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Register your organization in our database

09/01/2020

Dear colleagues,

Due to the open call for cultural cooperation projects within the Western Balkans, a large number of organizations from the region and the European Union are in search of adequate partners from Serbia.

Organizations in all fields of culture and the arts, especially those in development, that do not have significant experience in international cooperation are sought.

In order to increase the visibility of our organizations and create new opportunities for networking, on our site we have created a database of organizations interested in participating in the Creative Europe program.

We invite you to register your organization by briefly presenting your organization’s area of ​​work and major projects. We will promote the database throughout the duration of the competition in all European countries participating in the program, so you can expect proposals for cooperation through the contact you provide when registering.

If you have any questions about registering or finding a partner, please email us at kreativnaevropa@kultura.gov.rs.

Your Creative Europe Europe Desk team


Info Days about EU programmes – new cities

19/11/2019

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 Info days about EU programmes (Creative Europe, HORIZON 2020, 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.

Apart from the earlier announced events in SuboticaPančevo and Požarevac, info days will take place in this order:

● Belgrade, 22nd November 2019 at 10 a.m., in the amphitheatre of the Academy of Hotel Management, the College of Hotel Management, 70 Knez Višeslava St;

● Belgrade, 26th November 2019 at 10 a.m., in the premises of the Commece Chamber of Serbia, 23 Terazije St, hall 1, 8th floor;

● Leskovac, 27th November 2019 at 11 a.m., in the premises of the College of Business Studies, 8 Vlade Jovanovića St;

● Vranje, 28th November 2019 at 11 a.m., the great hall of the City Parliament, 1 Kralja Milana St;

● Novi Sad, 2nd December 2019 at 10 a.m., in the premises of the American Corner, 2b Kej žrtava racije St;

● Niš, 3rd December 2019 at 11 a.m. in the premises of the Startup Centre at the Faculty of Electronic Engineering, 14 Aleksandra Medvedeva St.

In the beginning of December, events in Zaječar and Kragujevac are also planned, and soon more information about them will be available.

Applications are to be delivered to the address a.sljivic@idi.ie, and all additional information can be obtained from Aleksandra Šljivić on 011/334 21 15 and 061/605 95 54 or by contacting her on the mentioned email address.


Info Day about EU programmes in Požarevac

08/11/2019

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 Monday, 18th November 2019 at 10 a.m., in the Parliament hall of the City Government of Požarevac, 2 Drinska St.

Deadline for applications is 15th November 2019 by sending an email to a.sljivic@idi.ie, and for all additional information you can contact Aleksandra Šljivić on 011/334 21 15 and 061/605 95 54 or the mentioned email address.


Info Day about EU programmes in Pančevo

28/10/2019

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 a.sljivic@idi.ie. 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.


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Info day about EU programmes in Subotica

28/10/2019

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 a.sljivic@idi.ie. 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.


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Info Days in Vojvodina

25/10/2019

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.


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Desk at the Indirekt Festival in Belgrade

26/09/2019

During the Indirekt Festival in Belgrade, Dimitrije Tadić, Head of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia will present current opportunities to acquire funding for projects in the field of music that can be applied for by production houses, music spaces and artists.

Apart from this, we will speak about the mission and priorities of the programme, and also specific advice that can help all interested organisations more easily access support of the Creative Europe programme.

Indirekt is an independent music and art festival with two home cities – Umag (Croatia) in June and Belgrade (Serbia) in October. This year Indirekt Showcase Beograd is happening for the fourth time in Belgrade, in four venues with 22 impressive performers and numerous brilliant lecturers and discussion participants from Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Italy, Austria and Hungary.

The session is dedicated to the Creative Europe programme and is taking place in Beogradski market (19 Žorža Klemansoa St), on 4th October at 4.45 p.m.


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Desk at the OPENS FundCon 2019 in Novi Sad

17/09/2019

OPENS FundCon is a fundraising congress taking place in Novi Sad from 20th to 22nd September. The congress organised by the European Youth Capital 2019 will gather socially responsible companies, foundations, embassies, representatives of EU funds and civil society organisations.

The agenda of the congress is designed to include the needs of the civil sector, encourage discussion and offer different points of view of the topic of sustainability. The first day of the Congress is dedicated to marketing strategies, the second day of the Congress is reserved for fundraising, and the third day is dedicated to human resources. The programme is comprised of workshops, masterclasses, sessions, panel and a resource café.

The event is primarily intended for representatives of civil society organisations from Serbia, youth offices, but also representatives of companies wanting to start socially responsible business practices, representatives of institutions and individuals dealing with project management, meaning that several people from one organisation can apply.
The participants will have an opportunity to gather knowledge, ideas and contacts, and also to hear more about different support programmes.

Representatives of the Culture Desk Serbia will present current competitions and future competitions within the Creative Europe programme. We invite representatives of cultural institutions and organisations to apply to participate in the workshop within which we will discuss project ideas for competitions of the Creative Europe programme.

You can find a detailed plan, programme, schedule and how to register on this link: https://fundcon.opens2019.rs/


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Annual Work Plan of Creative Europe Programme for 2020

23/08/2019

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.


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Third i-Portunus Mobility Contest

14/08/2019

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, Rivet.es, 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.


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Music Moves Europe – Cooperation of Small Music Venues

07/08/2019

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.


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

01/08/2019

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.


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Call for applications for cultural professionals’ workshops

22/07/2019

In the spirit of the idea about the importance of horizontal learning, we want to dedicate the educational part of the programme of Creative Europe Forum 2019 in Belgrade (7th-8th November 2019) to raising capacities of cultural employees through direct and mutual exchange of knowledge and skills.

If as an individual or a team you possess general or specific knowledge and skills that could be beneficial for a larger number of cultural professionals, we invite you to propose a topic and a description of a workshop you would like to organise within the Creative Europe Forum. Workshops developing general knowledge and skills in culture (e.g. audience research and development, digital tools, marketing and PR, new cultural practices and concepts, new business models, methods of working with artists, financial management of projects…) or specific knowledge and skills (e.g. exhibition architecture, creating a cultural map, use of specific software, and the like) will be considered.

Application requirements are:

1) biography of the lecturer or team members, up to 200 words per person;

2) programme topic and description (workshop or some other form of training) up to 300 words;

3) list of projects within which you developed this specific knowledge;

4) expected profile and number of participants (this number should not exceed 30);

5) list of skills attendees will acquire;

7) approximate list of technical equipment needed to realise the programme.

The plan is the workshop consists of an introductory part lasting for an hour which will be used to familiarise workshop participants with the topic, with two working blocks each lasting two hours, between which there will be organised lunch (the first work block: workshop work on a task or tasks and the second work block: presentation and discussion about the completed task or tasks). Organisational specificities would be agreed on with each workshop leader (duration, application conditions, prior preparation of participants, etc.).

Remuneration for a lecturer or a group of lecturers is planned.

Applications should be delivered by September 15th by sending an email to kreativnaevropa@kultura.gov.rs.

Priority will be given to individuals or teams who already participated in projects supported by European funds and organisations.

Information about the selected proposals will be published by September 25th on the website of Creative Europe Desk Serbia.


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Presentation of the i-Portunus in Serbia

15/07/2019

Creative Creative Europe Serbia and the EU Info Center in Belgrade are organizing the presentation of the i-Portunus open call in Belgrade. The event will be held at the EU Info Center (Kralja Milana 7) on August 26 at 5 pm. Eva Blaute, a representative of the Gete Institute in Brussels and the i-Portunus team, will present a competition for mobility and answer questions related to the applications.

The i-Portunus call is a special initiative of the European Commission piloted by a team of European organizations led by the Geta Institute in Brussels, in order to test the model of supporting mobility projects for artists and cultural professionals across Europe. This is the first competition within the Creative Europe program where individuals (private entities) who work in the field of visual and performing arts can apply.

In addition to the presentation of the competition and the results so far, Eva Blaute will answer questions from the participants who are preparing for the competition in the third open call. Therefore, we invite all artists and professionals in the field of visual and performing arts to use the opportunity to get information about the competition, as well as representatives of residency programs and art colonies that can be the destination of many foreign artists who will be supported by this competition.

The next call for projects is scheduled for August 14th, with a deadline for applications by 5th September. More information about the competition can be found on the official website of the i-Portunus initiative.


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Mobility scheme for artists and/or cultural professionals

11/07/2019

Artistic and cultural mobility has increasing received policy attention both at European Union and national levels. Mobility has always been a policy priority under the European Agenda for Culture and a crucial component of the Creative Europe programme. More recently, Culture ministers have explicitly called upon the European Commission to investigate the possibility of setting up a specific mobility action for artists and culture professionals.

Some opportunities for the international mobility of artists and/or cultural professionals exist with the support of public institutions, private foundations and/or NGOs, at local, regional, national, European and international level. At national level the situation is quite varied and at EU level, several EU programmes and funding instruments offer various opportunities for cross-border mobility activities that may include the cultural and creative sectors. However, none are specifically focused on the needs of artists or cultural professionals but rather on formal education, entrepreneurship or volunteering. The Creative Europe programme supports the mobility of artists and/or cultural professionals but only within cooperation projects and platforms.

This Call for Proposals is the second initiative taken by the European Commission in organising mobility for artist, attempting to address these shortcomings and in line with the 2019 Annual Work Programme for the implementation of the Creative Europe Programme.

The first initiative is the pilot scheme i-Portunus, which is currently being implemented, following a Call for Tenders, by a consortium headed by the Goethe Institute. The beneficiaries selected under this Call for Proposals are requested to review the current i-Portunus projects and build upon it. In addition the beneficiaries will have access to the recommendations, electronic portal, electronic forms and other tools developed by the i-Portunus project, including the name and logo which will be delivered to the European Commission by the end of February 2020.

The general objective of this Call for Proposals is to develop and implement their own short-term individual mobility actions through the provision of financial support to artists and/or cultural professionals and produce recommendations to the Commission. 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.

The two grant agreements envisaged in this Call will be for a maximum grant of 750,000 each. The duration of the projects shall be 16 months.

Please find more information here.


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Protecting the Jewish cemeteries of Europe

28/06/2019

Pilot project “Protecting the Jewish cemeteries of Europe: Continuation of the mapping process, stakeholders’ involvement and awareness raising”.

On 12 March 2019, the European Commission adopted the Annual work programme for the implementation of Pilot Projects and Preparatory Actions in the area of education, youth, sport and culture. Building up on the previous pilot project Mapping the Jewish cemeteries of Europe (EAC/S10/2018), the current work programme foresees a pilot project aimed at:

• extending the mapping to cover additional cemeteries across Europe;

• identifying specific opportunities for stronger interactions between various stakeholders interested in the preservation of Jewish burial sites;

• raising awareness of the importance of Jewish cultural heritage and cultural diversity of Europe throughout history and utilising Jewish burial sites in showcasing this diversity in educational measures.

The current call is open to consortia of partners (at least two). The action shall further contribute to the objectives set up by the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and the European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage, through dissemination and awareness raising of the European value of heritage and cultural diversity of Europe.

The grant agreement resulting from this call for proposals will be allocated to one single project. The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of the project is estimated at 1,050,000 EUR. The action shall run for 18 months. It is expected that the action will start in December 2019.

Please find more information here.


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Pilot project for Cultural and Creative Industries

17/06/2019

This second phase of the pilot project for CCI is focusing on areas two (Learning) and three (Innovation).

One of the pillars of the European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage, launched by the European Commission to ensure the legacy of the European Year beyond 2018, is “boosting skills in cultural heritage professions”. Actions should support the initial and continuing development of qualified professionals and the improvement in knowledge management and knowledge transfer in the cultural heritage sector, at the same time linking them to CCIs and regional policies.

The main objective of the FLIP for CCIs-2 project is to explore activities which aim to bridge the gap between on the one hand, cultural heritage education and skills development and on the other hand the labour market, and to encourage in particular connections with creative industries and ‘third places’ such as creative hubs, maker spaces, fablabs, cultural centers, community centers or other.
The grant agreement resulting from this call for proposals will be allocated to one single project. The duration of the project shall be 28 months and is expected to start at the beginning of 2020.
Please find more information here.


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Desk on the We Inspire You! tour

15/06/2019

From 12th to 15th June, 35 professionals from the domains of science, education, art and the media, including a representative of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia participated in the We Inspire You Tour! Organised by the Centre for Promotion of Science.

The tour encompassed a visit to Linz and Ljubljana, and it gathered professionals from the domains of science, education, art and media, decision makers and key actors of the dialogue between science and society. The aim was to present and analyse models of professional activity of modern and innovative institutions, based on the junction of science, new technologies and art, as necessary constituents in essential establishing of science culture and literacy, critical thinking and public engagement.

The programme included a visit to Ars Electronica in Linz, globally one of the most prestigious institutions dealing with the blend of art, science and new technologies. Apart from the visit to the newly upgraded Ars Electronica Centre and the new permanent exhibition, there was also an organised visit to FutureLab, as the research and development centre of Ars Electronica. Talks were also held with management and representatives of the City of Linz in order to present the educational, economic and cultural significance of such an institution for the local community and Austria as a whole.

In Ljubljana there was an organised visit to the Kapelica Gallery, which is one of pioneer organisations developing art programmes and works at the cross-section of art and science. This avantgarde concept and space represents a platform for interaction between artists, experts and audience jointly exploring and developing new paradigms of art. Also, participants of the tour visited the House of experiments (Hiša eksperimentov), institution akin to the Centre for Promotion of Science when it comes to educational programmes and scientific content intended for children and youth. This compact science centre is focussed on developing curiosity and creativity and encouraging critical thinking through open dialogue, exploration and discovery.

The programme is realised within the project “European ARTificial Intelligence Lab – AI Lab”, funded through the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission. The project AI Lab gathers 13 European organisations connecting science and art in order to better understand the concepts of the future through joint activity and interdisciplinary cooperation, which will certainly be marked by artificial intelligence as key technology and the greatest social challenge ahead of us.

More than 200 various activities will be realised through the project, including open calls for artistic residencies, i.e. research stays of artists in prestigious scientific institutions throughout the world, productions of original works, exhibitions, educational workshops, conferences, debates and other. All partners are independently developing programmes in order to jointly realise original, unique events throughout Europe. Within the project AI Lab, the first programme activity of the Centre is planned for December of the current year under the name of art+neuroscience.


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Pilot project – Makers’ Mobility

12/06/2019

The 2019 Annual Work Programme for the implementation of the Pilot Project ‘A first step towards a European framework for the mobility of makers’ foresees the launch of a call for proposals funded under Budget Line 15 02 77 24, with a maximum amount of €350,000 allocated to the development of an action addressing this specific objective.

The general objective of this pilot project is to define and test policies and actions supporting mobility and the exchange of experience between the cultural and creative industries, creative hubs, maker-spaces, fab-labs; formal and non-formal learning, and skills development systems in a cross-sectoral way. The pilot project is intended as a first step towards developing a European Framework aimed at boosting the mobility of makers, as well as exchange of good practices.

The grant agreement resulting from this call for proposals will be allocated to one single project. The duration of the project shall be 18 months and will start at the beginning of 2020.

Please find more info here.


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The results of the first i-Portunus call for mobility

08/06/2019

In April 2019, i-Portunus launched the first call for Applications, for short-term mobilities in the fields of the Performing Arts and the Visual Arts. Over 1,200 valid applications were received. Each of the applications was assessed by two independent evaluators, specialised in the relevant artistic field.

The first i-Portunus Call resulted in a financial mobility support for 122 artists or culture professionals for the amount of 252.300,00 euros.

Support was also given to four artists from Serbia: Aleksandar Crnogorac, Benedikt Heigle, Gordana Zikic and Jasna Jovicevic.

The financial support for this first Call covers 31 % of Visual Arts projects and 69 % of Performing Arts projects of legal residents (36 % men, 63 % women and 1 % other) from Southern Europe (39 %), Northern Europe (33 %), Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (11 %) and Non-EU countries (17 %). The majority of selected applicants was between 25 and 34 years old, closely followed by applicants between 35 and 44 years old, although one selected person is between 18 and 24 years old and 2 selected applicants are between 65 and 74 years old. In this first call all sub-categories in Visual Arts and Performing Arts are represented, except fashion and opera.

The objectives which were most in demand were Production Oriented Residencies (39 %) and International Collaboration (35 %) followed by Professional Development (12 %), Cultural change (8 %) and Presentation (7 %).

The most popular destination countries for the mobility projects were Italy (16 %), Germany (13 %), Belgium (10 %), Serbia (9 %), France (7 %) and Ukraine (6 %). Other destination countries are Albania, Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Tunisia. Destination countries which are not in demand for this first Call are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ireland, Malta, Moldova, North-Macedonia and the United Kingdom.

The statistic report on the final selection of the first i-Portunus Call shows that 54,9 % of the selected applicants applied for the category 15 – 29 days, 24,6 % for the category 30 – 59 days, 10,07 % for the category 60 – 84 days and 9,8 % for 85 days.

Detailed information on these applications is available here.


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The Second I-Portunus Call for Mobility

03/06/2019

The second I-Portunus call for mobility of artists and cultural professionals working in the field of visual and performing arts is open until 24th June.

I-Portunus is a new initiative of the European Commission with regards to testing models of support to the development of mobility in culture throughout Europe. During 2019 three calls are expected, and starting from 2021, the competition will be a permanent component of the Creative Europe programme.

Conditions in applying are simple, and the competition is open for competition application of natural persons. More information about the required documents can be found on the I-Portunus website. Deadline for applications is 24th June at 2 p.m.

Bear in mind that I-Portunus grants can be used to travel in all countries participating in the Creative Europe programme. The complete list of countries can be found here.

If you are in search for residential programmes and similar opportunities for the development of artistic, curatorial or research projects and cooperation, we advise you to take a look at the calls on existing platforms, such as: On The MoveResArtisTransArtistTouring ArtistsNorth Africa Cultural Mobility MapCall for CuratorsFully Funded ResidenciesRivet.esWorld Art FoundationsResidences and Workspaces GuideBerlin SessionsPanic


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CREATOUR Portugal: Creative Tourism as the Catalyst of the Relationship between Culture and Tourism

03/06/2019

Presentation of the project Creatour, organised by the Creative Europe Desk Serbia – subprogramme Culture and the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management. The lecture of Nancy Duxbury, a researcher on the project, will take place on 4th June at 6 p.m. in the premises of Nova Iskra (43 Gavrila Principa St) in Belgrade.

CREATOUR is a three-year-long research project linking culture, heritage, tourism and local development and examining the development of creative tourism in small cities and rural areas across Portugal, using a bottom up approach, ideas and experiments, and also knowledge acquired through networking.

The project is comprised of five research centres and forty pilot projects independently designed, implemented and conducted in four regions. Taking into consideration the limited knowledge about models of creative tourism in small communities and rural areas, these pilot projects are also research stations examining the possibilities in the development, approach and challenges of creative tourism. The lecture is an overview of implemented projects and lessons learned during the implementation.

The lecture will be delivered in English.

Admission is free of charge.

http://creatour.pt/en/


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Festival of EUPL Laureates

16/05/2019

Publishing houses which have been winning the support of the EU through the Creative Europe programme for several years: Arete, Heliks, Kontrast, Odiseja and Štrik are organising a festival of EUPL laureates in Serbia for the first time.

The festival is designed as a series of promotions of books which won the prestigious prize of the European Union for literature, a place where we will meet some of their authors and where on a joint staged debate of EUPL winners we will try to respond to the question of how much we create Europe and how much Europe creates us.

Apart from foreign guests, festival participants also include translators, editors, theoreticians of literature and editors of cultural columns. The festival is organised by publishing houses Odiseja, Kontrast, Heliks, Arete and Štrik. During the festival, a mini book fair will also take place. More information about the festival and other activities within this initiative can be found on the Facebook page of EUPL publications in Serbia.

FESTIVAL PROGRAMME:

SATURDAY, 18th May

16.15−17.00

Presentation of the collection of stories Dani (All Dag verstoppt en aneren) of Gast Groeber, Odiseja

Speakers:

Spomenka Krajčević, translator

Marija Vukosavljević, editor at Odiseja

17.15−18.00

Presentation of the book Ostrvo krah (Остров Крах) of Bulgarian author Ina Valchanova, Heliks

Speakers:

Ina Valchanova, author

Representative of the Embassy of Bulgaria

Jasmina Jovanović, translator

Katarina Ješić, editor at Heliks

18.15−19.00

Promotion of the novel Egzodus roda (L-Eżodu taċ-Ċikonji) of Walid Nabhan from Malta, Odiseja

Speakers:

Walid Nabhan, author

Marija Vukosavljević, editor at Odiseja

Moderator: Sandra Bakić Topalović, PR at Odiseja

19.15−20.00

Presentation of the novel Livro of José Luís Peixoto, a special guest from Portugal, Kontrast

Speakers:

José Luís Peixoto, author

Dejan Tiago Stanković, translator

Jelena Nidžović, editor at Kontrast

SUNDAY, 19th May

16.00−16.45

Presentation of the collection of poetry Stvarno i nestvarno postaje jedno telo (Rzeczywiste i nierzeczywiste staje się jednym ciałem.111 wierszy), of the Polish poet Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki, Arete

Speakers:

Irina Markić, translator

Ana Marija Grbić, editor at Arete

16.50−17.35

Presentation of the book Dvostruko staklo (Tvöfalt gler) of Icelandic author Halldóra Thoroddsen, Heliks

Speakers:

Sanja Milić, literary critic and editor of Radio Belgrade

Sanja Stefanjesko, Scandinavian Corner

Katarina Ješić, editor at Heliks

17.40−18.25 Presentation of the novel Dendriti (Δενδρίτες) Kallia Papadaki, Štrik

Speakers:

Kallia Papadaki, author

Slavka Vlalukin, literary critic

Dragana Bošković Kovačević, editor, Radio Belgrade 2

18.30−19.15 Presentation of the novel Hodočašće (Palveränd) of Tiit Aleksejev and collection of short stories Lepe strankinje (Frumoasele străine) of Mircea Cărtărescu, Arete

Speakers:

Ileana Ursu Nenadić, translator

Jasmina Jovanović, translator

Moderator: Ana Marija Grbić, editor at Arete

19.20−20.30

Staged discussion: EUPL laureates in Belgrade

Participants:

Walid Nabhan, Malta

Kallia Papadaki, Greece

Darko Tuševljaković, Serbia

European Union Prize for Literature – EUPL was established by European Commission in 2008 with the aim to encourage cultural exchange on the European continent and initiate
intercultural dialogue by supporting translation of selected, representative works from member and candidate countries of the European Union. The prize is operating and financed within the Creative Europe programme (at the beginning within the Culture programme). European Commission tasked the consortium comprised of the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), European Writers’ Council (EWC) and the Federation of European Publishers to organise national juries and awarding or prizes. Each year twelve prizes are awarded to authors of prose works (novels and sometimes short stories) from 36 countries currently participating in the Creative Europe programme. National juries choose a winner from their own country every third year, so during the three-year cycle one representative from 36 all 36 countries is awarded. EUPL is important because it encourages translation of literature from smaller countries whose languages are rarely translated into big world languages, it emphasises variety and creativity of modern literature from all corners of Europe, with the long- term aim of encouraging interest in readers for literature which was not written in their own language and comes from other European countries.


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Bridging culture and audiovisual content through digital

30/04/2019

Within the specific objective to foster policy development, innovation, creativity, audience development and new business and management models through support for transnational policy cooperation, the cross-sectoral strand of the Creative Europe Programme, shall provide support to:

– testing of new and cross-sectoral business approaches to funding, distributing and monetising creation

Support will be given to projects:

a) featuring new forms of creation at the cross roads between different cultural and creative sectors, including the audiovisual sector, and through the use of innovative technologies, including virtual reality,

or

b) fostering innovative cross sectoral approaches and tools to facilitate access, distribution, promotion and/or monetisation of culture and creativity, including cultural heritage. The results of the undertaken actions should be shared with stakeholders and policy makers through the organisation of a public workshop and assessment of the impact of the action.

Eligible activities:

Projects including an audiovisual and new digital technology aspect to be implemented in at least one of the following areas: museums, live performance and/or cultural heritage. Projects require at least 3 partners established in 3 countries participating in the Creative Europe programme.

The minimum contribution requested per project will be EUR 150.000, representing maximum 60% of the total eligible cost of the project. Projects requesting less than EUR 150.000 will not be considered eligible. The period of eligibility of costs will start on 01/01/2020 and will end on 30/06/2021 (18 months).

Deadline:

Proposals must be submitted not later than 20/06/2019 at 12.00 noon (midday Brussels time) using the online application form (eForm). No other method of submission of an application will be accepted.

Applicants shall ensure that all the documents requested and mentioned in the eForms are provided.

Please find more details here.


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Results of the Open call EUROPE_20XX

25/04/2019

We are pleased to inform you that six professionals in the field of cultural policy, who have gained experience and showed interest in the cultural cooperation of the region of Southeast Europe was chosen to participate in the first Residential gathering of cultural professionals EUROPE_20XX.

Here you can find the list of participants from Albania, Greece, Italy, Norway and Serbia who will have an opportunity to participate in the residency, organized in Sićevo, from 25th to 30th May.

Due to limited temporal and accommodation capacities we cannot accept all applications, so we invite cultural professionals who are not among this year’s participants to follow the future events of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia and UNESCO Chair in cultural policy and management.

We want to express our gratitude to everyone for their interest and applications, and to residential gathering participants we wish successful work and establishing long-term professional connections at the meeting in Sićevo!


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Info Day about Creative Europe Programme in Kruševac

24/04/2019

Desk Creative Europe Serbia in cooperation with the National Library Kruševac is organising an Info day about the Creative Europe programme on Thursday, 25th April at 2 p.m. in the premises of the library.

With the aim of adequate informing of cultural public about the programme and the competition procedure, i.e. how to secure financial support easily within the programme, the speaker will be Dimitrije Tadić, the Head of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia.

The presentation is intended for representatives of cultural institutions and organisations from Kruševac and other places in Serbia – managers and employees of museums, theatres, libraries, archives, cultural centres and other cultural institutions and civil society organisations.

We invite all interested parties from Kruševac and the surrounding area to use the opportunity to learn more about guidelines of competition calls currently open (Competition for translation of literary works and Competition for mobility of artists and cultural professionals), but also the ones that will be open throughout the year. There will be discussion about programme priorities, conditions in applying and specific questions related to past participation of Serbia in the programme.

At the same time, the event is also an opportunity to talk about potentials of project ideas of the presents institutions and organisations in establishing European cooperation within the Creative Europe programme.

Event programme:

14.00 – 15.00 Presentation of the Creative Europe programme,

Dimitrije Tadić, the Head of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia

15.00 – 15.15 Break

15.15 – 16.00 Questions and discussion

Creative Europe programme is the main programme of the European Union for culture and support to projects of cooperation between cultural institutions and organisations from different European countries. The programme also supports initiatives to translate and promote literary works of European authors within the European Union and beyond, establishing networks that enable competitiveness and international activity of the cultural and the creative sectors, and also establishing platforms for promotion of young talents, their works and projects. Creative Europe Desk Serbia is the implementing bogy of the Creative Europe programme, established within the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia. The aim of the Desk is to offer support to cultural institutions and civil society organisations in the Republic of Serbia wanting to participate in the Creative Europe programme.


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i-Portunus > Test of a new cultural mobility scheme in Creative Europe countries (visual and performing arts)

17/04/2019

i-Portunus is a pilot project that will test different approaches to supporting short-term mobility of artists and culture professionals between European countries.

The European Commission is considering the launch of a large-scale initiative to help individual artists and culture professionals “take advantage of flexible and short-term result-oriented opportunities”: to move between European countries*, develop audiences and collaborations, find new inspiration and opportunities, and fully benefit from – and contribute to – Europe’s diverse cultural ecosystems.

Between April and September 2019, the consortium** in charge of testing this new scheme will issue three calls, evaluate the proposals received, and support the mobility of selected artists and culture professionals (visual arts and performing arts – theatre / dance).

The first call is out: Deadline: 15 May 2019

Please find more info here.


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EU – Western Balkans Cultural Relations – Regional Consultation Meeting

10/04/2019

The Cultural Diplomacy Platform organised a Regional Consultation meeting on 8-9 April in Sarajevo. The meeting gathered 30 local cultural stakeholders from the 6 Western Balkans countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia) as well as EU Institutions, cultural institutes and Member States representatives.

During two days, the participants could discuss the needs and challenges of the cultural sector in the Western Balkans in thematic group sessions facilitated by regional experts. The discussions lead to the a set of proposals which will later be gathered in a document by the experts.

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.


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Managing European Cultural Projects

09/04/2019

The event Managing European Cultural Projects, organised by Culture Desk Serbia in cooperation with the EU Info Centre in Belgrade is dedicated to the Creative Europe programme viewed from a practical perspective.

It is intended for cultural institutions and organisations new to the programme, and especially the ones that have the first leading projects. The main questions that will be discussed are concerned with organising work with the aim of successfully realising planned activities on the project, communication with partners and responsible bodies of the European Commission (solving programme questions, harmonising the plans of implementation, joint work on reporting), important specifics in project administration (public procurement, financial plans, transfers of financial assets, budgeting and sources of co-funding), potential unplanned challenges and how to overcome them, and most importantly, how to make the entire process simple!

The mentioned, but also other questions of attendees will be answered by Luka Kulić from the Gallery of Matica srpska in Novi Sad. He will present his experience in realising international projects (Digitalisation of ideas, Museum performance, Risk change and other) and experience in institutions where he was engaged recently (Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina and the Gallery of Matica srpska).

The event will take place on Wednesday 17th April at 5 p.m. in the premises of the EU Info Centre in Belgrade (7 Kralja Milana St). Applying to participate is mandatory. Please apply for your participation by 15th April 2019 by sending an email to: kreativnaevropa@gmail.com.


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Media and New Technologies: Peer-to-Peer Youth Training

03/04/2019

If you are between 18 and 25 years old and passionately working with media and new technologies (journalism and criticism, online platforms, digital tools, media theory…) – we are inviting you to apply with the programme of your presentation or a workshop through which you would transfer your knowledge and skills to colleagues – your peers with similar interests!

The idea of peer-to-peer training is for young people of similar interests to mutually transfer skills and ideas that will be of use to them in the development of new initiatives, projects, careers… and get an opportunity to establish valuable professional connections!

How to apply?

Until 18th April 2018 send a document to valentina@novinarska-skola.org.rs with the following information:

1) Name of the lecturer or names of lecturing team members with short bios (up to 200 words) and content (online platforms, blog, website, etc);
2) The form of the training (lecture, presentation, workshop and the like);
3) Name of the training and the topic with a short description;
4) Specific knowledge and skills attendees will acquire;
5) Duration of the workshop;
6) Expected number of participants (and whether they are required to have some previous knowledge);
7) Which equipment is necessary to realise the workshop;
8) Your contacts.

Members of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia and the Novi Sad School of Journalism will assess applications and select up to 3 most interesting proposals. The notification about accepted proposals will be sent by 20th April when we will open a call to participants to apply!

Within the training, the Novi Sad School of Journalism will hold a workshop entitled Think critically about the media and recognise fake news.
Lecturers will be given priority in participating in other trainings.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

More about the Creative Europe Desk Serbia
www.kreativnaevropa.rs
www.facebook.com/kulturadesksrbija/

More about the Novi Sad School of Journalism
www.novinarska-skola.org.rs/sr/
www.facebook.com/novosadska.novinarskaskola/


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EUROPE_20XX Residential gathering of cultural policy professionals

13/03/2019

In cooperation with the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management of the University of Arts Belgrade and the Gallery of Contemporary Art Nis, Creative Europe Desk Serbia is launching a residence program for professionals in cultural policy in Europe named EUROPE_20XX. It will be held in Sićevo, Serbia from 25th to 30th of May, 2019 and we invite you to take part!

Every year EUROPE_20XX will deal with one of the key topics of Europe and cultural policy. The theme of the first edition will be strengthening cooperation of the region of Southeast Europe. Participants will have the task to use the results of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia research (Re)positioning the region of Southeast Europe through culture and define recommendations for further development of projects and programs of regional cooperation. Then, they will present their conclusions on 30th of May, within the Creative Europe Forum 2019, which will be held in Niš.

How to apply

The program will include 5 professionals in the field of cultural policy, who have gained experience and showed interest in the cultural cooperation of the region of Southeast Europe. We welcome participants from all European countries.

It is necessary for all interested professionals to send their biography and a one-page motivation letter to europe20xx@kreativnaevropa.rs by April 20th. Selected professionals will be notified of their participation by April 25th, and the assessment of the applications will be made by the professors of the UNESCO Chair of Cultural Policy and Management.

All travel and accommodation costs are covered.

We are at your disposal for all additional information. You can send an email to Ana Fotev, coordinator of the UNESCO Chair: coordinator@arts.bg.ac.rs.

We are looking forward to meeting you!
Dimitrije Tadić, Head of Creative Europe Desk Serbia


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Pilot Mobility Scheme for Artists and / or Culture Professionals

12/02/2019

In May 2018, the European Commission published its Communication on “A New European Agenda for Culture”. The New Agenda proposes more direct action in relation to the mobility of artists and culture professionals, and more specifically to “encourage the mobility of professionals in the cultural and creative sectors and remove obstacles to their mobility.”

It is in this context that Goethe-Institut, Institut français, Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts and Izolyatsia will be launching a pilot mobility scheme for artists and culture professionals in April 2019. The Consortium partners are physically present in most of the countries concerned by this project, i.e. those eligible under the Creative Europe programme, including non-EU countries.

A pilot mobility platform will allow 500 artists and / or culture professionals to take part in this experimental program which will test different durations of mobility for different professional purposes over the course of six months. Between April 2019 and September 2019 candidates can apply for support to work abroad (within the countries mentioned under the Creative Europe programme).

More information on the project and the deadlines will follow on the mobility platform website in April 2019.

For more information, please send an email to: Eva.Blaute.extern@goethe.de

Before the test phase of the mobility fund is launched, the partners invite artists and culture professionals to complete a short survey to contribute to the planning. This will help the partners fine-tune the pilot cultural mobility fund to ensure it meets the needs of the sector.

The questions are written in English, but answers can also be provided in English, French, German, Dutch and Spanish. The survey is available here. All answers are anonymised.

DEADLINE: 25 FEBRUARY 2019

Thank you for your contribution.


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Marketing and Publishing: How to Reach New Reading Audience?

29/01/2019

EU Info Centre Belgrade (7 Kralja Milana St)
26th February 12 – 14h

The event in the EU Info Centre is dedicated to the question troubling many dealing with fiction today: how to instigate a reading interest in an audience long-term in the time of quick distractions and easy fun, how to animate the youth, but also older people to regularly purchase and read high-quality contemporary literature?

The lack of interest in European literature in comparison to domestic publications and global best sellers is the reason why special attention is dedicated to evaluating book promotion and audience development strategies within the Creative Europe competition for literary translations. Precisely due to this Creative Europe Desk Serbia is organising an event dedicated to this topic.

Domestic publishers will have the opportunity to attend the lecture of Uroš Vuković, Creative Director of the marketing agency Publicis, based on his more than a decade long experience of working in sectors of marketing and culture, but also including specific questions and dilemmas domestic publishers potentially have.
Please apply to attend the event until 15th February by:

1. sending basic information (first and last name, name of the publishing house) to our email address kreativnaevropa@kultura.gov.rs

2. answering an anonymous questionnaire here.

Kind regards,

Team of Creative Europe Desk Serbia


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Happy Holidays!

21/12/2018

Dear colleagues, associates and friends,

We are ending the European Year of Cultural Heritage full of impressions from numerous events that followed this European initiative, but also new projects the participants of which included institutions and organisations from Serbia.

Publishing houses from our country are again among the best at the competition for literary translation – with as many as 5 successful projects worth 279,880.68 €! Great results were also achieved by domestic institutions and organisations in the competition for European cooperation projects – the total of 24 supported European cooperation projects!

Already at the beginning of the next year, in early spring, we have the next competition for translation of literary works, and until then we wish you that you get some rest and welcome the New Year, 2019, celebrating!

On the occasion of the successful 2018, and for a sweet beginning of the next year, we are sending you our best regards with the publication of Dessert Cookbook of the European Year of Cultural Heritage we edited in cooperation with the National Museum in Kruševac.

Cheers!

Your Team of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia


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Desk at the First National Fundraising Congress “OPENS FundCon”

29/11/2018

European Youth Capital 2019 and the Umbrella Youth Organisation of Serbia are organising the first national fundraising congress “OPENS FundCon” on Saturday 15th December in Novi Sad.

Representatives of youth organisations, youth offices, institutions dealing with youth and individuals dealing with fundraising wanting to obtain knowledge, ideas and contacts, and also hear more about different support programmes are welcome to apply for participation.

Congress partners are UNICEF, Tempus Foundation, UNDP, Creative Europe Desk Serbia, Regional Youth Cooperation Office of the Western Balkans – RYCO, Civil Society Cooperation Office (Europe for Citizens), Youth Office Novi Sad, Catalyst Balkans, Timok Youth Centre – Prostor za Pomak, Olof Palme International Center, Homepage, Color Press Group, Erste Bank, Petroleum Industry of Serbia, Univerexport.

More information on the congress, agenda and how to apply can be found on the website of the European Youth Capital NS 2019. Application deadline is 10th December 2018. Travel expenses for congress participants will be covered if necessary.

“OPENS FundCon” congress is organised with the support of the Ministry of Sports and Youth and the Civil Society Cooperation Office of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

For additional questions you can send an email to: program@opens2019.rs


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Desk at Showcase 2018 Conference in Georgia

27/11/2018

The conference “Creative Europe Showcase 2018“will be organised by the Creative Europe Desk Georgia from 10th to 12th December in Tbilisi.

The conference will gather experts in the field of culture coming from different parts of Europe, some of which will be Mieke Renders from the European network Trans Europe Halles, Ganna Turlo from the Creative Europe Desk Ukraine, Natia Kalandarishvili from the Architecture Biennial Tbilisi, Lana Karaia, representative of the project Be Museumer, Keti Danelia from the SOFA School of Film Agents, but also numerous representatives of successful projects within the Creative Europe programme.

Attendees will debate the past results of project participation, but also opportunities to improve cooperation throughout Europe. Dimitrije Tadić, the Head of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia, will present the experiences from the participation of Serbia in the Creative Europe programme, and also the basic potentials of the domestic art scene with the aim of establishing partnerships in the future.

Through this, Creative Europe Desk Serbia is continuing the successful cooperation with Desks from other European countries, and especially the ones which recently joined the programme. Georgia is one of the neighbouring countries which joined the Creative Europe programme in 2017. In the first year already, partnerships with two European projects the participants of which include organisations from Georgia and Serbia were established.


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Public Consultations – Last Check of Competition Applications

26/11/2018

In cooperation with the EU Info Centre, Creative Europe Desk Serbia is organising public consultations about applying to the call for European cooperation projects 2019 of the Creative Europe programme on Monday 4th December at 2.30 p.m. in the EU Info Centre (7 Kralja Milana St, Belgrade).

The call is for all cultural institutions and organisations preparing applications for the current competition call, as leaders or partners in European cooperation projects. The programme of the event is comprised of a series of public consultations related to the questions about competition procedure (creating PIC number, ECAS account, and electronic form), documents (primarily, the content of responses in the competition form and the detailed description of the project), financial and legal matters (budget plan, authorisation letter, declaration on honour and cooperation agreement), using the examples of projects presented by attendees.

We invite all cultural institutions and organisations intending to apply this year to apply with projects propositions where they will participate either as a leader or as a partner organisation. The event is also open for all interested cultural professionals wanting to inform and train themselves in applying for the Creative Europe programme.

The programme of the event will be moderated by representatives of Creative Europe Desk Serbia: Dimitrije Tadić, Head of the Desk, Nina Mihaljinac and Milan Đorđević, Project Managers.

We are kindly asking anyone interested to confirm their participation until 2nd December at midday by sending an application (name, institution/organisation name and contact details) to the address kreativnaevropa@gmail.com.

See you at the EU Info Centre!


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Desk at the 4th KreNI Conference in Niš

19/11/2018

KreNI conference of creative industries is a five-day conference taking place for the fourth time in Niš, from 29th November until 3rd December 2018 in the Officer’s Home. The topic of this year’s conference is “Digitalisation of Cultural Heritage”, and participants of the conference, in cooperation with the best international and domestic experts, will develop ideas concerning preservation of cultural heritage of Niš through utilisation of creative industries.

Some of the lecturers of #KreNI4 conference will be Adam Frampton, an architect from New York and a professor at the Columbia University, Francesco Rotondo, professor from the University of Bari, Magdaléna Lataillade, Manager in the cultural sector of the City of Arles and Project Manager of Museomix, Daniel Bernhardt, Director of multimedia studio “Grimmbabies Filmproduktion” in Austria and Ivan Bjelajac, the President of Serbian Blockchain Initiative, Predrag Babović, a digital marketing expert of Erste bank and Dimitrije Tadić, Head of Creative Europe Desk Serbia.

The host country of #KreNI4 is Austria and during the conference successful examples of cultural heritage digitalisation in Austria will be presented in the Austrian corner.

KreNI conference is organised by Young Ambassadors with the support of the Embassy of Austria and the Austrian Cultural Forum, the City of Niš, USA Embassy in Serbia, Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia, EU Info Corner, Erste bank, Embassy of France and French Institute in Niš, and Italian Institute for Culture in Belgrade.

KreNI conference is a part of the programme of marking the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

More information about the conference, lecturers, mentors and the accompanying programme can be found on the website of the conference.


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Desk at the International Book Fair in Belgrade

17/11/2018

Within the 63rd International Book Fair in Belgrade, on Monday 22nd October at 6:00 p.m. in the Ivo Andrić Hall, Culture Desk Serbia will organise a programme of presenting success stories from the competition for translation of literary works, and also the latest publications of the Desk.

The programme consists of two parts:

I Presentation of the competition for translation of literary works and success stories

Marie Pierre Renson, EACEA, European Commission

Publishing House Heliks

Kontrast Publishing

Publishing House Sezam Book

II Presentation of the publication (Re)positioning the Region of Southeast Europe through Culture

Anica Tucakov, researcher, Annonymous: said

Dimitrije Tadić, Head of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia

Publication (Re)positioning the Region of Southeast Europe through Culture is a result of the research conducted by the Creative Europe Desk Serbia which had the topic of mapping regional cultural cooperation. The research was conducted in order to define recommendations for the development of the region of Southeast Europe through culture. The presence of artists from the region in relevant international manifestations, the most important projects and initiatives from the domain of regional cooperation, strategic documents and legal frameworks of regional cooperation, but also the content of promotional tourism campaigns were analysed. The results of the research indicate the state regional cooperation is in, and also representative successful and problematic spots in current practices.

Join us in discussion and get your own copy of the book!


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Cooperation between Desks of Macedonia and Serbia

16/11/2018

Creative Europe Desk Macedonia is organising a two-day event dedicated to promotion of European cooperation projects on Monday 20th November at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje, and on Tuesday 21st November as a part of the European Festival of Literature the panel Literary translation and EUPL will take place.

During the event, Dimitrije Tadić, the Head of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia will present experiences from participation of Serbia in the Creative Europe programme, opportunities to establish cooperation and development of joint projects.

The joint events of Creative Europe Desks of Serbia and Macedonia are realised with the idea of improving cooperation between cultural institutions and organisations in both countries with the aim of encouraging young actors to work together and develop European cooperation projects.

Event location: Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje

Session 1:

12.00 Introduction – Presentation of Creative Europe sub-programme Culture – European cooperation projects 2019
Biljana Prentoska, Creative Europe Desk Macedonia

12.30 Experience of Serbia with the sub-programme Culture (examples of good practices)
Dimitrije Tadić, Creative Europe Desk Serbia

13.00 Brunch

Session 2:

13.30 Workshop: How to successfully prepare a project application?
(advice and the e-form)
Dimitrije Tadić, Creative Europe Desk Serbia
Biljana Prentoska, Creative Europe Desk Macedonia

14.30 Questions and answers

15.00 Individual consulting meetings with speakers


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Info Day in Contemporary Art Gallery Subotica

16/11/2018

As the public call for projects within European Cooperation projects of Creative Europe is now open, the Antenna of the Culture Creative Europe Desk Serbia is organising an info day in Subotica on 19th November starting at 11 a.m. The Info day will take place in the premises of Contemporary Art Gallery in Subotica.

During the Info day, the Antenna will present priorities and aims of the programme, general characteristics and mandatory conditions in applying, the importance of this programme for cultural institutions and organisation from Serbia and specific possibilities when it comes to internationalisation of cultural activities and projects from Serbia. The Info day is intended for all representatives of cultural institutions and organisations from Subotica and the surrounding places public institutions of culture, civil society organisations dealing with culture, educational, scientific and research institutions, and also independent artists, curators and cultural managers.

We invite you to attend and participate in the discussion in order to find out more about funding possibilities for cultural projects.

Info days are promotional events of Culture Creative Europe Desk Antenna where activities of the Antenna, Creative Europe programme and current competitions are presented.


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Info Day in Mokrin

16/11/2018

As the public call for projects within European Cooperation projects of Creative Europe is now open, the Antenna of the Culture Creative Europe Desk is organising an info day in Mokrin on 3rd December starting at 11 a.m. The info day will take place in the premises of Mokrin House.

Info days are promotional events of Culture Creative Europe Desk Antenna where activities of the Antenna, Creative Europe programme and current competitions are presented.

During the Info day, the Antenna will present priorities and aims of the programme, general characteristics and mandatory conditions in applying, the importance of this programme for cultural institutions and organisation from Serbia and specific possibilities when it comes to internationalisation of cultural activities and projects from Serbia. The Info day is intended for all representatives of cultural institutions and organisations from Kikinda and the surrounding places – public institutions of culture, civil society organisations dealing with culture, educational, scientific and research institutions, and also independent artists, curators and cultural managers.

We invite you to attend and participate in the discussion in order to find out more about funding possibilities for cultural projects.


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European Projects ̶ from Idea to Realisation

06/11/2018

The Office for Cooperation with Civil Society RS and Creative Europe Desk Serbia in cooperation with the Association of Visual Artists Užice are organising an event entitled “European Projects – from Idea to Realisation” on Friday 23rd November at 12 p.m. in the Gallery Reflektor in Užice.

The event is an opportunity to discuss potentials of project ideas coming from institutions and organisations from Užice and the surrounding area to achieve international connectivity and cooperation through European programmes Creative Europe and Europe for Citizens. We are inviting you to apply to participate with project ideas you would like to realise and projects you are already implementing.

We are expecting representatives of civil society organisations, libraries, theatres, publishing houses, galleries, museums, local self-governments, archives and institutes from Užice, Požega, Bajina Bašta, Čačak, Novi Pazar, Prijepolje, Gornji Milanovac, Ivanjica and other interested parties.

The event is open for anyone interested and if you want to participate in the discussions, please fill in the application and send it to the email address: kreativnaevropa@kultura.gov.rs at latest by 16th November at midday.

Event programme:

12.00 – 12.30 Presentation of the Europe for Citizens programme
Sanja Atanasković Opačić, Office for Cooperation with Civil Society of the Government of RS

12.30 – 13.00 Presentation of the Creative Europe programme,
Nina Mihaljinac and Milan Đorđević, Creative Europe Desk Serbia

13.00 – 14.30 Individual discussions about project ideas

The aim of the Europe for Citizens programme is to promote European identity and European citizenship, and also to strengthen the participation of citizens in all forms of community life. General aims of the programme contribute to better understanding of the European Union, its values, history and diversity, promotion of European citizenship and improvement of civil and democratic participation on the European level. The national contact point for the programme is the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society of the Republic of Serbia promoting the programme, organising info sessions, workshops and conferences. The Office also offers support to anyone interested in preparing a project application and help in finding partners in other countries participating in the programme.

Creative Europe programme is the main programme of the European Union for culture and support to cooperation projects of cultural institutions and organisations from different European countries. The programme also supports initiatives to translate and promote literary work of European authors in European Union and beyond, establish networks enabling competitivity and international activity of cultural and creative sectors, and also establishing platforms for promotion of young talents, their work and projects. Creative Europe Desk Serbia is the implementing body of the Creative Europe programme, established as a part of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia. The aim of the Desk is to offer support to cultural institutions and civil society organisations in the Republic of Serbia intending to secure participation in the Creative Europe programme.


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Desk at “art+science:makers” Conference

06/11/2018

On the occasion of the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab project start, the Centre for the Promotion of Science is organising the “art+science:makers” conference in Belgrade, on 14th November at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade (20 Bulevar umetnosti St).

More than twenty artists, scientists, makers and representatives of reputable organisations and institutions, such as Ars Electronica from Linz, universities in Vienna, Barcelona, Brussels and Bristol, and the most important domestic actors will present new insights and inspirational examples of inter-disciplinary cooperation between science and art. The very nature and various models of art+science collaboration, the question of audience development and blurring the border between disciplines, and also integration of innovative and creative practices in formal education processes will be considered under the umbrella of makers culture.

Within the opportunity making programme of the conference, Creative Europe Desk Serbia will present opportunities offered by the Creative Europe programme for the development of art&science projects.

Participation in the conference is free and it will be enabled only based on applications and a returned confirmation. More information on the conference and the way of applying can be found here.


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Desk at the Regional Innovation Forum UNLIMITED 2018

01/11/2018

During the panel discussion “EU Funds foster innovation? Tell me more!”, on Monday 5th November at the Kino Meeting Point in Sarajevo, Branko Vučijak, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering BiH, Elona Goma, Albanian Investment Development Agency (AIDA) Albania, Darko Ivanović, Civic Alliance Montenegro and Dimitrije Tadić, Head of Creative Europe Desk Serbia will speak about securing funds that can be used to build and create innovation.

The panel will be focussed on national and regional stories about best practices coming directly from users and contractors who are either currently implementing or intend to implement EU projects in the future. A special emphasis will be on cross-sectoral cooperation, community development and youth entrepreneurship. The panel is laid out in the form of panel stories which will emphasise lesser-known stories from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region. Participants will be encouraged to tell their own success stories and practical information about the application process with a focus on EU funds promoting innovation.

The moderator of the discussion is Mirela Rajković, SEEYN from Montenegro.

You can find out more about the event here.


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BiH and Serbia – Establishing Cooperation Through Creative Europe Programme

01/11/2018

A workshop entitled “Preparation of Applications for Cooperation Projects 2019” is taking place on Monday, 5th November in Sarajevo, organised by Creative Europe Desk Bosnia and Herzegovina. The occasion for the event is the recently opened competition for European cooperation projects, inviting all representatives of institutions, organisations and companies in the field of culture from Bosnia and Herzegovina intending to apply.

Within the programme of the workshop, Dimitrije Tadić, the Head of Creative Europe Desk Serbia will present opportunities to establish cooperation with Serbian organisations within projects of European cooperation, previous results of participation of Serbia in the Creative Europe programme and support instruments implemented by Creative Europe Desk Serbia.

Workshop programme:

14:00-14:10 – Opening speech, Biljana Čamur- Veselinović, Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH

14:10-14:30 – Projects of European cooperation – general information, thematic priorities, directions for filling the electronic form, help in searching for partners – Aida Kalender, the Head of the Creative Europe Desk BiH

14:30-15:00 – Examples of positive practices: projects awarded in Creative Europe competitions in Serbia. Active search for partners in the Creative Europe competition in Serbia – Dimitrije Tadić, Advisor at the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia and the Head of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia

15:00-16:00 – Practical advice for applicants on the competition for projects of cultural cooperation for 2019 – questions and discussion

Participants:

Nihad Kreševljaković, Director of JU Theatre Festival MESS, an institution awarded on this competition in 2018
Dimitrije Tadić, Head of Creative Europe Desk Serbia
Aida Kalender, Head of Creative Europe Desk BiH
The workshop is realised in cooperation with the EU Info Centre and the Creative Europe Desk Bosnia and Herzegovina, with support of the European Commission and the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH. Please confirm your attendance by sending an email to the email address: aida.kalender@kreativnaevropa.ba at latest by Friday, 2nd November 2018 at 5 p.m.


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Public Call for Projects of European Cooperation 2019

17/10/2018

A public call for projects within Creative Europe programme projects of European cooperation is open. Within this call you can apply in two categories:

– Smaller scale European cooperation projects (category 1): minimum 3 partner organisations (one from the EU), up to 200,000€, which represents 60% of the total eligible budget;

– Larger scale European cooperation projects (category 2): minimum 6 partner organisations (one from the EU), up to 2,000,000€, which represents 50% of the total eligible budget;

In comparison to past calls, this year’s competition call is slightly different to the standard because priorities related to the marking of European Year of Cultural Heritage have been kept (more detail in the list of priorities below). Moreover, the new countries participating in the programme include Armenia and Kosovo*. The list of the participating countries can be accessed here.

In designing projects, the project idea should be directed towards one of the three aims of the competition:

– Strengthening capacities of European cultural and creative sectors to act transnationally and on the international level, and also promoting transnational circulation of art works; Transnational mobility of cultural professionals, especially artists;

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

– Contributing to innovation and creativity in the field of culture through testing of new business models and promotion of new influences on other sectors.

In order to achieve the mentioned aims, 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;

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

– Supporting capacity building of institutions, organisations and individuals through innovative approaches to creating, developing and testing innovative revenue models, management and marketing in the cultural sector, and especially regards the utilisation of digital technologies and developing skills of professionals in the field of culture for the utilisation of digital tools;

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

– As the legacy of the marking of European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018, one of the priorities remains raising awareness of shared history and values, and also strengthening the feeling of belonging to shared European space.

The competition is open until 11th December 2018 at noon, Brussels time.

The manual for applicants, all required conditions and documents can be accessed here.

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

If you have a prepared project idea and you are in search for partners, we advise you to consider the options we offer in the partner search section of our website. If you need help please reach out to us.

Creative Europe Desk Serbia and the Antenna of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia are at your disposal for help in applying. Contact us to schedule a meeting and jointly discuss possibilities for applying. We invite you to follow announcements on our website about the events we will organise in the following period with the aim of as good a preparation for applying of domestic institutions and organisations as possible.

*All references to Kosovo, regardless of territory, institutions or population, should be understood in this text as being completely compliant with Resolution 1244 of the United Nations Security Council without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.


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Results of the Call for Participation in Andrevlje Training

17/10/2018

This year’s call for participation in the training for project writing, organised by the Antenna of the Culture Desk Serbia received a vast number of applications coming from around the country. We thank everyone for their interest and submitted applications.

Due to limited temporal and accommodation capacities we are not able to accept all applications. The list of participants can be accessed here. We are looking forward to working together on projects within workshops and lectures!

The topics seminar will cover include contemporary practices and concepts in international cultural cooperation; management of international projects; European cultural policy and priorities of the Creative Europe programme. Within the seminar programme, representatives of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia Nina Mihaljinac and Milan Đorđević, Mina Radmilović Pjevac, Dragana Srećkov and Jovana Rapajić, will speak about the opportunities offered by the Creative Europe programme. Also, Marija Popović from the Student Cultural Centre Novi Sad and a representative of the projects Be SpectACTive! and Aerowaves, will speak about financial planning of projects, and Aleksandra Dobrin from the Cultural Centre “Mladost” Futog will present the experience of applying and leadership management of the project Make it new!, also supported by the Creative Europe programme.

We invite all those who are not among the selected participants to contact us and schedule a meeting to discuss the possibilities of applying, and also to follow announcements of events we will organise in the future with the aim of better preparation of domestic cultural institutions and organisations projects.


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Results of the Competition for Literary Translation 2018

03/10/2018

The results of the Competition for Literary Translation in 2018 were published today. Publishing houses from Serbia are again at the top of the winners list ̶ in the category of two-year projects of cooperation the most numerous are the projects of domestic publishing houses.

These are the publishing houses Akademska knjiga with the project Modernity and tradition of European literature, Areté with the project Literary Migration: Spatial, Temporal and Spiritual Dislocation, Heliks with the project Creative Voyage: Destination Europe, Kontrast Publishing with the project Literary Translation: Two-way Street and Štrik with the project From Sewing Machine to Facebook: Two Centuries of European Women’s Literature. Congratulations to everyone for the results their results, which are expected after four consecutive successful years for Serbia on this competition!

Apart from Serbia, the most successful also include the United Kingdom, Romania and Croatia with 4 supported project each.

Domestic publishing houses did not apply for the category of several-years long translation projects. The total amount of grants awarded to publishing houses from Serbia in the category of two-year projects of literary translation amounts to 279.880,68€. More information on the results of the competition can be found on the European Commission website.


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Designing and Managing Networking and Capacity Building Activities for Sites with the European Heritage Label

15/09/2018

Activities included in this call for participation should contribute to general aims of the European Heritage Label action to “strengthen the feeling of belonging to the Union in European citizens, based on shared values and elements of European history and cultural heritage, and also the respect for national and regional diversity, and encouraging intercultural dialogue”.
The aim of this call is selecting a coordinator (one legal person or a consortium of organisations) with the aim of initiating activities of networking, capacity building and exchange of best practices between EHL sites, and also activities related to this action concerning communication and promotions, in this way contributing to the following aims:

Deadline: 03/01/2019 – 13:00 Brussels time

You can find more information here.


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Public call for participating in the seminar “Creative Europe – project preparation”

14/09/2018

The Antenna office of Creative Europe Desk Serbia is organizing the seminar “Creative Europe Programme – project preparation” from 22nd until 23rd October 2018 in Center for Economic and Technological Development CEPTOR, Andrevlje. The call is intended for all institutions and organizations from Serbia planning to apply for the Creative Europe programme.

The topics that will be covered by the seminar are contemporary practices and concepts in the international cultural cooperation, cultural heritage and contemporary art; management of international projects; European cultural policy and priorities of the Creative Europe programme.

Apart from the representatives of the Desk Creative Europe Serbia, lecturers on the seminar are Nikola Krstović (Research assistant, Center for museology and heritology, Faculty of Phylosophy, University of Belgrade) and representative of Take over project and project MAPS, co-funded by Creative Europe Programme.

Aim of the seminar

The aim of the seminar is raising the quality and preparing projects to apply for the creative Europe programme, raising the programmatic – organizational capacities of institutions and organizations from Serbia, but also contributing to decentralization in the field of culture. Apart from this, the seminar will be organized for the sake of enhancing communication, cooperation and exchange of experiences of cultural institution and organization representatives from cities and counties of Serbia.

Criteria

The main criteria for the selection of participants are the quality of project proposals and potential partnerships.The quality of project propositions is measured against: compliance with topics and priorities of the Creative Europe programme, innovative nature of the concept and its professional basis.

Conditions of the public call

1. The number of vacancies is limited to twenty five participants;

2. Up to two persons from a single institution or an organization can apply to participate in the seminar;

3. The Culture Desk Creative Europe Serbia and the Museum in the open “Staro selo“ will cover food and lodging expenses, however participants of the seminar will cover their travel expenses.

Submitting an application

You can find here the application form.

The application for the seminar should contain the following information (up to three pages:

– A short description of the project the institution or the organization wants to apply with for the Creative Europe programme or if they believe the project proposition has a potential to be used for applying;

– A list of potential partners on the project;

– A short description of the institution/organization (mission, aims, main activities);

– An indication of the position of the person or persons applying to participate in the seminar.

The application should be sent to the email address of the Culture Desk Serbia – kreativnaevropa@vojvodinahouse.eu

Deadline for applications

Applications can be submitted until 1st October 2018. (3 P.M.). Applications received after the defined deadline will not be taken into consideration.


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Literary Translation in Creative Europe

13/09/2018

In cooperation with the EU Info Centre and Serbial Literary Society, Creative Europe Desk Serbia is organising a presentation of experiences gained through participation of Serbia at the competition for literary translation on Wednesday 26th September at 1 p.m. in the premises of Serbian Literary Society (7 Francuska St).

The event is taking place on the occasion of the European Day of Languages and the event programme will present projects of domestic publishing houses participating in the Creative Europe programme:

Marija Vukosavljević from the “Odiseja” publishing house will speak about the experience of applying for several years and the current project “Old Continent, New People: Finding Your Own Place”.

Nina Gugleta from the “Areté” publishing house will present the first literary translation project within the Creative Europe programme, and also new titles recently published through the project “European Literature Today: Universal Stories of Personal Revolutions”.

Ljubica Pupezin from the “Štrik” publishing house will present the project “Women’s Decameron: for a New Renaissance in European Literature”, which also received the support of the programme last year.

The discussion will be moderated by Nina Mihaljinac, Project Manager of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia.


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CED Serbia at Journées pour une Europe creative 2018

07/09/2018

Cooperation with CED France took place within the event Journées pour une Europe creative – Édition 2018 in Paris 5th-6thSeptember 2018. The event focused on the co-operation practices that constitute common European cultural property, and that defend shared, free and open access. The organizers mentioned that our post-digital European societies must devise new ways to create the common resources necessary for our democratic lives, our legal space, as well as the source of European hospitality, conscious and confident in the world. CED Serbia participated in the #Conversations days with an aim to share analyses, experiences and projects.

Launched in 2015 in Paris by Relais Culture Europe, the Days for a Creative Europe are a resolutely European space for exchanges, debates, meetings, reflection and imagination of new practices. Thought for the cultural and creative actors, these Days are claiming, more and more, as a space co-built with the actors to confront realities, experiences and experiments on the cultural Europe of today and tomorrow. Ephemeral laboratory, this appointment wants to be a place where to make conversation, to create links and to open possibilities between actors in front of the upheavals of the sectors, the trades, but also the dailies.


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We are Launching a YouTube channel: Partner Search Serbia

27/07/2018

Dear colleagues,

We want to increase the visibility of our organisations and create new opportunities for participation in the Creative Europe programme.

This is why we are launching a new YouTube channel for presentation of organisations from Serbia wanting to find partners to participate in Creative Europe.

We invite you to create your three-minute video containing:
1. A short presentation of your organisation and its most important projects
2. Cooperation proposition (a specific project or field in which you would like to develop your work)
3. With whom you would like to establish partner cooperation (countries, types of organisations …).

If it is easier for you – we can record the video in the office of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia, you just have to prepare what you want say!

Please forward video materials to the email address  kreativnaevropa@gmail.com.

Your team of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia


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List of Seminar in Tršić Participants Published

25/07/2018

Representatives of twenty-four institutions and organisations will have an opportunity to participate in the seminar of project proposition preparation for the Creative Europe programme, organised in “Vuk Karadžić” Cultural Centre in Tršić, from 1st to 4th August.

Among them there are eleven public institutions:

Historical Archive in Pančevo; Musicology Institute SASA, Belgrade; National Library “Radislav Nikčević”, Jagodina; National Museum Toplice, Prokuplje; Youth Theatre, Novi Sad; Library “Dimitrije Tucović”, Lazarevac; National Museum Leskovac; the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade; Ethnography Museum, Belgrade; Local Economic Development Office, Loznica; Cultural Centre Šabac,

And twelve civil society organisations:

Civil Association “ARTYSH:LAB”, Belgrade; Civil Association “Budi aktivan 16”, Preševo; Civil Association “Inkluzivna mreža”, Belgrade; Civil Association “Da se zna!”, Belgrade; Civil Association “Valjevska kulturna mreža (Vakum)”, Valjevo; Civil Association “InArt”, Belrgade; the Belgrade Salon Theatre, Belgrade; Alternative Art Space “Kvaka 22”, Belgrade; Civil Association “Muzikon”, Belgrade; Theatre reading “Vladimir Jevtović”, Belgrade; Civil Association “World Music Association of Serbia”, Belgrade and publishing house “Evoluta”, Belgrade.

The call for participation in the seminar received 48 applications. Due to limited temporal and accommodation capacities we cannot accept all applications, so we invite representatives of institutions and organisations which are not among this year’s participants to follow the future events of the Desk. In October this year the Antenna of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia will organise a seminar for project writing and it can be a new opportunity for all interested parties.

We want to express our gratitude to everyone for their interest and applications, and to seminar participants we wish successful work on project ideas and establishing long-term professional connections at the seminar in Tršić!

You can access the programme of the seminar here and the list of participants here.


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Projects of European Cooperation Competition 2018 Results

20/07/2018

Good news arrived with the publishing of the results of European cooperation projects competition in 2018 – as many as 13 organisations from Serbia participate in 14 supported projects!

Organisation Turbo strip from Belgrade is entering the Creative Europe programme for the first time, as the project leader! In the following years, together with organisations from Belgium, Portugal and France they will realise the project TURBULATOR – generator of turbulent art brut practices.

13 cooperation projects will include the following organisations and institutions as partners:

– Point of communication from Belgrade in the project Parallel Traces “A new lens for Jewish Heritage”

– Serbian National Theatre from Novi Sad in the project CrossOpera. Otherness: fear and discovery

– Kuda.org from Novi Sad in the project Vectors of Collective Imagination

– Etnofest from Subotica in the project 2020 Troubadours

– Dah teatar from Belgrade in two projects MAUERSPRINGER (Jumping walls) New forms of artistic expression and participation in European street theatre i Rights4kids – Theatre Performances to promote the Convention on the Rights of the Child

– Kulturanova from Novi Sad, also in two projects Port of Dreamers and Play! MOBILE

– Mikser and Nova Iskra from Belgrade in the project MADE IN-Crafts and Design Narratives

– PerArt from Novi Sad in the project Europe beyond Access

– United Artist Labour in the project Create to Connect -> Create to Impact

– Centre for the Promotion of Science from Belgrade in the project European ARTificial Intelligence Lab

– Student Cultural Centre from Novi Sad in the project Be SpectACTive!

SCC Novi Sad received support of the programme within a special EYCH2018 as well, so this year’s total success of Serbia in the competition of European cooperation projects amounts to 4 leader and 19 partner projects! Congratulations on the remarkable results to all institutions and organisations investing hard work that pays off!

Lists with other supported projects will be published on the website of the European Commission.


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Mobility scheme for artists and/or culture professionals

01/07/2018

The main objective of the tender will be to prepare the ground for a mobility scheme in creative and cultural sectors, from 2021 onwards in the next generation of EU programmes. The specific objectives are:

1. to explore and analyse the conditions for setting up a successful and sustainable scheme allowing individuals to engage in a cross border mobility project,

2. propose and test a funding scheme for individual mobility of artists and /or culture professionals,

3. provide conclusions and recommendations.

Deadline for receipt of offers: 31/08/2018 12:00 CET, through eSubmission.

Please find more info here.


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Оpen Call – Tourism, Culture & Creativity

29/06/2018

COS-TOURSYN-2018-3-01: Supporting the development and promotion of transnational thematic tourism products—exploiting synergies between tourism and cultural and creative industries

This call for proposals seeks to support projects focusing on existing or new tourism experiences which build on the creative and innovation potential of CCIs to develop services and products.

The Commission wishes to support projects which are innovative in their approach, propose sustainable solutions and are based on the close cooperation with and involvement of tourism and CCIs-related SMEs and professionals.

The general objective of the action is to explore the spill-over effects of culture and creativity on tourism products and services in terms of: 

– revitalising tourism attractions and destinations, and diversifying transnational tourism experiences
– prolonging seasonality of EU destinations and/or enhancing sustainability of tourism offers
– boosting innovation across transnational tourism value chains.

The specific objectives of the action:

– developing innovative solutions or  management tools for tourism attractions or destinations through cooperation between tourism and CCI SMEs
– exploring new ways of engaging visitors, with the help of CCIs-related companies or professionals, to revitalise existing tourism products/services and/or create new ones
– creating solid public-private partnerships in the area of tourism and CCIs and ensuring the exchange of knowledge and experience within the partnerships

Taking the above into account, this call for proposals intends to co-fund projects which put a particular focus on transnational cooperation between tourism and CCIs-related SMEs to develop and promote innovative yet tangible tourism offers. Such tourism offers need to capitalise on the creative potential of CCIs to develop innovative services and products and/or use cultural and creative content to enhance existing or develop new tourism experiences.

Eligibility of applicants

Applicants must be legal entities and must correspond to the definition of at least one of the target organisations mentioned in Section 6 of the call that are active in the field of tourism, cultural and creative industry (CCIs).

Only applications from legal entities established in the following countries are eligible:

– EU Member States
– countries participating in the COSME programme pursuant to Article 6 of the COSME Regulation

For British applicants: Please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, you will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project on the basis of Article 34.3.1(b) of the grant agreement.
Please also note that the consortium must gather a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 8 members/partners—different legal entities—covering at least 5 eligible countries—as listed in Section 6.

The consortium must be composed of at least:

1. four SMEs – Small and Medium Sized enterprises: 2 active in the tourism and 2 in the CCIs sector; and
2. one national or regional or local public authority
For more details, please consult the text of the call available below.

Submission of Proposals

The deadline for electronic submission is 19 July 2018 17.00 hours (Brussels time).
Access the Participant Portal to draft and submit proposals. 

Important Notice

For any technical problems encountered with the submission system, please contact the Service desk: EC-RESEARCH-IT-HELPDESK@ec.europa.eu Tel: +32 (2) 29 92222 (during office hours).

The electronic submission reference for this call is COS-TOURSYN-2018-3-01.

Information event

A general “COSME Info Day: Opportunities to Participate in Calls for Proposals” took place on 11 June 2018 at the EASME offices in Brussels. Further information is available online

Partner and previous projects search

If you are looking for partners to apply to this call, you may wish to consider  using the Cordis database where you have the option to create partnership requests. For people who already have a Partner profile in Cordis database, they can select a specific COSME call when they create a partnership request. Each partnership request will then show up as being associated to the call to attract others interested in the same call.

In the case you do not have a profile, you can create one. Should you encounter any difficulties with the Cordis database, please contact the Cordis helpdesk.

You may also contact your nearest Enterprise Europe Network expert who could assist you in finding potential partners.

Another useful source of information on past and existing projects co-financed under COSME is also available through the COSME Hub.

Questions/Answers

Potential applicants should address questions related to the content of this call by e-mail to EASME-COSME-TOURSYN-2018@ec.europa.eu . Only questions sent to this functional mailbox will be answered.

Answers will be published periodically and within a reasonable period of time on this page. (Refer to FAQ below).

Deadline for submitting questions related to the content of this call: 12 July 2018.

Information to applicants on the results of the evaluation

EASME expects to be able to inform applicants on the outcome of the evaluations during the course of December 2018.


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European Heritage Awards

27/06/2018

The purpose of this call for proposals is to select an organisation/consortium capable of organising the European Heritage Awards for the Commission for the period 2019-2021 (as of the 2019 edition with preparatory work in 2018). The work entails the organisation of procedures for the selection of the award winners, the organisation of the award ceremony and the promotion of the awards and their winners. Emphasis should be given to a greater visibility of the awards through communication and network activities within the sector to exchange information and best practices.

The aim of this call for proposals is to ensure the continuation of the EU Prize for cultural heritage under the new name European Heritage Awards beyond the 2018 edition and to be coherent with the objectives of the EYCH.

Please find more information here.


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Call for Proposals – Organisation of the EU Prize for Literature (EUPL)

05/06/2018

The purpose of this Call for Proposals is to select an organisation or consortium that can organise and implement the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) for the next three years 2019-2021.

The EUPL is a prize for literary talent, awarded annually to new and emerging European authors for recently published literary works of fiction. Launched by the European Commission in 2009, the Prize is open to countries participating in the Creative Europe programme.

The EUPL aims to:

•showcase and put a spotlight on Europe’s diverse wealth of contemporary fiction;
•raise the profile of winning authors outside their home country and help them cross borders and reach broader readership;
•raise general awareness and stimulate interest in the entire book sector about the literary diversity in Europe;
•promote actively the publishing, translation, selling and reading of books from other European countries;
•Encourage transnational circulation of literature, both in Europe and internationally.

The total budget for the co-financing for the 2019 edition of the EUPL is estimated at 500.000,00 EUR. The EU grant is limited to a maximum co-financing rate of 80 %.

Deadline: 14/09/2018 19:00 CET

Read the call for proposals here.


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Workshop “Cultural Heritage in the Function of Cultural Tourism Development”

04/06/2018

Within the third day of the Creative Europe Forum 2018, on 22nd June in the space of Vuk’s Memorial Museum, 2 Kralja Milana St, starting at 10 a.m. a workshop entitled “Cultural Heritage in the Function of Cultural Tourism Development” will be held.

Cultural tourism is one of the fastest growing forms of tourism today with partaking with 40% in European tourism. Precisely cultural heritage frequently represents the axis of tourism development, while tourism can contribute to its preservation, revitalisation and promotion, and apart from the economic effect, it can improve the awareness and care for cultural resources.

The workshop is intended for representatives of cultural institutions and organisations and all parties interested in developing cultural tourism projects, and especially those preparing to apply for the Creative Europe programme.

The aim of the workshop is to encourage participants to think in the direction of interpreting and using cultural heritage to create new touristic content.

Workshop participants will be familiarised with the notion and meaning of cultural tourism, but also examples of projects in Serbia and Europe. The main part of the workshop will be dedicated to group work with the aim of designing and developing project activities and the manner of utilising cultural heritage for the purpose of tourism development, all on a specific example of a cultural resource in Serbia.

The workshop is led by Lana Gunjić, holder of a BA in Tourismology and an MA in Cultural Management.

In order to apply for participation in the workshop it is required to fill in the application that can be found on this link by Sunday 17th June at 17 p.m. The number of workshop participants is limited.

Lana Gunjić (Belgrade, 1991), holder of a BA in Tourismology and an MA in Cultural Policy and Management, graduated from the Faculty of Geography, University of Belgrade – Department of Tourismology (2014), and then completed interdisciplinary studies at the UNESCO Department of Cultural Policy and Management, a joint programme with the University Lyon 2, in France (2015). She is also the President of the Association “Mladi za turizam” (2015-) where she has been active since 2011 and worked on organising seminars, holding workshops and realising projects. She also works as an associate of the magazine “Turistički putokaz” (2011, 2012), as an intern at the Tourism Organisation of Belgrade (2013) and in the Cultural Centre of Serbia in Paris (2015). She was a coordinator of the Belgrade Irish Festival (2016). She is an associate in cultural and tourism projects, and she is currently engaged in the EU project “Supervision of works for rehabilitation of the Franciscan Monastery in Bač” as a junior tourism expert. She works as a coordinator in the Association Independent Cultural Scene of Serbia.


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Music Moves Europe open calls

31/05/2018

Music Moves Europe is the overarching name for the European Commission’s initiatives that support the European music sector.

There are two calls and two tenders as part of the Music Moves Europe pilot that together aim to test suitable actions with a view to more targeted EU support for music post-2020:

Call: Training Scheme for Young Music Professionals

To support up to 10 pilot training programmes for young professionals in the music sector testing small-scale models on how to improve the sector’s capacity and resilience and to contribute to its professionalisation.

Lessons learnt from these pilot training proposals should improve the sector’s understanding on about professionalisation.

Deadline: 27 August 2018

Call: Online and Offline Distribution

The general objective of this call is to support European music diversity by identifying and supporting existing innovative methods promoting online and offline distribution models, as well as newly generated ideas, through the selection of 10 grant proposals.

These proposals should enhance the cross-border circulation of music repertoire in order to overcome the existing barriers imposed by the international hits or other obstacles such as visibility, language and market fragmentation in the music sector.

Deadline: 10 September 2018

Tender: European Music Export Strategy

The general objective of this tender is to develop a proposal for a European Music Export Strategy that promotes Europe’s music diversity and talent and enhances the competitiveness of Europe’s music sector on the international market.

The Strategy should help policymakers to take more informed decisions about music exports and enable music decision-makers to align their choices accordingly.

Deadline: 29 June 2018

Tender: Observatory

The objective is to design a feasibility study for the establishment of a European Music Observatory, and undertake a gap analysis of funding needs for the music sector.

Deadline: 2 July 2018

The calls and tenders have different guidelines and different deadlines. Please find more info here.


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Results of the Competition for European Cooperation Projects EYCH2018

25/05/2018

Results of a special category of European Cooperation Projects Competition 2018 for support to projects related to the marking of the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH2018) were published today.

The results of Serbia are a great success because the supported projects include as many as three lead projects from Serbia: Hartefakt Fund as the Future Epics project leader, Student Cultural Centre Novi Sad as the Someone from Home – in the sense of belonging to Europe project leader and Cultural Centre Futog as the Make it new! project leader.

Successful partner organisations include: Public Media Institution Radio-television of Serbia within the project Unearthing the Music, organisation Kulturni kod within the project Food is Culture, Homeland Museum Paraćin within the project Crafting Europe in the Bronze Age and Today, Centre for Urban Development within the project Heritage Hubs, Vojvodina Civil Centre within the project European Cultural Heritage Onstage and the Management of the Tourist Space Lepenski Vir within the project Journey to the Beginnings!

Congratulations to all successful organisations! We are very glad they include new programme participants, especially those we have seen and working with during the previous years.

Lists with other supported projects are available here.


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New European Agenda for Culture

22/05/2018

European Commission adopted the New Agenda for Culture today proposing to:

1) harness the power of culture and cultural diversity for social cohesion and wellbeing, by promoting cultural participation, mobility of artists and protection of heritage;

2) support jobs and growth in the cultural and creative sectors, by promoting arts and culture in education, boosting relevant skills, and encouraging innovation in culture;

3) strengthen international cultural relations, by making the most of the potential of culture to foster sustainable development and peace.

Also, the Agenda includes actions within five dimensions:

Social dimension

New programme for mobility of artists within Creative Europe;

Activities related to social inclusion through culture, including activities intended for refugees and migrants;

A project for the development of cultural and creative spaces in cities across Europe;

Research about the impact of culture on health and well-being.

Economic dimension

Encouraging art education;

Master courses in creativity for interested universities;

Dialogue with the cultural and creative sectors, including music and audio-visual professions.

International dimension

Increased support to culture in the Western Balkans countries, Eastern partnership and African, Caribbean and Pacific countries;

Establishing European Houses of Culture in partner countries.

Cultural heritage dimension

Two new Action Plans: related to political heritage of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and combating illegal trafficking of cultural goods;

In future EU programmes, including cohesion policy, developing the quality principle in restoring and conserving cultural heritage.

Digital4Culture dimension

Establishing heritage digitalisation centres throughout the European Union;

New EU Film Weeks in order to make European films available in schools throughout Europe;

New pan-European network of Digital Creative Hubs;

Mentor programmes for professional in the audio-visual field, especially women.


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Desk at the European Capital of Culture Forum in Kaunas

18/05/2018

Participation in the conference European Capital of Culture Forum, organised in Kaunas in Lithuania was realised at the invitation of the Creative Europe Desk Lithuania.

Within the conference organised on the occasion of the project European Capital of Culture Kaunas 2022, and with the aim of presenting cultural landscapes of Europe, cultural scenes of attending representatives’ countries of origin were presented: Serbia, Croatia, France, Norway, Greece, Sweden, Hungary, Ukraine, Slovenia, Latvia, Iceland and the Czech Republic.

An important aim of these presentations is directed towards connecting organisations coming from the mentioned countries with Lithuanian organisations and improving the existing cooperation within the Creative Europe programme. Dimitrije Tadić, the Head of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia, presented the work of umbrella organisations in Serbia, gathering numerous organisations active in the field of culture. Also, he presented the activities of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia that can serve as a unique guide through the cultural scene of Serbia – primarily, the publications “Audience Development in Serbia” and “Re-positioning the Region of Southeast Europe through Culture”. Both publications present numerous organisations and their projects concerning audience development and contemporary culture as important guidelines of the Creative Europe programme.


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Projects of Cultural and Creative Industries

08/05/2018

Finance, Learning, Innovation and Patenting for Cultural and Creative Industries

The importance of Cultural and Creative Industries has been acknowledged in different policy documents as well as by the European Parliament Resolution on a coherent EU policy for cultural and creative industries of December 2016. The Parliament Resolution on CCIs stresses the importance of cultural and creative industries (CCIs) in the economy and job creation, in promoting and preserving cultural diversity, strengthening social cohesion and increasing Europe’s attractiveness internationally. CCIs play a key role in reindustrialising Europe and trigger innovation spill-overs in many other sectors, from manufacturing to education or social inclusion.

The 2018 Annual Work Programme for the implementation of the Pilot Project “Finance, Learning, Innovation and Patenting for Cultural and Creative Industries (FLIP for CCIs)” foresees the launch of a call for proposals funded under Budget Line 15 04 77 19, with EUR 1 million allocated to the development of an action addressing this specific objective.

The general objective of this pilot project is to define and test policies and actions for sustaining and developing cultural and creative industries and to generating cross-sectoral benefits and spill-overs in the different areas and sectors CCIs interface with.

The pilot project should cover in particular the following aspects concerning CCIs: Finance, Learning, Innovation and Patenting (FLIP):

Finance (Elaboration of guidelines, follow-up of EU CCI actions)
Learning (Support skills classification system, development of guidelines for CCI skills development, activities and dissemination)
Innovation (Guidelines for CCIs development, good practice cases and showcase events on innovative models, peer-to-peer hubs exchange)
Patenting (Analysis, case studies and recommendations)

The grant agreement resulting from this call for proposals will be allocated to one single project. The purpose of this call is to select an organisation that will co-ordinate and organise different activities with cultural and creative professionals and entrepreneurs, in particular SMEs and micro-enterprises, as well as other stakeholders.

The duration of the project shall be 28 months. The planned starting date should be no later than 1 March 2019.


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Info Day within BINA

08/05/2018

An Info Day about the Creative Europe programme held by Culture Desk Serbia will take place as a part of the Belgrade International Architecture Week programme on Friday 11th May at the Faculty of Architecture (73 Bulevar kralja Aleksandra St) at 4 p.m.

We invite all interested representatives of cultural institutions and organisations to use the opportunity to find out more about the guidelines of current competition calls, and also the ones which will be open throughout next year, priorities of the programme, conditions in applying and specific questions related to the application process.

You can apply to participate by sending your application to the email address: office@bina.rs

Detailed programme of BINA can be accessed here.


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CED Serbia on the Conference Cultural Heritage – Added Value for Regions

25/04/2018

For the second time, the Institute of European Regions (IRE) is organising an International Expert Conference which is devoted to the topic of “Cultural Heritage – Added value for the regions”. The conference will be held on Friday, 27th April at the Plenary Hall of the Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia.

The aim of the conference is to present best-practice examples for preserving cultural heritage in different European regions especially in Central-, East- and Southeastern Europe, to exchange experiences and knowledge for conservation. On this account, we will highlight the importance of the protection, maintenance and preservation of cultural heritage regarding to strengthening tourism in cities and rural areas. Thereby, cultural heritage can be the foundation of a European vision for prosperity. Furthermore, innovative financial mechanisms for regional and local activities to protect Cultural Heritage will be discussed. Experts from all over Europe will participate in the programme of the conference. Dimitrije Tadić, the head of CED Serbia will be among them.

Please find more information here.


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Experiences of Creative Europe Programme Experts

16/04/2018

Creative Europe Desk Serbia and the EU Info Centre in Belgrade are organising a public discussion with Manuèle Debrinay-Rizos, professor of management in culture and cultural diplomacy and a European expert engaged in evaluating Creative Europe programme projects.

The discussion will take place on Friday, 20th April at 5 p.m. in the premises of the EU Info Centre in Belgrade (7 Kralja Milana St). Manuèle Debrinay-Rizos will answer questions of attendees about the experience in evaluating projects of European cooperation: how evaluators think and how the process of evaluating competition application look, what the most frequent weaknesses of projects are and where mistakes occur. The most important part of the discussion will be related to European cooperation project propositions of attendees who will be able to present themselves and use the opportunity for consultations.

Manuèle Debrinay-Rizos is heading international relations at the Institute of Public Management and Territorial Governance at the University of Marseille in France. She is currently engaged as a lecturer (cultural management and cultural diplomacy) at the University of Lion, University of Marseille and the University of Rabat (Morocco). She is the Vice-president of ENCACT and an expert for Creative Europe programme 2014-2020, Co-Founder and expert of the Roberto Cimetta Fond. Previously she worked as the Director of the French Institute in Romania (2002-2006), the Cultural Attaché at the French Embassy in Bulgaria (2006-2008) and an expert for cultural policies in the Mediterranean region (1996-2002). She worked on monitoring the Roberto Cimetta Fund, she is one of the founders of the Mediterranean Dance Network, Commissioner of the MED project (House of World Cultures – HKW, Berlin), member of the Euro-Mediterranean Forum of Cultures (FEMEC), and the member of Euromed Civil Forum of Stuttgart, Marseille and Brussels.

The event is open for all interested representatives of cultural institutions and organisations. Applications for the event are mandatory, and you can apply by Thursday 19th April at midday, by sending an application to the email address: kreativnaevropa@gmail.com

See you at the EU Info Centre!


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European Projects in Culture, Science and Arts

16/04/2018

Creative Europe Desk Serbia will hold an info-day on the Creative Europe programme, organised by the Institute for Theatre, Film, Radio and Television of FDA in cooperation with the Centre for the Promotion of Science on Monday 23rd April at 10:00 a.m. in the premises of the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade.

The programme of the event, entitled European Projects in Culture, Science and Arts, will encompass the presentation of the Creative Europe programme, the process of project writing for sub-programmes Culture and MEDIA, and also the presentation of financial and administrative project management.

Also, in a separate part of the programme, success stories of the programmes Creative Europe and Erasmus+ will be presented.

The programme is primarily intended for employees and students of the University of Arts in Belgrade, and it is also open for all interested representatives of cultural institutions and organisations – managers and employees of museums, theatres, libraries, archives, cultural centres and other cultural institutions and civil society organisations.

You can download the detailed programme of the event here.


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Literary Translation Competition 2019 Open

27/03/2018

This year’s call of the Competition for Literary Translation is open in two categories and it lasts until 23rd May 2018.

The competition offers an opportunity for publishers and publishing houses to translate literary works from one officially recognised European language to another. The aim of the competition is supporting cultural and linguistic diversity in Europe, promoting transnational circulation of high-quality literature, and also improving accessibility of literary works so new audiences are more easily reached.

Eligible expenses include translation, production and promotion of European fiction, novels, short stories, children’s fiction, comic books/graphic novels, poetry and drama. Support is especially offered to translations of books written by authors who won the European Union Prize for Literature.

If you are interested in applying and would like to know more:

– carefully read the call for proposals and the application guidelines;

– read about technical steps in applying in order to submit your application successfully;

– also find out which project received support during previous years;

– subscribe to our newsletter;

– Culture Desk Serbia offers free advice and support to publishers and publishing houses from Serbia. If you intend to apply, we can schedule a one-on-one meeting, or consult over the phone and Skype.

Detailed information on competition procedure and the required documents can be found on the website of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) managing the Creative Europe programme.


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Presenting the Programme in Novi Sad

23/03/2018

Creative Europe Desk Serbia and the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society of the Government of the Republic of Serbia in cooperation with the City Government of Novi Sad will organise an info day about the programmes Creative Europe (sub-programme Culture) and Europe for Citizens, on Thursday 29th March in the Cultural Centre of Novi Sad.

The programme of the info day will include a discussion about the competition procedure, i.e. about the easiest way to receive funds from this programme.

The call is intended for all interested representatives of cultural institutions and organisations form the territory of the City of Novi Sad and the surrounding areas, and also the entire AP of Vojvodina.

We are kindly asking all interested parties to confirm their attendance by sending an application to the email address kler@novisad.rs at latest on Tuesday, 27th March at 1 p.m.

The programme of the event can be downloaded here, see you in Novi Sad!


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Europe’s 7 Most Endangered heritage sites 2018 announced

15/03/2018

Europa Nostra, the leading heritage organisation in Europe, and the European Investment Bank Institute have announced the most threatened heritage sites in Europe for 2018: the Post-Byzantine Churches in Voskopoja and Vithkuqi in Albania, the Historic Centre of Vienna in Austria, the Buzludzha Monument in Bulgaria, the David Gareji Monasteries and Hermitage in Georgia, the Constanta Casino in Romania, the Prinkipo Greek Orphanage on Princes’ Islands in Turkey, and the Grimsby Ice Factory in the United Kingdom.

These gems of Europe’s cultural heritage are in grave danger, some due to neglect or inadequate development, others due to a lack of expertise or resources. Experts from Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank Institute, together with other partners and the nominators, will visit the 7 selected sites and meet with key stakeholders in the coming months. The multidisciplinary teams will provide technical advice, identify possible sources of funding and mobilise wide support to save these heritage landmarks. The specialists will formulate feasible action plans for the listed sites by the end of the year.

This new list of 7 Most Endangered is announced during the European Year of Cultural Heritage, which celebrates Europe’s shared cultural heritage – at EU, national, regional and local level – and aims to encourage Europe’s citizens to discover and engage with the cultural heritage. Previous lists were published in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

The 7 Most Endangered for 2018 were selected by the Board of Europa Nostra from the 12 sites shortlisted by a panel of specialists in history, archaeology, architecture, conservation, project analysis and finance. Nominations were submitted by civil society or public bodies which form part of Europa Nostra’s network of member and associate organisations from all over Europe.

The 7 Most Endangered programme was launched in January 2013 by Europa Nostra with the European Investment Bank Institute as founding partner. It was inspired by a successful similar project run by the US National Trust for Historic Preservation. The 7 Most Endangered is not a funding programme. Its aim is to serve as a catalyst for action and to promote “the power of example”. It has the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, as part of Europa Nostra’s network project ‘Sharing Heritage – Sharing Values’.


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Organisation and administration of the EU prize for popular and contemporary music

05/03/2018

The purpose of this call for proposals is to select and support an organisation and/or a consortium in organising and administering the European Union Prize for popular and contemporary music for the period 2018-2021 (editions 2019, 2020 and 2021 of the Prize).

The European Union Prize for popular and contemporary music is one of the special actions implemented under the Culture Sub-programme of Creative Europe, the EU programme dedicated to cultural and creative sectors. The general aim of the Prize is to:

– support emerging artists
– promote and celebrate popular and contemporary European repertoire

DEADLINE: 21/04/2018 12:00 CET

Please find more information here.


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Info-day in Novi Pazar: How to Apply for the Creative Europe Programme?

21/02/2018

The Culture Desk Serbia will organise an info-day about the Creative Europe programme in cooperation with the Cultural Centre of Novi Pazar on Thursday 22nd February starting at 2:00 p.m. in the Cultural Centre of Novi Pazar.

With the aim of adequately informing the cultural public, the Head of the Desk, Dimitrije Tadić will speak about the sub-programme Culture and advise the interested parties on competition procedure, i.e. the easiest ways of securing financial support from this programme.

Moreover, the discussion will include the topics of what European cooperation can bring to cultural organisations and institutions from Serbia, the experiences of those who received support, and also the ways of finding a European partner.

Factors to consider in successful applying for the Creative Europe programme are a good project idea and being connected with relevant partners, while the process of applying and project management are far less demanding. Activities of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia are directed towards strengthening capacities of domestic institutions and organisations in terms of European cooperation.

Representatives of all cultural institutions and organisations from Novi Pazar and the surrounding localities were invited to participate in the presentation with the hope that there will be first project proposals from this part of Serbia in future competition calls.


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Info Days in Preševo and Leskovac

02/02/2018

Info Days about the Creative Europe programme will be held on 8th February in Leskovac, at the Leskovac Cultural Centre starting at 2 p.m. and on 9th February in Preševo, at the Youth Office starting at 1 p.m.

With the aim of adequately informing the cultural public, Dimitrije Tadić, the Head of Creative Europe Desk Serbia will speak about the programme and the competition procedure, i.e. about the easiest way to secure financial support of this programme.

The presentation is intended for representatives of cultural institutions and organisation from cities and municipalities from Southern Serbia – managers and employees of museums, theatres, libraries, archives, cultural centres and other cultural institutions and civil society organisations.

One of important aims of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia is contributing to demetropolisation of Serbia, which is why activities of the Desk are taking place not only outside of Belgrade, but also outside of major city centres. At the same time, these activities of the Desk are directed towards strengthening capacities of domestic institutions and organisation in the field of international cooperation.


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Local Culture and European Union – How to Cooperate

17/01/2018

The National Library in Bor and the EUteka project are organising a discussion on the topic of the possibility for cities and municipalities in Serbia, primarily smaller cultural centres, to get involved in European cooperation within the programmes Creative Europe and Europe for Citizens.

Milan Đorđević, Project Manager of the Culture Desk Serbia and Sanja Atanasković, representative of the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society, will discuss the following questions: how programmes were designed and what cooperation opportunities are open for institutions and organisations in Serbia? What are the experiences of institutions and organisations from Serbia which participated in projects funded by this programme? How to participate, where to ask for help and where to get informed?

The discussion will especially cover activities organised during the European Yeat of Cultural Heritage which is marked during 2018 throughout Europe.

The discussion will also be joined by Milan Stefanović from the organisation Team Europe. The debate is organised for Thursday 25th January at 12 p.m. in the premises of the National Library in Bor, 19 Moše Pijade St.

“EUTEKA – EU in your Library” is a project which has the aim to offer specific support to libraries throughout Serbia so they could, in their environments, become places of information for citizens about the topics related to EU. EUteka network of libraries encompasses 48 libraries from Serbia. More information on the project can be found at: www.euinfo.rs/euteka


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Presenting the European Union Competition in the Field of Cultural Heritage and Creative Industries

17/01/2018

Culture Desk Serbia and the EU Info Centre in Belgrade are organising a presentation of current opportunities to receive financial support in the field of cultural heritage and creative industries. The event is intended for cultural institutions and organisations intending to apply for competitions within different programmes of the European Commission: Creative Europe (sub-programme Culture) and Europe for Citizens.

Dimitrije Tadić, the Head of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia and Sanja Atanasković Opačić, the Head of the Group for International Cooperation and European Integration of the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society will speak about the propositions of the competition and participation possibilities for domestic cultural institutions and organisations.

The programme will present the following competitions:

Cultural and Creative Cities and Spaces, inter-sector call of the Creative Europe programme
European Memory, within the programme Europe for Citizens
Democratic Engagement and Civic Participation, within the Europe for Citizens programme

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, 23rd January at 12 p.m. in the EU Info Centre in Belgrade (7 Kralja Milana St).
Creative Europe is a programme of the European Commission for support to the cultural sector and audio-visual activities. With the budget of 1.46 billion Euros it supports initiatives of the cultural sector promoting European cooperation, literary translation and establishment of networks and platforms, and also initiatives of the audio-visual sector promoting development, distribution and accessibility of audio-visual works. The programme consists of two sub-programmes: Culture, for the promotion of the cultural sector, and MEDIA for the support to the audio-visual sector.

Europe for Citizens is a programme of the European Union and it has the aim of promoting European identity and European citizenship. It is designed in a way that promotes cooperation between participatory countries in various fields related to shared policies. The Office for Cooperation with Civil Society is the national point of contact for the implementation of the Europe for Citizens programme.


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Public Consultations on the Future of the Creative Europe Programme

10/01/2018

How should the future of the Creative Europe programme look like? How can we influence the shaping of the next programme in order to offer a better response to needs of the cultural and the audio-visual sectors?

As preparation for the next EU budget, European Commission initiated a series of public consultations on budgetary priorities after 2020. As the Creative Europe programme is funded from the budget of the EU, this is an opportunity to influence the future set up of the programme.

All citizens, cultural institutions and organisations are invited to take part in the consultations.

The questionnaire can be filled in any of the official 23 European Union languages.

You can find more information here.


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Happy Holidays!

28/12/2017

Dear colleagues and friends,
For Serbia, participation in Creative Europe programme in 2017 was extremely successful!

Domestic publishers are on the top of the list in the literary translation competition, 5 publishing houses gained the support of the program in the amount of 271,008.59 euros. Also, a great success was achieved in the competitions for European platforms and European cooperation – a total of 12 supported projects. Over 50 organizations have prepared project applications for the next year, so we hope that this will continue.

Therefore, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to you for your valuable work and effort and to wish you even more success and happiness in 2018 – the Year of European Cultural Heritage!

Creative Europe Desk Serbia team


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Info Day in Sopot

25/12/2017

Presentation of the Creative Europe programme took place on 25th December 2017 in Sopot, in cooperation with the Cultural Centre Sopot. We discussed topic covered by the programme with representatives of local cultural institutions and organisations, and also what can be a good project idea and how important project administration is.

The importance of deepening the existing cooperation between local cultural institutions and foreign partners was especially emphasised, and we also discussed diversifying funding sources and various co-funding possibilities of successful projects within the Creative Europe programme – from a specialised competition of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia to financial support of local self-governments.

With the aim of increasing the number of participants from Serbia, encouraging participation and improving cooperation of organisations from smaller places, the Desk will continue organising presentations, seminars, trainings and other educational activities utilised to transfer knowledge and skills required to receive support of the Creative Europe programme outside of major city centres as well.


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The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 takes off

07/12/2017

The European Year of Cultural Heritage will put the spotlight on Europe’s wealth of cultural heritage, showcasing its role in fostering a shared sense of identity and building the future of Europe.

The European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth, and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, who officially launched the European Year of Cultural Heritage today, said: “Cultural heritage is at the heart of the European way of life. It defines who we are and creates a sense of belonging. Cultural heritage is not only made up of literature, art and objects but also by the crafts we learn, the stories we tell, the food we eat and the films we watch. We need to preserve and treasure our cultural heritage for the next generations. This year of celebrations will be a wonderful opportunity to encourage people, especially young people, to explore Europe’s rich cultural diversity and to reflect on the place that cultural heritage occupies in all our lives. It allows us to understand the past and to build our future.”

The purpose of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to raise awareness of the social and economic importance of cultural heritage. Thousands of initiatives and events across Europe will provide the possibility to involve citizens from all backgrounds. The aim is to reach out to the widest possible audience, in particular children and young people, local communities and people who are rarely in touch with culture, to promote a common sense of ownership.

More information on the European Commission website. Also here: Q&A on the European Year of Cultural Heritage, and publication Spotlight on EYCH 2018.


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European Cooperation Projects 2018 – last check!

05/12/2017

Culture Desk Creative Europe Serbia in cooperation with the EU Info Centre in Belgrade will organise the “European Cooperation Projects 2018 – last check!” meeting on Friday 22nd December at 12 p.m. in the EU Info Centre in Belgrade, 7 Kralja Milana St.

The call is primarily intended for all institutions and organisation from Serbia prepairing competition applications for the Competition of European Cooperation 2017, but also for all parties interested for the competitions of the Creative Europe programme.

The meeting will cover the topics of competition materials of the applicants who intend to apply for support of the Creative Europe programme in this competition round, going through the application form and the budget of a project.

Also, anyone interested in applying for the competitions of the Creative Europe programme can attend the event.

Participation applications are mandatory, and anyone interested can apply by sending their name and the name of organisation or institution they represent to kreativnaevropa@gmail.com at latest by 17th November at 12 p.m.

The Agenda of the training will be available soon.


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Speed dating: EU Funds for Youth and Youth Cooperation in the Region

28/11/2017

A speed date with representatives of European Union funds offering support to cooperation of youth in the region will be organised in the EU Info Centre in Belgrade on 7th December at 12.00 p.m.

The quick introduction of representatives of civil society organisations to EU funds for projects whose focus is youth and which encourage cooperation of youth in the region is a part of the campaign “Europe for You”, and it is jointly organised by the EU Info Centre, Delegation of the European Union in Serbia, Office for Cooperation with the Civil Society and the Foundation Ana and Vlade Divac.

Through the concept of speed dating, i.e. quick introductions, representatives of organisations will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn about funding possibilities for their projects and activities. Apart from the direct introductions, the aim of this concept is also motivating youth to stay active and get the opportunity to receive support and implement their ideas further.

The meeting will be attended by representatives of the following EU programmes:

1. Europe for Citizens Programme
2. Youth Bank Hub Western Balkan and Turkey
3. The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)
4. Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO)
5. Propulsion Fund (Foundation for New Communications Dokukino)
6. Erasmus+
7. Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs
8. Creative Europe

Apart from them, representatives of the Youth Umbrella Organisation of Serbia and the EU Info Centre will also attend.

The event will take place in the EU Info Centre (7 Kralja Milana St, Belgrade), on Thursday 7th December 2017 from 12.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Registrations for the event are mandatory and can be done by filling in a short online form that you can find HERE at latest by 6th December at 12.00 p.m. It is possible to register one person per organisation. A refund of travel expenses amounting to a return bus ticket has been organised for 15 representatives of organisations outside of Belgrade. Due to limited space, there is a possibility all applications will not be accepted, and priority will be given to organisations which apply first. After the deadline for filling the online questionnaire lapsed, participants whose applications were accepted will be notified through email.

You can find the programme of the event here.


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Culture Desk Serbia at the KreNI Conference

28/11/2017

Representatives of the Culture Desk Serbia will present the support of the Creative Europe programme to the development of creative industries within the KreNI conference of creative industries on Friday 1st December at 12 p.m. in the EU Info corner in Niš (5 Vožda Karađorđa St).

The competition for projects of European cooperation, whose priorities include the development of creative industries and raising capacities of institutions and organisations in culture, will be presented on this occasion, as well as successful projects from Serbia in the field of creative industries. A separate part of the presentation will be related exactly to the open call of the Creative Europe programme – cultural and creative spaces and cities which has the aim to support creative hubs.

Moreover, this opportunity will be used to present priorities of the Government of the Republic of Serbia in the development of creative industries.

Dimitrije Tadić, Head of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia, and Milan Đorđević, Project Manager of Culture Desk Serbia, will speak about the Creative Europe programme. The support of the Government of the Republic of Serbia to the development of creative industries will be presented by Ana Ilić, Advisor of the Prime Minister of the Government of RS for the film industry, creative industries, tourism and digital entertainment and Bojana Simeunović, Associate in the Office of the Prime Minister of the Government of RS.

Programme:

14.00 -16.00 Presentations
16.00 -16:30 Questions and Answers

Attendance of the presentations is free of charge – however, due to organisational reasons it is required to register through email at officenis@euinfo.rs or by phone at 018/254-461 until 29th November at 7 p.m.

Presentation will be held as a part of the KreNI conference of creative industries organised by CA Young Ambassadors (Mladi ambasadori) with the support of the Delegation of the European Union in the Republic of Serbia and the City of Niš. It is also a part of the campaign for youth “Europe for You” conducted by the EU Delegation and the EU Info Corner


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Cultural and creative spaces and cities

20/11/2017

In line with Regulation No 1295/2013, the 2018 Annual Work Programme for the implementation of the Creative Europe programme foresees the launch of a call for proposals for cultural and creative spaces and cities. This call will support innovation in the cultural and creative sectors, with EUR 1,5 million allocated to the development of an action addressing this specific objective. The grant agreement resulting from this call for proposals will be allocated to one single project.

As specified in the Work Programme, the present action addresses creative hubs (A creative hub is an infrastructure or venue that uses a part of its leasable or available space for networking, organisational and business development to the cultural and creative sectors. Many co-working spaces in the creative sector also refer to themselves as “creative hubs”), which have recently and rapidly developed in numerous cities throughout the EU. Apart from creative hubs, the present action should provide support to cultural and creative spaces as well as other stakeholders in particular at the local level, including local, municipal and regional authorities.

The present call for proposals aims at strengthening existing networks and individual cultural and creative stakeholders, facilitate the interaction among them, two-way hands-on policy learning with concrete results, studies and examples of best practice.

Proposals should show how the following objectives will be pursued by the action:

Bring closer together cultural and creative spaces and local decision-makers
Help to better valorise public spaces for social and urban regeneration through culture
Share best practice concerning social inclusion and the relations of cultural and creative spaces with their neighbourhoods
Explore and share best practice of cultural and creative spaces with aspects of the collaborative economy and innovative models for the delivery of public services

The proposal should contain information as to how it intends to build on the results achieved and the policy lessons derived from previous actions funded under the cross-sectoral strand (European Network of Creative Hubs and Culture for Cities and Regions), other relevant projects such as the Trans-Europe Halles network and “Creative Lenses” , funded under the Creative Europe Programme, the European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC) as well as on the successful experiences of urban regeneration driven by a number of European Capitals of Culture (ECOC).

The planned duration of the project shall be 28 months. The planned starting date should be no later than 31 October 2018. Please find more details here.


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Results of the Competition for Literary Translations 2017

17/11/2017

Results of the competition for literary translations have been published. Publishing houses from Serbia achieved great success through their proactive approaches and good ideas and repeatedly placed Serbia on the first place by the number of approved projects within the competition for literary translation.

The decision of the board on this year’s competition was directed towards supporting a smaller number of projects with larger amounts of funds, hence, the total of 33 projects of literary translation were supported.

Out of the submitted 22 projects, 5 projects of domestic publishing houses received support of the Creative Europe programme. Among the most successful are also Bulgaria with 20 submitted and 4 supported projects, but also Croatia and FYR Macedonia with 3 supported project each.

We wish to extend our congratulations to the Independent Agency for Publishing Odiseja for the project Old Continent, New People: Finding Your Own Place, Publishing Agency Štrik for the project Women’s Decameron: for a new Renaissance in European literature, Kontrast Publishing for the project Europe: Different Journeys, One Destination, Publishing House Arete for the project European Literature Today: Universal Stories of Personal Revolutions and the Company for Graphic and Publishing Works Heliks for the project Beyond horizons: cross-cultural mosaic of contemporary European fiction.

The total funds awarded to publishing houses from Serbia within this year’s competition for literary translations amount to €271,008.59. You can find more information about the results of the competition at the European Commission website.


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Creative Europe Conference in Skopje

13/11/2017

A conference on the topic: “Creative Europe of the EU – Encouragement for Cultural Cooperation” was held today in the EU Info Centre in Skopje. The Minister of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia, Robert Alagjozovski, spoke on the topic “The Way to the Western Balkans to the EU: Culture has its own role”, and addresses were also made by the Head of the EU Delegation to Skopje, Ambassador Samuel Zbogar on the topic “Why Culture Is Important to European Union? “, as well as the Head of the Culture Department of the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, Karel Bartak.

The conference was organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia, in cooperation with the Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture Affairs of the European Commission (Sector for Culture) and the Film Agency of the Republic of Macedonia. The conference included a practical part, which refers to the present results of the implementation of the program at the European level, and presented the current calls for applications for the sub-programs Culture and MEDIA of the European Union.

The second part of the conference was dedicated to experiences from the region. Vesela Kondakova, Head of CED Bulgaria presented the presidency of Bulgaria of the EU and plans to strengthen cooperation in the region. Dimitrije Tadic, Head of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia, spoke about European cooperation and cultural diplomacy through the presentation of the publication Cultural Diplomacy: Art, Festivals and Geopolitics, joint edition of Creative Europe Desk Serbia and the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade.


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Expert Meeting of BiH Desk in Sarajevo

10/11/2017

Creative Europe Desk BiH in cooperation with the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH organised a seminar with the topic “EU funds for culture, improvement of regional cooperation in the sector of culture and support by local sources”.

Representatives of Desks from Albania, Montenegro, Greece, Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia spoke about their experience of participating in the Creative Europe programme, but also about participation supporting mechanisms existing on the national level.

Situations and co-financing instruments differ in countries of the region – in Albania the government, municipalities and regional institutions take part in co-financing, and in Greece in the period from 2007 to 2017 the government co-financed 690 projects which received funds from the European Union.

In Montenegro, there is still no national mechanism of co-financing project which received EU support, while the situation is clearly different in Slovenia where the Ministry of Culture founded a fund for support of Slovenian cultural institutions, whereas in 2016 alone the amount of 85,000 EUR was approved for co-financing. An especially interesting fact is that Slovenian municipalities finance these projects to the level of as much as 30% of the requested funds. 

In Croatia there is a fund for co-financing and organisations which receive EU support don’t have the obligation to pay VAT. Dimitrije Tadić from Creative Europe Desk Serbia presented the possibilities offered in Serbia where all successful applicants within the Creative Europe programme can receive co-financing for their projects through specialised competitions of the Ministry which makes participating in the calls significantly easier.

Experiences from the region demonstrate that it is necessary to form project co-financing mechanisms within the Creative Europe programme of the EU on different administrative levels in BiH, emphasised Edin Veladžić from the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH. It is also necessary to determine a clear and simple procedure which would allow lifting of the obligation to pay VAT for activities in cultural projects financed from EU funds. By familiarising the present representatives of the entities’ and cantonal ministries of culture with multiple values and benefits of participating in the Creative Europe programme, the first step was made towards recognition of awarded projects and their support in allocating the funds intended for culture, and it was also emphasised that establishment of separate budget lines for these projects would greatly relieve their realisation.

The jointly reached conclusion is that it is needed to design a strategy for better promotion of successful applicants and projects in public, with the aim of connecting with the business sector and also further support of organisations by co-financing these projects. The Head of the Creative Europe Desk BiH Aida Kalender pointed out that she expected the result of the meeting to also be a significantly bigger number of partnerships in project preparation for calls within the EU funds and, hence, a bigger number of joint successful projects.


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Digital Tools in Culture: Funds, Projects, Audience

08/11/2017

27th-28thNovember, Jugoslovenska Kinoteka, 1 Uzun Mirkova St

Two-day seminar “Digital Tools in Culture: Funds, Projects, Audience” is dedicated to the topic of digitalisation and application of digital tools in culture. The programme of the first day of the event is designed to present different possibilities in obtaining financial support for projects of contemporary creativity in the fields of digital arts, digitalisation of cultural heritage and its interpretation and promotion, application of digital tools and innovation in working with audiences, development of the digital infrastructure and online distribution of content, inter-sector cooperation and strengthening capacities of cultural professionals during the digitalisation process.

The second day will encompass presenting examples of cultural initiatives and projects successfully applying digital tools. By pointing out the changes in interaction between cultural programmes and audiences, this part of the programme offers a comprehensive overview of the following questions: how does digitalisation influence creation, availability and use of cultural content; what effect does it have on creators of cultural programmes, what opportunities of further development of the cultural sector does it offer: new work positions and new forms of presentations.

Contribution to innovation and creativity in the cultural field through contemporary creativity, designing new business models, using digital technologies and promoting innovation through inter-sector cooperation are some of the most important priorities of the Creative Europe programme.

The seminar is a joint activity of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia and the Sector for the Development of Digital Research Infrastructure in the Fields of Culture and Arts of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia.

Creative Europe programme is the main programme of the European Union for support of the cultural sector and audio-visual activities. It helps cultural and creative organisations to act on the international level and promotes cross-border circulation of cultural works and mobility of cultural professionals. It offers financial support to projects with a European dimension which have the aim of disseminating cultural content within the European cultural space.

Sector for the Development of Digital Research Infrastructure in the Fields of Culture and Arts of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia offers support to cultural institutions and organisations in the digitalisation process and in using digital tools in cultural projects. The Sector is conducting coordination-organisational, developmental and technologically-operational activities which have the aim to create the national strategy and plans of digitalisation, define technologic, legal and organisational frameworks for successful construction of digital research infrastructure, and also the widest coordination of all participants in the process.

The event is open for all interested parties, and the programme of the event will soon be published on our website.


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Info day Floating divan in Novi Sad

19/10/2017

Sector for international cooperation of the Foundation Novi Sad 2021 – European capital of culture, organised on 18th October 2017 in the Cultural Centre of Novi Sad an info day “Floating divan” using the opportunity to present international calls for funding cultural projects, with reference to examples of good practice in Europe and cooperation in the Danube region.

The event was opened by Vuk Radulović, Head of the sector for international cooperation of Foundation Novi Sad 2021 – European capital of culture and he presented past, current and planned activities of the Foundation directed towards internationalising the local cultural scene. Today’s “floating divan” is an excellent opportunity to present successful examples from the practice of the Danube region and international calls for funding of cultural projects. This is just another small step towards raising capacities of the Foundation and out city in reaching a common goal – to bear the title of the centre of European culture in 2021 in the best possible light.” – Radulović said.

The event was also supported by the Antenna of the Culture Creative Europe Desk Serbia. Coordinator of the Antenna, Mina Radmilović Pjevac, presented a new call within the Creative Europe programme focussed on project of European cooperation. Since 2018 is the year of cultural heritage in the European Union, peculiarities of this category were also emphasised.

Márton Méhes, cultural manager and Dubravka Lazić from the Academy of the Arts in Novi Sad presented the DTP INTERREG platform for cultural projects explaining the importance of cohesion policy and transnational cooperation. Méhes further stated that Novi Sad has the potential of becoming a centre for international cooperation in culture, emphasising that je dalje will be the year of cultural heritage, which will be, at the same time, the focus of Novi Sad as the European capital of culture during this year.

As an example of good practice in Europe, a lecture with the topic of “Coordination of cultural institutions’ operation” was held by Paul Gessl, the Director of NÖKU Holding in Sankt Pölten, Austria, stating key segments of working structure and guidelines for internal coordination of cultural institutions’ activities.

Sophie Deuer, project manager of “Euro Vienna”, spoke about building capacities and project management in cultural institutions and presented tools for finding funding possibilities from EU funds in countries of the Danube region.


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The Cultural Heritage workshop

11/10/2017

Culture Desk Serbia and the EU Info Center in Belgrade are organizing the presentation of a new European Cooperation Call for Cultural Heritage projects on October 20 at 10:00am at EU Info Center in Belgrade. In addition to the presentation of the call, a workshop for project writing will be held.

The call is addressed to all institutions and organizations from Serbia that are planning to apply on Creative Europe programme with cultural heritage projects.

If you are interested in participation, please submit a brief description of their project idea with a list of potential or definite partners. Within the framework of the discussions, concrete proposals of the participants’ projects will be discussed, taking into account the main guidelines and evaluation procedures of the Creative Europe program.

Up to two people from one cultural organization can apply for participation in this event. The number of participants is limited.

The application must be submitted to the address of the Culture Desk Serbia: kreativnaevropa@kultura.gov.rs. Applications can be submitted by Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Applications that arrive after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.


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Info Day in Kikinda

10/10/2017

The Antenna of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia in cooperation with the Center for applied and fine arts Terra organised the Info Day about the Creative Europe programme on 4th October 2017.

Info Days are promotional events of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia where the Creative Europe programme and activities of the Creative Europe Desk are presented, but also the successes of Serbia achieved to date in competitions of the largest European programme for cultural projects.

During the Info Day, representatives of the Antenna of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia presented the priorities and aims of the programme, basic characteristics and mandatory conditions in applying, the importance of this programme for cultural institutions and organisations from Serbia and specific possibilities when it comes to internationalising cultural activities and projects from Serbia.

The Info Day was dedicated to representatives of all cultural institutions and organisations from Kikinda and the surrounding places – public institutions of culture, organisations of the civil society dealing with culture, educational, scientific and research institutions, but also to independent artists, curators and cultural managers.


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CULTURAL DIPLOMACY: BRUSSELS – WESTERN BALKANS

02/10/2017

The book Cultural Diplomacy: arts, festival and geopolitics, published by the Creative Europe Desk Serbia and the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, was presented during the international congress in Brussels.

A week after the Belgrade promotion which took place within Bitef, the book Cultural Diplomacy: arts, festival and geopolitics edited by prof. Milena Dragićević Šešić PhD in cooperation with Ljiljana Rogač Mijatović PhD and Nina Mihaljinac PhD was successfully presented on 29th November in Brussels at the ENCATC congress (European Network on Cultural Administration and Training Centres). This joint publication of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia and the Faculty of Dramatic Arts received great interest from European officials and experts in the field of cultural policy and management, but also from the non-academic public.

After Brussels, the book Cultural Diplomacy started its regional tour. Hence, already on 12th October in Skopje, Macedonian Minister of Culture Robert Alagjozovski will speak at the presentation of this international publication. The planned book promotions are at the same time an inspiration to strengthen cultural cooperation and promote the bottom-up principle of cultural diplomacy.


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Open call for European cooperation projects 2018

18/09/2017

A public call for submitting projects within projects of European Cooperation of the Creative Europe programme is now open.

Within this call you can apply in three categories:

– Support for European cooperation projects 2018 (Category 1 – Smaller scale cooperation projects and Category 2 – Larger scale cooperation projects)

– Support for cooperation projects related to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (Category 3 – Cooperation projects related to the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage)

Deadlines for submitting projects аre:

22/11/2017 at 12:00 noon (CET/CEST, midday Brussels time) for ‘Support for cooperation projects related to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018’ (Category 3)

18/01/2018 at 12:00 noon (CET/CEST, midday Brussels time) for ‘Support for European cooperation projects 2018’ (Category 1 – Smaller scale cooperation projects / Category 2 – Larger scale cooperation projects)

The guide for applicants, all the requirements and documents can be found here.

The Creative Europe Desk Serbia and our Antenna office in Novi Sad are at your disposal for help when applying.


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Promotion of the book Cultural Diplomacy at Bitef

13/09/2017

We are inviting you to the promotion of the book “Cultural Diplomacy: Arts, Festival and Geopolitics” within the first day of Bitef! 

Join us in discussing about international cultural cooperation and get your copy of the book.

Speakers at the promotion will include Milena Dragićević Šešić, professor at FDA, Vida Ognjenović, writer and a diplomat, Ivan Medenica, Art Director of the Bitef Festival and Dimitrije Tadić, Head of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia. 

The book Cultural Diplomacy: Arts, Festivals and Geopolitics, ed. Milena Dragićević Šešić in cooperation with Ljiljana Rogač Mijatović and Nina Mihaljinac, is a joint project of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia and the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, which together with the Bitef Festival organised last October the conference: Bitef and Cultural Diplomacy: Theatre and Geopolitics. The conference shed light on the importance of Bitef as a festival taking place on the boundary between the East and the West, a platform where different cultures meet, by examining the activities of Mira Trailović and Jovan Ćirilov which positioned Belgrade on the global theatrical and political map.

The book brings texts dealing with key questions of cultural diplomacy (soft power) in the light of new geopolitical relations: culture of fear, humiliation and hope (Mojsi), re-examining the importance of ideology and political activity which instrumentalises culture. Authors, coming from Great Britain to South Africa, Argentina and Turkey, wrote about challenges of contemporary multi/unipolar situation, deepened by economic crisis and migrations on the one hand, and political populism on the other one. A larger number of works dealt with the role of festivals, and in particular Bitef in these processes, possibilities of intercultural dialogue, and leading the so called bottom-up cultural diplomacy. 

The second part of the book represents results of expert “working groups” held separately for different cultural fields (music, performing arts, literature, etc.) in April 2016 at the initiative of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia. Apart from the promotion of the programme itself, the Desk also initiates projects of wider importance for the development of international cooperation of the cultural sector in Serbia; hence, the goal of every working group was to reach specific recommendations for the development of international cooperation in Serbia. These results were published in IV chapter, and V chapter offers an overview of international cooperation of cultural organisations from Serbia (2010-2016).


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The results of the European platfoms 2017 open call

30/08/2017

The results of the European platforms open call 2017 are published. Among the twelve supported, three organizations and institutions from Serbia participate in three platforms.

The Belgrade Architecture Association is again part of the Future Architecture platform with sixteen other European organizations. The project was also supported in the previous call for European platforms, and now it has received maximum support of € 500,000.

The Student Cultural Center in Novi Sad is participating in the Aerowaves platform that supports local dance scenes across Europe and the support of young authors from partner countries on the project. SCC Novi Sad joined the platform in 2016 and now continues to participate as a full member. The total amount of funds is € 500,000.

The organization which participate for the first time in the Creative Europe program is the New Cultural Settlement from Novi Sad, which is part of the European Magic Carpets platform from now on. The project deals with the support and presentation of new artists and professionals in culture through the implementation of strategies for the audience development and the promotion of international programs in culture. The CE grant for the projects is € 500,000.

A competition for European platforms is more demanding than other Creative Europe calls, and a small number of institutions and organizations receive financial support. Considering that it is not published annually, the success achieved by domestic organizations is very high.


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European Cooperation Projects – Call 2018

08/08/2017

The call for proposals for European Cooperation Projects 2018 is expected to be published in late September 2017, together with the Guidelines, on the website: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/creative-europe/funding/support-european-cooperation-projects-2018_en, on condition that the Work Programme 2018 is adopted as scheduled in September 2017.  

The Guidelines will cover two calls for proposals:

The first will be dedicated to small- and large-scale European cooperation projects in the “standard” version used since the start of Creative Europe in 2014.

The second will be specifically designed for projects related to the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage.

The Guidelines will therefore deal with three categories – small scale cooperation projects, large scale cooperation projects and projects related to the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage.

The newly introduced third category of projects will specifically target two objectives of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage (Council and EP Decision no 864/2017 Art 1.2):

In particular, the third category of cooperation projects should aim to:

Cultural Heritage is a sign or a symbol created by, or given meaning by human activity, that is intentionally protected, conserved or revived, instead of being left to natural decay, oblivion, or destruction. The purpose is the transmission to future generations of its values (i.e. cultural, historical, aesthetic, archaeological, scientific, ethnological, anthropological value), which are considered relevant by a community or group of reference. 

Within the context of this action, cultural heritage should be understood as encompassing a broad spectrum of resources inherited from the past in all forms and aspects -tangible, intangible and digital (created digital and digitised), including monuments, sites, landscapes, skills, practices, knowledge and expressions of human creativity, as well as collections conserved and managed by public and private bodies such as museums, libraries and archives. Cultural heritage also includes film heritage.

Please note, however, that projects supporting physical interventions on monuments, sites or landscapes are not co-financed within the scope of the present Calls.

Projects are encouraged to implement highly visible activities in their first year to mark the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. In assessing applications under this category, the Commission will favour projects that do not only focus on awareness raising/communication activities, but which will have an enduring effect and are designed to be sustainable beyond the life of the project.


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Results of the Public Call for Participation in the Seminar “Creative Europe Programme –project preparation”

24/07/2017

Representatives of twenty-four institutions and organizations from Serbia will be granted an opportunity to participate in a seminar of project proposition preparation for the Creative Europe programme, organised in cooperation with the Centre for Culture “Vuk Karadžić” in Tršić, from 7th to 10th August.

Among them there are seven public institutions: city library “Karlo Bijelicki” from Sombor, the National Library of Serbia from Belgrade, the Pedagogical Museum from Belgrade, City Government of Niš, Provincial Secretariat for Culture and Public Information Novi Sad, Tourist organisation of the City of Loznica, and the Natural History Museum in Belgrade, and nineteen organisations of the civil society: Civil Association Kulturna periferija, Orlovat, Bookstore Bulevar Books Novi Sad, Civil Association HeriTag Inđija, Civil Association Reload Vranje, Serbian Literary Society Belgrade, Publishing house Treći trg Belgrade, Centre for Rehabilitation through Imagination Belgrade, Centre for Realisation of New Ideas Šabac, Hartefakt Fund Belgrade, Gallery 12HUB Belgrade, Civil Association Bastardo Club & Doroteo Design Belgrade, Haver Serbia Belgrade, Small Art Centre of Zemun Belgrade, Belgrade Festival of Flowers, Civil Association “Firma” Novi Pazar, Civil Association “Stara škola Medveđa” from Medveđa, Civil Association “Zeleno oko” Krupanj and the Independent Film Centre “Film the World” Belgrade.

Every year, Creative Europe Desk Serbia organises a seminar for writing projects with the aim of achieving the best possible preparations of projects of institutions and organisations which they will use to apply for the support of the Creative Europe programme, both during this year and the next ones.

The topics the seminar will deal with are contemporary practices and concepts in international cultural cooperation, cultural heritage and contemporary art; management of international projects; European cultural policy and the priorities of the Creative Europe programme. Within the programme of the seminar, representatives of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia, Dimitrije Tadić, Nina Mihaljinac, Milan Đorđević, Mina Radmilović Pjevac and Jovana Rapajić, will speak about opportunities offered by the Creative Europe programme, and also lectures will be held on the topic of modern curator practices, management in culture and internationalisation of work in culture which will be lead by Nikola Krstović, a scientific associate of the Centre for Museology and Heritology of the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade and Andrija Stojanović, coordinator of the project Take Over and MAPE, followed by the workshop programme –presentations, consultations and discussion on proposed projects.

We are inviting all institutions and organisations which are not among this year’s participants to contact us so we can discuss their project ideas. Moreover, in October this year, the Antenna of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia will organise a seminar for project writing which can be a new opportunity for anyone interested.

.We want to thank everyone for their interest, and wish successful work on project ideas to seminar participants, as well as establishing long-term professional connections at the seminar in Tršić!

Here you can download the programme of the seminar and the list of participants.


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EU Programmes for Local Self-Governments

05/07/2017

A presentation of EU programmes intended for employees of local self-governments, entitled “Programmes of the European Union in Service of Development of Local Communities”, and organised by the Permanent Conference of Cities and Municipalities and the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society of the Government of the Republic of Serbia was held in the MPs’ Club in Belgrade on 5th July 2017. The event was attended by approximately 60 participants from over 30 municipalities and cities all around the entire territory of Serbia.

Apart from funds from EU pre-accession funds, local self-governments in Serbia can also access funds from some EU programmes where our country has the right to participate. Their purpose is to support member states, but also candidate countries for EU membership, in implementing the internal EU policy in different fields (such as education, culture, consumer protection, competition, environmental protection, research and development).

The event was opened by Jadranka Joksimović, Minister for European Integration, Đorđe Staničić, General Secretary of the Permanent Conference of Cities and Municipalities and Žarko Stepanović, Interim Director of the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society.

The Minister for European Integration, Jadranka Joksimović, pointed out in her address that the process of European integrations does not always imply highly political topics, but also questions of development. In this sense she emphasised the importance of participating in EU programmes through which a vast number of excellent projects from Serbia has already been supported. The Minister stated that the Republic of Serbia currently has the right to participate in the following EU programmes: Horizon 2020, KOZME, EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI), Erasmus +, Europe for Citizens, Creative Europe, Fiscalis 2020, EU Health Programme, Customs 2020, EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

Minister Joksimović also emphasised the important role of units of local self-government, but also organisation of the civil society and other relevant actors on the local level, both in the pre-accession process and in the process of negotiations about the accession of Serbia to the European Union. Moreover, Minister Joksimović reflected on available IPA funds and communicated the information that until 2020 the Republic of Serbia can expect another billion of Euros of non-refundable aid from the European Union on the national level, and that local self-governments can apply for project funds through numerous programmes. She also stated that pre-accession funds amount to 200 million EUR yearly.

General Secretary of PCCM, Đorđe Staničić, stated that the goal of the event was to raise the level of interest of local self-governments in applying for EU funds available to them.

“Our role in this process depends, primarily, on ourselves”, said Staničić to representatives of cities and municipalities.

The Interim Director of the Office, Žarko Stepanović, pointed out the importance of the EU programmes “Europe for Citizens” for which the Office has been the contact point since 2012, and which enables local self-governments and civil society organisations to cooperate and network with partner institutions in the EU.”

“In this way we strengthen the capacities for preparation and utilisation of funds in the moment of Serbia’s accession to the EU”, said Stepanović. According to what he stated, 29 projects have been approved so far whose total value amounts to 1.7 million Euros.

The Head of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia, Dimitrije Tadić, presented opportunities for establishing European cooperation offered by the Creative Europe Programme, criteria in applying with projects within which units of local self-government can submit project propositions and be the project carriers and/or partners. Moreover, Rade Milić, representative of the Centre for Urban Development presented the project Digital Narratives of Small Historical Places as an example of good practice.

The event was organised as a part of the programme “Support to Local Self-Governments in Serbia on the Path to EU – Phase II” which is being realised by PCCM with support of the Government of Sweden.


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