30 per cent increase in UK involvement with European collaborations in 2017

Creative Europe's Cooperation Projects has seen 30 UK culture, creative industries and heritage organisations granted ­€3.2 million to work with European partners. This is a 30% increase in UK involvement from 2016. The last round of applications took place after the EU Referendum result. 

The UK is above average in successfully bidding for funds at 22% compared to 14% programme-wide. This shows that the UK and EU arts and culture sectors still want to collaborate. 

Succesful bids include:

New International Encounter – Cambridge-based theatre organisation was awarded €812,046, and leads on I Will Be Everything… with partners from Spain, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Germany and Austria, a theatre and participation project that will see young people as co-creators in an immersive theatre show and exhibition touring each partner’s home venue.

Welsh National Opera, Opera North and Royal Opera House – Three of the partners in Opera Vision, led by Opera Europa, and awarded €1,993,000, offering a free online curated season of European Opera in partnership with 30 theatres from 19 countries.

PRS Foundation – leads Keychange, awarded €200,000, which is a new talent development initiative to empower networks of female artists and innovators to showcase and collaborate at music industry festivals. Partners include Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Spain, Sweden, and Canada. 

The next call for Cooperation Projects is expected in autumn 2017. 

Full list of UK organisations in 2017 Cooperation Projects below.

UK lead organisations

  • Quarantine 
  • ArtReach 
  • Crying Out Loud 
  • D&AD 
  • Performing Right Society Foundation (PRS Foundation) 
  • New International Encounter 
  • Abandon Normal Devices

UK partner organisations

  • Royal College of Art
  • Creative Skillset
  • Performing Arts Network & Development Agency - PANDA
  • Liverpool Sound City
  • Opera North
  • Royal Opera House
  • Welsh National Opera
  • Writing West Midlands 
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • OpenUp Music
  • University of Manchester
  • Lighthouse Arts & Training
  • Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts
  • Liverpool City Council
  • Not Just a Label
  • Teeside University
  • Creative Kernow
  • Yorkshire Dance Centre Trust
  • Ironworks 
  • Kirklees Theatre Trust
  • Gravity & Levity
  • Writers' Centre Norwich
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • Independent Arts Council
  • University of Sussex
  • Festival of Fools 
  • Furtherfield.org
  • Leeds Beckett University

Full results are published on the EACEA website.

Image of BE Festival in Birmingham (Cooperation Project) from Creative Europe website

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