The cultural and creative sectors embody Europe’s rich history and creative potential. They contribute to the development of our societies, not only by creating jobs and wealth but most importantly by giving a soul and identity to Europe and its peoples.
The European Union decided to allocate €1.46 billion over seven years to the Creative Europe Programme. With this funding, the Union intends to promote Europe’s cultural diversity and strengthen the competitiveness of the European cultural and creative sectors, with a view to promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
To achieve this ambitious agenda, 23 key European Cultural Networks were selected as key partners and were awarded, through an open call for proposals, a financial support for their activities – amounting to a total of EUR 13 million for the period 2014-2016.
This publication presents the concrete activities that will be implemented by the 23 Creative Europe funded networks in 2016. As EACEA continues to enhance the visibility and impact of its actions, the publication also aims to inform readers about the vision and objectives of the networks supported by the Agency and the added-value of their activities for the whole creative and cultural sector.
Creative Europe is the European Union’s programme to support the cultural, creative and audio-visual sectors. From 2014-2020, €1.46 billion is available to support European projects with the potential to travel, reach new audiences and encourage skill sharing and development. Launched in January 2014, Creative Europe brings together a Culture sub-programme, which provides funding for the cultural and creative sectors, and a MEDIA sub-programme, which invests in film, television, new media and games. The programme also contains a cross-border strand giving funds, among other initiatives to a financial guarantee instrument to help the audio-visual, cultural and creative sectors gain better access to finance.