EU initiatives and opportunities for cultural sector

Here you can find inspiring examples of the programs and initiatives that promote cultural values and were founded by the European Union. You can become the part of some movements individually or engage your cultural organisation to take part or explore them as the cases.
Cultural Diplomacy Platform
This two-year project will engage stakeholders and audiences in third countries, through cultural diplomacy activities. The authors of the initiative plan to organise cultural exchanges and co-creation activities between citizens from Europe and countries all over the world. Another goal of the project is to build international cultural relations and to make the role of the Union and its values more understandable and visible in the world. The project is the result of collaboration between European Commission, the Consortium leader and the Goethe-Institut, in partnership with British Council, Centre for Fine Arts Brussels (Bozar), European Cultural Foundation, EUNIC Global, Institut français. If you are young cultural practitioner willing to strengthen your leadership skills, you can follow this project to look for the open calls for Global Cultural Leadership Programme.

Culture for Cities and Regions

This project funded by the Creative Europe Programme focuses on exchanging experience and successful cases of the cultural impact on urban development. The initiative explores the influence of cultural heritage and creative industries on economic growth, social inclusion and intercultural dialogue. The project lasts for three years, and during this time will organise 15 thematic study visits, coaching for 10 cities/regions. The project has already published a catalogue of 70 case studies. We advise you to have a look at this website, to upload the catalogue, to learn best local practice, cultural initiatives and urban renovation projects in Europe.


Europa Nostra is a citizens movement to save cultural heritage. The European network consists of 250 member organisations, 150 associated partners, for instance, local authorities and corporations, and involves 1,500 individuals. Europa Nostra holds campaigns on saving heritage in danger and also lobbies for its protection. You can join the movement if you are the representative of a heritage institution or activist in this field. Also, you can donate to the initiative or become a volunteer and defend heritage in danger.

Circostrada Network

This project was launched in 2003, and since this time it contributes to the development of Circus and Street Arts in Europe. It initiates professional exchanges, pilot programmes and advocacy projects. One of its key focuses is collaboration between academics and artists to improve research and professional integration. You can join the organisation or follow its website and social networks to learn about audience research, guides on cultural management and publications from their seminars.

European Creative Hubs Network

The European Creative Hubs Network is a mobility exchange programme for creative hubs leaders. This programme is co-funded by the European Commission, and all participants of Creative Europe countries can take part in the exchanges. The initiative will help managers and leaders to learn and share the experience or create new international collaborations. The project has two application periods: up to the end of 2016 and spring-summer 2017. The amount of each travel grant is 1,000 EUR, and the Network plans to support 50 beneficiaries.

Be SpectACTive!

This project is a collaboration between European festivals, theatres and research centres. Their goal is to develop audiences and engage them in active participation in cultural events. Be SpectACTive! are implementing a programme of 54 residencies, 30 workshops and 4 international conferences. It is also a research project, which explores “concepts of participation, accessibility, interaction and social cohesion”. You can follow the calendar of the events on the website to learn about conferences and premieres or receive their newsletter.  
The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum
The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) is a unique multi-layered regional civil society platform aimed at promoting European integration, facilitating reforms and democratic transformations in the six Eastern Partnership countries - Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The mission of the EaP CSF is to strengthen civil society in the region and to foster cooperation and the exchange of experiences between organisations of the Eastern Partnership countries as well as the EU. One of the subgroups of the Forum works on culture issues 
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