The beginning of the year 2023 was marked by the launch of Open Call for Proposals Ref: CC4WBS001OR/2023 under the Culture and Creativity for the Western Balkans project. The Open Call was intended for civil society organisations (CSOs) and public institutions from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

With the aim of mobilising and connecting artists, media professionals and cultural operators and enabling them to promote the diversity of cultural expressions in and from the Western Balkans, the following project was selected for grant funding

Under Thematic Window 2 LOT 2 – Creative Gate and Arts Discovery Platform

  1. Creative Gate
    Implementing partners: Foundation EXIT (SER) and Taksirat (MKD)

With the aim of fostering regional networking, cooperation and promotion for enhanced cultural production and access, the following projects were selected for grant funding

Under Thematic Window 3 LOT 2 – Culture and Creativity Learning Labs:

  1. Beyond Stage Mastery
    Implementing partners: Heartefact Fund (SER), Qendra e Arteve Vizuale Multimedia (KOS) and Teatri Kombëtar Eksperimental “Kujtim Spahivogli” (ALB) 

  1. Building Effective Networks through Improved Individuals Performance
    Implementing partners: Moja Kariera (MKD) and Shoqata e Karikaturistëve “HITHI” (KOS)

  1. IAM (Independent Art Movement) – Montenegro Project
    Implementing partners:  Nova galerija vizuelnih umetnosti (SER) and Institut za savremenu umjetnost Cetinje (MNE) 

  1. Laboratories on Inclusive Design and Accessible Communication
    Implementing partners: United Nations Association Albania (UNNA) (ALB) and Kosovo Glocal (dba Kosovo 2.0) (KOS)

  1. Shoot your film (comprehensive guide to low-budget filmmaking) 
    Implementing partners: Udruženje filmskih radnika Bosne i Hercegovine (BIH),  Akademija scenskih umjetnosti Sarajevo, Univerzitet u Sarajevu (BIH) and Fakultet dramskih umjetnosti Cetinje, Univerzitet Crne Gore (MNE)

  1. Western Balkans Cultural Heritage Innovation Lab 
    Implementing partners: Don Branko Sbutega Foundation (MNE) and SHARE Foundation (SER)

Under Thematic Window 3 LOT 3 – Artistic Co-productions:

  1. Balkan Beats Fusion
    Implementing partners: Udruženje za socijalni, kulturni i kreativni razvoj “ZORA” (BIH) and Udruženje mladih umjetnika Crne Gore (MNE)

  1. BalkanStoryMap
    Implementing partners: SpaceSyntaKs (KOS) and KANA / ko ako ne arhitekt (MNE)

  1. Connecting Dots: Exploring Shared Film Heritage
    Implementing partners: Dokufest (KOS) and Beldocs (SER)

  1. Edu Cuts
    Implementing partners: Združenie za mediumska pismenost Planet M Skopje (MKD), Independent Film Centre Filmart (SER), Udruženje Mladih Umjetnika (BIH), Podgorica Film Festival (MNE) and PriFilmFest – Prishtina International Film Festival (KOS) 

  1. Expanding Theatre Landscapes
    Implementing partners: Sarajevski ratni teatar SARTR (BIH), Heartefact Fund (SER) and Realstage (BIH)

  1. New Era: Artistic Discourses on Social and Climate Changes
    Implementing partners: Muzej savremene umjetnosti Republike Srpske (BIH) and Muzej savremene umetnosti Vojvodine (SER) 

  1. Singing Heroes: From the Margins to Centre Stage
    Implementing partners: Udruženje “Eutopija” (SER), Udruženje građana “Romski kulturni centar” (SER) and Asocijacija mladih Roma “Aksiom” (BIH)

We are looking forward to seeing the impact of all these projects in the cultural and creative industry sector across the Western Balkans region.