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Celebrating Arts & Culture III

The Central European Foundation (CEF) announces its third call for proposals to support projects in arts and culture in Slovakia (SR) and the Central European (CE) region. CEF's primary focus is breaking down geographic, cultural and financial barriers that keep artists and culture managers from working together in the region.

The goal of the programme is to support projects from Slovakia and the Central European region that focus on developing artistic works, events and performances, and presenting them to the widest possible audience. Projects of all artistic genres and diverse themes may be submitted for financial support with several exceptions, i.e. under this call CEF will not support production of feature films that entail major investment (with large budgets) and will not support folklore events or folklore festivals.

The year 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the democratic revolutions in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The foundation seeks to honour this anniversary by supporting projects that address the phenomenon of the revolutions in 1989 and their ramifications for society and culture. For this reason, the foundation will also welcome applications under this call for projects that address this anniversary in an additional category. These projects should, for example, address social or cultural questions related to the events of 1989. Another goal is to help facilitate awareness or interpret the events of the period for the younger generation that did not live through them. Because of the key symbolic and political significance of the Berlin wall, CEF encourages cooperation with partner organizations from Germany as well.

In keeping with its broader mission, the foundation will continue to give priority to international, cooperative projects that foster the following three principles:

  • Creativity: projects create new works in any one genre or combined genres, or revive lost traditions; projects find innovative ways to bring culture into daily life;
  • Cooperation: projects involve cooperation across regional or national borders; and cooperation among nationalities and ethnic groups, social groups and sectors of public life. Projects that support mobility of artists and culture managers and involve partners from more than two countries are a point of emphasis; and
  • Continuity: projects pay attention to sustainability and long-term impact and address possibilities for continued presence after the funding period is over. This may include educating future artists and/or pedagogues.

Applicants must be either an organization from Slovakia or a team from Slovakia and any of the following countries: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. CEF will cover up to 60% maximum of the total project budget. The applicant must be able to demonstrate its ability to co-finance the project. The beginning of project implementation must be in 2009 and the project activities must be completed at the latest by 2010.

Those interested may send a completed application form by regular post to the foundation address by 15 December 2008. A copy of the application must also be sent electronically to cef@cef.sk.

Contact: Central European Foundation, Sasinkova 12, 811 08 Bratislava, Slovakia; e-mail: cef@cef.sk