Tandem is a vocational exchange programme for cultural organisations and their teams. It accompanies participants in building up long-term working relationships, international collaboration skills, professional management knowledge and strategic networks with partners from Europe and its neighbourhood. The programme was co-created by the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) and MitOst in 2011 and so far has supported more than 200 cultural organisations from over 100 cities inside and outside the EU.
Tandem Europe – the most recent edition among Tandem programme family – is tailor-made for cultural managers who work on creative solutions that make social innovation possible throughout the EU. The programme builds on a new strategic partnership between ECF, MitOst and foundations from Italy (Fondazione Cariplo), Greece (Stavros Niarchos Foundation) and Germany (Robert Bosch Stiftung).
The programme consists in a one-year exchange that allows cultural initiatives to kick-start long-term collaboration on a European level. For one year, 30 cultural organisations and creative initiatives from all 28 EU member states will form 15 cross-border collaborative Tandems. In October 2015, 50 cultural managers and/or creative project coordinators will be invited to a Partner Forum where they can form a European partnership with another Tandem candidate organisation of their choice.
After the Partner Forum, a jury will select the 15 most promising Tandem proposals for participation in the main programme phase. Throughout the following year, selected participants realise a 2-week working placement at their new Tandem partner organisation. During their vocational visit, Tandem participants become directly involved with their partners’ organisational working environment and get hands-on insights into local socio-economic and cultural realities. Spending two mutual placement weeks together on site will provide participants with the necessary shared working time for co-designing, testing and realising their pilot collaboration initiatives. Each Tandem will receive modest start-up funding for bringing their cultural innovation idea to life.
If you want to apply, read the call and fill out the application form available through the Tandem official website. The deadline for submitting your application is Wednesday 8 July 2015 (23:59 CET). Selection of candidates will take place in Milan at the end of October 2015.
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