Creative Ljubljana

13. 2. 2020
creative europe
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Dušan Dovč
Intermediary between the non-governmental and public sector as well as between Ljubljana and it's surroundings (Kamnik). He is certain that arts and culture are impossible without a working support system. For over twenty years he is studying the creative aspects of the funding application slang and is eagerly awaiting for it's formal recognition as an official EU language.

Europe on the Doorstep: Until 2023, Cultural Organisations Will Be Implementing Their Programmes with the Support of Creative Europe

The seven-year programme period of the transnational Creative Europe programme is drawing to a close, and the latest edition of the call for cultural collaboration projects was again a great success for Slovenian applicants. As heads or partners, Slovenian organisations were involved in 29 projects, making up 26 percent of all successful applications. Interestingly, the number of applicants at the European level has dropped, while the numbers of Slovenian applicants have been growing, the number of submitted applications having increased by 30 percent.


Let’s take a look at how Ljubljana and its region will participate in the international European context in the following years. (The following is a recap from the website of the Creative Europe Centre in Slovenia.)


In 2019–2021, four Ljubljana-based organisations will act as project leaders in minor projects (2 years, supported by up to EUR 200,000): the City of Women will use the Women on Women project to address issues of gender equality in diverse and multicultural Europe and try out new models of solidarity between different communities of women; Pionirski dom will carry out a project called Young Theatre in Motion in order to educate the youth sector about theatre improvisation and contemporary dance; Radio Student will carry out the Independent Radio Exchange project to bolster the international exchange of non-commercial and independent music and to promote marginal genres of European music (in collaboration with partners such as Radio Campus France, a French network of student radio stations); and the Slovenian Theatre Institute will implement a project called Classic Comics, which will develop a template for high-school culture and art education; in collaboration with a number of partners, the Institute will adapt three plays from the European canon into comic form.

And then there are as many as 11 Ljubljana-based organisations playing the tole of partner organisations: the Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities, the Slovenian Book Agency, the Kersnikova Institute, the Slovenian Writers’ Association, the SCCA–Ljubljana Institute, the Atol Project Institute, the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, the University of Ljubljana, the Young Dragons Public Institute together with the TiPovej! Institute, and the CONA institute for the processing of contemporary art. Their projects range from cultural heritage, through audience development among young people, historicization of video art, career support for young musicians, creation of a platform for the critique of man’s relationship to nature, to studies of interactions between art and science.


We’ve also been successful with major projects, i.e. multi-year programmes for the 2019–2023 period supported with up to EUR 2m per project. Support had been given to 10 projects in which Slovenian organisations participate as partners, 10 of which are based in Ljubljana: the National Museum of Contemporary History, Pionirski dom, Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, City of Women, the Bunker Institute, SIGIC, the Slovene Ethnographic Museum, the Faculty of Architecture, Prostorož, and the National and University Library. The latter will, for example, develop a model for the creation of e-books and digital copies that will be accessible to users of mobile and other devices. The National and University library will also try to adapt digitalized books to the needs of the blind and partially sighted.


This year’s support for literary translations obtained by Slovenian publishers will be record-breaking as well: almost EUR 500,000 will be distributed among nine Slovenian publishers, many of which are based in Ljubljana (Beletrina, Mladinska knjiga, V.B.Z., the Slovenian Writers’ Association, KUD Sodobnost) or in the region (Miš from Dob pri Domžalah).


Currently ongoing are a special call for cultural collaboration projects focused on the Western Balkans region (deadline: March 17) and a competition for the digital connection of culture and audio-visual projects (deadline: May 14). Further info on the new programme period of the Creative Europe project and on how to obtain European funding is given by Panoptikum (TV Slovenia, February 5, 2020) with guests Mateja Lazar  (Motovila, CED Slovenia), Petra Culetto (Ministry of Culture), Kaja Širok (National Museum of Contemporary History), and Alma R. Selimović (Bunker). The show was created by Nina Jerman. > https://4d.rtvslo.si/arhiv/napovedniki-tv-oddaj/174669563