The coronavirus crisis is a test, but also an opportunity for social cohesion in Europe. It has redrawn borders which we believed overcome, deepened inequalities and made us realise our social vulnerability. At the same time, we are experiencing the emergence of direct forms of solidarity, new ideas for social coexistence and original formats in the arts. All over the world, people have reacted to the crisis courageously and inventively. When public life ground to a standstill, cultural creators were forced to redefine the role of the arts: in participatory, digital ways, from their homes, in the streets.
Allianz Kulturstiftung has launched a call for proposals with the aim of reaching parties using artistic and cultural means to create open spaces enabling critical discourse about Europe’s future, and also of supporting exchange and networking across borders.
As a European cultural foundation, they are seeking projects of a translocal nature, meaning that partners from different countries or different regions collaborate. They seek projects which use the vantage points of the arts to think beyond their own horizon, to engage in new and unusual alliances, and enable as many different parties as possible to cooperate and engage. They are interested in projects at the interface of the arts and digitalisation which develop participatory and inclusive offerings.
In doing so, they focus on two issues: who is involved in a project? And whom does it address? They are open to all genres, and especially to genre-bending experiments.
The grant amount requested should be between 40,000 and 80,000 Euros, making up no more than 50% of the total project costs.
Proposals are accepted all year, with successful applications announced in December and July, following meetings of the foundation’s board.