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Call for the Ssubmission of Proposals for Collaboration Projects in Arts and Culture - COLABs

BAC (Balkans Arts and Culture Fund) supports contemporary collaborative arts and culture development projects (COLABs). COLABs should be conceived by organisations from and implemented within the region of the Western Balkans, specifically the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. BAC is aimed towards fostering inclusive, democratic, and prosperous societies in the Western Balkans by strengthening the cultural sector and encouraging regional collaboration and integration. In this context, BAC aims to advance the independent cultural scene in the region by supporting authentic cultural production, encouraging participation, and raising capacities of cultural actors. Independent cultural organisations, networks, foundations and/or associations are invited to submit ideas for Collaboration Projects in Arts and Culture - COLABs.

Applications have to be made in collaboration of minimum two partners coming from two of the countries listed above. The applicant and at least one other implementing partner must be organisations from the focus countries. Additional partnerships with organisations from other European countries are welcome.

Collaboration projects should specifically contribute to:

  • broadened accessibility of and participation in qualitative, innovative, engaging culture programmes;
  • increased collaboration and long term partnerships between independent cultural organisations in the region;
  • increased inter-sectorial collaboration; and
  • increased capacities of independent cultural actors.

Information on general and specific conditions, criteria and processes is available in the 2015 Call Guidelines. The Guidelines as well as the application form can be downloaded from

www.balkansartsandculture.fund/downloads.html or by writing to bac@artanglebalkans.net.

Submission and deadline: duly completed project ideas form and statements on partnership should be submitted no later than 6 September 2015. All applicants will be informed about selection results by the beginning of November 2015.

Awarded COLAB projects are expected to start implementation on 1 January 2016 at the earliest and have to be finalized by 31 December 2017 at the latest. The envisaged project duration is up to 24 months.