Monthly Archives: October 2019

Info Day about EU programmes in Pančevo


The project “Support to participation in EU programmes”, funded by the European Union, in cooperation with the Development Agency of Serbia and the Regional Development Agency Southern Banat is organising an Info Day about EU programmes (HORIZON 2020, Creative Europe, Europe for Citizens, EaSI, REC, Third Health Programme, COSME, EU Civil Protection Mechanism, Erasmus+, Customs 2020, Fiscalis 2020).

A team of experts with experience in applying and implementing projects funded by EU programmes will hold presentations about applying opportunities and ways to find adequate partners, and also suitability to apply with a specific project for a targeted programme. Presenters will also share useful links, and also source of information for each programme.

Info day is intended for representatives of companies, regional development agencies, business associations and organisations, local self-governments, faculties, scientific institutions, non-governmental organisations and everyone else interested in applying to participate in some EU programme.

The Info day will take place on Friday, 12th November 2019 at 10 a.m., in the premises of the Regional Chamber of Commerce of the South Banat county at 1a Zmaj Jovina St in Pančevo.

If you are interested in attending the Info day about EU programmes, please apply by Friday, 8th November 2019, by sending an email to For all additional information, contact person is Aleksandra Šljivić, who can be reached at 011/334 21 08 and 061/605 95 54 or via the mentioned email address.
The programme of the Info day can be downloaded here.

Info day about EU programmes in Subotica


The project “Support to participation in EU programmes”, funded by the European Union, in cooperation with the Development Agency of Serbia and the Regional Development Agency “PANONREG” from Subotica, is organising an Info day about EU programmes (HORIZON 2020, Creative Europe, Europe for Citizens, EaSI, REC, Third Health Programme, COSME, EU Civil Protection Mechanism, Erasmus+, Customs 2020, Fiscalis 2020).

A team of experts with experience in applying and implementing projects funded by EU programmes will hold presentations about applying opportunities and ways to find adequate partners, and also suitability to apply with a specific project for a targeted programme. Presenters will also share useful links, and also source of information for each programme.

Info day is intended for representatives of companies, regional development agencies, business associations and organisations, local self-governments, faculties, scientific institutions, non-governmental organisations and everyone else interested in applying to participate in some EU programme.

The Info day will take place on Wednesday, 13th November 2019 at 10 a.m., in the premises of the Open University Subotica in room 211 at 15 Trg cara Jovana Nenada St.

If you are interested in attending the Info day about EU programmes, it is required that you register by Friday, 8th November 2019, at the email For all additional information, the contact person is Aleksandra Šljivić, who can be contacted on 011/334 21 08 and 061/605 95 54 or via the mentioned email.

The programme of the Info day can be downloaded here.

Prepare to Apply with our Help


The new call for European cooperation projects was opened this month, and there is four weeks left to prepare projects. Also, two competitions of the initiative Music Moves Europe have been opened – call for cooperation of small music spaces and call for promotion of music diversity and talent.

Teams of Culture Desk Serbia in Belgrade and the Antenna offices in Novi Sad can help you in clarifying the competition procedure, designing project ideas and finding partners. Apply for one the free events we will organise in the following period where we will prepare to apply.

In Novi Sad, Senta, Sombor and Subotica we will organise info days about the programme where you can hear more about the priorities of the competition, deadlines to apply and success stories experiences.

Within the Creative Europe Forum 2019 in Belgrade we will organise special preparatory programmes:

• Project writing workshop with Milena Dragićević Šešić (Kolarac, 7th November at 10 a.m.);

• Partner find session where desks of Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, United Kingdom, Georgia, Luxembourg, Romania, Tunisia, Ukraine, France and Montenegro will present calls for partnerships and opportunities to cooperate with their countries of origin (Kolarac, Small Hall, 7th November at 2.30 p.m.);

• Public consultations about project ideas (Library at Kolarac, 7th November at 4.30 p.m.);

• Presentation of the competition for Western Balkans (Kolarac, Small Hall, 7th November at 10.30 a.m.);

• Discussion about opportunities to establish European and Regional cooperation (Kolarac, Small Hall, 7th November at 11.15 a.m.);

• Presentation of national, regional and EU sources for co-funding of international projects (EU Info Centre, 7th November at 5 p.m.).

In order to participate in the Forum it is required to apply. We invite you to take a look at the programme and also participate in other programmes within the Forum.

If you have questions or you need help, you can contact us via email, Facebook, Instagram, Skype or Twitter.

Info Days in Vojvodina


This year’s competition for projects of European cooperation is currently open, and there is a little more than a month left to prepare the competition application. Throughout the year the Desk and the Antenna Creative Europe Serbia are helping all institutions and organisations planning to apply, so we are inviting you to use all opportunities for help offered in order to prepare you projects as good as possible. 

Projects of European cooperation are an opportunity to acquire additional funds for the realisation of your ideas, to connect with key actors on the international scene and to build credibility of your organisation on the international plan. The competition supports projects of institutions and organisations active in the field of culture, and it assumes cooperation of at least two partner organisations from Europe with a focus on audience development, improving mobility or strengthening capacity for work. So far, several dozens of projects of European cooperation have been supported with over one hundred institutions and organisations from Serbia participating.

With the aim of good informing of all interested cultural professionals, the Antenna of the Culture Desk Creative Europe Serbia is organising three info days about the competition Projects of European Cooperation 2020 within the Creative Europe programme, which will take place in the following cities: 

29.10.2019 starting at 12 p.m. – CC “Laza Кostić”, Sombor

30.10.2019 starting at 12 p.m. – Institute for Culture of Vojvodina Hungarians, Senta

04.11.2019 starting at 12 p.m. – Gallery of Matica Srpska, Novi Sad 

The programme of the info days will include discussions about priorities and aims of the Creative Europe programme with a special reflection on the currently open call for projects of European cooperation, competition procedure, designing the project idea and concept, and also specific experiences and advice.

The call is for all institutions and organisations from Serbia planning to apply for the Creative Europe programme, regardless of whether they already participated in European cooperation projects or they are just planning their international activities within this one or the next competition calls.

The agenda can be downloaded here.


Call for Volunteers at the Creative Europe Forum 2019


After Niš and Novi Sad, Creative Europe Desk Serbia is organising the 5th Creative Europe Forum in Belgrade, and the topic of this year’s event is: In what way can projects and models of organisation in culture encourage cooperation, fighting hate, stereotypes and different forms of social inequality. With the idea of the necessity of strengthening cooperation and networking, the Forum implies horizontal ways of learning, exchange, inclusion and connecting of domestic and foreign professionals in the domain of culture.

Creative Europe Forum 2019 is an international conference taking place on 7th and 8th of November in the Foundation of Ilija M. Kolarac, EU Info Centre, Nordeus Centre and Club DIM, a with the aim of more successful realisation of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia wanting to expand their team.

We invite young people, students of the faculties of art and social sciences who like to talk and speak English, participate or follow events in culture and art, and who are especially interested in international cooperation and meeting relevant cultural professionals, to send their short biography and statement of motivation to participate in the Creative Europe Forum 2019 to the email address at latest by Wednesday 30th October at noon.

The programme of the Forum is organised in three blocks: Critical thinking and media literacy, Participatory management in culture, Horizontal knowledge, and in the application you can note which topic is of interest to you. The selected candidates will have an opportunity to get included into the tasks of: 1) promoting events (distributing promotional material and sending invitations, social media management, help with spatial branding and other), 2) organization of the Forum (technical and other support in relation to the programme of events), 3) communication with participants and giving information about the event programme (greeting guests and participants, information about special parts of the programme and other).

Participation in the Forum can bring you:

– professional experience in organisation of international events;

– spending time and the possibility of meeting cultural professionals from Serbia and Europe (France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Georgia, Tunisia, United Kingdom, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Ukraine, Montenegro);

– certificate of volunteer internship at the Creative Europe Desk Serbia.

Candidates selected based on applications will be invited for an interview on 1st November at noon in the premises of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia. For more information you can write to us at the listed email address, and if you wish to get familiar with our work, follow us on Instagram (@kreativnaevropa), Facebook (@kulturadesksrbija) or Twitter (@CEDSerbia).

Creative Europe Desk Serbia is the implementing body of the main programme of the EU for Culture Creative Europe which is comprised of two offices – Culture Desk Serbia, established within the Ministry of Culture and Information and MEDIA Desk Serbia, established within the Film Centre of Serbia. More info:

European cooperation projects 2019

MOST – The Complex Strategy to develop the Balkan World Music Scene


Project Leader: Hangvető Zenei Terjeszto Tarsulas Kft., Hungary

Asociația Timișoara Capitala Culturala Europeana, Romania

European music council ev, Germany

Foundation EXIT, Republic of Serbia

International Errands Ltd., Bulgaria

MA Music, Leisure & Travel Ltd , United Kingdom

Palais des beaux arts, Belgium

Piranha arts ag, Germany

“ReK” Remont Kapital Culture Center, Albania

Maximum Grant Awarded: 2.000.000,00 €

Awarded Project MOST aims to improve the world music market of the Balkans by a complex strategy including audience development, professional training, export support, mobility of artists and professionals, event management, platform development and policy advocacy. The proposal focuses on world music, because that is the musical notion that enhances communication between different cultures. It is a vehicle of preserving and transmitting traditions between generations and cultures and one of the most powerful tools of intercultural communication.

The Balkan region has high quality and high potential music traditions and musicians, very much underperforming its potential on the global market. In our proposal, cultural and economic approaches are in harmony. We repeatedly use the terminology of market economy, words like ‘value chain’, ‘brand’, ‘export’, ‘sales channels’. This might seem odd in a cultural cooperation project, but it belongs to the heart of this project as we believe that a flourishing music sector needs a sustainable market and policy environment and competent professionals.

This program addresses several different challenges, such as the lack of professional competence, booking agents, managers, facilitators; the international misperception regarding music coming from the Balkans; the limited number of internationally successful artists being managed abroad; the lack of policy frameworks, funding programs, export initiatives and professionals being somewhat disconnected in an otherwise strongly networked global world music community. The project takes the challenge to tackle these issues by tailor made programs. Widespread music management trainings in 9 countries; exchange programs; policy papers; conferences; complex international export support for artists and finally to launch the first regional music showcase for the region. All this to give an initial boost for the world music sector in the Balkans that can help reaching a sustainable model.

European cooperation projects 2019

Hub for exchange of music innovation in Central and South-eastern Europe


Project Leader: Technopolis gkazi anonimi etaireia ota prostasias kai anadeixis viomichanikou archaiologikou parkou Athinon, Greece

Asociatia Romanian artists worldwide. Romania

Dunagentsys Kft., Hungary

Foundation EXIT, Republic of Serbia

Fundacja Krakowska Scena Muzyczna, Poland

Institut Umeni – Divadelni ustav, Czech Republic

Krakowskie biuro festiwalowe, Poland

Music Estonia MTÜ, Estonia

Password Production, North Macedonia

SIGIC – Slovenski glasbenoinformacijski center, Slovenia

Maximum Grant Awarded: 1.941.171,00 €

HEMI aims to provide expertise, consultancy and offer training modules to music professionals in each country of CSEE region, answering to the current and future needs of the sector in the region but also on European level. As a collaborative effort, HEMI connects complementary partners and stakeholders, allowing the publishing of content and promotion of news, from and to each HEMI music market linking artists-entrepreneurs, promoters festival and cultural venue event managers, formal and non-formal music teachers, conservatories, Music schools, publishers, famous artists, Music and Entertainment entrepreneurs, media, journalists, musicologists, sound engineering colleges, festivals, live venues, concert halls… together, under a common music market community – HEMI.

HEMI will thus develop its activities comprised of conferences, festivals, events, panels, workshops, webinars, mentoring and pitching sessions to secure permanent networking activities and project development in 2 main axes:

1. HEMI digital: the Music platform & news channel for the promotion and communication of CSEE (initially) music events, conferences, festivals etc promoting Music news of the region and the rest of Europe as well as entrepreneurial, VET and mentoring activities (webinars, tutorials, interviews, awards, competitions, funding).

2. HEMI HUB, the CSEE Hub of hubs (partners) engaging in development of innovative and sustainable models of Music professionals Business education and entrepreneurship for transnational CSEE countries through incubation, acceleration, workshops, networking and showcase festival & conference music events.
Finally HEMI will develop the HEMI Music Innovation Incubator connecting horizontal educational and Vocational Training needs (ICT, Business development, Digital strategy, Management) to meet current and future challenges of the Music Industry.

European cooperation projects 2019

Connecting Emerging Literary Artists


Maximum Grant Awarded: 746.968,00 €

Project Leader: Stichting de wintertuin, Netherlands

Asociația editorilor din România, Romania

Camara municipal de obidos, Portugal

Escuela de escritores s.l., Spain

Holden srl, Italy

Krakowskie biuro festiwalowe, Poland

Moravska zemska knihovna v Brne, Czech Republic

Passa porta nl, Belgium

Udruženje Krokodil, Republic of Serbia

Vlaams-nederlands huis deburen, Belgium

Zalozba Goga, Zavod za zaloznisko in umetnisko dejavnost, Slovenia

The second edition of the talent development project CELA – Connecting Emerging Literary Artists – starts in September 2019 and will run for 4 years. In the first two years 11 literary organisations from 10 countries (The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Poland, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Serbia) will together select and guide 30 emerging writers, 80 emerging translators and 6 emerging literary professionals, and offer them a multi-country programme of residencies and masterclasses to prepare them for working on the European market and for an international audience. The programme provides the talents with the necessary skills, an international network and materials for the second two years: their introduction on the European literature market.

In the third and fourth year, the participants will be launched through international marketing and publicity campaigns, a European Festival Tour to 10 literary festivals, the representation of their work at book fairs and literary festivals and networking and connecting to literary organisations. By participating in this project, the literary talents will gain access to a plethora of professionals from the publishing industry, such as renowned translators, agents, publishers, event organisers, literature professors, renowned writers and funding organisations, official entities, private programmers and audiences. We will increase the number of contract deals for literary creators and the ability of the participants to pursue an international career, as our methods have shown on a national scale, and during the first edition of CELA, on a European scale. In the long term, CELA will become a crucial step in the literary talent development infrastructure in Europe, maintaining a cultural diverse offer of literature for the European audience.

European cooperation projects 2019

A New European Generation – Exploring Freedom and Identity through Creative Integration


Project Leader: Artreach (events) ltd, United Kingdom

Altonale gmh, Germany

Centar za promociju zdravih stilova života udruženje – Centar E8, Republic of Serbia

Cesie, Italy

CNC Danse, France

Den selvejende institution swinging Europe forening, Denmark

European educational exchanges – Youth for understanding aisbl, Belgium

Foreningen Aalborg Karneval, Denmark

Museo dei bambini societa cooperativa sociale onlus, Italy

Pionirski dom – center za kulturo mladih, Slovenia

Teatrul național radu stanca Sibiu, Romania

Trafo kortars muveszetek haza, Hungary

Maximum Grant Awarded: 1.303.678,00 €

Liberty is an ambitious and innovative creative response to current challenges facing the European Union. At a time of significant change for Europe – with substantial movement of people and arrival into Europe of refugees; disturbing breakdown in community cohesion, focused by the terrorist threat; and the implications of Brexit (and other possible EU structural change) – ArtReach and partners want to focus on the positive impact of creative integration through art and culture, helping to forge new sense of identity and place (both locally and Europe-wide) with strong engagement from young people. We also want to significantly develop and enhance a process of artist and artistic collaboration and audience development that previous ArtReach-led Creative Europe projects have initiated. Our commitment is to engagement of young artists and young audiences.

Liberty brings together 12 cultural partners from 10 countries, partners with shared values, passions and commitment. We will forge a vibrant curatorial and development team, enabling artists and cultural professionals to work together over three years, commissioning at least 75 new collaborative works from 750 young artists that are presented as free access events across Europe and with transnational circulation. Inside Out Performance, Processional Theatre, Liberty Wall-Art, Outdoor Digital Arts projects, workshops and seminars will together explore our theme of creative integration and identity, encompassing Festivals, venues, interdisciplinary arts, training and conferences. Embedded in the project is commitment to audience development and education/training, prioritising culturally diverse and disadvantaged communities, including refugees, those from deprived socio-economic backgrounds and disabled people. Liberty will conclude with a five month pan-European programme from May to September 2022, maximising new technology to share works and ideas as widely as possible, and generating substantial legacy momentum.

European cooperation projects 2019

Inclusive Theater(S)


Project Leader: ATER Associazione Teatrale Emilia Romagna, Italy

Empresa de gestão de equipamentos e animação cultural entidade empresarial municipal, Portugal

Fundación caja Granada, Spain

Plavo pozoriste – pozorisna laboratorija, Republic of Serbia

Theatro atomon me anapiria, Greece

University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Maximum Grant Awarded: 294.479,00 €

Inclusive theater(S) is a large scale cooperation project, involving 6 Partners from 6 Countries for 30 months.

Its main aim is to develop new audience in Theaters mainstreaming inclusive practices for visually and hearing impaired persons during theatre performances at European Level.

Specific Objectives:

• to share good practices for Inclusive Theater between experts through formal and non-formal training activities;
• to mainstream and scale-up accessible theaters in Countries where support services for visually and hearing impaired persons are provided;
• to test and validate pilot actions for inclusive services in Theatres of 6 Countries;
• to develop and deploy a Europe-wide Awareness Raising Campaign about the needs of visually and/or hearing impaired persons in Theatres, stimulating inclusive policies and community engagement;
• to disseminate the project’s findings and the EU support to its implementation, ensuring a long-term sustainability.

The project will involve cultural operators, audio describers, audio translators and audio description service providers; subtitlers, translators in sign language and similar services providers; deaf and hearing impaired people (targeted audience); blind and visually impaired people (targeted audience); policy-makers; media and journalists; general public e local communities.

The Outcomes produced are the following:

ER1. Improved competences and skills of audio describers, audio translators, subtitlers and translators in sign language;

ER2. Improved competences of cultural operators (public and private) in the management of inclusive practices for hearing and visual impaired audience;

ER3. New audience developed in the involved theaters, thanks to the empowering of inclusive services;

ER4. Awareness raised among the regular theater audience and policy-makers about policies and practices of social inclusion through culture.

ER5. Raised awareness and interest on the project’s activities and EU Funding Programmes.

European cooperation projects 2019

Beyond Quantum Music


Project Leader: Institute of musicology of Serbian academy of sciences and arts, Republic of Serbia

Ars electronica Linz gmbh & co kg, Austria

Centar za novu umetnost, Republic of Serbia

Stichting the generator, Netherlands

Maximum Grant Awarded: 178.770,00 €

Beyond Quantum Music is a project exploring the connection between art and quantum physics. Its main purpose is broadening and developing production, educational and artistic aspects of the pilot project Quantum Music, completed in 2018 – but this time not only with respect to music, but also to visual and digital arts.

The primary goal of the new consortium is audience development in four partner countries, but also in the broader European context. The secondary goal is transnational mobility and establishing a network of organizations and individuals that would continue to perform and promote quantum music and thus secure the long-term sustainability of the project. The project will encompass theoretical concepts and experiments in the domain of quantum acoustics; musicological work related to the study and expansion of the new genre of quantum music, created in the pilot project; expansion of the open access sample library of quantum sounds and their artistic use; composition of new music pieces based on the principles and sounds of quantum physics; further development of the Quantum Link Technology necessary for connecting acoustic and quantum- mechanic domains; design and production of new hybrid instruments based on the Quantum Link Technology.

Beyond Quantum Music will also encompass a competition for artists from the domains of music, visual arts and digital interactive art, who will submit works inspired by the quantum world. The next step will be production of a new multimedia event “Quantum Music 2.0” that will incorporate awarded works by composers, visual and digital artists, as well as works by local artists from partner countries. It will performed in all partner cities (Linz, The Hague, Hannover and Belgrade). We will also create a dedicated Internet portal where the complete library of quantum samples, as well as all previous artistic and scientific results of the Quantum Music project, would be offered to users worldwide (open access).


Public Call to Submit European Cooperation Projects 2020


The public call to submit projects within the competition European Cooperation Projects of the Creative Europe Programme is open. Within this call you can apply in two categories:

– European cooperation projects of smaller scale (category 1): minimum 3 partner organisations (one from the EU), up to 200.000€, which represents 60% of allowed expenses;

– European cooperation projects of larger scale (category 2): minimum 6 partner organisations (one from the EU), up to 2.000.000€, which represents 50% of allowed expenses;

In relation to past calls, an important novelty is that the minimum of partners per category must be comprised of legal entities active in the sector of culture. Moreover, soon a new competition for the Western Balkans will be published, so one should bear in mind a single project cannot be submitted for both competition calls.

In designing projects, project ideas should be aimed at one of the three goals of the competition:

– Strengthening capacities of European cultural and creative sectors to be active on the transnational and international levels, and also to promote transnational circulation of art works;

Transnational mobility of cultural professionals, and especially artists;

– Contribution to audience development through design of new and innovative ways of working with the audience, and also improving the availability of cultural programmes and content, with a special focus on children, youth, people with disabilities and marginalised groups of audience;

– Contribution to innovation and creativity in the field of culture through testing new business models and promotion of new influences on other sectors.
In order to achieve the listed goals, the competition defines the following priorities:

– Promoting transnational mobility of artists and professionals with the aim of establishing cooperation on the international level and internationalising their work;

– Work on audience development as means to improve access to European cultural and art works, tangible and intangible cultural heritage, and also creating possibilities for better access to art works for children, youth, persons with disabilities and representatives of marginalised and socially sensitive groups;

– Support to building capacities of institutions, organisations and individuals through innovative approaches to creation, development and testing innovative models of generating revenue, management and marketing in the cultural sector, and especially in terms of using digital technologies and developing skills of professionals in the field of culture to utilise digital tools;

– Improving intercultural dialogue, promoting common values of the European cultural space and mutual understanding; respect for other cultures, thus contributing to social integration of migrants and refugees;

– As legacy of marking the European year of cultural heritage in 2018, one of the priorities remains raising awareness of shared history and values, and also strengthening the sense of belonging to common European space.

The competition is open until 27th November 2019 at noon, Brussels time.

Manual for applicants, all requirements and documents can be found here.

More information about the call can be accessed on the website of the European Commission.

If you have a prepared project idea, and you are looking for partners, we advise you to consider options we offer in the partner search section on our website. If you need help, please contact us. The list of countries participating in the programme can be found here.

Creative Europe Desk Serbia and the Antenna of the Culture Desk Serbia are at your disposal for help when applying. Contact us to schedule a meeting and together consider the possibilities to apply. We also invite you to follow announcement on our website about events we will organise in the following period, with the aim to allow as good as possible preparation of domestic institutions and organisations when applying. There are several more days left to apply to participate in the project writing seminar we are organising in Andrevlje near Novi Sad.