Presentation of the Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture (BIFC) and Workshop on Networks and Networking Coming to Podgorica (Montenegro)
Are you an independent artistic or cultural organization working on a cultural project with partners from the Western Balkans and elsewhere in Europe? Is your collaboration stimulating the European Union integration process, and are you looking for funding to launch your project?
If so, then a BIFC grant might be just the opportunity you are looking for! BIFC supports artistic and cultural work within the Western Balkans that are either created by or in collaboration with organizations from the region. You can apply for a grant throughout the year as there are no deadlines. Since the BIFC funding program began in 2006, more than 90 organizations have already benefited from BIFC grants.
The BIFC Regional Hub in Ljubljana (a BIFC advice and information center) is organizing a presentation about the BIFC grants as well as a workshop on networks and networking.
The event will take place on Thursday, November 3, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (presentation) and from 11:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (workshop) at Bookstore Karver, Podgorica, Montenegro.
The event will have two parts:
- 10:00 to 11:00 – Presentation About the BIFC Grants and Its Regional Hub by Katja Praznik. No need to book in advance, just come along!
- 11:15 to 17:00 – Workshop on Networks and Networking by Milica Ilić. Limited number of participants (maximum 20). Booking ahead is essential!
The workshop is open to professionals working in independent or state-led organizations active in the field of culture. Apply by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org by October 28, 2011, with a short CV (max. 100 words) and a short description of your organization (max. 50 words).
Working language: Serbo-Croatian. The workshop is free of charge.
We are looking forward to meeting you in November!
I. Presentation of BIFC
10:10–10:20 Presentation of the BIFC Regional Hub and the Platform for South East Europe
10:20–10:40 General information about BIFC grants
10:40–11:00 Questions and answers
Katja Praznik is the project manager of the BIFC Regional Hub and vice-president of Asociacija, Association of Arts and Culture NGOs and Freelancers, based in Ljubljana. She holds an MA in Sociology of Culture and works as a theorist, writer and dramaturge in the field of arts and culture. From 2007 to 2009, she was the editor-in-chief of the performing arts journal Maska. From 2009 to 2010, she was the manager of the project “Networking and Capacity Building of NGOs in Culture”. Beside managing the BIFC Regional Hub, she manages various projects related to cultural policy issues in her work at Asociacija and is pursuing her PhD, “Intellectual Domination: Contemporary Art Between the East and the West”, at the Faculty of Arts Ljubljana. In 2010, she published the book “Cronotopographies of Dance: Two Inquiries” (Transition Series, EMANAT), together with Eda Čufer.
II. Workshop on Networks and Networking
The workshop will be divided into two parts:
- From 11:15 to 13:15, we will look into the general characteristics of networking and networks and will examine a few relevant examples.
- From 13:15 to 14:00 lunch break.
- From 14:00 to 17:00, the participants will work together to imagine a networking structure that is the most appropriate for their needs, capacities and ways of working.
Cultural Networks have become the main driving force of cultural collaboration and networking is its norm. Networks are everywhere, and we are increasingly being compelled to make them, use them, learn from them, benefit from them… In their collaborative projects, cultural operators are more and more relying on a multiplicity of networks and networking projects.
But how does one find one’s way in this complex environment? How do we make sure we don’t fall into the trap of high expectations and little outcome? How do we make sure we take part in a network that we feel is most appropriate for us? Why and how do we network?
This workshop aims to give an introduction to networking in the field of culture and in particular to European cultural networks. It will provide an in-depth understanding of the processes and structures of networking. Furthermore, the workshop’s goal is to help operators take position and start using networking and networks as a truly efficient tool for cultural cooperation.
Milica Ilić is Head of Communication and Administration at IETM, international network for contemporary performing arts, one of the largest and most active European cultural networks. She is also actively involved in the Balkan Express initiative for collaboration with and within the Balkans, and a number of other European/international cultural projects. She holds an MA degree in Cultural Development and Project Management, University Lumière Lyon 2. She is particularly interested in international collaboration and the Balkan contemporary arts scene. She is author and co-author of several research studies on arts and culture in South East Europe.
The workshop is organized by the BIFC Regional Hub in Ljubljana in the frame of the initiative Platform for South East Europe.
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The representative of the BIFC Hub will join the conference in Skopje in order to give the presentation of its activities. The presentation is scheduled for Saturday, 18 September at 17.45 at the conference venue. All those interested are kindly welcomed.
We recommend: arts management symposium
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C., the United States Embassy in Zagreb and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia are hosting a two-day “Symposium for Arts Management in Southeast Europe”, which will take place in the Festival Perforacije, from October 19–20, 2010, in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia.