The Tandem programme supports long-term cooperation, knowledge development and networking opportunities between cultural managers across the EU and beyond. 

Photos from the most recent Tandem events in 2016. You can read all the Tandem stories on the brand new website:

About Tandem

The Tandem programme was launched in 2011 and developed as part of our European Neighbourhood programme, which has been active in capacity building, knowledge exchange and cultural policy development throughout wider Europe for the last 15 years. Tandem is co-devised with MitOst (Berlin) and delivered in partnership with local organisations and international funders.

Our over-arching goal is to see change-makers and creative networks develop from the different projects we run and to find more formalised ways of influencing government and local economies on a regional, national, EU level and beyond European borders.

The Tandem exchange programme has supported the professional development of more than 130 cultural managers from 35 countries across the EU and wider Europe – including Moldova, Turkey, Ukraine and the Arab-Mediterranean region.

There are currently five different Tandem programmes (see more information on the right column).

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. 

Tandem Europe

Tandem Europe is the most recent addition to the TANDEM programme family. It is for cultural managers who work on creative solutions that make social innovation possible throughout the EU. We believe that complex socio-economic challenges in our societies require the creative power of cross-border cultural initiatives. Tandem Europe connects pioneering ideas, new socio-cultural alliances as well as alternative economic and collaborative working models.

Tandem Europe is an initiative developed by ECF (Amsterdam) and MitOst e.V. (Berlin) together with Fondazione Cariplo (Milan). It is financially supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung (Stuttgart) and Stavros Niarchos Foundation (Athens).

    Tandem Shaml  

    The Tandem/Shaml pilot project ran from early 2012 until June 2013. "Shaml" means “include, involve and embrace” in Arabic. The first edition offered six cultural organisations based in Germany and other European countries the opportunity to establish long-term collaborations with new partner organisations from Arab countries in the Mediterranean region – including Egypt, Syria and Tunisia. The second edition has been launched and eight organisations have been selected for the 2014 exchange. 

    Application open: May-June 2016
    Who can apply? Cultural managers from Arab region and Europe
    What is it about? Cross-border collaborations between cultural change makers.

    Tandem/Shaml is led by MitOst (Berlin), Al Mawred Al Thaqafy (Cairo) ECF (Amsterdam) and Anadolu Kültür (Istanbul), and co-financed by the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Stuttgart) as well as the DOEN Foundation (Amsterdam) and Mimeta (Norway) in the framework of the Abarra capacity building initiative.

    Tandem Turkey-EU

    The first Turkey – EU Tandem ran from 2011 to 2012. Following its success, we launched a second edition in the region in June 2013, which ran until the end of 2014. 

    Application open: February-March 2016
    Who can apply? Cultural managers from Turkey and all 28 EU countries
    What is it about? Cross-cultural collaboration and organisational development.

    Launched by ECF in collaboration with partners MitOst (Berlin), Anadolu Kültür (Istanbul) and Istanbul Bilgi University, the Turkey – EU Tandem was co-funded by Stiftung Mercator (Essen).

    Tandem Moldova - EU - Ukraine | Dialogue for Change

    The Moldova – EU – Ukraine programme was the first Tandem programme to launch, back in 2011. It culminated in Moldova’s first contemporary arts festival in May 2012. Nearly 50 artists and cultural managers from over 30 cities across Europe travelled to the capital city of Chișinău to take part in the final event.

    One collaboration to emerge was a partnership between the Berlin-based fashion designer Isabell de Hillerin and highly skilled Moldovan textile artists. Blending the traditional textile skills that have been passed down from generation to generation with contemporary fashion design, de Hillerin created a collection that wowed crowds at the 2012 Berlin Fashion Show

    Application open: February-March 2016
    Who can apply? Cultural managers from Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Russia and all 28 EU countries
    What is it about? Community development and conflict resolution through cultural cooperation.

    Co-devised by MitOst, the Moldova – EU – Ukraine Tandem launched in conjunction with Culture Action EuropeCentre for Cultural Management and Soros Foundation Moldova. It was kindly supported by European Commission through the CULTURE-Programme and Robert Bosch Stiftung.

    Community & Participation

    The Tandem Community & Participation programme is open to cultural organisations based in the Netherlands that want to set up long-term working relations with partners based in Germany, Belgium and the UK that are working in the field of voluntary arts, community arts, (non-formal) arts and citizen education and other forms of creative community development. 

    Application open: 15 January – 28 February 2016
    Who can apply? Cultural managers from the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and UK
    What is it about? Cultural participation and engagement in the arts, with a focus on intercultural cities.

    Tandem “Community & Participation” is an ECF – MitOst initiative that we co-devised with the Dutch Fonds for Cultuurparticipatie (Fund for Cultural Participation – FCP, Utrecht), as well as ECF and MitOst (Berlin). 

    Our Tandem partners

    MitOst now fully delivers the Tandem programmes.