CREATIVE EUROPE – Culture – Kick-off meeting : Cooperation and Western Balkans Projects 2020

22nd October 2020 / 10:00 - 16:00, Online Event

Welcome to the webpage of our Creative Europe-Culture Kick-off meeting 2020

On this page you will find all relevant information on the event: guidance videos related to different aspects of project and financial management, the agenda, presentations and compendia of the projects.

The Creative Europe – Culture Kick-off meeting

The kick-off meeting will take place on Thursday, 22 October 2020 and will bring together all organisations selected following the 2020 Cooperation Projects and Western Balkans calls for proposals. Having regard to the uncertainty linked to the COVID-19 crisis, the meeting will be held online.

Purpose of the meeting is:

  • to present detailed information on the administrative and financial aspects of managing projects (rules on project management and relations with the Agency) and to answer questions from project coordinators. In order to be able to make the best use of our time together, we strongly recommend that you read your grant agreement and watch the guidance videos before the meeting. It will be available within the first week of October.
  • to facilitate exchanges among participants on project implementation, content and policy-related issues. As a result, we recommend that you have a look at the project compendia provided on this page, to get an overview of the other projects in fields related to yours, and to identify potential interest and synergies with other organisations.
  • to facilitate networking after the event, we will provide you with the participant list after registration has closed (including only participants who have agreed in the registration form to share their contact data).

Please register by 20 October 2020!

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Please note that the working language of the day will be in English

10:00 - 11:30

- Welcome & presentation on EU cultural  policy
- Project Management
14:30 - 16:00

- Overview of the themes and objectives of selected projects & project presentation
- Closing of the meeting

Specific discussion with your project manager:

An important feature of the Kick-off phase of your project is a specific discussion, following the Kick-off meeting, with the project officer responsible for the follow up of your project. This meeting is a valuable opportunity to discuss any specific concerns about your project that are not dealt with during the meeting. It is also essential in order to review the issues raised in the evaluation report you received with your notification letter. Additionally it also allows the Agency to raise any issues that could affect the running of your project.

Please contact the officer responsible for your project in order to organise an individual meeting.



Moderator: Monika Hoegen

Welcome & presentation on EU cultural policy

Alessandra Luchetti, Head of Department (EACEA.B Creativity, Citizenship and Joint Operations)
Barbara Gessler, Head of Unit (DG EAC – D2 Creative Europe)
Walter Zampieri, Head of Unit (EACEA – B1 Creative Europe: Culture)

Project Management

Nathalie Ducher, Head of Sector – Cooperation Projects (EACEA Creative Europe: Culture)
Nadia Aguir is the Director of European and international relations at Lieux publics, national and European centre for creation in public space, and the General manager of IN SITU, European platform for artistic creation in public space, since 2017. She has been dedicated for many years to coordination and development of cultural projects in France and abroad, with a commitment based on cooperation and partnerships. She worked as general coordinator for cultural programming and development at Institut du monde arabe in Paris. She managed a cultural incubator at la Friche la Belle de Mai in Marseille and did a territorial diagnosis on contemporary circus in the Aquitaine region. She has also been project manager at Culture O Centre for Excentrique, a festival dedicated to site-specific and community artworks, and at the Institut français in Tunisia, in charge of performing arts.
Daniele Del Pozzo and Andrea Berna are respectively artistic director and project and financial manager for the Gender Bender festival, organised by the Cassero LGBTI Center in Bologna as leading partner of the project Performing Gender - Dancing In Your Shoes.Cassero, through Gender Bender festival and its staff, started working on European projects in 2010, improving the experience gained in 10 years of international relations of Gender Bender and responding twice to the call 1.3.6 dedicated to European festivals within the Culture Programme 2007-2013. Through this experience and by solidifying relations with three other European partners in 2012 we designed Performing Gender, which won the call for small scale projects for 2013-2015. Afterwards, the experience gained allowed us to continue with Performing Gender - Dance makes differences 2015-2017, together with some partners of the previous project and carrying on its results. Finally, the growth of the festival, to which the first two projects have contributed, has allowed to widen the partnership and to design the new Performing Gender - Dancing In Your Shoes.
Anne-Flavie holds a master degree in international cultural projects management at the Institute of Political Sciences in Aix-en-Provence (France). She joined the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 2014, where she worked as project officer for its educative department. Since 2016, she has been the coordinator of the European network of opera academie (enoa), whose founding member and coordinating institution is the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Passionate about equality and inclusion policies, Anne-Flavie has taken part to the creation of enoa new programme : « Empowering opera: breaking boundaries for artists and institutions » which received the support of the European Commission as part of the creative Europe programme for 2020-2024. This ambitious programme intends to stimulate innovative opera projects, conveying new narratives that are engaged with contemporary societies and remove any barriers (artistic, financial, as well as unconscious biases) that hinder the appearance of new and diverse artistic expressions in all areas of the opera sector, from training and artist recruitment to opera production and scheduling.
Marina Hanganu is a theatre director working with new media in an artistic research context. Since 2016, she has been writing and coordinating national and European cultural projects on behalf of The “George Ciprian” Theatre in Buzău, Romania, often undertaking both a managerial and an artistic role. Between 2017-2019, she was artistic director of the "Tele-Encounters" Creative Europe project led by The “George Ciprian” Theatre (partners: UCAM, Spain, and Município de Lousada, Portugal). She is currently artistic director of ""Tele-Encounters: Beyond the Human"" (2020-2023), a sequel Creative Europe project focusing on the integration of telepresence, robots, and AI into art and the impact of technology on transnational family relationships. The project is again led by the theatre in Buzău, in partnership with UCAM, Spain, and Industria Scenica, Italy. Marina has a BA in Theatre Directing from UNATC Bucharest, an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London) and is a Ph.D. student at UNATC.
Matthias Rettner is a theatre producer and the CEO of Aktionstheater PAN.OPTIKUM. He joined PAN.OPTIKUM in 1999. After classical vocal study at the Musikhochschule Freiburg and the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, in the late 1990s he applied his efforts to cross-genre projects which could no longer be assigned to any one traditional category. He developed concepts to reposition action theatre and went on to drive the productions in the years to follow. Since 2005, his work has been focussed on networking and the international alignment of the ensemble.
Through the interdisciplinary work of this company with large scale productions in public space and art projects with Peter Zizka he gained experiences with bureaucratic details, administration, technical and organizational challenges in all continents. From 2015-18 he was project leader of the large scale cooperation project Power of Diversity - The Crossing Lines with ten partners in the frame of the Creative Europe program. (
And he recently took charge of the People Power Partnership project from Oct 2020-2024 with 14 partners in 11 countries.
The cultural branding of his theatre/art projects is an essential part of his work that he usually develops together with Peter Zizka and Sigrun Fritsch.
He is based in Freiburg, Germany.
Website with an overview of projects:

Overview of the themes and objectives of selected projects & project presentation

Fiona Deuss-Frandi, Project adviser/Selection coordinator Cooperation projects/Monitoring coordinator (EACEA Creative Europe: Culture)
Irene Favero, Project officer (EACEA Creative Europe: Culture)
Trained as an archaeologist, worked first at the Catholic University of Louvain as a doctoral student and teaching assistant in Roman Archaeology (2012-2018). Is now curator of Greek and Roman Art in the Royal Museum of Mariemont. His professional skills are :
- Scientific research in Roman Antiquity (art, archaeology and history)
- Teaching and cultural mediation
- Edition and publication of books, papers, reviews, etc.
- Curatorial work on exhibitions about Greco-Roman Antiquity
Raffaella Baccolini teaches Gender Studies and British and American Literature at the University of Bologna, Forlì Campus. She was the PI for the G-Book Project (Gender Identity: Child Readers and Library Collections )
Kieran is Head of Enterprise in the Local Enterprise Office and has worked for 18 years in the public sector with diverse portfolio of projects in Enterprise Support. He is responsible for leading the strategic development of the local enterprise office programme which includes business support , economic development , special projects and EU Funding. He has significant experience in governance and social enterprise development has been a Director and Advisor for companies for a large part of his career.
Zvonimir Dobrović (Zagreb, 1978) is an activist, curator, and festival director from Croatia. He is the founder and artistic director of Domino, one of the largest independent art organizations in Croatia, responsible for running several festivals such as Queer Zagreb and Perforations. Through different platforms he curates over 100 performances annually, staged all over the world. Dobrović has also edited several books, including Oral History of Homosexuality in Croatia which was turned into a theater play recently.
Felix Dornseifer currently works as co.-festival director for the cultural festival SOMMERBLUT (Cologne, Germany; established in 2002). He is responsible for leading the organisation, financial management, development of new artistic concepts, staff management and strategic planning.
As co-producer Dornseifer steered with his vision the development of FACE to FAITH, a 'large scale Creative Europe' project funded by the European Commission (2020-2023).
Since 2013, he has worked for many different theatre- and music productions. His personal highlights in this period were the concert „Liebe verbindet - ein Konzert für Kölner & Flüchtlinge“ in the Cologne philharmonica (2016) and the theatre production DRUGLAND, a highly political, site-specific project that involved people with drug addictions (2018).
He holds a MA in Management in the Creative Economy, a BA in Media Management and has worked for large European companies during his studies.
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Biljana Jotic is an art historian and an independent curator. She initiated and organized about 30 solo and collective exhibitions in Serbia and the region. Mainly focused on young generation and female visual artists, she has authored 2 and co-authored 3 regional art projects. She writes articles, setting up and opening of exhibitions, professional guide art tourse, open classes for high school students and open art talks with artists. As well as initiating an moderating panels about contemporary art. Through collaboration with artists, colleagues, institutions, foundations, private, public and media sectors she has been committed to contemporary art. She has implemented a series of humanitarian activities as well as art workshops, art meetings, auctions of younger generation's artworks and other socially useful events. While she was an owner and art director of BeoArt-LiveArt gallery she collaborates with many young and upcoming artists. Biljana is one of the founders of BeoArt Contemporary asssociation.
Veronika Leiner is a project manager at mdw - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. She is a trained cultural manager and teacher and has designed and realized numerous (international) projects, e.g. in the fields of community media, cultural journals and career development for artists.
Architectural historian Dr. Viltė Migonytė-Petrulienė is the curator of architecture and heritage programme Modernism for the Future for Kaunas –European Capital of Culture 2022. Defended dissertation Lithuanian Resort Architecture Between WWI and WWII (1918–1940) as a Phenomenon of Modernizing Society and has published scientific and popular articles as well as conference presentations about the history and heritage of modern Lithuanian resort architecture. She teaches in the Faculty of Arts at Vytautas Magnus University (VMU), worked previously as a curator at the Kaunas Photography Gallery and at VMU’s Gallery 101, and was the head of the VMU Arts Centre. She is currently involved as a curator and co-curator in different local and European projects related to riverside and cultural tourism such as the STAR Cities Interreg Europe project.
Lluís Nacenta is a professor, writer and curator in the fields of music and contemporary art. Degree in Mathematics and Music (piano), Master’s Degree in Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Philosophy and Doctor of Humanities, with a PhD thesis about musical repetition. Since January 2018 he holds the position of Director in Hangar, Center for Production and Research in Visual Arts. He has published numerous articles in digital and paper publications, such as Cultura/s de La Vanguardia and Nativa, and has curated exhibitions and concerts for Sónar+D, Arts Santa Mònica, Centre de Cultura Contemporància de Barcelona (CCCB) and Fundació Antoni Tàpies, among others.
Milica Pekić, Ph.D., is an art historian and curator from Belgrade. Her research focuses on avant-garde artistic practice, alternative forms of collective authorship, institutional transformation, and interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary art production and art history research. Pekić has been actively engaged within the civil sector in culture for more than a decade, and participates in initiatives focusing on sustainable frameworks for the development of the independent cultural scene in Serbia and in South Eastern Europe. She is the co-founder of KIOSK, a platform for contemporary art. Currently she is a member of Executive board both of the Association of Independent Cultural Scene of Serbia and KOOPERATIVA – regional platform for culture.
Saša Rakef Perko. Director, playwright, producer. Co-autor and coordinator of the international project "Myth as Destiny", iniciator of international platform for contemporary drama nEED Circuit, co-founder of PreGlej Plarform for contemporary Slovenian drama, co-founder of MOZAIK society, a society for creativity of children and youth. Recipient of the Significant Works of Art Award, the highest artistic awards of the University of Ljubljana, which equal title Doctor of Science. Projects on the crossroads of radio and theatre art comprise an important part of Rakef’s opus, along with those based on the research and translation of radiophonic principles and/or the principles of musical composition into the direction dramaturgy procedures and the procedures of writing for the theatre and radio (development of new dramaturgies and composition possibilities of contemporary texts for the radio or theatre). More concisely, her research focus comprises contemporary art radiophony, direction of sound, sound dramaturgy, post-opera. Her work has been presented at festivals at home and abroad, nominated and awarded several times (Branislav B Cubrilović Award for best festival production at the 4th International Multimedia Festival Patos(off)iranje, Srbija, Grand Prix at the Juventafest Festival in Sarajevo, nominations for Prix Italia and Prix Europa, etc.).
Gregor Pirš (1970) studied music at the Ljubljana Academy of Music: violoncello (with Miloš Mlejnik) and composition (with Alojz Srebotnjak, Marko Mihevc and Uroš Rojko). In recent years, he has focused primarily on electroacoustic/electronic/radiophonic/ars acustica genres, focusing on improvisational / live electronics principles of creation. Often searching for references in literature, especially poetry or drama. Many of his compositions have evolved as collaborative projects with other composers, poets and radio directors. He is currently employed as the Head of the Music Department at Radio Slovenia 3 – Ars Programme. Gregor Pirš’s core opus comprises Improvisations for Piano (1988), Collage for Piano (1992), song cycles on Federico Garcia Lorca and Tomaž Šalamun (1993,1994), Finnegans Wake for String Quartet (1995), Collaboratio 6/97 (1997, with Mihael Paš), Ikaria (1998, with Mihael Paš), L’amour de moy for chamber ensemble (1997), Somrak/Twilight for actors, symphony orchestra and electronics, Project Satyricon for actor, chamber ensemble and electronics (2001, text by Petronius Arbiter); electroacoustic compositions: Moy-ses (1997, with Mihael Paš), Opus Quantum (2002, text by Krištof Dovjak), suite-tissue for Piano and Electronics (2018); radiophonic works (with Bor Turel): Sara’s Dreams (2008), High Ride the Streets (2009), Project Harm(les)s? (2010), Di ba baab / di ya beu © (2011), Bone Piece (2011). Feature film music: With Love (2000, dir. Marko Naberšnik) and Pavle (2001, dir. Marko Naberšnik). Music for theatre: The Road to Damascus (1993, dir. Aleksander Jurc), Tesla – The Story of the Child of Light (2017, radio drama, dir. Igor Likar).
Doina Petrescu is an architect and Professor of Architecture and Design Activism at the University of Sheffield. She is President of Atelier d'Architecture Autogeree(AAA), an award winning organisation she has co-founded with Constantin Petcou in 2001 in Paris, to conduct explorations, actions and research concerning participative architecture, resilience and cities co-produced transformation.
Kamila has more than 10 years of experience in project management and project teams (including projects’ planning and preparation, coordination and implementation, and financial management).
She coordinated international cultural projects i.e. international exhibitions such as Bryan Adams photography exhibition titled “Exposed”, or LOCIS European Artists in Residence Programme granted by EU or Gustav Metzger retrospective exhibition financed from EEA Grants.
She has an experience in managing projects’ budgets up to around 200 000 euro and managing project teams up to 30 people.
She has collaborated with different cultural institutions from Poland and abroad, and run projects in collaboration with Ireland, Sweden, Norway and more.
She was a volunteer in Project Management Institute Poland chapter, where she participated in organisation of meetings and conferences aiming at increasing project management skills.
In CoCA where has been working for last 8 years she is also responsible for acquiring external funding (she has already acquired more than 700 000 euro for cultural projects, and she was responsible for effective implementation of the projects and reporting).
She has experience in collaboration with different funding organisations, such as The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Polish Film Institute, British Council, The Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, Japan Foundation, Prohelvetia Foundation, and many others).
She has been continuously developing her skills by participating in a workshops in the area of project evaluation, audience development, digital skills, design thinking, etc.
She has also completed 8 weeks long online course called “Essential digital skills for museum professionals” organised by Museum Sector Alliance (Mu.SA) granted from EU funds.
She graduated EMBA studies at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun and Dominican University (US). She is a graduate of law and international relations studies.
Olle Saloranta Strandberg is a circus artist and director. He is co-founder and artistic director of A Radar Styled Novel, a contemporary circus production company based in Stockholm, Sweden. He has long delved into self-organization and the creative process. Olle worked as director and artistic project manager for Cirkus Cirkör 2011-2018. There he was responsible for the idea and direction of the productions; Undermän, Underart and Under; as well as the establishment of Cirkör LAB (Cirkör's residency and artistic research activities). Within self-organization and self-management Olle is a certified trainer in GTD (Getting Things Done), Scrum master, Holacracy Coach and certified trainer within 12 Week Year. Since 2018 he has been a member of the jury for Circus Next, he is also a board member of Manegen (The Swedish national member organisation for circus, variety and street performance), of Cirkus Cirkör, of the reference group for dance and circus at the Swedish arts grants committee and also board member of Kaveri Kollektivet, a platform for Swedish-Finnish performing arts in Sweden.