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European Commission to provide €5m to support Ukrainian artists

The European Commission (EC) has published a special call under the Creative Europe programme.

The call supports artists outside their country, cultural organisations in Ukraine, and preparation for the post-war recovery of the Ukrainian cultural and creative sector in the medium term.

According to the EC, ‘The war in Ukraine has devastating effects on the Ukrainian cultural heritage and on cultural organisations and artists that cannot operate and reach out to their national and international audience. 

‘Additionally, many Ukrainian displaced people and children fleeing the war and currently staying in other locations in Ukraine or in other Creative Europe countries will not be able to return to their pre-war locations because of destruction. Those staying in other Creative Europe countries will have to interact with their new communities to facilitate their integration. 

‘Culture and the arts have proven to be an efficient tool to connect people from different backgrounds and facilitate integration.’

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said, ‘Cultural expression and access to culture are essential parts of our life. They help us deal with traumatic events, build individual and collective resilience and give us tools for mutual understanding. 

‘I am very pleased to know that we can contribute to help Ukrainians displaced by the war in Ukraine or in one of the participating countries to Creative Europe have access to culture.’

Three projects will be selected for financing by consortia set up within countries associated with the Creative Europe programme. Ukrainian organisations will also contribute, giving grants to small-size initiatives implemented at grass-roots level.

The call is open until 29 November 2022.

Full information is available on the European Commission website.