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

Tandem Community and Participation - international exchange programme for cultural managers


Tandem is an international exchange programme for cultural managers. Since its inception in 2011, Tandem has supported long-term collaborations, knowledge development and networking opportunities for more than 200 cultural managers from over 100 cities in 30 countries across the wider Europe. There are currently five Tandem editions which focus on different regions and topics. Tandem Community & Participation now invites cultural managers based in the Netherlands and its neighbouring countries: Germany, Belgium and the UK to apply for its next round that will run from April 2016 to July 2017.

The deadline to apply is 28 February.

More information and the link to the application form is available here.


Tandem C & P is designed to strengthen participants’ skills in the field of cross-cultural collaboration and international project management. Engaging and interacting with a Tandem partner from abroad and experiencing a different approach to cultural participation work, will deliver new transnational practices and methodological insights.


  • For one year, six cultural managers from the Netherlands on one side and six from Germany, Belgium or UK on the other side, form six cross-border collaboration ‘tandems’
  • All participants engage in a 10-day working visit to their partner’s organisation. Next to experiencing a new cultural environment, this placement includes the planning and implementation of an artistic or cultural community pilot project
  • In addition to these exchange visits, the entire group meets four times to share their experience and knowledge of cutting edge practices in cultural participation and community arts, as well as discuss challenges and opportunities around the topic of intercultural cities, migration and diversity
  • Throughout the process, participants receive know-how support on transnational collaboration from the programme organisers as well as start-up funding for their joint pilot project