in the Western Balkans



Discover 13 collaborative cultural projects, showcasing ground-breaking creativity and creating sustainable connections across the Western Balkans and the EU.

In 2019, Creative Europe launched the Call for proposals: Cultural Cooperation Projects in the Western Balkans. The call aimed to increase cultural cooperation within the region and with EU Member States, and strengthen the competitiveness of the cultural and creative industries in the Western Balkans. This event marks the launch of the 13 projects selected by the European Commission out of 350 applications. The collaborative, creative and interdisciplinary projects cover a diverse range of sectors and contribute to the crosscutting objectives of the European Commission. The Cultural Relations Platform is supporting the visibility and maximising the results of these projects internationally.

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(Non)Aligned Movements

Strengthening contemporary dance in the Western Balkans

(Non)Aligned Movements aims to boost the creative and collaborative potential of contemporary dance practices in the Western Balkans.

Balkan Translations Collider

The Balkan Translations Collider project aims to overcome barriers to literary cooperation, both within the Western Balkans and between the region and the EU Member States.

CAN for Balkans

Comics Alliance Networking for the Balkans

CAN for Balkans is a cross-border cultural network, enabling cooperation between artists and professionals from the world of comics in the Western Balkans and European Union.

Immersive Storytelling

This project uses digital technology to open up historical artefacts to new audiences, and aims to drive digital transformation in the cultural and creative industries.

Manifesta 14 Prishtina

Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art strives to promote contemporary arts as a force for social and economic change. The 14th edition will take place in Prishtina, Kosovo in 2022.


Re-branding of Cultural Institutions in the Western Balkans

The ReCulture project aims to build the visibility and modernise the appearance of Western Balkan cultural institutions.

Regional Lab

Regional Lab aims to develop inclusive and innovative models for cultural projects, based on existing knowledge and experience from the civil sector, to provide sustainable and stable cultural co-operation in the Western Balkans.


Redesigning playscapes with children in the Western Balkans

Redesigning Playscapes with Children aims to create community driven playscapes, created with children and customised according to the children’s needs. The project is driven by the vital need to provide space in urban spaces for free play.

Rise of Women in Culture

in the Western Balkans

The project will develop a Western Balkans network of curators, and a regional virtual reality platform, to foster the creation of visual art from young female artists from the Western Balkans.


Some Call Us Balkans

Some Call Us Balkans aims to enhance intercultural dialogue between artists, cultural operators and the general public, within the Western Balkans and the EU, to create positive messages that debunk myths and misconceptions about the Balkans.


Sharpening the capacities of the classical music industry in the Western Balkans

#Synergy aims to overcome the obstacles which currently threaten the art music sector in the Western Balkans.

The Ways of the Heroes

The Ways of the Heroes project aims to put the spotlight on positive role models for environmental change, and create contemporary art that addresses important issues in our societies.

Translation in Motion

Translation in Motion aims to increase the flow of literary translations from smaller European languages within the EU and the Western Balkans, and develop the infrastructure, capacity and skills that support literary translations to reach the market.

The European Education and Culture Executive Agency organised a launching event for the projects selected under “Call for Proposals EACEA 39/2019 Cultural Cooperation Projects in the Western Balkans”.

The event took place online on 19 May 2021 at 09:00 and included the participation of Commissioners Mariya Gabriel and Olivér Várhelyi, as well as representatives from the selected projects.

Learn more about the speakers and watch the full event here.