Call for Applications - Serbia and Kosovo: Intercultural Icebreakers
Since 2015, the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia has organized six seminars for young artists from Serbia and Kosovo on the topic of interculturalism and socially engaged art practices. Encouraged by the success of these seminars, we are now preparing another study tour from October 23 - 31, 2017, for 16 young people (8 from Kosovo and 8 from Serbia).

As in the past, we are targeting young people from Serbia and Kosovo who are active and/or interested in arts, culture and media to participate in this project. The seminar will start in Belgrade featuring lectures, visits to cultural institutions and public sites. On the 4th day of seminar, participants will visit Novi Sad and its cultural and public institutions. After returning to Belgrade, all participants will travel together to Pristina, and continue the seminar in Kosovo. There, participants will participate in lectures and workshops provided by experts from Kosovo, and visit prominent educational and cultural institutions in Pristina. On the 8th day participants will visit Prizren, a historical town in southern Kosovo and meet representatives of local media and culture organizations.

The main goal of the seminar is to give the opportunity to participants to be hosts and visitors at the same time, and possibility to present their culture and learn more about the culture of their peers. Also, the seminar will benefit each participant by giving them the opportunity to visit major cultural institutions both in Serbia and Kosovo, to meet lecturers, artists and human rights activists from both countries, and to spend an exciting period of time together visiting institutions of mutual interest and participating in workshops and lectures, which will provide them enough time to get to know each other and provide the platform for their joint projects in the future.

During the seminar, participants will have the opportunity to work on creation of a joint cross boarder artistic action, which will be implemented by the participants with our financial support.

The organizers will cover all costs of accommodation, food, travel, working material, and visits to cultural events for all participants of the seminar. The sessions will be held in Serbian, Albanian and English language while translation to Albanian/Serbian language will be provided.

Participants are expected to:

• Be active and/or interested in art and culture (students and/or practitioners are welcome to apply),
• Be highly motivated to learn more about interculturalism, socially engaged art, media practices and other similar topics,
• Be highly motivated to learn more about art and culture of Serbia/Kosovo,
• Be highly motivated to create a plan for joint cross boarder campaign, and to implement it after the seminar with our financial support,
• Be available to participate in the seminar for the full period: October 23 – 31, 2017,
• And to be between 18 and 30 years old.

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Application deadline: October 15, 2017 (23.59 CET)
You will be informed about the selection result by October 18, 2017
Project is financed by the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, and implemented by the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia.
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