EUNIC: Initiating European Collaboration

EUNIC is a network organization for European National Cultural Institutes and similar organizations working in the field of cultural diplomacy and intercultural relations. Established in 2006 to promote cultural diversity and mutual understanding across cultures, EUNIC has evolved into a global cluster network that delivers transnational collaborative projects through its 36 members and in more than 70 countries around the world.

With the Swedish Institute as the facilitating member and main representative for Sweden, the EUNIC toolkit aims at supporting Swedish foreign missions that seek to strengthen their strategic role within their local EUNIC clusters by submitting projects that fit the cluster format and the thematic criteria listed below. The purpose of the toolkit being to initiate, enable and stimulate cultural collaboration both within the EUNIC clusters, and the local cultural communities.

Instructions and manuals

The EUNIC toolkit consists of a financial support equivalent to a maximum of 40,000 SEK for Swedish foreign missions that wish to engage in EUNIC cultural cooperation projects as outlined above. Following the 2017 administrative agreement between EUNIC and the European Union, cultural cooperation projects should focus on three thematic areas:

  • Promoting culture and intercultural dialogue for peaceful inter-community relations
  • Supporting culture as an engine for sustainable social and economic development
  • Reinforcing cooperation on cultural heritage

Please note that submitted projects should be initiated in agreement with the coorganizing members of their local EUNIC clusters. The overall aim of the project should be to strengthen the applying foreign mission’s strategic role within the cluster over time.

For examples, see Inspirational stories.

Building blocks

This is EUNIC
EUNIC Strategy 2025
How to work together
Setting up a EUNIC cluster
Cluster Fund Call 2018

Inspirational stories

EUNIC Serbia: EUNIC AiR (2017-)

Following a bilateral artist residency program between Sweden and Serbia, EUNIC AiR aims at supporting already existing residency programs in Serbia, through the establishment of a matching fund, dedicated to co-funding residencies that will get a EUNIC label by inviting artists from EU member-states to Serbia. EUNIC AiR will consist of ten artistic residencies over a two year period within the fields theatre, literature, design, jazz and art. In conjunction to the program a joint bar camp will be set up in order to bring the residing artists together to share their residence experiences, debate on European, digital  and global issues. A complemental communication campaign will be arranged during the artists stay in Serbia.

Parallell to the implementation, the Swedish embassy in Belgrade produced this short film presenting both EUNIC Serbia and the EUNIC AiR project. The film was made possible with financial support from SI.

An extended interview with Swedish designer and Nova Iskra resident Kristofer Sundin on the importance of international residency programs for artists.

EUNIC Turkey: Spaces of Culture (2017-)

How can EUNIC networks better contribute to fostering transnational connections, to promoting inclusive societies, freedom of expression and cultural innovation in different local settings? Those were some of the questions when the Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul, following an initial project proposal from Goethe Institut, partnered with local EUNIC members in order to establish Spaces of Culture, a EUNIC cooperation project aiming to engage with local change makers outside of the capitals to promote European collaboration and stimulate local cultural production.

Initially focusing on three vital cities (Izmir, Diyarbakir and Gaziantep) the overall objective of the Spaces of Culture project is to support local cultural initiatives and provide means and spaces for cultural encounters and creativity embracing all sectors of society, thus empowering local cultural actors to create self-sustaining entities that operate within a national and international network.

Film presenting Spaces of Cultures coming soon.

Financial support

EUNIC Cluster Fund

The EUNIC Cluster Fund is financed with the voluntary contributions of EUNIC Members. It co-finances projects designed and implemented by EUNIC Clusters to deliver their three-year cluster strategies. EUNIC Cluster Fund is financed with the voluntary contributions of EUNIC Members. It only co-finances projects designed and implemented by EUNIC Clusters to deliver their three-year cluster strategies.

Not yet a EUNIC member? For more information, please contact Jerker Sundstrand.

SI financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 40,000 SEK. Priority will be given to projects with long-term rather than short-term aims. Please note that SI financial support does not cover administrative costs and is only available for Swedish embassies and consulates that are already or will at the same time enlist for becoming EUNIC members.

How to apply

Application is done by filling out the application form.

Resources are limited, and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

After completion, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information about this toolkit, contact Henrik C. Enbohm.