/ TANDEM EUROPE
WHAT IS TANDEM EUROPE?
Tandem Europe - Social Innovation represents one edition of the Tandem program family.
It is tailor-made for cultural initiatives that work on creative solutions that make social innovation possible throughout Europe.
Tandem Europe is a one-year long learning and doing program that allows cultural initiatives to kick-start long-term collaboration on a European level. It offers participants a working placement with a partner abroad and engages their organizations in a joint social innovation or strategic development project of their own choice.
Up to 26 cultural pioneers accumulate international know-how while realizing one of up to 13 Tandem pilot projects that serve as prototypes for future tactical collaborations. Obtaining new insights from all over Europe strengthens participants’ impact locally and increases their operational and financial resilience.
The program stimulates strategic thinking in organizational renewal processes, helps to create and sustain culturally innovative effects across sectors, disciplines and borders and explores creative and collaborative solutions for contemporary challenges in our societies.
The program builds on a strategic partnership between the Tandem core partners ECF (Netherlands) and MitOst (Germany), 4iS (Portugal), COMM’ON (Greece), Ideas Factory (Bulgaria) and foundations from Italy (Fondazione Cariplo), Greece (Stavros Niarchos Foundation) and Germany (Robert Bosch Stiftung).
t.e. ROUND III
Tandem Europe III (2019-20) focus was on creative work that addresses burning contemporary issues in our European societies, especially from those urban and rural communities that often have to tackle their local challenges outside mainstream public attention.
The call was addressed to civil society actors, private and public institutions and administration that work across a variety of urban or rural areas and local contexts all over Europe.
325 applications from 38 countries of the European Council
34 participating organizations from 22 countries
13 Tandem collaborations & projects
t.e. ROUND II
Tandem Europe II (2017-18) focus was on culture and social innovation through cross-sector collaboration. The interest of this second round was in exploring the topics of commons, urban and rural regeneration.
The call was addressed to civil society actors as well as public institutions and administration that are not primarily working in the field of arts and culture but want to participate in a cross border learning collaboration that will work in the field of social innovation.
136 applications from 25 EU & Western Balkans countries
38 participating organizations from 16 countries
12 Tandem collaborations & projects
ABOUT THEIR TANDEM EXPERIECE
The Tandem Europe journey,
from 2015 to 2020
Find out more about the program
through participant’s stories,
collaborations and reflections
from the last five years.
Take a journey with us
all over Europe!
“Reflections from a Tandem Placement: Sanaz and Rasha’s story”
Rasha Shaaban (National Museum of World Culture, Göteborg) shares insights and what she learned from the first placement of her Tandem Europe partner Sanaz Amidi (Rosetta Arts Centre, London). Looks like this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
“What about the future?“
Branka Bajić from Theater Project Objective Drama - POD Theater in Belgrade brings us a story from her TE journey with Malou Lintmeijer from ZID Theater in Amsterdam.
They share the importance of human connections and understanding in building projects and shaping a better future together.
“Co-Creating a Rural Festival
on a Remote Island”
How limitations can create miracles when organising a festival in a remote island, and more on building impact within a rural community, in this essay from TE participants Catharina Sligting and Stella Spanou.
“The End is a Real Beginning:
a Letter for Tandem”
Vasilena Radeva from Panic Button Theatre in Sofia, has written us a poignant letter to share her experience of being part of the second round of the program. Read her personal reflections on a busy year of being in Tandem, with all its ups and downs.
“11 Little Things We Learned
from our TE journey”
Tandem Europe participants Sara Filippelli and Bistra Ivanova wrote a list, completely using "the honesty from the stomach" as they describe it themselves. We love this very personal perspective on their Tandem journey, full of beautiful emotions.
European Cultural Foundation (Netherlands):Philipp Dietachmair, Jenneken Aarssen
MitOst e.V. (Germany): Jotham Sietsma, Julian Bootz, Silvana Nagib, Anton Sienknecht, Hatem Hassan Salama, Sophia Meyer-Landrut
COMM'ON (Greece): Marou Chatzopoulou, Stelios Voulgaris
4iS (Portugal): Joao Pedro Rosa
Ideas Factory (Bulgaria): Yanina Taneva, Gergana Paraskova
Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany)
Fondazione Cariplo (Italy)
Stavros Niarchos Foundation(Greece)