Perform Europe 2 (2023-2026)
Apply to the Perform Europe Open Call

What is Perform Europe?

Perform Europe is a funding scheme for the European performing arts sector, supporting sustainable, inclusive, balanced and innovative collaboration projects of partners across the 40 Creative Europe countries. Particular attention is given to projects which work with and include underrepresented areas or groups in these Creative Europe countries.

The Open call

Perform Europe launched its open call on 1 December 2023 offering €2.1 million for partnership projects across all 40 Creative Europe countries. Perform Europe will support collaborative partnerships which reinvent the way we tour across borders.

Open to all performing arts professionals and organisations based in Creative Europe Countries, applications are submitted by partnerships formed by  a minimum of three partners from three different Creative Europe countries

The call invites partnerships to propose innovative touring ideas that can generate real change, with a focus on at least one of the Perform Europe priorities: inclusion and diversity and / or  the fight against climate change. Projects by and with underrepresented areas or groups will receive particular attention.

The call is open to projects in all genres of the performing arts (live music excluded). Eligible proposals must include a completed artistic work(s) - a finished production or an artistic concept ready for touring.

Applicants can apply for grants in three categories:

  • €12.000 small scale projects
  • €32.000 medium scale projects
  • €60.000 large scale projects

5% of the total funding will be dedicated to projects involving Ukraine.

The call will support projects lasting up to 17 months, implemented between July 2024 and March 2026. 

Proposals are submitted online after registering on the Perform Europe website. The website also offers an online matchmaking platform where the applicants can find potential partners, connect with them and establish partnerships. The deadline for submitting applications is 31 March 2024, 23:59 CEST.

Check out the website for more information and the open call and guidelines.

The Consortium Partners

Perform Europe is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and co-initiated by a Consortium of 6 organisations:

IETM - International network for contemporary performing arts is one of the oldest and largest international cultural networks, representing the voice of over 500 professionals, organisations and institutions working in all the fields of the performing arts, including theatres and arts centres, festivals, performing companies, curators and programmers, producers, art councils and associations from more than 50 countries worldwide.

The European Festivals Association (EFA) is a community dedicated to the arts, the artists and the audiences. EFA’s main role is to connect festival makers to inform, inspire and enrich the festival landscape in Europe and beyond. In this perspective, EFA is a festivals’ service and a knowledge and training provider, developing a WE-story of people and organisations, bridging the distance between festivals and all kinds of stakeholders around festival making.

Circostrada is the European Network for Circus and Street Arts. It was created in 2003 and counts over 140 members coming from more than 40 countries. Its core mission is to further the development, empowerment and recognition of these fields at European and international level. Circostrada supports circus and street arts professionals by implementing a wide-range of capacity building initiatives, boosting professional exchange, gathering information and resources, fostering continuous training, innovation and knowledge-sharing. 

EDN - European Dancehouse Network, established as a legal association in 2009, is a network for trust and cooperation between European dancehouses in sharing a common vision regarding the development of dance art across borders. In May 2020, EDN counted 45 members in 26 countries. Its key mission is to cooperate in securing a sustainable future for the dance sector and to improve relevance for diverse dance among society.

IDEA Consult provides independent advice to organisations and governments at all levels: local, intermediate, regional, federal and European. Their "Thinking Ahead" baseline reflects IDEA's unique value proposition: committed professionals involved in society and well connected with research institutions; evidence-based advice: applied research, based on validated techniques; sustainable solutions for actual social challenges.

Pearle* joined the consortium in 2023 for the relaunch of the project.

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