"Southern Coalition" is a European cooperation network, focusing on collaborative strategies, capacity building and cultural policies. It is led by Portuguese Artemrede network and gathers 14 partners from 10 countries, i.e art organisations and institutions, universities and theaters, which will work together from December 2020 onwards. The funding of "Stronger Peripheries", its first project, got the green light from the Creative Europe programme in the beginning of June 2020, among 20 large scale projects approved on a European scale.
The Southern Coalition network intends to reinforce the connections between peers through cultural projects, cultivating a close dialogue between artists, operators and communities. As its first project, "Stronger Peripheries" wants to provoke real changes in the work of artists and cultural operators. The project is expected to impact on 2.000 professionals, reaching 10.000 in a broader approach.
The Southern Coalition network assures the contribution of networks, universities and cultural organizations; the group has representatives from Portugal, Spain, Republic of Serbia, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Slovenia, Italy and France. It gathers organizations, to some extent, identifying with a loosely defined ‘Southern Europe’, all committed to foster local community engagement in the arts and all devoted to overcoming the obstacles in their specific contexts by increasing mutual cooperation.
This initiative was designed to increase collaborative opportunities, to develop skills of art professionals and artists in the fields of art management, and to advocate for the social value of art and the importance of inclusive and participatory artistic practices. With the support of Creative Europe that will be possible in a larger scale.
"Stronger Peripheries: A Southern Coalition" is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.