Download our Case Studies publication Across Borders Across the Board featuring profiles of all of the projects funded under the Culture Programme 2007-2013 that involved Irish organisations. Take a look at some examples of Creative Europe funded projects below and get some ideas for your own activities. These are mostly projects involving Irish partners. You can see who their partners were, the types of activities that were funded and follow links to the projects' websites.
12 Points! is a critically acclaimed annual festival and showcase for emerging European jazz talent.
A Woman’s Work project uses photography and digital media to challenge the dominant view of gender and work in Europe. The project will explore the shifting relationship between home and the workplace through artistic collaboration and exchange across borders to co-produce exhibitions, publications and online resources.
Aerowaves is a hub for dance discovery in Europe. They identify the most promising new work by emerging dance artists and then promote it through cross-border performances. Aerowaves’ network of partners in 33 countries enables these younger choreographers to bring brand new dance to brand new audiences.
Imagine you were born in another European country. Who would you be? Where would you go? How would you behave? What would interest you? What would you look like? What languages would you speak?
The ArchaeoLandscapes network is engaged in the use of aerial survey and ‘remote sensing’ to promote understanding, conservation and public enjoyment of the archaeological heritage of Europe.
A creative exchange project that brought disabled artists from Ireland, Germany and Denmark together to practise, learn and exhibit their work, the project contributed to social as well as creative exchange.
Artist-Run Network Europe (ARNE) will broaden the opportunities for the artist-run art sector and make it more accessible to a range of audiences.
BE PART project will create a European network of co-authors, supported by artists and organisations, to collectively foster new approaches and structures for the co-creation and mobility of artworks. It will focus on four key topics - POWER, POLITICS, PLACE, PUBLICS.
Blind Engagement in Accessible Museum Projects (BEAM UP) features The Glucksman Gallery, Cork as a partner. Beam Up is the follow-up to the VIBE project which was also financed by the Creative Europe Programme. VIBE was a project designed to create the first model of contemporary art temporary exhibition accessible both by seeing and visually impaired people.
The BUZZ Network will deliver multinational training events for youth theatre practitioners, engaging over 100 professionals from around twenty European countries.
The overall aim of the CAPP project is to improve and open up opportunities for artists who are working collaboratively across Europe.
Centre Stage is a European collaborative project for professional women artists in the performing arts and music. It’s a project that aims to contribute to positive change at both individual and structural levels for women performing artists in Europe.
Ceramics and its Dimensions is an innovative project encompassing all facets of ceramics and uniting Europe under its wide umbrella.
Changing Tracks will commission contemporary visual/digital artists from the participating countries to create new artworks that explore and respond to the theme of former railway lines, from their original purpose and revolutionary impact on Europe’s natural and economic landscape to their current form, function and association with tourism and recreational activities.
Circus250: Diverse, Real, Physical brings together a four-country partnership to address the need for high quality ethnically diverse performances that can appeal to popular audiences.
This project aims to provide a new business model for durable collaboration between museums on an exchange basis.
The Contemporary Self-Portraits (CSP) project focuses on giving individuals, local communities and different European regions ways of expressing their personal, local and European identity through self-portraits. Participants will gain an experience of being important, seen and heard as they are.
Our aim was to offer a diverse, multidisciplinary arts festival of the highest standards in a variety of different artforms, including opera, circus, dance, theatre, world music and visual arts.
Carlow County Council will lead the CRAFT HUB project which includes nine partners. The project will showcase European Craft practice and experimentation in disciplines such as glass, ceramics, jewellery, stone-masonry, metalwork, textiles, furniture, digital making and more.
The project aims to address the systemic challenges for the European craft sector identified through surveys to assess the needs of the crafts sectors across 17 European countries.
Creative Accessibility Network (CAN) is a collaborative European network passionate about finding ways to make live music performances more immersive and more accessible to a broader audience. CAN will bring live music performances to the next level, transforming them into multi-sensory events by adding scent, taste, sight and touch.
The project CAPTCHA – Creative Approaches to Living Cultural Archives creates, via a Europe-wide exchange of experiences and the teamwork of media producers and scientists, the basis for a long-lasting collaborative cross-border project. The main focus is interactive work on a living and creative solution to uncomplicatedly present content that can easily be discovered.
Creative Makers aims to innovate the traditional craft sectors of letterpress and printing through the co-creation of 4 themed ‘kids’ fablabs’ - creative spaces for children inspired by the newest approaches in tinkering, making, and the fablab movement.
The project Crossroads of European Literature is aimed at stimulating production of transnational literary works either by presenting foreign literature in translation and live readings or by enabling authors to write in a foreign environment, thus bringing the latter and their own background and experience into creative dialogue.
Cultural Adaptations will focus on culture’s role in society’s adaptation to climate change and on issues that cultural organisations themselves need to think about.
E-Motional Bodies & Cities is a mobility and artistic exchange gathering dance artists and managers from six European countries. Clusters of artists and activities will be fed in during the two-year project, aiming at creating strong cultural links between different dance communities.
The EPIC project provides emerging musicians with invaluable skills and professional experience that complement their formal training, and can help them boost their career at an international level.
Eunetstar (EUropean NETwork of STreet ARts) was established to promote higher quality street, open-air and site-specific theatre productions, and to increase the popularity of this rich vein of artistic expression.
Eurochild promotes interculutral dialogue, creative expression and exchange to encourage children to become aware of the diversity and cultural wealth in Europe.
EUCIDA is an interactive and innovative community of digital artists and cultural workers.
The network aims to link up scientific aspects and ideas with approaches used in digital art.
European Digital Treasures: Management of Centennial Archives in 21st Century (European Digital Treasures) aims to bring joint European heritage, especially its digital versions, increased visibility, outreach and use.
The School of Spectacle will deliver five international ‘training through production’ schools in outdoor arts for up to 125 international creative practitioners from seven small cities over two years.
Flâneur - New Urban Narratives is a network project based on an international partnership of some 20 organisations from 11 different countries. Its main purpose is to carry out artistic interventions in public spaces through contemporary photography.
Follow the Vikings is a 4 year transnational project to promote heritage tourism in Europe.
FUSION will offer designers and makers training in digital fabrication skills and co-designing, methodologies to help them develop bespoke products, across fashion, textiles and wearables for active ageing citizens.
FUTURE ARTIST-MAKER LABS is a project which explores the potential for artists and creatives to experiment with digital fabrication in their artistic practice.
The main objectives of this project are to support the circulation of gender-positive teens’ literature at a EU level; and engage the target audience (early teenagers) with gender-related topics in an equality perspective and develop their creative skills.
G-Book promotes gender positive children’s literature in terms of roles and models, a literature that is open-minded, plural, varied, free from stereotypes, that encourages respect and diversity.
A rolling curatorial platform for performance practices in contemporary visual arts.
Imagining Sustainable Glass Network Europe (ISGNE) will develop supports for artists, designers, curators and cultural workers working in the field of glass in the UK and across Europe through the provision of mobility visits, residencies, exhibitions, professional transnational classes and audience development initiatives such as artist-led community workshops, symposiums and an annual forum.
In From the Margins will be a a three-year programme of Studios of Sanctuary residencies working with artists with experience of displacement. The project will feature exchanges of their work as well as engagement with refugees, schools and wider communities.
‘In praise of shadows’ was an exhibition about shadows, shadow theatre and silhouettes, based on old and contemporary folk tales and simple narratives.
The project aim is to promote participatory art methods and situation specific art on four European streets.
A theatre design project involving the most prominent experts and artists in theatre design in order to bring this important exposition to the next level.
The Island Connect project will invite over fifty artists from five island countries of Europe to take part in research and creative artistic residencies to create new works through artistic practices of dance, theatre and circus.
Jazz Connective is a collaborative project between different European actors to strengthen jazz artistic scenes. Composed of promoters and producers, musicians and professionals, the project will explore and address issues such as lack of promotion, difficulties in career progression, relationships to institutions and audiences.
Keychange is a pioneering international initiative that aims to transform the future of music whilst encouraging festivals and music organisations to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022.
LÉIM is a two-year leadership programme, involving 10 participants from five European dance organisations. The focus is on nurturing the next generation of dance curators, programmers and managers.
Literature across Frontiers is a European platform for literary exchange; a programme of initiatives and a network of partner organisations.
LOCIS is an artist-in-residence programme involving a rural local authority (Ireland), an arts centre in a large provincial town (Poland) and an arts organisation in a suburb of a capital city (Sweden).
The Make a Move project will test an innovative Art Incubator program, designed for non-institutionalised theatre practitioners and small independent cultural operators primarily from the field of contemporary movement-based theatre.
MAP XXL promotes the mobility of artists and cultural workers from all disciplines with a view to stimulating new creative processes.
A Map on the aesthetics of performing arts for early years is an artistic research project focused on creating a sensory-based relationship with very young children, from 0 to 6 years, through performing arts.
Memory of Water is an artist-led project exploring post-industrial waterfront heritage in the context of urban planning and community development.
The modul-dance project’s main aim is to support development, mobility and exchange for dance artists. The project takes advantage of its dance-house partners’ specificities and management models to maintain a network of cooperation and collaboration that crosses borders and boasts a European vocation. The selection of artists creates a map reflecting artistic excellence and aesthetic diversity.
Murals for Communities project explores the potential of mural arts as a tool for Community Engagement by creating mural art works with community involvement. The project seeks to expand the careers of mural artists within the European cultural scene. The lead partner is Waterford City & Council / Waterford Walls, Ireland.
European Federation of National Youth Orchestras (EFNYO) programme for fostering transnational mobility, strengthening of skills and audience building for pre-professional musicians in Europe.
The NEFELE project brings together four European arts organisations working in the field of arts and mental health. This ambitious and innovative project covers a wide range of objectives including the establishment of the first European pilot art festival for Mental Health in Athens in 2016.
New Music: New Audiences is 17 nations, 16 national music organisations and 31 ensembles and orchestras cooperating intensively across borders for the purpose of researching and developing new concert forms and new ways of disseminating contemporary music.
Eight European festivals have joined forces to stimulate the coproduction and transnational circulation of new works by the great European artists of tomorrow and in so doing to encourage the artistic renewal of the contemporary performing arts in Europe. The artists we want to support through this collaboration have already demonstrated their potential in their first artistic works. Now they are ready to take an important next step in their careers, taking on projects on a larger scale that will circulate in Europe and reach a wider audience.
‘ONE’ - a large scale performance project with 100 actors giving truthful answers to a simple honest question
OperaVision is opera for the connected world and brings together 29 partners from 17 countries and invites you to travel and discover the diversity of opera from wherever you want, whenever you want. Watch live streams as operas unfold in European opera houses. View your favourite performances, subtitled, on demand. Learn about the art form and specific productions by browsing our richly populated digital library, stories, and articles. Discover resources for young audiences and for artistic career development. In English, French, and German, thoughtfully curated, free to browse and explore.
A project about the documentation, digitalisation and presentation of local oral tradition and history.
Emerging European Visual Arts - Mobility and Production Residencies
Poetry International Web, is a worldwide forum for poetry on the internet. PIW collates news, essays, interviews, discussions, and hundreds of poems by acclaimed modern poets from all around the world, both in the original language and in English translation
The POWER project aims to involve socially vulnerable people such as disabled and migrant disabled people, in the production of theatre performances. It will also help enhance the skills and knowledge of producers that organise artistic activities for disabled people.
PUSH: exploring identity, borders and ‘safety zones’ in theatre and dance for young audiences.
PUSH+ project will stimulate European dialogue and initiate new artistic ideas and performances around three topics in performance for young audiences - Home, Failure and Different Bodies. Each topic will have a year-long focus with a Lab, Residency and Festival Visit/Presentation. PUSH+ will also explore three artistic formats - Participatory, Site-specific and Inter-generational across all three topics.
The project Read Me I am Yours is a joint endeavour of three literary festivals with the aim of promoting European literature which originates from lesser known linguistic areas in Slovenia, Ireland and Croatia.
The project Read Me Live is aimed at promoting reading through live literature. Literary evenings, interviews with authors and gala literary events will be organised with established European writers to attract a large audience. A direct exchange between authors of the respective co-organisers and other countries will be ensured. A series of other events will establish a direct exchange between the author and the reader.
READ ON (Reading for Enjoyment, Achievement and Development of Young People) aims to reignite the passion for reading amongst young people, by developing the interest among young Europeans between 12 and 19 through their active involvement in finding different ways of experiencing, sharing and creating literature.
The RETOLD project will ensure that open-air museums can continue telling important cultural heritage stories to a diverse public by developing a standardised workflow to collect, digitise, and publish data on buildings, crafts, and traditions.
SAMKURA is the Georgian name for a small earth covering plant which has a leaf composed of a stem and three interconnected leaflets. The name in its Georgian form suggests the image of ‘three ears connected together’. SAMKURA visualises the cooperation of a constellation of cultures (Ireland, Greece and Portugal) represented by the three leaves or ‘ears’, whose stem is represented by Georgia and Armenia. SAMKURA was a trans-European art and culture exchange linking European limits.
The project will give an artistic shape to various kinds of real and metaphorical walls that divide people, individual, social and racial groups, nations and countries. Artistic undertakings will include informal performances, audiovisual art, street art and theatre performances designed for a professional stage.
This project will include live streaming events to partner festivals, writers in residence and a mini touring book fair.
An exchange of ideas on performing arts for the early years (0-6 years of age) within Europe.
An exchange of ideas on performing arts for the early years (0-6 years of age) within Europe.
Small size, the European Network for the diffusion of performing arts aimed at early childhood (0-6), provides a structure through which to meet, share expertise and exchange knowledge; to develop collaborative projects and disseminate information and research.
SYMBOLS - Culture of Death and Cultural Life: New Audiences and Creations Around European Cemetaries
The two main goals of the SYMBOLS project are the exchange of cultural and creative works, and the facilitation of greater access to culture.
A performing arts project based on European myths and legends.
The Legend of Great Birth was a project implemented in the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. It aimed to promote common European heritage in relation to creation myths through the use of theatre.
A six-day programme of talks, workshops, demonstrations and performances for Irish and European theatre practitioners.
Translation of Adolescencia dos: poemas hormonados by Manuel Arana from Spanish into English. Translators: Tina Pisco and Aoileann Lyons.
MERIDIANS is a European network for the performing arts in non-conventional venues which was established in 2006. The network exists to promote the creation and co-production of works based on exchanges between artists and partners from various European Union countries in the field of the performing arts. These should inhabit and use the city as a stage to link its citizens to non-conventional theatre languages.
Trasna na Líne / Crossing the Line will meet the new challenges of producing and touring theatre made by learning disabled and non-disabled theatre makers. It aims to bring their artists together to learn, create and develop connections with a wider network of European theatre companies. Part of the project will include Crossing the Line Festival during Galway 2020.
Úr, Sanskrit root (an Indo-European word, suffix, prefix, noun, verb or adverb, appearing in modern European and many Indo-European languages. In Gaelic Úr can mean new or fresh, whereas in German it means old or original. In this context Úr refers to the ancient Persian city as well the modern Gaelic meaning).
Vertical Dance Forum trained people in vertical dance and create new outdoor performances on historical sites, city centre buildings and outdoor nature landscapes in order to promote vertical dance, its practice and audience engagement.
Voyage Inside a Blind Experience (VIBE) is an exhibition that can be enjoyed by a visually impaired public, through works by the renowned artists Anni and Josef Albers as well as tactile models, darkroom installations, interactive displays and educational programmes.
Weather Stations harnesses the transformative power and vision of literature to explore in the context of climate change how, as European and global citizens, we might live our lives differently. Weather Stations in Poland, Germany, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia will host a writer-in-residence programme, from which a range of activities for artists, activists, philosophers, scientists and young people will flow. The programme will include debates, skills development, online activity and creative projects in schools and communities, festivals and literature hubs.
‘Wires Crossed: Head, Heart, Balance’ formed a new professional funambulism (tight-rope walking) ensemble to create and tour new work that will be premiere at Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture and will also feature in Timisoara ECOC 2021.
Womarts aims to highlight and support the creativity of women from a cross-sectoral perspective with a focus on the following sectors of the Cultural and Creative Industries: Literature/publishing/comics; Fine & Visual arts including printmaking, lens based media, new digital tendencies; Performing arts (music & performances); Cinema.
WoW is a project by women on women which addresses issues of gender equality in a diverse and multicultural Europe, through an historical and contemporary perspective. WoW will promote girls and women’s empowerment by strengthening their voices and participation, and by providing a new model of social and economic integration of migrant, refugee and minority groups of women.
An innovative curriculum that enables young people to pursue their education and to enter into the workforce with a working knowledge of business and enterprise.