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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.


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:

  • Promoting networking of EHL sites.
  • Encouraging sites to develop joint projects such as programme of youth exchange and volunteer programmes, staff mobility, joint curatorship activities, etc.
  • Raising capacities of sites to be active on the international level through training of site managers and exchange between staff of EHL sites.
  • Supporting the development of joint educational programmes and joint marketing and tourism products.
  • Increasing the visibility of this EU action and EHL sites.

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

You can find more information here.


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.


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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Creative Europe in EUTEKA library in Ćuprija

30/06/2017

What is the Creative Europe programme and what chances for regional and European cooperation does it offer to cultural institutions from Serbia? What are the experiences of Serbian institutions which participated in projects funded by this programme? How to participate, where to ask for help, where to get information?

These are some of the questions that were discussed on Friday 30th June in the National Library “Dušan Matić” in Ćuprija, member of the EUTEKA network of libraries, when representatives of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia held a presentation of the largest programme for funding content in culture functioning within European Union – Creative Europe.

The presentation in Ćuprija library was attended by representatives of cultural institutions from this municipality, and also municipalities of Jagodina and Paraćin, and what Creative Europe is and what are the experiences of users of this programme was spoken about by Dimitrije Tadić, Head of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia, the body implementing the Creative Europe programme, and Luka Kulić from the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, an institution that successfully participated in two programmes and which is currently realising the third project funded by this programme.

The message conveyed by both speakers was, in fact, an encouragement to domestic cultural institutions to dare to participate in this kind of competitions, to ask questions, to connect and overcome fear and prejudice prevalent here when it comes to participating in competitions for EU funds. Both speakers believe our space, history and culture are interesting to cultural professionals in Europe, and that we, on the other hand, have the ideas and diversity and that we can be a good partner in big cultural projects financed by this fund.

Dimitrije Tadić used this opportunity to briefly present to participants the basics of the Creative Europe programme and direct their attention to what its main goals are. “Europe wants to position itself on the global scene through culture and this programme is not only a funding programme, it also represents a functioning mechanism for culture on the European level”, he said. Until now, representatives of Serbia participated in approximately 40 projects funded by this programme, while we also had one institution which was the carrier of the project – the Institute for Balkanology. The position of project carrier is very complicated and demanding and it requires time and skills to master all procedures. Nevertheless, Tadić said, you should participate in competitions as partners to the main project carrier because every completed project raises the capacity of the participating organisation and makes it more prepared for the next participation.

Luka Kulić from the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina advised his colleagues not to be victims of prejudice due to which they hesitate to get involved in applying processes. This Museum went to the first project in cooperation with the Museum of Contemporary Art from Zagreb, and now it is a part of a huge third European project where there are ten partners involved.

“We possess the freshness of ideas and we are, for people from cultural circles in Europe, still unchartered territory. Great interest in our socialist heritage is prevalent and many cultural institutions in Europe are working on projects including this element and they are seeking adequate partners from this region”, he emphasised.

Guests of the Ćuprija library, after the discussion with their colleagues, visited the Legacy of Dušan Matić, poet and a pioneer of Surrealism in Serbian literature, preserved in this library. The Legacy consists of a study room of the famous thinker, who lived in Ćuprija, together with his drawings, award and personal belongings and this is being kept in this library for over two decades.


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Possibilities of Financing Cultural Projects through EU funds

21/06/2017

Creative Europe Desk Serbia and the Provincial Secretariat for Culture, Public Information and Relations with Religious Communities organised a one-day counselling intended for representatives of cities and municipalities in AP Vojvodina entitled “Possibilities of Financing Projects in the Field of Culture Through EU Desk Funds”, on 21st June 2017 in the great hall of the Assembly of AP Vojvodina.

Participants had an opportunity to get familiar with the Creative Europe programme, and also other programmes from the field of culture and with examples of good practice of provincial cultural institutions. These programmes represent an opportunity for local self-governments from Vojvodina to improve the cultural image of AP Vojvodina together with the Provincial Secretariat and to promote their cultural achievements and heritage in the light they deserve, especially bearing in mind the fact that European year of cultural heritage will be marked during the next year, 2018.

The aim of organisers of the event was for interested parties to get informed about the conditions and ways of applying, but also to debate important questions related to perspectives of cultural development in municipalities and cities of AP Vojvodina.


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Joint Meeting of European Commission and Creative Europe Desks of Participant Countries

18/06/2017

Creative Europe Desk Serbia has an obligation to participate in defining goals and priorities of the programme in cooperation with other countries participating in the programme. Due to this, this year, during the period from 14th June to 17th June, representatives of Creative Europe Desk Serbia participated in the meeting with the European Commission.

The two-day event in Malta was attended by 85 team members from 31 countries. Meetings of representatives of the Desks are an opportunity to strengthen European cooperation, summarise achieved results and transfer experiences. During the first day an introductory lecture was organised about changes in programme management and the refurbished theatre of the university campus in La Valletta. Moreover, successful projects which are being implemented, such as the project AMUSE, were presented.

AMUSE (Artistic Multi Sensorial Experience) represents “An artistic experience for multiple senses”– an artistic project headed by the Malta Society of Arts (MSA) the goal of which creating new interpretations of meanings of the senses (such as the tactile, kinaesthetic and proprioceptive) and their role in art. The completion of the project will be marked by an exhibition of works for multiple senses which will take place in 2019 in MSA premises in Palazzo De La Salle in Valletta.

The meeting also included a presentation of the framework for the initiative entitled “Music Moves Europe” as support to European music sector. The initiative started in the end of 2015 through meetings with key actors in music in order to identify main challenges faced by this sector. The results of this dialogue can be found in the report of the work group for AB music. This dialogue unveiled the need for support to creation of music, promotion of music diversity and research of possibilities offered by online and offline music distribution. Music is one of the most popular forms of art, widely consumed and a lively expression of European cultural diversity. It also significantly contributes to European economy. The music sector produces income of over 25 billion Euros yearly and employs more people than the film industry.

After the presentation of projects and the initiative during the first work day, 4 parallel thematic workshops were held with the goal of encouraging exchange on the topics of:
Communication and the use of social media;

CE Desk Management: Desk and its inner structure and organisation (internal);

CE Desk Management: Desk and the Creative Europe programme (external);

New business models;

Representatives of the Desk attended the first workshop where the discussion was about how social media influences the dissemination of results and winning new audiences.

During the second day, a representative of the EU Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) presented the results and statistics so far related to the sub-programme Culture of Creative Europe.

Considering the fact that Malta will be the representative of culture in 2018, examples of realised programmes were presented: revitalisation of an old theatre, organising film festivals, renewing cultural institutions, permanent activities in squares and other public spaces.

A very important information is that this and next year cultural heritage will be among priorities of EU programmes (Horizon, Erasmus +, Cosme, etc.), and especially of the Creative Europe programme – hence, the meeting was held in the future European capital of culture.


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

13/06/2017

*The deadline for applications is extended until Friday, 21st. of July.

The Culture Desk Creative Europe Serbia in cooperation with the Cultural centre “Vuk Karadzic ” Loznica, will organize the seminar “Creative Europe Programme – project preparation” from 7th until 10th August 2017 in Tršić. 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@kultura.gov.rs.

Deadline for applications

Applications can be submitted until 16th July 2017. Applications received after the defined deadline will not be taken into consideration.


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Competition for literary translation projects is now open

12/06/2017

This year’s competition for literary translation projects was opened within the Creative Europe programme on Јune 12th 2017. The deadline for applying is July 25th 2017 and the competition is open to publishers who can apply with a proposal to translate a specific package of books to European languages.

All interested publishers from Serbia can reach Creative Europe Desk Serbia with any questions through contacts indicated on the website.

Publishers can gather information on literary translation projects from Serbia supported by resources of the Creative Europe programme during past years from the part of the website Successful Projects.


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Creative Europe in Aranđelovac

12/06/2017

Within the project “EUTEKA – EU in Your Library” the National Library “Sveti Sava” in Aranđelovac hosted a staged debate entitled “EU Support for Cultural Projects” where the European Commission programme for support to culture and media sectors Creative Europe was presented. Nina Mihaljinac, project manager of Culture Desk Serbia spoke about this programme.

Possibilities for project funding through the Creative Europe programme, implemented by the Creative Europe Desk in Serbia, were presented to representatives of cultural institutions and organisations dealing with culture from Aranđelovac.

Projects aspiring to receive support of the Creative Europe programme must cover at least one of the three priorities of this programme: audience development, transnational mobility or support the development of creative industries. Individuals, institutions and organisations from Serbia dealing with culture, and aspiring to apply for funds offered by the Creative Europe programme for the realisation of their projects must also find partners from the minimum of two additional countries, out of which one must be a member of the European Union. The value of projects is up to 200,000 Euros.

Every year Creative Europe offers competitions where individuals and organisations can participate by competing with their programmes in fields such as: European platforms, European networks, projects of European cooperation and translation of literary works. Nina Mihaljinac emphasised that the Creative Europe Desk Serbia offers support in project development to everyone wanting to apply for funds from this programme, but also in filling in the application for obtaining the funds. She explained that the Creative Europe Desk Serbia regularly organises workshops for all interested parties and announced the next such workshop which is scheduled for the first half of August in Tršić.

Over forty organisations and several cities from Serbia have participated in competitions of European cooperation. Among them, there is an equal number of cultural institutions and civil society organisations dealing with topics from the field of culture. Moreover, Serbia won the first place last year in the Creative Europe competition for literary translations.

Speaking about some of examples of good practice from Serbia, Mihaljinac emphasised the example of SASA Musicology Institute which achieved successful cooperation with the University of Oxford and realised a project within which completely new instruments based on principles of quantum physics were developed. Another successful example from Serbia is the participation of Ilija M. Kolarac Foundation in the project Take over within which this cultural institution introduced a new advisory body named the Youth Board which helped in innovating the programme of this institution and approximating it to new generations of audience.

Participants of the debate listened with great attention to the speech of the representative of Creative Europe Desk and during the discussion that ensued after the presentation they presented some of their ideas for projects which could potentially obtain support of the Creative Europe programme. In this way at the debate in Aranđelovac project ideas could be heard that could cover the topics such as wine ceremonies and songs from Serbia, or innovation in researching the history of the Aranđelovac area. At the event, an invitation was extended to them to shape their ideas and participate in the next workshop of the Creative Europe Desk in August in Tršić where they could transform these ideas into actual projects.

The National Library “Sveti Sava” in Aranđelovac is one of the 48 members of EUTEKA network of libraries throughout Serbia cooperating with the Delegation of the European Union in Serbia in order to approximate the European Union and the process of accession of Serbia to the EU to Serbian citizens.


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EU Projects Fair “EU and Serbia in action” held in Zrenjanin

05/05/2017

EU Projects Fair “EU and Serbia in action”, where the most important current projects in Vojvodina funded by the European Union were presented, was held today in Zrenjanin, together with the traditional manifestation “European village”.

At the EU Projects Fair, more than 30 projects were presented, in the realization which the European Union is currently actively participating, and the value of which is several hundreds of millions of Euros. The Fair was marked by the celebration of ten years of membership in the European Union, celebrated by Romania this year with which Serbia has excellent cooperation through projects of cross-border cooperation. This is why this year one of the organisers of the EU Projects Fair, apart from the Delegation of the EU in Serbia, Office for EU Integration in the Government of the Republic of Serbia, the and City of Zrenjanin was also the Embassy of the Republic of Romania.

The EU Projects Fair “EU and Serbia in action” and the manifestation “European village” was jointly opened by Jadranka Joksimović, Minister without portfolio in charge of European Integration, Oscar Benedict, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation in Serbia, Čedomir Janjić, the Mayor of Zrenjanin and Milan Čežek from the Fund for European Affairs of AP Vojvodina.

The visitors of the Fair had the chance to see numerous projects of cross-border cooperation with Romania which are successfully managed by the Office for EU Integration of the Government of RS, and which are related to cooperation in the fields of tourism, preventing floods, and empowering entrepreneurs from Banat municipalities. Ministry of Culture and Information presented their project of rehabilitating the monastery and fortress in Bač and the construction of the so-called “diffusion museum” in this municipality, which is conducted with the support of the EU. Visitors were also enabled to get familiar with numerous projects from the sphere of social inclusion, especially support to pre-school children, the Roma population, refugees and displaced persons.

Creative Europe Desk Serbia presented the success of Serbia so far in participating in the Creative Europe programme at the Culture stand. The Fair was an opportunity for all interested cultural and programme.

We hope the number of applications from Zrenjanin in the Creative Europe programme will increase in the following years and that we will have the first successful stories from this city.


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The results of the European cooperation 2017 open call

26/04/2017

The results of the European cooperation project open call 2017 are published. Among success stories, there are nine organizations from Serbia. Museum of Yugoslavia and Kolarac, the organizations that completed the previous projects Heroes we love and Take over are again supported by the program. Now with projects New mappings of Europe and Young@Opera.

We are extremely pleased that among this year’s successful stories are organizations that for the first time participate in the Creative Europe programme, whose representatives were participants of our seminars and workshops, and with whom we met and talked about their applications – theater “Kosztolányi Dezső” with the project Rediscovering Europe, Heartefact with the project CATHESIS: Inovating Theater as Event: The Spectator as Reseacher, Association Krokodil with two projects, South East Reaches West – digital platform for the promotion of writers in post conflict societies and Socially inclusive Literature operation, Children’s Cultural Center Belgrade with Young Theater project, Communication point with the project MAPS – Mapping and Archiving Public Space and Center for Cultural Decontamination with the project Borderline Offensive: Laughing in the face of fear.

The total value of projects involving institutions and organizations from Serbia is 1 873 356.02 euros.

Congratulations to all successful applicants and we are looking forward to the programs and activities that will start this year!


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Darko Tuševljaković winner of the European Union Prize for Literature

21/04/2017

Writers from 12 European countries, and among them Darko Tuševljaković from Serbia, won the European Union Prize for Literature for 2017.

European Union Prize for Literature, awarded every year to writers from 12 different countries, was also awarded, based on the decision made by national jury panels, to Rudi Erebara from Albania, Ina Vultchanova from Bulgaria, Bianca Bellová from the Czech Republic, Kallia Papadaki from Greece, Halldóra K. Thoroddsen from Iceland, Osvalds Zebris from Latvia, Walid Nabhan from Malta, Jamal Ouariachi from the Netherlands, Sine Ergun from Turkey and Sunjeev Sahota from the United Kingdom.

As it was said in the statement, through the awarding of this Prize, exquisite new literary talents are being recognised throughout Europe, and also the wealth of contemporary European literature is emphasised and attention is directed towards the unique cultural and linguistic heritage of the entire continent.

Serbian writer Darko Tuševljaković was awarded for his novel “Jaz” about the 90s, published by the publishing house Arhipelag, who said that it was great honour to receive such an important prize and be among the chosen authors from other European countries, and also among the previous winners of the award from Serbia (Jelena Lengold and Uglješa Šajtinac).

Tuševljaković’s “Jaz” is a novel about Serbia during the 90s and the beginning of a new century, but also about a young generation stretched between leaving and staying in their own country, but also about the older ones, overwhelmed by nostalgia and the struggle against time which was surpassing them. Displaying the life of young people in turbulent times and combining the elements of a social novel and phantasmagoria, Tuševljaković in “Jaz” shapes the stage where, in the middle of political and historical breakdowns, impressionable characters with their human and intimate dramas are being displayed. “Jaz” is, as described by Arhipelag, an exciting story about how to survive history and preserve the right to one’s own specificity. The novel takes the reader to an extraordinary adventure from Belgrade to Kragujevac during the 90s, to the image of a family vacation in Greece, while in the parallel and intersecting stories personal and family dramas are being resolved, but also other historical forces and struggles with the self and the others.

Laureates receive a prize amounting to 5,000 Euros, but also numerous other benefits stemming from international visibility and cross-border promotion of their works, starting with the ceremony of prize awarding in Brussels all the way to presentations on the largest book fairs.

European Union Prize for Literature for 2017 will be awarded to laureates in a ceremony on 23rd May in Brussels, and it will be given by the European Commissioner for Education, Youth, Sports and Culture Tibor Navračić together with the highest representatives of the European Parliament.

The awarding ceremony is organised by the consortium of European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), European Writers’ Council (EWC) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP), with the support of the European Commission, i.e. the Creative Europe programme. Therefore, it is available to writers from all countries members of Creative Europe.

During the first three years (2014-2016), Creative Europe programme aided the funding of translation of around 1,400 books to more than 30 European languages, including the works of the previous 58 winners of the European Union Prize for Literature. Some of them were translated for the first time.


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EFFE Labels for 2017 Awarded

20/04/2017

The European Festival Association (EFA), project holder of “Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe”, published a list of winners of the EFFE Label for 2017/2018, and among them there are as many as 45 festivals from the Western Balkans region, including commercial and tourist, artistic, internationally already recognised, but also smaller manifestations.

As many as 30 festivals were chosen for the EFFE Label from Serbia, five from Bosnia and Herzegovina, seven from Montenegro and two from Albania, announced ArtLink, partner of the European Festival Association for the Western Balkans.

Festivals were chosen after detailed evaluation entrusted to national experts and a European jury. According to the explanation of the international jury of EFA, criteria were related primarily to devotion to humanity and inclusivity.

Being impressed with the devotion of the festivals from the region to the European festival movement, not only did the jury of EFFE, through the EFFE Label for 2017-2018, recognise the most exceptional festivals of Europe, but they also invited the winners to join the joint movement of festivals for peace, solidarity, art, artists and open talks, ArtLink emphasised.

The open call of EFFE was applied for by hundreds of festivals from Europe, and for the winners of this recognition EFA will organise a conference from 3rd to 6th May in Wiesbaden, where they will get an opportunity to network and create partnerships.

Bearers of the EFFE Label for 2017-2018 from Serbia are: ArtLink Festival of Young Talents, Belgrade Design Week, Guitar Art Festival, Cinema City in Novi Sad, Electe Subotica, European Film Festival Palić, Festival Belgrade Saxpirience, Days of the Organ – Dies Organorum, Green Fest, International Harp Festival, International Theatre Festival “Slavija”, Joy of Europe, Novi Sad Music Festivities (NOMUS), Nušićijada, Operosa, International Festival of Children’s Theatre Subotica, Summer3p Palić, International Jazz Festival in Kragujevac, Literary Festival “Krokodil”, Poetry Festival “Trgni se! Pozija!”, Theatrical Marathon Sombor, Zmaj Children’s Games, Nova Festival, Festival of Chamber Choirs Kragujevac, Gitarijada Zaječar, International Folklore Festival ORFEO, Festival “Biserna grana”, Festival “Baby Exit”, Belgrade Irish Festival and FESTar Dancing Days.


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Speed dating with representatives of EU funds

28/03/2017

Thirty seven youth organisations and organisations for youth from several cities in Serbia, participated in the event “Speed dating: Youth organisations and EU funds” which took place in the EU Info Centre in Belgrade. This “quick meeting” was also attended by representatives of 9 programmes of the European Union present in Serbia, as possible donors. Apart from them, attendees also included representatives of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Umbrella organisation of the youth of Serbia (KOMS) and the EU Info Centre.

Speed dating was organised by the EU Info Centre in cooperation with the Delegation of the EU in Serbia, within their joint campaign for youth under the title of “Europe for you”.

In the greeting speech, the Head of the Sector of Operations of the EU Delegation in Serbia, Steffen Hudolin expressed how content he was because of such a large number of young people who answered the call for participation, whom he invited to get actively included in the reform processes in Serbia supported by the EU.

“We absolutely need you; we need you in Serbia, in the region and in the EU. We need you to participate and to be active and proactive”, he said to representatives of youth organisations. Hudolin encouraged them not to get disappointed and not to give up if it happens that their project is not accepted, but rather to continue participating in everything EU is doing in Serbia.

Representative of the Ministry of Sports and Youth, Marija Petronijević, emphasised that this institution is opening competitions for youth every year and announced that soon a new competition will be open where the Ministry will co-finance the already approved projects.

The Umbrella organisation of youth in Serbia is a partner of the event, and the General Secretary of KOMS, Nina Živanović, emphasised that they are the highest representative body of youth in Serbia, in existence for six years and striving to answer all their needs.

At 11 tables, speed dating participants included representatives of the following funds and programmes of the EU: Erasmus+, Creative Europe (Culture and MEDIA sub-programmes), The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), Civil Society Forum (CSF), COSME (Programme for competitiveness of small and medium enterprises), Horizon 2020, and Europe for Citizens and Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organisations (TACSO).

Representatives of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia shared with the youth organisations the core information about the sub-programme Culture and sub-programme MEDIA: who can apply, which competitions are available, what kind of funding can be achieved and other information. Among the organisations there were those who were introduced for the first time with the Creative Europe programme and those who were familiar with it through events organised by the Desk in the past period.

The 37 present organisations also included those from Prijepolje, Tutin, Niš, Novi Sad, Jagodina, and Smederevo. We are especially content with the large interest by youth organisations and organisations for youth for European cooperations within the Creative Europe programme and even more so due to the fact that there is not enough programmes intended for young people on the European level, and the Creative Europe programme especially encourages this kind of projects and initiatives.


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Public call for the workshop of the expert team from France: How to Successfully apply for the Creative Europe programme

24/03/2017

Within the third day of the Forum Creative Europe 2017 on 20th April in the building of the Aeroklub (4/2 Uzyn Mirkova St, Belgrade) starting at 11 a.m., a workshop dealing with writing of European cooperation projects will take place, headed by a team of professionals from the field of management in culture from the Masters programme “Management of international cultural projects” – University LUMIÈRE LYON 2 in France: Camille Jutant, Sarah Cordonnier, Selma Laribi, Pierre Brini, Pascal Bonniel Chalier.
The workshop is intended for all interested employees of cultural institutions and organisations preparing projects to apply for the competition for projects of European cooperation.

The main part of the workshop will be dedicated to working on project ideas in groups in relation to the topics of the Creative Europe programme: audience development, mobility, digitalisation and new business models, and also, during the workshop, experiences of the team of French professionals from the project We Are Europe will be presented.

Applications for participating in the workshop are mandatory, and the deadline is 7th of April.

In order to apply to participate in the workshop it is necessary to send an application with basic information about your organisation, names of participants and a description of a project idea with a mandatory indication of which priority of the Creative Europe programme it primarily responds to (audience development, transnational mobility, digitisation and new business models) which you would use to apply for the Creative Europe programme in the next calls. Applications in English or French, with the length of 5000 characters should be sent to the e-mail address kreativna.evropa.radionice@gmail.com.

The number of workshop participants is limited. The working language of the workshop is English. Lunch will be provided for all participants during the break.

You can download biographies of the team leading the workshop here.

Information about whether your application for the workshop is accepted will be forwarded to you by 15th April.

The detailed programme of the Forum Creative Europe 2017 will be available on our website soon.


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European platforms – deadline has been extended

24/03/2017

Please be informed that Corrigenda to the Call for Proposals European Platforms – Guidelines have been published today. The deadline for submission has been extended to 27 April 2017. The eForm for the 2017 Call and a first set of FAQs are now available.

This measure offers action grants to organizations showcasing and promoting European creators and artists, especially emerging talent, through a genuine Europe-wide programming.

They shall join together within a platform with a view to bringing to the fore their common artistic vision and to helping its members to improve their audience development techniques.

What does it support?

– the mobility of creators and artists

– promotion and showcasing of emerging talent from other European countries

– stimulating a genuine Europe-wide programming of cultural and artistic activities

– contribution to audience development

– providing visibility to Europe’s values and different cultures

The funding available includes support for implementing a communication and branding strategy, including, where appropriate, the development of a European quality label.

The conditions of the competitions but also instructions for applying can be found here.

Creative Europe Desk Serbia can help you to clarify the rules of the competition and answer the questions when prepairing applications. Please contact us to make an appointment.


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CREATIVE EUROPE FORUM 2017

09/03/2017

(Re)positioning of the (South Eastern) European region through culture

18th-21st April 2017

Belgrade Youth Centre, European Centre for Culture and Debate Grad, Ilija M. Kolarac Foundation, Gallery Zvono, Aeroklub, French Cultural Centre in Belgrade, EU Info Centre in Belgrade.

1. Topic of the Creative Europe Forum: macro and micro regional European cooperation

Creative Europe Forum 2017 is an international conference of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia dedicated to promoting the Creative Europe programme and the topic of regional cooperation as a strategy of European cultural development. The topic of the Forum will be covered on two levels: cooperation of the region and the territories in Europe on the macro and the micro level; cooperation and repositioning of countries of South Eastern Europe. The programme participants include experts and representatives of Creative Europe Desks from Greece, Hungary, Montenegro, Romania, Albania, Croatia, Cyprus, Macedonia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Serbia, and also France.

2. Joint debates on re(positioning) of South Eastern Europe

Apart from the topic of European regional cooperation, participants of the Forum should recognise the strengths and peculiarities of the cultural and creative sector of the region, answer how can the region develop its cultural recognisability, whether it can use the good and bad experiences of other European regions such as the Scandinavian, Baltic or Central European one, what are the best opportunities for the development of South Eastern Europe and what is the place of the Creative Europe programme in this process.

3. Presentation of the research (Re)positioning of the South Eastern European region through culture

With the aim of joint defining of recommendations for the development of the South Eastern Europe region within the Forum, Creative Europe Desk Serbia conducted the research (Re)positioning of the South Eastern European region through culture. The research was carried out in all countries of the region and it mapped and analysed: the presence of artists from the region in relevant international manifestations, most important projects and initiatives of regional cooperation, strategic documents and legal framework of regional cooperation, content of tourist promotional campaigns of South Eastern Europe countries. The research also includes surveying cultural professionals with the topic of strategic directions of development of South Eastern Europe region through culture.

4. Promotion of successful stories and help in applying to the Creative Europe programme

Apart from debates, within the Forum there will be: project presentations of organisations from Serbia that won support of the Creative Europe programme, training on applying for the programme, training for cultural professionals conducted by a group of leading French experts, legal and accounting advice sessions.

5. Four accompanying programmes: youth, cultural heritage, European Capitals of Culture and Forum francais

Four accompanying programmes will be organised as a part of the Forum: the programme for young and future cultural professionals (in cooperation with the University of Arts in Belgrade), the programme – dissonant heritage and regional cooperation (cooperation with the organisation Europa Nostra Serbia), European Capitals of Culture (in cooperation with Creative Europe Desk Greece and Foundation Novi Sad 2021) and Forum français (in cooperation with the French Institute and Relais culture Europe, Paris).

Forum français consists of exhibitions and concerts of contemporary authors from France and Serbia which will take place in several relevant artistic spaces in Belgrade, but also speeches of French cultural professionals who will present their experiences in working in the cultural sector of France.

Тhe Agenda of the Creative Europe Forum 2017 is available here.

We kindly ask you to confirm your participation in the Forum until 17th April by sending an email to kreativnaevropa@gmail.com.

Creative Europe Desk Serbia is an office implementing the main programme of the EU for culture, Creative Europe, in Serbia. Creative Europe Forum is organised annually in April.


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“Creative Europe Programme: from idea to application” Workshop in Kragujevac

02/03/2017

We announce that the Creative Europe Desk Serbia in cooperation with the authorities of the City of Kragujevac will organise a workshop on applying to the competition of the Creative Europe Programme for support to projects of European cooperation, on 23th and 24th of March 2017 in the Kragujevac City Hall.

The workshop is primarily dedicated to the institutions/organisations preparing documents to apply to competitions of the Creative Europe Programme, but also to all interested cultural professionals from the Kragujevac and the surrounding districts who want to get informed and trained to apply for the Creative Europe Programme.

The programme is designed so it responds to all important questions related to applying: which competitions exist and whom are these meant for; how and where to find partners; what are the priorities of the programme and how to design a project in accordance with them; which are all the projects that received support and why.

Applications are necessary, and since a part of the programme of the workshop will be dedicated to application ideas, we are asking everyone interested in participating to prepare short descriptions of project ideas they would use to apply for the competitions of the Creative Europe Programme.

The application should include: Name of the professional applying, name of the organization and the short description of the project idea. You can send the application to: kreativna.evropa.radionice@gmail.com untill 20th of March 2017.

We are kindly inviting and expecting you at the Kragujevac City Hall!


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Open call to participate in the study (Re) positioning the region(s) of Southeast Europe through culture

24/02/2017

With the aim of joint defining of recommendations for the development of the South Eastern Europe region within the Forum, Creative Europe Desk Serbia organise conduct of the research (Re) positioning of the South Eastern European region(s) through culture.

The research will be carried out in all countries of the region and it will be managed to map and analyse: the presence of artists from the region on relevant international manifestations, most important projects and initiatives of regional cooperation, strategic documents and legal framework of regional cooperation, content of tourist promotional campaigns of South Eastern Europe countries. The research also includes surveying cultural professionals with the topic of strategic directions of development of South Eastern Europe region through culture.

We are kindly inviting you to participate through your answering fifteen questions in the research the results of which can be useful in various ways for strategic planning of cultural development of countries in South Eastern Europe.

The results will be published in a publication and presented and discussed at a regional conference organised by the Creative Europe Desk Serbia, Creative Europe Forum 2017, from 18th to 21st April in Belgrade.

If you wish to do so, we will be grateful if you forward our questionnaire to your colleagues.

The questions are in English and we are kindly asking you to reply in English, but if this is difficult for you, you can reply in your mother tongue and we will translate.


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“Creative Europe Programme: from idea to application” Workshop in Novi Sad

20/02/2017

We announce that the Creative Europe Desk Serbia in cooperation with the Novi Sad Fair and Foundation Novi Sad 2021 will organise a workshop on applying to the competition of the Creative Europe Programme for support to projects of European cooperation, on 8th and 9th of March 2017 in the Master Center Novi Sad, Hajduk Veljkova St 11.

The workshop is primarily dedicated to the institutions/organisations preparing documents to apply to competitions of the Creative Europe Programme, but also to all interested cultural professionals from the Novi Sad and the surrounding districts who want to get informed and trained to apply for the Creative Europe Programme.

The programme is designed so it responds to all important questions related to applying: which competitions exist and whom are these meant for; how and where to find partners; what are the priorities of the programme and how to design a project in accordance with them; which are all the projects that received support and why.

Applications are necessary, and since a part of the programme of the workshop will be dedicated to application ideas, we are asking everyone interested in participating to prepare short descriptions of project ideas they would use to apply for the competitions of the Creative Europe Programme.

The application should include: Name of the professional applying, name of the organization and the short description of the project idea. You can send the application to: kreativna.evropa.radionice@gmail.com untill 3rd of March 2017.

We are kindly inviting and expecting you at the Master center Novi Sad!


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Open Call Support to European Platforms 2017

02/02/2017

Within the Programme Creative Europe, on 1st of February 2017 European platforms open call was open The deadline for applications is 4th February 2017.

This measure offers action grants to organisations showcasing and promoting European creators and artists, especially emerging talent, through a genuine Europe-wide programming.

They shall join together within a platform with a view to bringing to the fore their common artistic vision and to helping its members to improve their audience development techniques.

What does it support?

– the mobility of creators and artists

– promotion and showcasing of emerging talent from other European countries

– stimulating a genuine Europe-wide programming of cultural and artistic activities

– contribution to audience development

– providing visibility to Europe’s values and different cultures

The funding available includes support for implementing a communication and branding strategy, including, where appropriate, the development of a European quality label.

The conditions of the competitions but also instructions for applying can be found here.


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Find a partner!

27/01/2017

Culture Desk Creative Europe Serbia and the EU Info center are organising the event “Find a partner!” on occasion of the Valentine’s Day, on Tuesday 14th February at 11 a.m. in the EU Info Centre in Belgrade.

Students and alumni of the UNESCO department for cultural policy and management of the University of Art in Belgrade and University Lyon 2 will present cultural scenes of Bosnia and Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Ireland, Romania and other countries of their origin.

The attendees will have an opportunity to gather information and contacts of foreign organisations offering partnerships within the Creative Europe programme.

Apart from this, mechanisms used by the Desk Creative Europe to aid finding partners will be presented: partner search form, platforms for partner search, and databases of registered organisations.

Being in a partnership is a formal condition for applications within the Creative Europe programme and it offers many opportunities for the development of individuals, organisations, their audience, environments they are active in, Europe and European culture.

If your organisation hasn’t fallen in love yet, find it a European partner on 14th February in the EU Info centre!

Application for participating in the event can be sent until 12th February to: reg.kreativnaevropa@gmail.com.


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Open Public Consultation in relation with the evaluation of the Creative Europe programme

27/01/2017

The consultation aims to gather comments and perspectives on the relevance of the Creative Europe programme’s objectives, the effectiveness of the measures taken to achieve them and the efficiency of their implementation. Thus, the consultation aims to establish the added value of the Programme in relation to the challenges and opportunities of cultural and audiovisual sectors, compared to what could be achieved by Member States only.

The consultation covers the three strands of the Creative Europe programme, namely the Culture sub-programme, the MEDIA sub-programme, and the Cross-sectoral strand.

Finally, the public consultation includes forward looking questions regarding a possible successor programme to Creative Europe after 2020.

The consultation is hosted on the website of ICF Consult. The consultation must be responded to on-line only, and replies sent by email will not be accepted.

An extract of the questions has also been made available in pdf format to assist with the preparation of responses.

Although the questionnaire will only be available in English, respondents are welcome to answer in any of the official languages of the European Union.


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Round table “The Importance of Harmonising the Public and the Civil Sector in Directing Cultural Policies”

16/12/2016

We are inviting you to the round table “The Importance of Harmonising the Public and the Civil Sector in Directing Cultural Policies” organised by the Antenna of the Creative Europe Desk as an integral part of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia.

The aim of the round table is the exchange of experiences of organisations of the public and the civil sector, emphasising the importance of multi-sector partnerships and finding mechanisms for joint directing of cultural policies.

The round table will be held on Thursday, 22nd December 2016, starting at 11 a.m. in the small hall number 3 of the Assembly of AP Vojvodina in no street number Vladike Platona St in Novi Sad.


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Participation of the Desk’s Head in the Seminar Modern Approach to Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage

15/12/2016

The Central Institute for Conservation in Belgrade in cooperation with the Institute for Nuclear Research Vinča, Institute for Physics and the company Neir from Split, organised a seminar on 15th and 16th December 2014 with the title of Modern Approach to Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage: a synergy of art, science and technology.

The core aim of the seminar was presenting the possibilities, human resources and equipment for the application of modern technology and methodologies in the protection of cultural heritage of networked institutions in Serbia – Institute for Nuclear Research Vinča (Belgrade), Institute for Physics (Belgrade) and the Central Institute for Conservation (Belgrade), followed by the presenting of results in conserving and restoring cultural heritagy of company Neir from Split which has been successfully working in this field for the past 20 years and which is a pioneer in the application of modern technology and scientific methods in conservation and restoration.

Also, topics covered included presenting perspectives, possibilities and propositions of joint acting in domestic and European calls for projects concerning conservation and restoration of cultural heritage. The Head of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia presented the possibilities offered by the sub-programme Culture of Creative Europe in terms of strengthening this field.


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Training in the Regional Development Agency of Bačka

14/12/2016

A presentation of the Creative Europe programme was held as a part of the training of the Fund “European Affairs” of AP Vojvodina, taking place from 14th – 16th December 2016. Since attendees of the training are women entrepreneurs who showed interest for the topic of culture, a part of the time is devoted to presenting the potentials, aims and priorities of the programme.

Representatives of the Antenna of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia spoke about the Creative Europe programme and all important questions related to applying: what are all the existing kinds of competitions and for whom they are intended; how and where to find partners; what are the priorities of the programme and how to design a project in accordance with them; which are all the projects that won support and why.

Special attention was given to creative industries as one of the priorities of the Creative Europe programme.


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Seminar “Creative Europe Programme – Project Preparation” in Andrevlje

08/12/2016

The Antenna of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia organised a seminar for project preparation on 8th and 9th December in the Centre for Commercial Technological Development of Vojvodina – Andrevlje.

The aim of the seminar was the development of project ideas and preparation of project propositions to apply for the Creative Europe programme, raising the programmatic-organisational capacities of institutions and organisations from Serbia, but also contributing to demetropolisation in the field of culture. Apart from this, the seminar was organised with the aim to enhance communication, cooperation and exchange of experiences of representatives from cultural institutions and organisations from cities and municipalities of Serbia.

The programme of the seminar encompassed the presentation of the Creative Europe programme, presentation and analysis of creative strategy, development of a project idea concept with which one can apply for the programme, followed by detailed exploration of topics of financial planning of projects and project management, and also the complete competition procedure and the mandatory accompanying documents when applying to the programme were presented.

The seminar also included the analysis of project proposals of participants, i.e. it offered and opportunity to participants to receive suggestions and specific advice through presentations of their project proposals and active analyses and discussion with lecturers with the aim of developing and improving particular project elements so that the proposed projects would be as successful as possible in answering to the aims and priorities of the Creative Europe programme.

The total of 26 participants from different cultural institutions participated in the seminar. Among them there were representatives of the provincial administration (the Provincial Secretariat for Culture, Public Information and Relations with Religious Communities), museums (the Museum of Vojvodina), galleries (the Matica Srpska Gallery), theatres (Serbian National Theatre), libraries (Library of the City of Pančevo and the Municipal National Library Žabalj), cultural centres (Cultural Centre “Mladost“ Futog and the Cultural-Educational Centre “Vuk Karadžić“ Plandište), but also representatives from organisations of the civil society (Paper Theatre “Kamisibaj“ from Vršac, the International Music Centre Zrenjanin, “Pečat“ Zrenjanin, Music Youtha Zrenjanin, “Danubius“ Novi Sad, Newspapers Association of Rusyns (NAR) Novi Sad, Youth Theatre “Mišolovka“ Novi Sad and Akademska Knjiga Novi Sad).


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Info day in Užice: Why is a Good Idea the Most Important Thing and How to Apply?

25/11/2016

In cooperation with the Office for Local Economic Development and the Government of the City of Užice, Culture Desk Creative Europe Serbia organised an info day in the Assembly of the City of Užice on 25th November 2016.

At the meeting in Užice, Dimitrije Tadić, the Head of Creative Europe Desk Serbia spoke about the programme with the aim of appropriate informing of the cultural public, but he also advised the interested parties about the competition procedure, i.e. how to secure financial assets from this programme in the easiest way.

Key factors in successfully applying for the Creative Europe programme are having a good project idea and being connected with relevant partners while the process of applying and managing a project is significantly less demanding. An important segment of presenting the programme is related to demystifying the notions of the inaccessibility of financing offered by EU programmes and the complexity of competition procedures.

The talks were attended by representatives of cultural institutions and organisations from the City of Užice and the surrounding area – management and other employees of museums, libraries, galleries and organisations of the civil society.

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


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Educational programme for employees of cultural institutions of the City of Niš as a part of the project “Zajedno za kulturu po meri mladih“

24/11/2016

Within the project “Zajedno za kulturu po meri mladih“ (Jointly for culture customised to fit the youth) five panel discussions were held about the possibilities for improving the work with the young audience: innovative approaches to work and European practices in culture, using new technologies, designing new programmes and a successful communication of cultural institutions with the young audience.

On the first day of the seminar, Milan Đorđević, manager of the Desk’s project spoke about innovative approaches to working with a young audience on the example of the project Take Over, supported by the Creative Europe programme. After the presentation, a discussion was held with the topic of active participation of young people in the work of cultural institutions and organisation in Niš. Representatives of institutions and organisations from Niš spoke about challenges they encountered in realising programme activities, communicating with young people and visions of improving the work.

Manager of the Desk’s project also presented the possibilities offered by the Creative Europe programme and models of working with different target groups being developed by projects supported by this programme. One of the most important results of the seminar is empowering local institutions to try the model of forming a youth council, modelled after the Take Over project and the Kolarac Foundation.

Creative Europe Desk strives to provide support to initiatives and local projects supporting work of cultural professionals, working on professionalising institutions and organisations and increasing the participation of new groups of audiences.


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DiStory – Hack Creative Week in Belgrade

22/11/2016

The Centre for Urban Development in cooperation with the Museums of the municipality of Radovljica from Slovenia, the Association of Historical Cities of Slovenia and the Municipality of Fermo from Italy, organised the international Hack Creative Week from 22nd to 24th November 2016 in the Cultural institution “Parobrod” as a part of the project “diSTORY” supported by the European Commission and the Creative Europe programme.

The first day of the creative week was opened by Dimitrije Tadić, the Head of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia.

The aim of the Hack Creative Week is to explore and create new ways of interpretation of the rich cultural heritage of small historical cities and museums of Europe through cooperation between different participants from the fields of culture and digital technologies, with the aim of improving their “digital” appeal and communication with the new generation of audience.

Small historical cities and local museums are faced with numerous challenges in the preservation and presentation of cultural heritage and in communicating with their audiences. New digital technologies demand new approaches to interpretation that will allow them to disclose their stories, attract and communicate with citizens and visitors and in this way contribute to the preservation of European heritage and sustainable development of local communities.

Therefore, the workshop was focussed on presenting the existing and building new, advanced solutions that would improve the visitors’ experiences, include the audience and enhance the experience of learning through cooperation. Mixed teams of representatives of delegations coming from Italy, Slovenia and Serbia, together with experts and students from the field of museology, digital technologies and design, programmers and experts for audience development, participated in the creation of pilot digital stories of small historical cities participants of the project (Topola, Serbia; Radovljica, Slovenia; Fermo, Italy). The results of the workshop will serve as a platform for the development of ideas, tools and strategies for new practices in interpreting cultural heritage.

Among others, speakers at the Hack Creative Week included: Tatjana Cvjetićanin, President of the Balkan Museum Network, Milena Jokanović, Europa Nostra, Dragana Martinović, Institute for the Study of Cultural Development, Andrija Stojanović, Point of Communication, Direction for Protection and Preservation of Cultural Assets, and Dr Rozhen K. Mohammed-Amin, author of several works dealing with the topic of using technology of augmented reality in museums.


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Creative Europe Desk Serbia at the Take Over Festival

18/11/2016

Take Over Festival, dedicated to classical music, took place in Kolarac Foundation from 17th to 20th November, and it represented a symbolic completion of activities realised by the Youth Council of this institution within the same name project in the past two years, recognising and designing programmes contributing exactly to the development of the young audience.

Take Over Festival was dedicated to the promotion of classical music in the way young people perceive and experience it, through old and new programmatic content and activating new spaces of Kolarac.

During the festival Kolarac Foundation also hosted young people from Italy, Greece, Poland and United Kingdom, where partner organisations of the Take Over project, supported within the Creative Europe programme came from.

Representatives of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia held consultative meetings as a part of the second day of the festival programme. Apart from the basic presentation of the Creative Europe programme, this year’s applications for the competition of for projects of European cooperation were also spoken about.


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Projects of European Cooperation 2017 – last check!

08/11/2016

Culture Desk Creative Europe Serbia in cooperation with the EU Info Centre in Belgrade will organise the “Projects of European Cooperation 2017 – last check!” meeting on Wednesday 16th November 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@kultura.gov.rs at latest by 15th November at 12 p.m.

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 task of the Desk is giving support to cultural institutions and organisation and organisations of the civil society in the Republic of Serbia who want to secure participation in the Creative Europe programme. Culture Desk Creative Europe Serbia is implementing the sub-programme Culture, functioning within the Creative Europe programme.


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Can culture in Serbia do without Europe?

07/11/2016

Serbia is a part of the European cultural space and it is successfully participating in programmes of the EU supporting culture, evaluated the panel “Can Culture in Serbia do Without Europe”, held at the Book Fair at the EU stand organized by the EU Info Centre. The participants of the talks were representatives of the Delegation of the EU, Culture Desk and Media Desk Creative Europe, Forum for Culture of the European Movement, expert Team Europe Serbia and the Kolarac Foundation, but also agents of independent cultural scene and experts from the audience.

Negotiations chapter 26 concerns the field of culture, but it also deals with field of youth, sports and education, representative of the Delegation of the EU in Serbia, Nadežda Dramićanin said. She reminded that in the field of culture there are no strictly determined directives of the EU which should be abided by, but only recommendations: “EU is striving to offer framework recommendations, because directives whose implementation is monitored do not exist. We give framework recommendations through the programme Creative Europe…”, Dramićanin said and stated that the budget was increased for this programme lasting until 2020.

According to her evaluation, it is important the projects used for applying are written by organisations themselves. Dramićanin added that apart through Creative Europe, support is also given to culture through IPA – Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance.

“We believe culture in Serbia cannot do on its own, that the path of cooperation is better”, concluded Dramićanin, adding that it is a fact cooperation is necessary for applying for EU funds, as well.

Representative of the Desk Creative Europe Serbia, Nina Mihaljinac, stated that 40 organisations from Serbia participate in this programme. In giving examples, she state a lot of support is given to establishing the scene of contemporary dance, publishing, programmes of audience development… “Some publishing houses survive due to translations financially supported by Creative Europe” Mihaljinac added. Nowadays, Serbia precisely occupies the first place by the number of approved projects of literary translation (out of 19 submitted, 6 were successful).

Mihaljinac evaluated that Serbia is indeed a part of the European cultural space, but also that the state itself must determine what are the priorities during the negotiation process, also emphasising the possibility of influencing certain conditions of financing.

“The competition for literary translations, for example, initially implied that translations could have been done from all languages so we reached the situation that big languages were being translated to other big languages and small languages to other small languages, hence the result was segregation. Now the condition is to translate from small languages to large ones and vice versa”, she said, adding that in the process of European Integration, Serbia should find its interests, as well.

The Head of the Media Desk for Serbia, a part of Creative Europe supporting the audiovisual media, Nevena Negojević, said that Serbia is very successful since March 2016 when it started participating in the sub-programme. Until now eight projects were supported, mostly for film development. Moreover, Serbia is one of the first countries of low production capacity which gained support at the competition for the TV programme, which is one of the most complex ones. Festivals did not manage in the best way, hence only the Palić Film Festival received support.

“However, for the next year we are aware where we made mistakes, so these applications will be of higher quality. What is interesting is that Beldocs, the international festival of documentary film, received support for the development of industrial market. This is also a space where priority of the Media sub-programme can be seen, because they were given funds to organise the first market of film professionals. It is something Serbia did not have up until now and it will be one of the rare countries in the region organising it this year”, said Nevena Negojević, adding that through all supported projects a tendency was recognised that projects were approved to companies which were already very active at the level of international cooperation.

The specific nature of the Media sub-programme, which has a continuity of 25 years already, lies in the fact that it is primarily oriented towards the profit making side, which results in a problem of the relations between small countries and countries which have high production. “Some of these questions are being solved between desks and between countries themselves, and some of them in Brussels. Our capacities to influence these programmes do not exist”, she said and pointed out that it is good regional networking is an important thing in the sub-programme Media which only then goes to the international level.

The Director of Ilija M. Kolarac Foundation, Jasna Dimitrijević, presented the experiences from the TakeOver project where Kolarac participates with partners from Poland, Greece and Italy whose aim is audience development, particularly the youth audience. The topic, she said, is common for all countries and this is exactly why the project was designed. In order to conduct the project in the most successful fashion, Kolarac formed the Youth Board which expressed how young people actually see some problems and they gave their own perspective. Dimitrijević stated that Kolarac, no longer receiving funds from the budget, has almost the same problems as state institutions but that it is at an advantage in conducting projects because it possesses the infrastructure.

Vice-president of the Forum for Culture of the European Movement in Serbia, Milena Stefanović, evaluated that this forum was recently formed again to deal with lobbying in the field of culture. She expressed a hope that the national cultural strategy will be a part of the public debate next year as it was announced.


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Workshop “Creative Europe Programme: from idea to application“

02/11/2016

Dear colleagues,

We announce that the Creative Europe Desk Serbia in cooperation with the authorities of the City of Niš will organise a workshop on applying to the competition of the Creative Europe Programme for support to projects of European cooperation, on 3rd and 4th of November 2016 in the Regional Centre Niš, bb Pariske komune St.

The workshop is primarily dedicated to the institutions/organisations preparing documents to apply to competitions of the Creative Europe Programme, but also to all interested cultural professionals from the Nišava and the surrounding districts who want to get informed and trained to apply for the Creative Europe Programme.

The programme is designed so it responds to all important questions related to applying: which competitions exist and whom are these meant for; how and where to find partners; what are the priorities of the programme and how to design a project in accordance with them; which are all the projects that received support and why.

Applications are not necessary, and since a part of the programme of the workshop will be dedicated to application ideas, we are asking everyone interested in participating to prepare short descriptions of project ideas they would use to apply for the competitions of the Creative Europe Programme.

The programme of the workshop can be viewed here.

We are kindly inviting and expecting you at the Regional Centre of Niš!

Creative Europe Desk Serbia


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International Panel Discussion “Connecting” as a part of the Belgrade

01/11/2016

The conference “Connecting” took place as a part the Belgrade Fashion Week at the Museum of Applied Art and it is dealing with the topic of cooperation between the public, private and civil sectors within the fashion industry. Participants consisted of representatives of different institutions and organisation: Martyn Roberts – Fashion Scout London, Melinda Rebrek – Ljubljana Fashion Week, Slađana Milojević –Fashion and Apparel Cluster Serbia – FACTS, Hristina Mikić – Foundation Group for Creative Economy, Milica Zatezalo – the National Coordinatior of the COSME programme within the Ministry of Economy, Ksenija Marković Božović, BFW Design Collective, Milorad Vasiljević – Chamber of Commerce of Serbia, Nenad Radujević – Belgrade Fashion Week and designers Ana Ljubinković and Budislava Keković. The spokeswoman of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia was Nina Mihaljinac, manager of projects of the Culture Desk.

Short lectures were held covering various topics, among others: Development of modern fashion design in the context of holistic, sustainable society development; Connecting the industry sector of fashion with independent Serbian designers; Regional creative economy and positioning creative entrepreneurship; Cooperation with regional and international fashion industries such as Fashion Scout London, Central European Fashion Days, Zona 45; The regional fashion project; Possibilities offered by international foundations; Cooperation with the public sector.

It often happens that this kind of conferences stop at the talks, however, this not the case now because a cooperation memorandum was immediately signed between BFW Design Collective and the Fashion and Apparel Cluster Serbia – FACTS. Throughout the years, Belgrade Fashion Week established cooperation with the educational system in this domain and realised successful projects in collaboration with various cultural organisations from the private, public and civil sectors so signing the cooperation memorandum was just another step towards improving commercial activities of independent fashion authors.

One of the mail conclusions of the conferences are the facts that inter-sector and inter-departmental cooperation, but also creation of the regional fashion project can make an incremental contribution to further development of fashion in Serbia and the region.


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First winners of the European Young Talent Architecture Award chosen

28/10/2016

European award for young talents in architecture joins the prestigious award of the European Union for contemporary architecture (Mies van der Rohe Award) and the special recognition for young architects.

Now when there is the YTAA award, this trio of biannual awards of the Foundation Mies van der Rohe and the Creative Europe programme recognises the best in European architecture in every stage of career development of individuals in architecture. Through recognition of the best graduation project of recent students of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, YTAA award will become an important stepping stone of progress for young people in architecture.

You can find this year’s finalists and winners here.


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First Creative Europe Show Case conference held in Brussels

28/10/2016

Almost three years after its implementation, Creative Europe programme brought its first important results. Many important projects are being completed and this is a good time to present what has been done and all the accomplishment of the programme in the field.

Coordinators of projects and people who directly participated in them as participants and the audience, artists and creator, but also decision makers met on 27th October in Brussels within the Creative Europe ShowCase conference to exchange their first experiences in the Creative Europe programme: what they learned, which were the most important experiences and what challenges they encountered, what is the influence of the Creative Europe programme on artistic careers, what are all the ways artists and creators participate in the project and why – these and many other questions were in the focus of the conference programme.

Discussion was held in the context of real results of projects supported by the programme. The programme of the conference was inclined towards illustrating how priorities of cultural policies gain their shape through creativity, transnational partnerships and people in the field.

Many European cultural professionals participated in the programme of the conference, and among presented projects there are four where institutions and organisations from Serbia participated: Heroes we love where the Museum of History of Yugoslavia participated, Departures and arrivals where Stanica – service for contemporary dance participated, European digital art and science network where Centre for promotion of science participated and ViSet where Kulturanova from Novi Sad participated.

You can view the video of the conference here.


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Public call for submitting projects for the European Networks competitions

14/10/2016

The public call for submitting projects for the European Networks competition is now open. The deadline for submitting projects is Friday 25th November 2016 at 12 p.m.

This call has been open for the second time for the duration of the Creative Europe programme and it is intended for support to the networks developing the following projects:

– Activities through which employees in the cultural sector and creative industries are secured the transfer of special skills and experiences, including the skills related to digital technologies;

– Activities providing encouragement to employees in cultural organisations and creative industries to participate in projects of international cooperation and develop their careers in Europe and outside of it. Apart from this projects of innovative approaches to attracting audience are important, but also projects of new models of business operations and management;

– Activities securing the strengthening of the sector of cultural organisations and creative industries and also networking which has the goal of creating new business opportunities.

The manual for applicants, all necessary conditions and documentation can be viewed here.

Creative Europe Desk Serbia and the Antenna of Creative Europe Desk Serbia are at your disposal for help in applying – contact us when preparing a competition application.


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Novi Sad to be the European Capital of Culture in 2021

13/10/2016

The members of the Panel of independent experts of European Commission decided at a meeting in Brussels the City of Novi Sad will be the European capital of culture in 2021. Apart from Novi Sad, Herceg Novi, candidate of Montenegro was also shortlisted for this prestigious title awarded to cities from candidate countries of the European Union.

The programme concept of selecting candidates consists of four fields under the joint name “For New Bridges”.

The bridge “Freedom” encompasses creative industries and youth, while the “Hope” bridge is dedicated to cultural capacities and public spaces. The programme “New Bridge” puts emphasis on cultural heritage and hospitality, and the fourth bridge “Rainbow” deals with topics of conflicts and migrations.

The initiative of proclaiming the European Capitals of Culture, started in 1985 by then the Greek Minister of Culture, Melina Mercouri, developed to be one of the most ambitious cultural projects in Europe and became one of the most recognisable activities of the European Union.

The original motivation of the project is more relevant than ever and aimed at establishing a space for Europeans where they can exchange and learn about each other’s cultures, enter into intercultural dialogue and mutually nurture their shared history and values. The initiative is now open to cities in candidate countries for EU membership every third year as of 2021. Novi Sad will be in the spotlight in 2021 along with the city of Timisoara in Romania and a city in Greece that will be selected out of the three shortlisted cities (Elefsina, Kalamata and Rhodes).

Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said: “I am very pleased that in 2021 we will have our first European Capital of Culture in a candidate country. The opening of this prestigious European programme to those countries seeking full membership is a way to bring them closer to and reinforce their cultural links with the Union. I congratulate Novi Sad!

I am sure that Novi Sad will give visitors from all over the world the opportunity to discover the city and its cultural assets, but also to appreciate the diversity of cultures in Europe as well as our shared values.

I am confident that the title will bring Novi Sad significant long-term cultural, as well as economic and social benefits, as we have seen with many previous European Capitals of Culture.”


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Results of competition for literary translations 2016 published

10/10/2016

Results of the competition for literary translations are now published. Publishing houses from Serbia accomplished great success through their dedication and proactive approach and placed Serbia on the first place by the number of approved project in the competition for literary translations.

Out of 19 submitted projects, 6 received support of the Creative Europe programme, and next on the list by success is Italy with 31 submitted and 4 supported projects and Bulgaria with 26 submitted and 4 supported projects.

Congratulations to the PC Sezam Book for the project “Scenes from Our Hidden Lives”, Propolis Books for the project “Imaginative play to amazing stories to creative childhood”, Kontrast publishing for the project “Three Generations of Writers Who Helped to Shape European Identity”, PC Zavet for the project “Contemporary European Literature: Kaleidoscopic View 2”, Company for graphic and publishing activity Heliks for the project “Confluence: the literary quest for common European experience” and publishing house Treći trg for the project “Greek Literature from Cyprus in Serbian”.

The total funds awarded this year in the competition for literary translations to publishing houses from Serbia amounts to 286,992.50€.


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Dramaturgical workshop within the project Instant Mix Theatre Lab

28/09/2016

At the invitation of the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, participating in the project Instant Mix Theatre Lab, from 26th to 30th September 2016, representatives of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia visited the dramaturgical workshop which was the start of this project of European cooperation.

Participants of the project are Association L’Instant Même, France (project carrier), University of Middlesex, United Kingdom (partner) and the Academy of Arts of the University in Novi Sad, Serbia (partner). Workshops closed in type and participants belong to the abovementioned institutions. Participants from the Academy of Arts are students of dramaturgy.

The workshop is envisaged as an experimental project with a different approach to the translation of dramatic text to another language, whereas everything that the experience of translation carries becomes a part of the scene spectacle. The project was co-financed by the funds of the European Union within the programme Creative Europe.

The aim of the project is developing multilingualism and interculturality in contemporary society and an experimental approach to translation of dramatic texts to another language, bur also facing linguistic obstacles in experiencing theatre, cultural, territorial and national traits.

Multilingualism becomes possible on the scene, it is a part of the spectacle, translation is done live and in front of the audience, the context of global cultural state is present, societies are being unveiled, impression about diversity is alive, being democratic is not an idea but a sight and content, the state of civil consciousness is displayed in the context of the space wider than one nation or state. Scene spectacle is bilingual, the audience first follows the game in the source language – the idea is for the rhythm, melody and characteristics of every language to reach viewers. Afterwards, the scene is played in the mother tongue of viewers with direct possibility of comparing emotional impressions.

Representatives of the Desk spoke with coordinators of the project about the experience of applying for the Creative Europe programme and future plan of project realisation. Also, they spoke with students, participants of the workshop about the importance participating in this project has for them.


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Public call for submitting projects within projects of European Cooperation

27/09/2016

A public call for submitting projects within projects of European Cooperation of the Creative Europe programme is now open. Deadline for submitting projects is Wednesday 23th November 2016. at 12 p.m.

Within this call you can apply in two categories:
• European cooperation projects of small volume
• European cooperation projects of large volume

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

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


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“Contemporary European Literature in Translation: to whom and about what writers write nowadays“

26/09/2016

On the occasion of the European Day of Languages, 26th September, organized by the National Library of Serbia and the EU Info Centre a staged discussion “Contemporary European Literature in Translation: to whom and about what writers write nowadays“ was held.

Participants Vladislav Bajac, Director of the Publishing Company (PC) Geopoetike, Zoran Hamović, Director of PC Klio, Dimitrije Tadić, advisor at the Ministry of Culture and Information and the Head of the Desk Creative Europe, Ana Vukmanović, Editor of the spoken programme in the lecture centre of Kolarac Foundation and Aleksandar Šurbatović Editor in PC Dereta spoke about the place and importance of contemporary European literature in our region: its presence on the publishing scene, visibility in the media and the official programmes of cultural institutions.

Discussion topics also included what is the role of cultural institutions in getting the public familiar with recent European literature and to what extent do they accomplish social importance. Participants also spoke about the Serbian and the global practice of presenting works of literature of authors whose works were recently translated, but also about the need for new modes of representation of contemporary European literature related to the change in the cultural paradigm and about new demands and needs of the reading audience.

The Head of the Desk Creative Europe Serbia spoke about opportunities for improvement of the work of libraries within the Creative Europe programme: how libraries can become more open for audiences, why it is important for libraries to go across the established borders of programme activities which are considered their core activities and also about the importance of increasing the visibility of work of the libraries.

Staged discussion “Contemporary European Literature in Transaltion” is a part of the project “Informational stands about the European Union in libraries of Serbia” which is being realized by the National Library of Serbia from August 2015 to February 2017 under the patronage of the European Union.


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Training in the Youth Centre of Belgrade

22/09/2016

Dear colleagues,

We announce that the Creative Europe Desk Serbia will organise training for applying to the competition of the Creative Europe Programme for support to projects of European cooperation on 29th and 30th September 2016 in the Youth Centre of Belgrade, 22 Makedonska St, Belgrade.

The training is primarily dedicated to institutions/organisations preparing documents to apply for competitions of the Creative Europe programme, but also to all interested professionals in culture who want to inform and train themselves on how to apply for the Creative Europe programme.

We are kindly asking all interested parties to register their participation by 28th September at 12 a.m. through the email address reg.kreativnaevropa@gmail.com and to state in the email the name of the institution/organisation and also the first and last name of the representative of the institution/organisation.

We are kindly asking everyone interested in individual consultations to emphasise that in their registration.

The programme of the training can be viewed here.

We are sending you our warmest regards and expecting you at the Youth Centre of Belgrade!

Creative Europe Desk Serbia


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Info Days in Kanjiža and Sremska Mitrovica

14/09/2016

The Antenna of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia in cooperation with the municipalities of Kanjiža and Sremska Mitrovica organised the Info Day about the Creative Europe programme on 14th and 15th September 2016.

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 Kanjiža and Sremska Mitrovica 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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How culture can help the development of a community – cooperation between Serbia and the European Union

12/09/2016

The central library “Ljubomir Nenadović” and the EU project “EUTEKA – EU u vašoj biblioteci” (EUTEKA – EU in your library) on 15th of September in the reading room of the library organized a staged discussion with the title of “How culture can help the development of a community – cooperation between Serbia and the European Union”.

Speakers at the discussion were Dimitrije Tadić, the Head of the Desk Creative Europe Serbia, Violeta Milošević, the Director of the central library “Ljubomir Nenadović” Valjevo, Lola Joksimović from the Team Europe Serbia, Ksenija Stevanović, the Director of the Institute for preservation of cultural monuments Valjevo, Marija Tešanović Valjevo cultural network, Vladimir Krivošijev, the Director of the National Museum Valjevo, Dejan Bogojević, representative of the Valjevo City Council, and representatives of the Tourist organization of Valjevo.

The moderator of the event was Aleksandar Đukić, a representative of the project “EUTEKA – ЕУ u vašoj biblioteci”.

Within the debate, the Head of the Desk presented the possibilities offered by the Creative Europe programme to publishers, artists, cultural institutions, the media and he emphasized the importance the Creative Europe programme is accomplishing through its priorities – support to the cross-department cooperation, through cooperation between the departments of culture, healthcare, economy, education and others, support to the cross-sector cooperation – through support of projects where partners are both from the public and from the civil and private sectors, and also to what extent the Creative Europe programme helps institutions and organizations to transcend the limitations of the established activity practices.

”EUTEKA – EU in your library” is a project of the European Union whose aim is offering specific support to libraries around Serbia which are already informing their users about the functioning of the European Union, its institutions, member countries, policies and the process of European integration within their activities.

The idea is that libraries should become some kind of info centres where citizens can find different information about the European Union and the process of accession of Serbia to the EU.

As a part of this project, “EUTEKA” bookshelves with books and publications about the European Union will be placed in a number of libraries where they will be available to library users. Libraries are hosts of meetings where discussions about the possibilities of cooperation between Serbia and the European Union are held through the prism of different social topics.

Support to libraries also includes educating librarians on how to use EU funds, but also equipping a number of libraries with legal, economic and political expert literature about the European Union.


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Celebration of awarding of the EU GRAND PRIX for cultural heritage: village Gostuša

30/08/2016

Tomorrow in the Cultural Centre of Pirot a ceremony will be held celebrating the main prize of the European Union in the category of research of cultural heritage and the recognition of Europa Nostra for cultural heritage in 2016 which were awarded to the Research of protection of the village of Gostuša in the Municipality of Pirot of the Niš Institute for preservation of cultural monuments. At the ceremony the speakers will be the Secretary General of Europa Nostra, Ms Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, and the Mayor of Pirot, Mr Vladan Vasić, and also attendance of the ambassador of the EU in Serbia, Mr Michael Devenport is expected.

t is planned that participants of the ceremony pay a visit to the village of Gostuša, where they will have a chance to see an exhibition dedicated to this Balkan Mountains village which will be place in front of the Cultural Centre. It is important to note that the ceremony was preceded by a four day long seminar from the field of preservation and promotion of cultural and natural heritage, which assembled around thirty experts from the region. The aim of the seminar is to raise capacity of local cultural institutions and organizations dealing with cultural heritage management and to create efficient systems of protection of cultural and natural assets in Serbia. The research of conservation of the village of Gostuša won the European award for heritage 2016 – GRAND PRIX, the most prestigious European award in the domain of heritage in Europe competing with five projects in the category of research. The prize was given by Maestro Plácido Domingo, the President of Europa Nostra and Tibor Navračić, the European Commissary for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports in May 2016 in Madrid.

More information about the awarded
prize: http://www.europanostra.org/awards/197/
More information about the research: http://europanostraserbia.org/studija-zastite-sela-gostusa-dobitnik-nagrade/
Europa Nostra: http://www.europanostra.org/who-we-are/
Europa Nostra Serbia: http://europanostraserbia.org/
Facebook event – the awarding ceremony: https://www.facebook.com/events/1126541527425050/


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Claske Vos in Belgrade: Why is EU investing in culture in candidate countries?

08/07/2016

Creative Europe Desk Serbia and the EU Info Centre in Belgrade are organizing a lecture by Claske Vos, a European expert in European cultural policy and cultural heritage, with the topic of European integration and investing in culture on 21st July at 5 p.m. in the premises of the EU Info Centre in Belgrade.

Claske Vos will speak about why and in what way the European Union is investing in culture aiming to ease the process of European integration to countries, such as Serbia, which are in the accession phase. She will speak about what the current agenda of the EU is when it comes to financing cultural initiatives, in what ways these investments are organized and what the effects of these investments are on the functioning of cultural systems of candidate countries in the process of accession to the EU.

Claske Vos is a postdoctoral researcher in the organization ACCESS EUROPE and a lecturer at the European studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam. Her research deals with questions of European cultural policy, relation between the EU and candidate countries, European cultural heritage and creation of European identity.

Creative Europe Programme is the main programme of the EU for financing cultural projects, so domestic cultural participants will be able to get more information about general guidelines of European cultural policy, but also about specific priorities of the Creative Europe Programme.


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Results of the public call for participation in the seminar “Creative Europe Programme – Project Preparation”

04/07/2016

Representatives of twelve institutions and organizations from Serbia will be given a chance to participate in the seminar dealing with preparing project propositions for the Creative Europe Programme, which will be organized in the Open-air Museum “Old village” (“Staro selo”) –Sirogojno.

Among them are four museums (National Museum from Kragujevac, Museum of Yugoslavian history, Theatre Museum of Vojvodina and National Museum from Valjevo), three libraries (National Library from Požega, Central library “Ljubomir Nenadović” from Valjevo and the Library “Stefan Prvovenčani” from Kraljevo), two cultural centres (the Roma Cultural Centre from Belgrade and the Cultural-educational Centre “Vuk Karadžić” from Plandište), two faculties and one school (Faculty of Applied Art from Belgrade, Faculty of Economics from Belgrade and the School of Animated Film from Vranje), one gallery (Art Gallery “Nadežda Petrović“ from Čačak), and seven organizations of civil society (Academic initiative “Forum 10” from Novi Pazar, Association “Krokodil” from Belgrade, Association Eco Art & Theory, City Guerilla Belgrade, Citizen Association “Museum of Beer Brewing Đorđe Vajfert” from Pančevo, Group for Creative Economy, Citizen Association “Kudes” from and Belgrade Raw Collective).

The programme of the seminar includes presentations of the Creative Europe Programme (Dimitrije Tadić, Nina Mihaljinac, Milan Đorđević, Creative Europe Desk Serbia, and Luka Kulić, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina), lectures with the topic of contemporary artistic practices (Jovan Čekić, Faculty of Media and Communication), fundraising in culture (Virdžinija Đeković, “Communication Point” (“Tačka komunikacije”)), and the workshop programme – presentation, consultation and talks about project propositions.

We wish to express our gratitude to everyone for their interest, and to the seminar participants we wish successful work on project ideas, but also making long term professional connections at the seminar in Sirogojno!


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Europe recognised Gostuša, as much as we recognise our own cultural heritage

28/06/2016

A panel discussion under the name of “Europe recognised Gostuša, as much as we recognise our own cultural heritage” was held in the EU Info Corner in Niš. The inspiration of the gathering was the recently awarded prize of the European Union and Europa Nostra to the Institute for Protection of Monuments for their conservation of the village Gostuša on the Balkan Mountains.

The staged discussion was started with the presentation of the Creative Europe programme in Serbia. The Head of the Desk Creative Europe in Serbia, Dimitrije Tadić spoke about opportunities for new interpretations of cultural heritage offered by this programme, successful project from Serbia dealing with cultural heritage, as well as digital technologies and the importance of the need for cultural professionals to leave the passive role of guardians of heritage and transition to the role of those interpreting it and making it more interesting to the wider public.

General Secretary of Europa Nostra in Serbia, Višnja Kisić presented at the panel in the EU Info Corner some of the already awarded projects dealing with heritage throughout Europe. On this occasion, she also announced a competition which will be open until 30th September, and the awarding of the most prestigious recognition for heritage at the European level will take place next year in the Finnish city of Turku.

The Grand Prix that the Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments in Niš received for their conservation of the village Gostuša is the first prize awarded by Europa Nostra to Serbia. During the presentation of the project, Director of the Institute, Elena Vasić-Petrović said that the jury emphasized as values of the project the active participation of students in it, high quality production of the documentation and the fact that with very modest financial assets we achieved serious results.

Architect – conservator Aleksandra Mirić emphasised at the panel how extremely important it is for Niš to be the first city in Serbia which accepted the methodology Qualicities as the core methodology in the processes of adopting and implementing decisions at the level of the City of Niš, institutions of culture, local institutions and foundations, local associations and city municipalities.

The talks at the panel also included the importance of cultural heritage at the local level. The founder of the Foundation “Za lepši Niš“Ivan Redi expressed his opinion that we shouldn’t rely on centennial projects, but instead take small steps of change. This was also the underlying idea when the arrangement of central streets of Niš, Balkanska and Davidova St, was initiated, in whose reconstruction students of architecture took active participation.


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

31/05/2016

The Culture Desk Creative Europe Serbia in cooperation with the Museum in the open “Staro selo“, Sirogojno will organize the seminar “Creative Europe Programme – project preparation” from 12th until 15th July 2016. 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 Jovan Čekić (University Singidunum, Faculty of media and comunications) and Virdžinija Đeković (Tačka komunikacije).

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

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 Creative Europe Serbia – kreativnaevropa@kultura.gov.rs.

Deadline for applications

Applications can be submitted until 25th June 2016. Applications received after the defined deadline will not be taken into consideration.


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