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This new Perform Europe call is part of the EU’s response to the fact that the performing arts sector has been among the worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. It will support the cross-border touring and digital distribution of performing arts works, in a sustainable, inclusive, fair and innovative way.

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  • This is a call to the sector to create partnerships and propose impactful ideas that can generate real change. Applications should focus on at least one or both of the Perform Europe priorities:
    • Inclusion and diversity
    • Fight against climate change
  • In addition to addressing one or both of these priorities, all Perform Europe proposals should aim for quality and innovation, and be built on fair principles.

  • Any organisation and professional working in the performing arts, and legally based in one of the Creative Europe countries.
  • Applications are submitted by partnerships. Each partnership must consist of a minimum ofthree partners from a minimum of three Creative Europe countries.
  • Each application must include at least one performing arts work (excluding live music) to be presented in a minimum of three different Creative Europe countries.
  • Performing arts: under this call, as stipulated by the European Union, performing arts include the following sub-sectors - theatre, dance, performance, circus, outdoor arts, and puppetry. Please note that live music is excluded from this call.
  • Important to note: Perform Europe will not cover production costs for new creations: proposals are supposed to include a finished artistic work (finished production or an artistic concept ready to be applied and presented in different contexts).
  • Looking for partners? Use the matchmaking tool on the Perform Europe website after you register on their portal.

  • The Perform Europe Open Call 2023-2026 seeks proposals from partnerships which have innovative ideas and courageous visions on how to change the way in which we tour and present performing arts across borders. The call has two priorities. Partnership proposals can focus on one or both of these priorities:
    • diversity and inclusion
    • the fight against climate change
  • Perform Europe operates in a highly diverse and unequal context; 40 countries with various economic resources, cultural policy priorities, and geographic situations. Every performing arts organisation and individual professional has their own challenges and opportunities in terms of access to arts education, professional development, infrastructure, green mobility, financial resources for artistic development, creation and – ultimately – presentation and public visibility.
  • Applications are encouraged from partnerships from and with areas and communities that are currently under-represented within the performing arts landscape. These communities include, but are not limited to: people based in rural areas, those who identify as:
    • LGBTQIA+, women, those having disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds,
    • underrepresented racial backgrounds, ethnic backgrounds and gender identities, migrants, those with disabilities and any other people that identify as members of an underrepresented group within the performing arts landscape.
    • Perform Europe´s 2021 research revealed several disparities between countries and communities which are part of Creative Europe, their access to funding, knowledge, networks and collaboration opportunities. Perform Europe aims to move towards rectifying these disparities

  • Perform Europe will grant €2.1 million to at least 35 partnerships.
  • Applicants can apply for grants in three categories:
    • €12,000 Small partnership projects
    • €32,000 Medium partnership projects
    • €60,000 Large partnership projects.
  • The maximum granted amount will be €60 000, a requirement set by the funder, the European Union.
  • Of the total funding, 5% will be allocated to projects which involve a partnership with Ukrainian partners or support initiatives for the Ukrainian performing arts sector.

  • 1st December 2023: Launch of open call
  • 31st March 2024 23:59 CEST: Deadline for submitting applications
  • 3rd June 2024: Announcement of selected partnerships
  • 1st July 2024: Start of partnership projects
  • 30th November 2025: end of partnership projects
  • From 1st December 2023 until 31 March 2024: Perform Europe with the networks behind it, will organise several information, promotion and knowledge-sharing events regarding the open call.