Category Archives: European cooperation projects 2016

Digital Stories of Small Historic Towns


Project leader: Muzeji radovljiske obcine SI
Urban Development Center, RS
Comune di Fermo, IT
Zdruzenje Zgodovinskih Mest Slovenije SI
Union Grant: 197,978.37 €

Thousands of Europe’s small historic towns face long-term threat due to remoteness, depopulation, economic decline and changing technological/lifestyle trends. Activating their cultural heritage for their sustainable development remains a challenge for museums, businesses and administrations.

As innovation is undertaken in major EU city museums and heritage sites, a lack of resources, skills and institutional backing at the municipal level often means that local museums lag behind in embracing innovation. Their services and presentations of heritage thus become static, out-dated and unattractive, while interaction with audiences remains limited and traditional.

This issue brought together 4 cultural organisations that represent small historic towns in Slovenia, Italy and Serbia and 5 sector networks as associated partners. The partners believe that presenting intangible (hi)stories of buildings, streets and markets using new digital technology, coupled with close relationships with audiences and learning among partners, can enable local administrators to take a big step towards greater town recognition.The project objective is thus to better exploit the potential of ICTs for improving the ‘digital’ attractiveness of cultural heritage and to promote interaction with ‘new digital audiences’ in small historic towns.Though joint learning processes, local cultural teams in participating towns will develop and pilot a unique innovative approach to digital communication with their audiences and interpret the ‘tangible and intangible’ heritage of small historic towns using the ’digital Story‘ concept, which will be disseminated and later applied in other small historic towns across Europe.

Only in this way will small historic towns and their cultural actors be able to step from under the shadow of large historic cities and sites. Also in this way, the project is to contribute to the revival of small historic centres.

Instant Mix Theater Lab


Project leader: Association Compagnie l’Instant Meme, FR
Academy of Arts Novi Sad, RS
Middlesex Univestity Higher Education Corporation, UK
Union Grant: 55,805.92 €

This project takes place at a turning point in our development of innovative bilingual or multilingual forms of theater, where translation (from author’s language to audience’s language) in incorporated in the performance and performed by the actors themselves. It focuses on research on new formats, and audience development through bilingualism and multicultural performance.

Our central objectives are-to devise, test, and modelize various prototypes of multilingual playwriting and performance-to evaluate audience needs and response to those prototypes-to document and evaluate the impact of multilingualism on innovation-to document and evaluate the impact of multilingualism on democratic value-to document and evaluate the impact of multilingualism on audience development.

The project will take place between 25 April 2016, and 20 December 2017, and involve 5 activities, and 5 languages: Arabic, English, French, Italian, and Serbian. Activities will include translation of existing texts, new writing (one-acts by emerging authors) creative writing (based on non-dramatic material and devised by a multilingual group), workshops, rehearsals, and single public performances at the end of each activity. Audience needs and responses will be studied and analyzed for each public performance. All new writings will be published in bilingual, trilingual, or multilingual versions, and all prototypes performed together (fully staged or in the form of staged readings or audio installations) in a Festival of Bilingual Theater in the Paris region at the end of the project.

The beneficiary partners are a theater company in Saint-Cloud, France, and two universities: Novi-Sad Academy of Arts in Serbia, and Middlesex University, London in the U.K. The University of Taza in Morocco is also involved in the project as Third Country. Muricena Teatro in Naples will also be actively involved thanks to its previous collaborations with L’instant même.

Dance on, Pass on, Dream on


Project Leader: DIEHL+RITTER, DE
Beogradski festival igre, RS
Codarts Rotterdam, NL
Compagnie Jus de la Vie, SE
Curtain Call Productions, BE
Niederösterreichische Kulturszene Betriebs GmbH, AT
Nomad Dance Academy Slovenia, SI
Sadler’s Wells Trust LTD, UK
Stichting Holland Dance Festival, NL
Union Grant: : 1.832.661,00 €

Dance on, Pass on, Dream on aims at generating an European strategy for a sustainable dance praxis valuing the richness of age and embodied knowledge on stage and in society. Nine distinctive dance institutions from 8 European countries will develop and implement a multifaceted transnational project to honour the value of embodied memory and to counteract preconceived notions of what it means to be old.

The project`s mission unfolds in 3 main objectives: DANCE ON focuses on the mature, older dancer as expert in embodied knowledge and proposes a model for a sustainable artistic career. PASS ON stimulates new educational and artistic methods of passing on the legacy of dance from one generation to the next and to the public. DREAM ON will change the perception of age through innovative and intergenerational formats of audience participation of senior citizens.These objectives are accomplished through 9 activities : The Dance On Ensemble employing 6 dancers over 40 for 20 month, 4 new productions with outstanding choreographers, 6 co-created Mobile Dialogues with young choreographers and mature dancers, 80 presentations in 12 countries, 5 festivals, 11 intergenerational projects with senior citizens strengthening the community impact, 11 events to widely disseminate experience and the legacy of dance, 7 intensive learning platforms to build capacities and the development and use of newly designed annotation software for extended digital documentations in an online Toolbox.

The strength of this ambitious project derives from the intensive collaboration and wide range of qualities of the project partners: a leading national dance house, a spectacular regional festival hall, three productive artist lead organisations, two longstanding international festivals, a university dedicated to high quality research and an innovative funding agency as project leader. Together they will ensure that Europe will be visible as a Union who cares.

HearMe. Bringing Youth and Museums Together


Project Leader: Narodna galerija, SI
Galerija Matice Srpske, RS 
KHM-Museumsverband, AT
Innovación Social Emprendedores Sociales, ES

Union Grant: 191.124,59 € 

Project HearMe. Bringing youth and museums together was created by the Gallery of Matica srpska, the National Gallery of Slovenia, Kunsthistorisches Museum in Wien and organization ISES (Innovación Social Emprendedores Sociales) from Barcelona. The project is designed as youth educational programme which will make a bridge between museums and young people.

The project will give answers on how can museums and galleries reach young audience and make them think about global topics and problems of the society. Artworks which speak about migrations, population movements and movement of cultural heritage will open the central topic of the project  how can key issues of today’s life be perceived through the art of past.

Museum professionals and educators will develop skills for creation and realization of the programme for young people between 15 do 19 and use advanced methodologies in order to provide greater museum experience. The results and outcomes of the project supposed to be: new audience development strategy, specialized workshops for youth, Youth clubs, digital strategy for dissemination through social networks, specially designed web-site for young, skilled educators and what-works manual for museums.

European cooperation projects 2016

Risk Change


Project Leader: Kulturno izobrazevalno društvo Kibla, SI
Muzej savremene umetnosti Vojvodine, RS
7scenes, NL
Ethniko kai Kapodistriako Panepistimio Athinion, GR
Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion in Malta (FOPSIM), MT
Fuggetlen Kepzomuveszeti Muhelyek Ligaja Alapitvany, HU
Jauno Mediju Kulturas Centrs RIX-C, LV
Muzej moderne i suvremene umjetnosti, HR
The Mighty Creatives, UK
Union grant: 1.570.520,90 €

Risk Change is related to contemporary migrations and continuous social and cultural change in 21th Century the geopolitical focus on EU and neighboring countries.RC aims to research, create, connect, compare, disseminate and promote contemporary interdisciplinary art related to science, especially social and applied sciences, and ICT. RC will highlight the importance of connectivity and interdisciplinary culture for multicultural integration in EU. Implementation of new skills, knowledge and experiences through RC educational activities and audience development has an important role in RC, with the aim of confronting intolerance, stereotypes, prejudices and social fear. This will be achieved through on-going sharing with audiences throughout and after RC, active involvement of target groups and civil society, participatory art and integration of intangible cultural heritage to stimulate co-working/networking models supported by digital technologies.Demonstrating the logic in the creation of new forms and new identities, art articulates the primary task of individual living in age of new technologies: the construction of a participatory future. RC defines the positive sides of co-existence and integrates archaic working with complex and sophisticated technology, by building co-working models to empower interdisciplinary research and production with different audiences. This will lead to new interdisciplinary practices intended to help migrants integrate into communities and to be actively involved into interdisciplinary co-working processes, having access to multicultural community benefits. RC reveals what is going on in contemporary environment and society and what can be achieved by sharing knowledge, opening closed scientific circles and isolated institutions, displaying complex problems to public and engaging audiences in many creative ways. RC aims at integration of cultural diversity as a ground for innovative art productions.

European cooperation projects 2016

Creative Climate Leadership


Project Leader: Julie’s Bicycle, UK
Centar za internacionalnu kulturnu saradnju Krug, ME
Foundation EXIT, RS
Kulturno izobrazevalno drustvo PiNA, SI
Union Grant: 199.964,40 €

Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) is a pan-European, interdisciplinary programme that aims to connect and enable a community of cultural leaders to take an active leadership role in shaping an environmentally sustainable future for the European cultural sector. It has been developed as a direct response to a sectoral need for leadership, skills development and increased awareness of the business models and approaches that are fit for purpose in the context of climate change and environmental sustainability.

The programme channels the latest knowledge and best practice in sustainable cultural management across Europe through conferences, training courses and a policy lab, fuelling the development of new skills, encouraging innovation and collaboration, and supporting cultural professionals and policymakers to realise the opportunities for personal, artistic and professional business development in the process. Creative Climate Leadership aims to affect change at the local, national, regional and European level.

The CCL training courses and conferences enable transnational mobility and knowledge exchange in person and online, whilst also encouraging local impact and longer-term initiatives by enabling participants to disseminate learning and seed legacy activities through the CCL dissemination events and Climate Leadership Grants.

The programme partners represent organisations working towards an alliance between culture and environmental sustainability, plus European and regional networks with the intention to scale ideas and influence change at a strategic and cultural policy level.

European cooperation projects 2016

Shared Cities: Creative Momentum


Project Leader: Goethe-Institut, DE
The Association of Belgrade Architects, RS
Aliancia Stara Trznica, SK
Ceska centra, CZ
Fundacja Res Publica im. Henryka Krzeczkowskiego, PL
Instytucja Kultury Katowice – Miasto Ogrodów, PL
Kortárs Építészeti Központ Alapítvány (Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre), HU
KunstRepublik, DE
Mindspace Non-profit, HU
Vysoka skola vytvarnych umeni v Bratislave, SK
Union grant: 1.616.423,92 €

Shared Cities: Creative Momentum gathers an international network of cultural actors whose interests intersect in sharing, circulating and exchanging the best practices in self-initiated, participatory and transdisciplinary architecture and urbanism collaborations. We seek inclusive, sustainable and resilient architecture, community-oriented activism, and practice-oriented research that elaborates on the cultural roles of public architecture and public space in Europe.

Having collaborated on previous grant applications, spoken at partner events and participated together at several brainstorming workshops, this consortium has a track record of successful collaboration and ambitious projects. As diverse actors in civil society and culture, this transnational network has joined forces to share expertise, methodologies and ambitions under the CREATIVE EUROPE PROGRAM. We have taken the feedback from our previous call very seriously in developing this application.


Public “yards” in six cities will act as transdisciplinary stages for interaction with local audiences. The Ideas Yards will be permanent spaces open to the public, offering innovative programs centered on the Shared Cities theme. The Yards shall act to catalyze social innovation from the creative sectors while literally opening their doors to public participation. To tackle partner-public interaction, long-term campaigns and programs (i.e. fab labs, discussions, workshops, exhibitions, urban games, walks, film screenings, markets and installations) are to be organized. Ideas Yards offer space for everyday interaction with the process of the SCCM project (office hours for consultation with the teams, shared co-working space for local NGOs etc.).

BINA role in project/ urban hubs: building urban collectives

Belgrade NGOs who deal with urban development will identify public spaces in need of improvement, work with the community, authorities and stakeholders. The goal is to develop participatory processes for the commons and implement an action plan including proper design interventions for the areas. Public workshops will draw on citizens as the commons – a collective effort triggered by a critical mass of citizens wanting to improve public space.

ABA will connect local networks and project partners, organize meetings and workshops, and supervise architectural interventions. The outcomes will be presented at the annual BINA festival in Belgrade. ST, KrP and MS will prepare specialized workshops and urban games, and the Curatorial Lab will extract content for the project outcomes.