As one of the Network representatives for the Tandem Network – I worked alongside Ebru Gokdag from Anadolu University and Olena Kotys from Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European University to organize a seminar for members of the Tandem Network, students from the Anadolu Univeristy and current Tandem organisations.
The seminar was entitled ‘Accessing EU Funds’ and was aimed at supporting Turkish cultural organizations to explore the potential of EU funding streams.
The seminar took place at Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey, on May 29 – 30 2015
Julie Ward, a Tandem Alumni and now a MEP for the North West introduced the seminar, alongside key government officials from the city of Eskisehir. Julie currently serves on the Parliament’s Culture & Education Committee, the Regional Development Committee and the Committee on Gender Equality and Women’s Rights and delivered a strongly worded speech in support of culture as a catalyst for change.
Geoffrey Brown, Director of Euclid ran a day’s workshop looking at EU funding and how culture fits in to overall goals & priorities. He then talked about the various EU funding opportunities, including from the: Structural Funds, including INTERREG, External Actions / Third Country Programmes andTrans-National Funds, including the new Creative Europe programme & the Culture programme. The participants were given a chance to practice developing funding proposals in small groups and then presented these project ideas for detailed feedback from Geoffrey. There were four groups, focusing on street opera, folk dancing, theatre and visual arts – and a video of this day will soon be uploaded onto YouTube
Ceyda Özdemir from the Stiftung Mercator Foundation gave a presentation on the German-Turkish Youth Bridge Programme, an initiative of Stiftung Mercator, also supported the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Auswärtiges Amt) and the German Federal Ministry of Family, The Elderly, Women and Youth (Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend, BMFSFJ)