Appeal to political and administrative actors in the EU
The IGBK has issued a call for action to political and administrative actors at various levels of the EU to simplify access for the cultural sector to funding opportunities within the framework of regional development cooperation and European territorial cooperation and to explicitly include culture in the provisions for the according funds and goals - next to cultural heritage - with its significant contribution for sustainable development, for social cohesion, for economic progress and for the promotion of European integration.
Read the appeal here (translated into English)
IGBK discussed artistic cooperation in border regions of Germany in a series of events 2019 under the title "Übergänge/ Nachbarschaft".
The events debated the specific quality of artistic work on intra-European borders. What conditions are cooperations subject to? What funding opportunities exist, especially from the EU side, and how do these affect the artistic work in those regions?
The juxtaposition of the talks also provided ideas as to what the term border in 2019 means artistically and politically in Europe, against the backdrop of new nationalisms within the European Union and also facing Brext in these days. Are boundaries transitions, and how are these transitions ordered? Which cultural boundaries continue to exist, which ones are new and how do artists deal with them?
Artistic exchange between regions and across borders can decisively be a vehicle for cultural and political cohesion. What changes will there possibly be with a new European Parliament and what will be the possibilities under the new Multiannual Financial Framework of the EU, which will run from 2021 onwards? How can artists become active?
Marcel Noack and Jörg Wagner, members of the board of IGBK, are the project leaders for "Übergänge/ Nachbarschaft".