The European ‘Houses’ of Culture is an EU-funded project attributed to EUNIC. The preparatory action was initiated by the European Parliament to test and implement innovative collaboration models between European actors (EUNIC members and EU delegations) and local stakeholders in countries outside of the EU. The project helps to deliver the EU strategy on international cultural relations.
The term ‘Houses’ is to be understood rather symbolically: the project tests collaboration models and practices in a broader sense, that create spaces, whether physical or digital, permanent or temporary, for cultural exchange, co-creation and people-to-people contacts.
EUNIC Global will manage the action and will carry out the main actions of the project, from conducting the mapping and preparing the call to evaluating the project and reporting back to the European Commission. The Global office will work closely together with EUNIC members, the European Commission and EU Delegations throughout the project.
With an overall budget of EUR 833,419 (EU grant: EUR 750,000), the project consists of three main actions:January - April 2019
Mapping of past and current models of European ‘Houses’ of Culture over the past 30 years, both inside and outside the EU. European ‘Houses’ of Culture are understood as spaces for cultural exchange and encounter between the peoples of the EU and the rest of the world. April 2019 - October 2020
Call for proposals to identify innovative collaboration models between EUNIC members, EU delegations and local stakeholders in third countries. The call will have two phases.Phase 1
will select 10 ideas of innovative collaboration models and award them EUR 10.000 for further developing the ideas into detailed project plans.
April 2019: Expected launch of the call
June 2019: Deadline for submission of proposals
July 2019: Expected publication of results
September - December 2019: Further development of proposals into project plansPhase 2
will select 5 out of the 10 models identified and award them EUR 50.000 each to implement these pilot actions within a tight timeframe.
December 2019: Deadline for submission of project plans
January 2020: Evaluation of project plans
February 2020: Publication of results
March - October 2020: Implementation period: (8 months)
October 2020: Submission of reports and documentationThroughout the project
Evaluation of the concept and collaboration models ofEuropean ‘Houses’ of Culture, notably to what extent they could become a tool to help deliver the new EU strategy for international cultural relations. At the end of the project (November-December 2020), the evaluation will deliver policy recommendations and a toolkit with the models identified, lessons learned, good practice and recommendationsHow to get involved?
EUNIC members (HQ)
are encouraged to communicate to their networks about the project and its milestones, the survey and the call for proposals - specifically to encourage and support their networks in their application and project implementation. Members may apply to the call for proposals themselves too.
are invited to contribute to the research and to apply for the call for proposals, in close cooperation with their respective EU Delegations. Clusters can contribute to the research by identifying successful collaboration models and suggest new models through the online survey. Once the call for proposals is launched, they can apply and if selected, work on the further development of the detailed projects and their implementation.
For more information about the project and its process, contact Robert Kieft (Project Manager European 'Houses' of Culture) at EUNIC Global: firstname.lastname@example.org