News from the EU CCP in the UK via the Alert Newsletter. October 2011 Edition.

News from the EU CCP in the UK
Welcome to the October newsletter!

The UK CCP now has a new team member, Lea Seibert (more below) and with Christoph she will be attending the European Culture Forum in Brussels (more below) See you there?

Well done to all those who submitted an application for the cooperation projects for the October 5 deadline. We wish you the best of luck and do please consider getting in touch with the CCP and share your application with us if you haven't yet done so.

Culture Programme News

Support for European Cultural Festivals

Strand 1.3.6 of the Culture Programme provides support for festivals with a strong European dimension. There is up to EUR 100,000 available for costs such as artist fees, transport, technical costs, accommodation, subsistence, etc. Unlike for most other strands of the Culture programme there are no partners needed to be eligible. The festival must have held five previous editions and include works from at least seven EU countries other than the UK. The festival should also take place between 1 May 2012 and 30 April 2013.

The deadline for application is November 15th 2011.

For more information please visit and download our information sheet.

Eligible Countries for Cooperation Projects with Third Countries Announced

For 2013, both Canada and Australia are eligible countries and for 2012 this is still South Africa. Both deadlines are the beginning of May of the respective year.

The Cooperation Projects with Third Countries strand (1.3.5) requires at least three partner organisations in three different European countries and at least one in the selected Third Country. Organisations can apply for up to EUR 200,000 of Culture programme funding for a jointly developed project which would run for up to two years.

For more information please visit

European Capitals of Culture 2016 announced

The two European Capitals of Culture for 2016 are Wroclaw in Poland and Donostia-San Sebastián in Spain. Please visit their websites to learn more about their programmes: Wroclaw, San Sebastián

To remind you, the current European Capitals of Culture are Tallinn and Turku.

Results for Literary Translation Strand

The EU Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA) has published the 2011 selection results of the literary translation support programme (Strand 1.2.2 of the Culture Programme). The selection also included the two UK publishing companies, Istros books (for the translations of 4 books Montenegrin, Bosnian and Croatian into English) and Serpent's Tail (3 books from French to English).

To download the full list of selected projects click here .

Results for Cooperation projects with Third Countries (Mexico)

The final list of proposals proposed for EU funding under the Strand 1.3.5 of the Culture programme was adopted by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in July. The 2011 call sought applications from projects with three EU partners plus an additional partner from Mexico, which was the designated third country.

One of the successful applicants was Glasgow Sculpture Studios which will lead a project that will be realized in cooperation with SOMA (Mexico), KUNSTrePUBLIK (Germany) and National Sculpture Factory (Ireland).

Find more information about the programme and all other selected projects here.

One More UK Festival Funded

Under the European Cultural Festivals strand, a second UK festival, the Contemporary Music festival Sounds New in Canterbury, has been selected. The other festival which will be supported by the strand is Belfast Festival at Queens.

EU announces proposed budget for the next period 2014-2020

The next EU programme supporting culture has been proposed to be part of a wider 'Creative Europe' programme which also contains the next incarnation of the Media programme, as well as a Financial Guarantee fund for cultural and creative industries, all addressing the EU2020 strategy for 'smart, sustainable and inclusive growth', looking at job creation and competitivity. More news on this soon…

See the Commission website for more information on the next financial framework here.

See Culture Action Europe's statement for the next EU budget and sign the 'We are More' manifesto.

European Border Breakers' Awards 2012

On 6 October the winners of the European Border Breakers' Awards 2012 were announced. Anna Calvi from the UK and her colleagues from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Romania and Sweden will receive their awards in a televised ceremony hosted by TV personality and musician Jools Holland at Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen, Netherlands, on 11 January 2012. The ceremony - including performances by most of the winning acts - will be broadcast by Dutch National Television (NOS/NTR) and will also receive European coverage through TV channels and radio stations.

See Culture Action Europe's statement for the next EU budget and sign the 'We are More' manifesto.

Dragan Klaic

Dragan Klaic died aged 61. Having been a leading theatre academic, cultural analyst and the initiator and Chair of the European Festivals Research Project he was a very important figure for the European culture and festival scene. Dragan Klaic will be deeply missed in the sector and beyond.

Read more about him and his exceptional career here. His inspiring and still relevant speech held at the IETM Plenary Meeting in 1990 can be downloaded here.

EU News

EU budget myths dispelled

The European Commission has published a press release that clears up some of the most popular misconceptions about the EU and its funding programmes.


SPPACE Database

SPPACE is a database of EU Culture programme funded projects with UK partners since 2007. The website was launched in spring 2011 and is a great source for all those who are interested in applying for the EU Culture Programme. Click here to find out more about SPPACE.

New UK CCP Colleague

Lea Seibert is the new European Information Assistant at UK Cultural Contact Point.

She has valuable experience in organising European projects and is looking forward to providing information about the EU Culture Programme and supporting cultural institutions and artists in their application process.

News from UK Projects

Lumiere Festival in Durham

As part of LUMIERE 2011 Artichoke are working in collaboration with two other European light festivals, Skyway (Torun, Poland) and Valgusfestival (Tallinn, Estonia), in a trans-European collaboration called Lux Scientia.

Three artists, one from each host country, have been asked to create a lightwork which is shared by each city to create a unique programme of work across three international festivals. The three artists Simeon Nelson (UK), Dominik Lejman (Poland) and Leonardo Meigas (Estonia), each collaborated with a scientist to develop their lightwork and all three works will explore both the scientific and aesthetic aspects of light.

Visit to find out more about this exiting light festival which is supported by the EU Culture Programme.

LIFT - FIT, FestLab and Distance

Being members of both the Festivals in Transition (FIT) and Imagine 2020 EU Networks LIFT have been busy recently not only with network meetings but hosting workshops and residencies and seeing some of the Imagine 2020 performances.

The FIT network has been established for a few years and its current focus is FestLab, an intensive training programme for the next generation of European festival directors and producers which combines theory and practice. Each FIT partner hosts a series of workshops and July saw 17 of the participants come to London for sessions held in collaboration with the British Council and Arcola Theatre.

The main element of praxis is a residency for which Joon Lynn Goh and Ilana Mitchell curated a festival entitled Distance which took place in September during Homo Novus Festival (Riga) and October at the ICA (London).


Europe's First Green Mobility Guide for the Performing Arts

Europe's First Green Mobility Guide for the Performing Arts was launched in June.

Authored by creative industries environmental experts Julie's Bicycle, and commissioned by On the Move, the online resource for cultural mobility in Europe, the Green Mobility Guide offers practical recommendations for professionals across the performing arts, case studies and resources, including the Julie's Bicycle "IG tool" for tracking carbon emissions while on tour.

The Green Mobility Guide is now available for download on Julie's Bicycle and On the Move.


European Culture Forum 2011

On 20 and 21 October 800 participants from culture civil society, the EU Member States and EU institutions will meet at the European Culture Forum to discuss some of the most topical questions for culture in the current context of economic crisis and globalisation.

Find more information about the forum and its programme here.