The question dealt with by this year’s Forum is: in what way projects and organisation models in culture can encourage cooperation, combatting hatred, stereotypes and different forms of social inequality. With the idea of the necessity to strengthen cooperation and connecting, the Forum is organised through partnerships in three cities (Novi Sad, Niš, Belgrade) and it includes horizontal learning methods, exchange, inclusion and connecting domestic and foreign professionals.

The programme of the Forum is organised in three blocks which will be realised in all three cities: Critical thinking and media literacy, Participatory management in culture, Horizontal knowledge.

In the time of re-examining the model of future social functioning of our continent, the necessity was recognised to further develop democratic management principles, strengthen the autonomy of decision makers in culture, and also the capacity for critical thinking and acting. There will be discussions about notions such as joint management, participation, co-creation, and also about introducing participatory management models in culture while emphasising examples of good practice (e.g. the application of the Faro Convention), and defining guidelines for the introduction of these models in our country.

The programme entitled Horizontal knowledge consists of trainings of domestic and foreign cultural professionals in fields relevant for the Creative Europe programme (audience development, new technology in culture, cultural tourism, etc.), but also peer-to-peer open platform for exchanging knowledge and skills among cultural professionals. This segment of the programme will be organised on the basis of a competition-call to professionals to propose their trainings, workshops, programmes.

In all three cities, presentations of successful projects in the Creative Europe programme from 2018 will be organised, and also trainings in applying for the Creative Europe programme, consultations about project ideas, presentations of various funding sources in culture, artistic programme and cocktails. The accompanying programme will encompass the forming of a library of electronically published works – publications dealing with the topic of cultural cooperation published by domestic cultural organisations. Since Novi Sad will have the title of the European Youth Capital in 2019, a special part of the programme will be dedicated to transfer of knowledge and skills youth-for-youth.

The main partners of the Forum are City of Niš, Association Young Ambassadors Niš, Foundation Novi Sad 2021, OPENS European Youth Capital 2019, EU Info network and traditionally – Ilija M. Kolarac Foundation.

Detailed programme here.