Category Archives: 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.

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.

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.

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).

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).