Culture, civil society and cross-border relations

Tandem is a collaboration programme for people working in culture and civil society. From Berlin to Beirut, throughout wider Europe, participants join from a variety of places and communities. For example, a theatre director based in Tunis can work with a curator based in Düsseldorf on developing a project about representation of refugees in the city. While building a collaborative project, both partners commit to the process of working together, to share their expertise and to learn from each other.

There are currently five Tandem programmes which focus on different regions and topics: Tandem Europe, Tandem C&P, Tandem Ukraine, Tandem Turkey and Tandem Shaml. They all have their own open calls, which are published on this website and our social media channels.

The Tandem Cultural Programme was co-created by the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam) and MitOst in 2011 and has so far supported collaborations between over 250 cultural managers coming from around 35 countries in wider Europe. 

Towards building trust and democratic spaces

Tandem offers a space to build real, meaningful and sustainable relationships that can grow through shared artistic interests, enthusiasm for creative discovery and the joy of making things happen together. We believe these experiences can contribute to increasing empathy, breaking stereotypes and shaping a common language. 

Our vision is to see networks of creative communities emerge from this programme, and support the impact of their ongoing efforts.