we have put in the focus topics of borders and cooperation with refugee writers – at the time when old wounds from Balkan Wars have not yet been healed, the question of our borders still not solved, new politics of fear and nationalism is built when refugees are crossing our region (and actual border walls are built as well) – through our activities we want to work on dialogue, debate and deeper understanding of our actual problems. More than ever, crossing of the borders for artists and books is important: the core of the project are residency programs for writers (42 residencies in 7 countries, each for 4 weeks), 8 festivals with 2 main topics: Borders vs. Frontiers and Exile in Language and video storytelling project Borders vs. Frontiers (creative writing and performance workshops for refugees will result in 5 videos made by refugee writers in Ljubljana + 5 videos of first class Balkan authors).

Important part is intensive international promotion of all writers participating in the project (at least 72) through the digital platform (web page and mobile app: presentation of all authors in Eng. + short text newly translated into Eng./Ger. for at least 52), through the work of the Literary Agent/promotor visiting 14 international book-fairs (networking and promoting writers in the project) and through readings at Balkan Nacht event at Leipzig book-fair. International visibility is important as a capacity building: small national literatures need to cooperate closely to achieve success in the global market, new professional opportunities for writers included in our project can be opened.

The project encourages mobility of literary works all over Europe and better exchange of first-class authors also within Balkan region (the Western Balkans being underlined as a priority in A New EU Agenda for Culture).


Music moves Europe – Boosting European Music Diversity and Talent Call on Professionalisation and Training


This call for proposals serves the implementation of the distinct activity “Professionalisation and Training” within the context of the Preparatory action “Music Moves Europe: Boosting European music diversity and talent” in accordance with the Commission decision C(2019)1819 of 12 March 2019 adopting the 2019 annual work programme for the implementation of Pilot Projects and Preparatory Actions in the area of education, youth, sport and culture .

The overall aim of this call is to identify and to support at least 10 innovative and sustainable pilot training programmes for young musicians and professionals in the music sector that have a European dimension.

The proposals should demonstrate their contribution to the general objective by covering at least two of the following specific objectives:

1. Address the professional development needs to gain individual and organisational professional expertise, e.g. business-related skills, in order to increase the capacity of the young musicians and music professionals to succeed in the music market;

2. Help young artists and other professionals in the music sector to get a better understanding of the value chain of the music industry, e.g. to get an insight into different sub-sectors, especially where potential for mutual learning or exchange of best practice would be beneficial;

3. Promote transnational exchange or transnational approaches to ensure knowledge transfer, also in terms of its relevance to European/international careers or to European cross-border music initiatives;

4. Fostering sustainable co-operations and creation of networks.

Lessons learnt from these pilot training proposals should improve the sector’s capacity and contribute to its professionalization. These findings should feed into an integrated strategy for music support for the next generation of EU funding programmes after 2020, which should foster European diversity and talent, the competitiveness of the sector as well as increased access of citizens to music in all its diversity.

Please find more info here.