The Tandem programme supports long-term cooperation, knowledge development and networking opportunities between cultural managers from the EU and outside the EU.
Throughout a year-long collaboration, managers work together in a Tandem to co-develop cultural projects and take part in a vocational placement at each other’s organisation. The entire group also meets several times a year and receives support, capacity building and arts management training from the programme organisers.
"The TANDEM Cultural Managers Exchange programme is unique, because the funders walk with you, they treat you as peers and want to learn from you. You get an enormous amount of freedom to experiment, with guidance on finding a clear sense of direction."
Watch the videos of testimonies from Tandem participants:
More about Tandem in our Library:
In this conversation, we talk to Rana Yazaji (Syria), Managing Director of Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy) – a key cultural player in the MENA region that facilitates the development of national cultural policy groups in more than ten Arab countries. We talk about her work and about the challenges she and her team face in these turbulent times for the region. Throughout the autumn, we highlight cultural policy research and activism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Through a series of insightful interviews, we introduce cultural policy researchers and activists who have contributed to the World CP –International Cultural Policy Database.
Lampedusa Mirrors is a theatre coproduction between Eclosion d’artistes (Tunis) and Teatro dell’Argine (Bologna) that was conceived in the framework of our Tandem Shaml. In 2015, young theatre makers from Tunisia and Italy developed a gripping performance which reflects on life at the island of Lampedusa as a symbolic site of the ongoing migration crisis. You can now read this publication journaling the project.
Our colleagues Alice Priori and Lisa Schulze at CitizensLab have prepared a series of Facebook posts presenting the new members of the CitizensLab network, which ECF is a partner of. We compiled all these short presentations in this featured people. We're also very happy to see that members from our own programmes like the Idea Camp and Tandem, have also been selected.
Tandem Turkey aims to establish long-term collaborations between cultural organisations from Turkey and the EU countries. In this video, you can see participants of Tandem Turkey 2015-16 at the Cluj meeting in February 2016, featuring Alice Fiona Tucker, Hüseyin Recepoğlu, Jeremy Pine, Mehtap von Stietencron, Naz Cuguoğlu, Susanne Ewerlöf and Çiçek Şadiye Tezer.
Good news: the Tandem Community & Participation open call deadline has been extended to 2 March. This call for Cultural Managers is open to applicants based in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and the UK. Apply now!
Learn more about Windows into Protest, a project emerging from our Tandem network - our programme for cultural managers across the EU and beyond. It is a project in partnership with three countries where protest in many different forms has been taking place: Ukraine, Turkey and the UK.
We’re very happy to hear that MEP and Tandem alumna Julie Ward’s report on intercultural dialogue was adopted by the European Parliament on 19 January. The report makes concrete recommendations for action, including the increased use of culture in diplomacy and development policy, inclusive learning and active citizenship to build strong, confident and cohesive communities for the future.
From 7 to 13 February 2016, STEP Beyond grantee Selen Tugrul is taking over our Instagram account.
We take the book, Another Europe, as our starting point in a conversation with Bulgarian political scientist Ivan Krastev, together with ECF Programme Manager Philipp Dietachmair, who has been running our neighborhood programmes for more than 10 years.
Since our beginnings in the 1950s, ECF has been pursuing the idea of a Europe that goes beyond historical, cultural and political borders and proposes new ways of doing things. The Europe ECF imagines extends well beyond the EU, embracing the countries that touch our borders to the east and to the south. These guiding principles run through the pages of our new publication Another Europe, which brings together a treasure trove of insights and experiences from partners and participants working with us in the European Neighbourhood over the past 15 years.