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Vol 9 Issue 6
29 February 2012

International news from the Cultural Contact Point

The Arts Council hosts the EU Cultural Contact Point Ireland: your resource for European funding for culture

The Culture Programme 2007–2013 was established to enhance the cultural area shared by all Europeans, which is based on a common cultural heritage through the development of cooperation activities among cultural operators from 37 eligible countries.
The Programme offers funding opportunities to all cultural sections and all categories of cultural operators contributing to the development of cultural cooperation at European level, with a view to encouraging the emergence of European citizenship.
With a total budget of 400 million EUR for 2007 – 2013 the Programme co-finances around 300 different cultural actions per year.
Cultural Contact Points (CCPs) are established in all countries participating in the EU Culture Programme and their role is to promote the programme at local, regional and national level.
The CCP Ireland is co-funded by the Arts Council and is based in their offices. The CCP provides practical advice and support to those interested in applying for funding under the Culture Programme.  The CCP Ireland hosts a website http://www.ccp.ie and Twitter account @CCPIreland. Please contact us either by email ccp@artscouncil.ie / katie.lowry@artscouncil.ie or by telephone on 01 618 0248.


CCP Ireland to host EU funding info day in Cork

When: Tuesday 6 March, 11am
Where: Triskel Arts Centre

The aim of the event is two-fold. First it will examine some of the opportunities available under the EU Culture Programme and also will provide an insight into the realities of working trans-nationally through case studies European cultural projects.

The event will also include a presentation on the funding opportunities available from the Anna Lindh Foundation for Intercultural Dialogue.

The event will bring together a range of speakers who all have experience of making applications for EU funding and working on trans-national cultural projects. Each speaker will share their own experiences of the European projects that have been, or are currently involved in. We hope these case studies will open a debate on the benefits and barriers to working internationally.
Lunch will be provided on the day. The event is free however attendance must be confirmed by email: ccp@artscouncil.ie.


Communicating Europe Initiative: funding available

The government is inviting applications for funding from voluntary organisations, education bodies and civil society groups for projects aimed at deepening public awareness of the role that the European Union plays in our daily lives.

The deadline for applications is 9 March and applications can be made online via the Irish Government's news service website:



Selection results for the EU Culture Programme Strand 3.2 are now online!

There were four successful projects under this Strand including two that will benefit three Irish cultural organisations.

The first successful  project with Irish involvement is led by Blue Drum, based in Dublin, co-partnered with New Belfast Community Arts as the UK partner and Kaunas Artists Support Fund based in Latvia. The second is led by Oviedo University in Spain, and Trinity College Dublin and the National Library of Ireland are on board as co-partners.

Strand 3.2 supports projects which involve a minimum three organisations established in three different countries. Those organisations must have a direct and practical experience in the analysis, evaluation, or impact assessment of cultural policies at local, regional, national and/or European levels, related to one or more of the 3 objectives of the European Agenda for culture:

 The promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural

 The promotion of culture as a catalyst for creativity and innovation in the framework of the EU Lisbon Strategy for growth and

 The promotion of culture as a vital element in the EU's international relations

This strand seeks to promote the exchange, analysis, comparison and consolidation of existing quantitative and qualitative data and evaluation methods. It aims to facilitate the production of proposals and recommendations for new evaluation methods or quantitative and qualitative data. The launching of new specific studies or data collections is not covered.

You can read more about this strand here and find full details of the successful projects here.


European conference on audience development planned for autumn 2012

Creative Europe, the European Commission's proposal for its future seven year funding programme which begins in 2014, proposes an important new focus on audience development. This is in order to foster long-term audiences for European cultural works.

The Commission states that audience development is:

 "a strategic, dynamic and interactive process of making the arts accessible (and) embraces the long term process of attracting and engaging new audiences as well as retraining them by establishing and maintaining strategic, dynamic and sustainable relationships."

The conference plans on highlighting projects supported under the current Culture and Media Programmes which have an audience development component.  Towards this end the Commission is hosting an open call for expressions of interest from current and former projects to fill out and project template and submit it by 9 March 2012.

Full details can be found here.

Please keep an eye on the Cultural Contact Point Ireland's website http://www.ccp.ie or Twitter feed @CCPIreland for further details of this conference.


EVE Platform  

Want to learn more about the type of projects supported by the European Commission's funding programmes?

The EVE platform is the single information point on European, education, training, culture and youth projects funded under programmes managed by the European Commission.  It showcases thousands of projects and their results.

Click here to search the platform and here to read more about EVE.

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