With the aim of strengthening people-to-people relations with countries bordering Europe, the Netherlands Creative Twinning subsidy scheme has awarded grants to 5 cultural projects geared to promoting inclusive societies.
- In Room for Everyone, the HIVOS foundation initiates a creative digital platform for young people and their peers in North Africa in order to promote creativity. The project will engage diverse groups of youths from marginalised neighbourhoods in the use of art, media and technology. The project aims to trigger creative energy, enhance critical thinking and teach them skills beyond what is on offer in formal education. This will help them to cooperate and co-create, appreciate diversity and to take responsibility for their own actions.
- Through Museum 15/24, the Hermitage Museum XXI Century Foundation in Russia seeks to set a benchmark for best museum practices to awaken the interest of young people in their cultural heritage. The project aims to find new methods to draw (physically and mentally disadvantaged) young people’s attention to traditional and innovative cultural projects. In addition, it will contribute to knowledge exchange and sharing of good practices between museums, schools and scientific institutions in the country.
- The Music Connects project in Kosovo and Macedonia by Musicians without Borders recreates a shared urban youth culture between different ethnic groups through rock music. They have developed an innovative approach for activating young people through state-of-the-art rock music education, production and promotion, with young musicians leading the way.
- Masterpeace’s ACT! uses its best practice formats, held in the Netherlands, Bosnia Herzegovina, Albania, Georgia and Morocco, to realise a change in attitudes among 50,000 young people. These formats include music, walls of connection, storytelling and summits. Local role models and storytelling ambassadors will be selected and trained to contribute to a sustainable future with less conflict and transformation of social local ecosystems.
- Through the Youth Artivists for change project, the Art. 1 foundation addresses issues of gender equality, LGBTIQ rights and creates safe art spaces in Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania. The activities in the project aim to connect young people with different cultural backgrounds. Participation of these young people in film, theatre, photo exhibitions, debates, podcast and storytelling activities will contribute to their empowerment.
The Creative Twinning programme was launched early 2018 to promote social cohesion in countries bordering Europe through collaborative cultural activities of Dutch and local cultural organisations. The projects, which span from northern Africa to the Balkans and Russia, have been selected on the basis of their potential to enable diverse groups of young people to contribute to a world that is safe, just and ready for the future.
Through media, digital technology, music, education, heritage, storytelling, film, photography, theatre and podcasts, these projects encourage young people to explore their own voice as well as to respect that of others.