In Lisbon: the launch conference of the Creative Europe programme


2021 06 18


On 17 June, the European Union programme to mobilise cultural funding, Creative Europe, was officially launched.

During the two-day event held in Lisbon (Portugal), the new Creative Europe programme for the 2021–2027 period was presented by representatives of the European Commission and the Minister of Culture of the host nation, Portugal, the President of the Council of the European Union until 30 June. The lessons learned by the European cultural sector and the challenges awaiting it were discussed in the launch conference, in which Vice-Minister Vygintas Gasparavičius also participated.

“Culture is Europe's foundation and, without a doubt, it plays and will continue to play an important role in creating Europe's future as various areas of our lives recover in the post-pandemic period. To maintain the proper tempo, we have to continue to search for points of interaction between culture and other areas, including education, health care, the green economy, digitisation, and regional and sustainable development,” Vice-Minister Gasparavičius said in the conference discussion, in which the ministers of culture of European Union member states, representatives of the European Commission, and other officials responsible for the cultural and audiovisual sectors participated.

According to Vice-Minister Gasparavičius, the Creative Europe programme is an excellent result of joint efforts and, most important of all, was reached in timely fashion. The new programme better meets the specific needs of the cultural sector and offers other innovations, which create more favourable conditions on a European scale to develop cultural and creative innovations and will ensure easier access of creative artists to funding as well as greater mobility of artists and professionals. The programme will also increase the competitiveness of Europe's audiovisual sector on a global scale and will strengthen the role of media, which is very important for the democratic future of Europe. According to the Vice-Minister, the significantly increased programme budget will let the cultural sector recover more quickly and will encourage creative processes.

During the new period, 2.44 billion euro will be allocated to cultural projects, 60 percent more than in the 2014–2020 period. The Creative Europe programme is composed of two sub-programmes, Culture and MEDIA, and is supported by a cross-sectoral strand. The latter has been reinforced; it will receive 9 percent of the programme funding, and according to this cross-sectoral strand the news media will also be funded, thus responding to EU concern about media literacy and the effort to combat fake news.

In the Culture sub-programme, to which 33 percent of the Creative Europe budget has been allocated, three calls for cultural organisations and one call for mobility (i-Portunus, for host organisations seeking visiting talent) have been announced. The Music Moves Europe initiative will continue in support of the music sector, as will Perform Europe for the performing arts. EU awards in the areas of literature, architecture, heritage and music will also continue.

The participation of Lithuania's cultural organisations in the Culture sub-programme of the Creative Europe programme has grown by a factor of three in recent years, and just in the past three years more than 2.7 million euro were allocated to cultural organisations. Some of the most active participants include the Lithuanian Dance Information Centre, Kaunas Biennial (leaders in the international platform project MagiC Carpets), Kaunas 2022, the Art Factory Loftas, LMTA (the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre), the Nida Art Colony, and the Lithuanian Publishers Association.

MEDIA, this year marking its 30th anniversary, supports the audiovisual sector, and in the new period places even higher priority on close international cooperation and wider distribution of European works. In response to trends in the sector, particular attention is paid to production of television programmes of high artistic merit and great international potential, the building of skills and capacities of audiovisual sector professionals, and the application of technological innovations in the industry. Cinema producers, film distribution companies, film festivals, organisations carrying out film education and other professionals in the audiovisual sector are invited to submit applications for projects. Since MEDIA first began operating in Lithuania, a sum of about 6.7 million euro has been invested in the audiovisual sector: more than 120 audiovisual projects and more than 60 companies and organisations carrying out such projects have received funding. For more than 10 years, MEDIA has supported the two main Lithuanian film festivals: Kino pavasaris and Scanorama. During the entire period, funding has been allocated to more than 40 Lithuanian films, among them Nova Lituania, directed by Karolis Kaupinis and recognised at Lithuania's National Film Awards.

In addition, Vice-Minister Gasparavičius met with Bulgarian Vice-Minister of Culture Vesela Kondakova in Lisbon. They discussed bilateral cooperation and opportunities in areas including literary translation, cinema, music and dance. They also agreed on closer cooperation in international organisations and projects.

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Open calls for the Creative Europe programme

Programme contacts in Lithuania:

Dileta Nenėnė, head of the Creative Europe office in Lithuania, coordinator of the Culture sub-programme

(e-mail [email protected], tel. +370 672 04 732)

Austėja Milvydaitė, coordinator of the MEDIA sub-programme

(e-mail [email protected], tel. +370 694 23 125)