EUNIC: Initiating European Collaboration
The purpose of the EUNIC toolkit is to stimulate cultural collaboration both within the EUNIC clusters, and the local cultural communities. Swedish foreign missions that wish to strengthen their role within their local cluster are welcome to submit projects that fit the cluster format and the criteria listed below. Swedish Institute gives support as the facilitating member and main representative of Sweden within EUNIC.
EUNIC is a network organisation for European National Cultural Institutes and similar organisations working in the field of cultural diplomacy and intercultural relations. It has been promoting cultural diversity and mutual understanding across cultures since 2006. EUNIC has evolved into a global cluster network. It supports transnational collaborative projects through its 36 members and in more than 70 countries around the world.
EUNIC Serbia: EUNIC AiR (2017-)
EUNIC AiR follows a bilateral artist residency programme between Sweden and Serbia. It supports already existing residency programs in Serbia. A matching fund is 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. During the programme, the organisers will set up a joint bar camp. This will bring the residing artists together to share their residence experiences and debate on European, digital and global issues. A complemental communication campaign will be arranged during the artists’ stay in Serbia.
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 programmes for artists.
EUNIC Turkey: Spaces of Culture (2017-)
How can EUNIC networks contribute to fostering transnational connections, 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. This is a project that aims 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. This will empower local cultural actors to create self-sustaining entities that operate within a national and international network.
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 above.
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.
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 members or will at the same time apply for EUNIC memebership.
For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management.
How to apply
To apply, please fill out the application form.
Resources are limited, and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.
How to report
After completion, fill out the project report for toolkits.
Contact at the Swedish Institute
For more information about this toolkit, contact Henrik C. Enbohm.