East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) supports the
development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre)
in 18 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Calls for Applications: Tandem Europe Social Innovation cross-border programme


Tandem Europe - Social Innovation is now open for applications! You and your cultural initiative/organisation/institution can submit your expression of interest by 30 June 2017.

Circle Dance. Illustration ©Erica Brisson



Tandem Europe – Social Innovation is a cross-border learning and doing programme. During their Tandem year, cultural-social initiators from all over Europe kick-start long-term collaboration with a partner from abroad. Together, they design and test new ideas by realising a pilot project for their own local environment. Tandem offers the space to develop real and meaningful visions by prototyping project ideas and building on new cross-border working relations. It establishes peer-to-peer contacts that are based on mutual societal concerns or cultural and artistic interests. Tandem participants share their enthusiasm for creative discovery across European borders, cultures, sectors and artistic disciplines and embrace the joy of making new things happen together. They join a growing community of cultural-social innovators who are deeply engaged in shaping a common European future, both transnationally and bottom-up.


Up to 40 applicants will be invited to the Tandem Europe Partner Forum where they find many networking opportunities and most importantly – their potential Tandem partner. They apply together for the full program with a specific collaboration plan and idea. 12 Tandems are then selected to become part of the Tandem family – benefitting from a broad international network, a placement opportunity in their Tandem-partner city, and financial and mentoring support to prototype their idea and establish a mutually beneficial partnership.


Do you as an individual and in your organisation work on cultural ideas that tackle socio-economic challenges in our societies? Then we encourage you to apply! You can but do not necessarily have to work for a classic arts organisation. Nonetheless, you should be strongly interested in designing new formats of cultural-social work that engage European citizens in re-shaping their current and future realities. You should be motivated to explore unconventional ways of working together with a European partner who you don’t know yet. You should be committed to identify and pursue new ideas for cultural work that addresses burning societal issues, both in your local community and across Europe.


Civil society organisations, public institutions, non-profit initiatives and social enterprises that are engaged with cultural questions and innovation in their societies and are based in one of the 28 EU member states or in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Switzerland, Norway or Iceland.

Download a PDF version of the call


How to apply?

Fill out the application form. The deadline for submitting your application is Friday 30 June 2017 (23:59 CET).


Want to know more?
Browse the Tandem website or contact the project coordinator at MitOst in Berlin:

Hatem Salama:

 [email protected]
(+49) (0) 30 31 51 74 88