European Cultural Foundation and MitOst > Tandem Western Balkans

Tandem Western Balkans is a one-year learning by doing programme that enables cultural operators to kick-start long-term regional collaboration in the Western Balkans. The Tandem platform supports social change through strategic cultural action and is envisioned as a space for project initiators to acquire new skills, develop innovative practices and connect to regional networks.

For this first edition of Tandem Western Balkans cultural managers, activists, architects or artists, as well as young professionals connected to civil society organisations, public institutions or creative enterprises can apply and participate. Covered countries are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

Applicants might come from a range of diverse backgrounds, from young, small-scale community activators engaged in collectives to experienced curators working in museums. Potential participants share a strong enthusiasm for peer-to-peer learning beyond their own national borders, sectors, artistic disciplines or generations and find joy in connecting with regional counterparts in inspiring trans-national encounters. By joining Tandem Western Balkans, you will be a part of and help build a growing community of deeply engaged cultural, political and social change makers interested in shaping the future of the region in the broader European context.

For one year, up to 24 participants from 6 countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia) will form up to 8 cross-border Tandems. In November 2019, participants and their colleagues join the Tandem Partner Forum where they can form a new regional partnership with another participant of their choice. After the Partner Forum, a jury will select the 8 most promising Tandem proposals for participation in the main programme phase.

Throughout the following year, selected participants are hosted in a work placement at their new Tandem partner organisation where they become directly involved in their partners’ organisational working environments and get hands-on insights into local socio-economic, political and cultural realities. The placement provides participants with the necessary working time for co-designing, testing and realising their pilot co-initiatives. Each Tandem will receive modest start-up funding (€ 3,000) to bring their idea to life. At the end of the programme, outcomes will be showcased locally and in a presentation organised by Tandem.

The programme was co-created by the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) and MitOst in 2011 and so far has supported more than 600 cultural organisations, local administrations and socially orientated enterprises from over 300 local – urban and rural – communities inside and outside the EU.

Deadline: 20 September 2019

Find all details online