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Funding Opportunities for International Cultural Cooperation in and with South East Europe

ECF & ECUMEST, Amsterdam/Bucharest, 2005, 74 pp.

The ECUMEST Association has carried out this survey commissioned by the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), with the participation of Relais Culture Europe, aiming to provide an overview of stakeholders supporting cultural cooperation in the region of South East Europe.

The survey identifies ways of matching support to existing needs by giving a fuller picture of what is available at present in terms of funding opportunities, offering the cultural sector an overview of current priorities and mechanisms of support and helping it to identify pressing needs and efficient ways of responding to them.

While not representing a guide to fundraising nor a comprehensive analysis of funders' policies and support for cultural cooperation projects, the document constitute a useful tool for all funders, cultural practitioners and artists who are interested in fostering cultural cooperation in and with South East Europe. It comes as a response to the claims of cultural operators in the region that insufficient resources are invested in cultural cooperation, despite the fact that such cooperation is of fundamental importance to the democratisation and reconciliation of the societies of South East Europe. It is also a response to the oft-repeated political statement that culture is important.

With this survey, ECF and the ECUMEST Association hope to nourish debate on the role that culture could and should play in the region and the different responsibilities of the various actors involved - cultural and funding actors alike.

The full report is available at www.ecumest.ro/pdf/SEE_funders_survey_Oct2005.pdf.

Contact: European Cultural Foundation, Jan van Goyenkade 5, 1075 HN Amsterdam, The Netherlands; e-mail: ischwarz@eurocult.org, www.eurocult.org or ECUMEST Association,14 Batistei St., 020937 Bucharest, Romania; e-mail: ecumest@ecumest.ro, www.ecumest.ro.