On the initiative of the CED Slovenia (Motovila), Creative Europe Desks – Culture offices from Austria, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia organized a joint event Creative Synergy – sharing experiences and good practices in the neighbourhood, which was a follow-up to the European Commission`s event Sharing practices in COVID times on May 6. The event was in a hybrid format and it was held in the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška (SI) in front of the Slovenian audience that was interested in individual consultations held afterwards. The aim of the Creative Synergies event was sharing Creative Europe experiences and good practices in the neighbourhood but also to encourage networking and cooperation between Austrian, Croatian, Hungarian and Slovenian institutions and organizations active in culture as well as participation within the new generation of the EU programme Creative Europe 2021–2027.
The warming welcome word was delivered by Walter Zampieri, Head of the Culture Unite (EACEA), who made a bridge between the old and new Creative Europe programme and highlighted the most important priorities for the next generation of Creative Europe programme. As he said, the Work Programme of the “new” programme is about to be adopted and new calls will be launched at the beginning of June. The “old” programme supported over 1000 projects, which means over 4000 cultural organizations from all the Europe, and managed to create a huge super network that engaged hundreds of artists and citizens.
The new programme will have the same core, as the calls remain the same, but it will be better and stronger thanks to the bigger budget and a clear focus on co-creation and innovation. It will also aimed at developing new audiences, circulation of works and arts, and supporting culture and creative sectors in the digital and ecological transition. The new programme is meant to support the transformative power of Europe and culture that will bring us to a better Europe.