The report highlights the achievements of the programme during 2019 and outlines the elements that will establish the next programme.
The Creative Europe programme aims to enhance the economic, social and international dimensions of the European culture and creative sector, to promote its diversity and boost its competitiveness.
The 2019 Monitoring Report describes the programme’s full deployment and highlights its main achievements. It shows that the value of the financial support provided by Creative Europe lies in the relationships and networks that make up our European cultural space, which can then fully bring European cultural diversity to all Europeans.
In its three sections, MEDIA, Culture and the Cross-sectorial strand, the programme has further developed specific measures in close dialogue with stakeholders in 2019. It also experimented with new forms of support in key areas:
– circulation of audiovisual content
– music diversity
– mobility of artists
– international cultural relations
– greening and
– gender equality
BRINGING CREATIVITY TO A WIDER AUDIENCE
To foster collaboration and cooperation in Europe, the Culture Sub-programme covers a wide diversity of sectors:
– performing arts
– books and publishing
– visual arts
Thanks to its funding more than 3100 organisations worked together on 501 projects, leading to many co-creations and co-productions, and bringing European creativity and talents to a wider audience in 2019. It also contributed to further innovation in the digital field, to social integration and to inclusion of disadvantaged groups.
FINANCING CREATIVE PROJECTS WORTH A BILLION EUROS
Under the cross-sectorial strand, the programme brings about change through innovative and collaborative actions of different sectors.
Through the Cultural and Creative Sectors Guarantee Facility, the programme strengthened access to finance. With the help of this new financial instrument managed by the European Investment Bank, 1547 small and medium sized enterprises in the sector were able to secure loans worth EUR 1.08 billion.
SUPPORTING AWARD WINNING MOVIES
The MEDIA Sub-programme, focusing on the audiovisual sector, supports the scaling-up and promotion of cross-border distribution of films in Europe and beyond. Supported by Creative Europe, 21 films received 40 awards at the 7 most prestigious film festivals around the world in 2019.
IN THE FOREFRONT OF THE RECOVERY-PLAN
From 2021 to 2027, a new programme will follow the current one that ends in 2020.
The report outlines the key elements that will establish the future Creative Europe programme to face unprecedented challenges such as international competition, the digital transition and the Covid crisis.
Responding to the effects of the coronavirus the Commission has suggested that the Culture and Creative Sectors should become an essential part of the Recovery Plan for Europe proposed on 27 May 2020, identifying the sector as one of 14 priority ecosystems.
Niš, 26th June, Gallery of Contemporary Visual Arts Niš
Valjevo, 1st-2nd July, National Museum Valjevo
Šabac, 2nd-3rd July, National Museum Šabac
Turbulent happenings and instable circumstances stemming from planned and wanted changes, but also unforeseen, crisis periods, such as the current viral pandemic, place the task of contemplating the role and place in the society of cultural actors in front of them.
Under constant pressure of adjusting to demands of the environment and global changes, and also the shift in value systems and interests of the audience, the question of how culture and art can further developed is current.
This is why this year’s Creative Europe Forum 2020, taking place in three cities – Valjevo, Šabac and Niš, is designed to encourage discussion and contemplating possible forms of activity and development visions which will contribute to cultural institutions and organisations being actors of desired changes and trends in the environments of their activity.
Through several-days-long programme of strengthening capacities of cultural actors, we want to encourage ambition of the local environment and contribute to improving equal cultural development in Serbia. The spoken programme of the Forum was designed considering the needs and topics recognised as important on the local level, while the programme of strengthening capacities is directed towards joint work on strategic orientation of cultural institutions and organisations through workshops and in-house trainings led by representatives of successful stories of Creative Europe and experts in the field of culture.
The Forum will be realised in accordance with prescribed measures of health safety, and the programme is open for all interested parties from Valjevo, Šabac and Niš, as well as the surrounding areas.
Partners in the realisation of this year’s Forum are Gallery of Contemporary Visual Arts Niš, National Museum Valjevo, National Museum Šabac, IKOM Serbia, Civil Society Cooperation Office – Programme Europe for Citizens and the EU Info Network.
The results of the call for project proposals for literary works in 2020 have been published.
Publishing houses from Serbia are again at the top of the list of winners ̶ in the category of two-year projects, seven publishing houses were supported.
These are Publishing House “Darma” from Priboj, Publishing House “Arete” from Belgrade, Publishing House “Heliks” from Smederevo, Publishing House “Propolis buks” from Belgrade, Publishing House “Štrik” from Belgrade, Publishing House “Partizanska knjiga” from Kikinda and “Kontrast izdavaštvo” from Belgrade.
We are congratulating everyone for their success, and we are especially pleased that there are new publishers among the winners of the Creative Europe programme support. This year a record number of competition applications from Serbia has been supported, as many as 7 projects of literary translations, placing Serbia on the first spot by success in this year’s competition. Apart from Serbia, among the most successful are also North Macedonia with 6 supported projects, Spain with 5 supported projects, Poland with 5 supported projects and Italy with 4 supported projects.
The total grants awarded to publishing houses from Serbia amounts to 375,330.34 €. More info about the competition results can be found here (under the section “Topic conditions and documents”).