Call for Ideas – European Spaces of Culture

Opportunity type : Calls for Proposals
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European Spaces of Culture is looking for innovative and inspiring cultural relations projects co-created by EUNIC members, EU Delegations and local partners in countries outside the EU. Project ideas can be submitted until 19 June 2022. Project teams, based on equal partnerships of all concerned, can apply for up to 60,000 euros for their projects.

The Preparatory Action European Spaces of Culture and its pilot projects aim to seek new ways of collaboration in cultural relations, following a number of guiding principles, which reflect the EU strategy for international cultural relations and the EUNIC Strategic Framework 2020-2024:

  • Encourage people-to-people contacts through a bottom-up approach, based on local consultation and co-creation;
  • Go beyond projection of the diversity of European cultures;
  • Focus on the process as well as on outputs and outcomes: a new spirit of dialogue, mutual listening and learning, where partners are on equal footing and engage in a joint capacity building process.

The purpose of the Call is to bring Europe’s international cultural relations to the next level, by finding and testing new innovative models of European Spaces of Culture or to replicate in other regions already identified models during the first phase (2019-2021) and second phase of European Spaces of Culture (2021-2022).

The Call requires proposals to be co-created by local stakeholders, EUNIC members and EU Delegations, in the spirit of mutuality, reciprocity and people-to-people contacts outlined in the EU strategic approach to international cultural relations and the EUNIC Strategic Framework 2020-2024. Applicants are encouraged to investigate transnational and transregional projects.

The Call has a financial envelope of 420,000 euros and takes place in three steps. For the first step, project teams are invited to submit an innovative idea for European Spaces of Culture by means of a concept note until 19 June 2022. Applicants can request up to 60,000 euros in total, with the possibility to spend maximum 5,000 euros in Step 2. Teams can also choose to apply for the full amount for implementation in 2023 only. Projects must take place outside of the EU.

Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia
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