Partners & Funders

Since 2011, Tandem has brought together around 400 independent cultural organisations and supported the professional development of over 320 cultural managers coming from more than 160 cities and 35 countries in wider Europe. Tandem is an initiative of European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam) and MitOst e.V. (Berlin). Each programme round is implemented with regional partners and supported by various funders.

Tandem Partners

MitOst Festival 2015, Ivano Frankivsk


MitOst promotes cultural exchange and active citizenship in Europe and its neighbouring regions. MitOst is implementing Partner of all Tandem...

European Cultural Foundation

The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) initiates and supports cultural exchange and creative expression as drivers of social innovation and democratic...
One of the Projects of AK.

Anadolu Kültür

Anadolu Kültür was established in 2002 by individuals active in the fields of arts and culture in order to carry...
A campaign in the framework of the Cultural Policies programme supported by Culture Resource, Photo by Mohamed Mosaadf

Culture Resource

Cultural Ressource is Tandem Shaml's implementing Partner in the Arab region.

Tandem Funders

Robert Bosch Stiftung

The Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH is one of Europe’s largest foundations associated with a private company. In its charitable work, it addresses social issues at an early stage and develops exemplary solutions. For this purpose, it plans and implements its own projects. Additionally, it supports third-party initiatives that have similar goals. The Robert Bosch Stiftung is active in the areas of health, science and research, education, active citizenship, as well as international understanding and cooperation. Since it was established in 1964, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has invested around 1.8 billion euros in charitable work.

Stiftung Mercator

Stiftung Mercator is a private foundation, which fosters science and the humanities, education and international understanding. It specifically initiates, develops and funds projects and partner organisations in the thematic fields to which it is committed: it wants to strengthen Europe, improve integration through equal educational opportunities for everyone, drive forward the energy transition as a trigger for global climate change mitigation and firmly anchor cultural education in schools. Stiftung Mercator feels a strong sense of loyalty to the Ruhr region, the home of the founding family and the foundation’s headquarters.

Fondazione Cariplo

Fondazione Cariplo is a private foundation of banking origin officially established in 1991. The Foundation is based in Milan and operates prevailingly as a grant making organization within four main sectors: Arts and Culture, Environment, Social Welfare and Scientific Research.

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation
Patron: H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Tolerance

Founded in 1996, ADMAF is one of the oldest, not-for-profit cultural organisations in the Arabian Gulf. Pioneering new artistic practices, it seeks to deepen global cross-cultural dialogue and inspire a renewed interest in the creativity of the UAE and Arab world. Often in partnership with leading national and international institutions, it delivers multidisciplinary initiatives for people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities through the Abu Dhabi Festival, special projects and year-round education and community programmes. In the visual arts, it contributes to artists’ professional development, seeks to enhance and elevate the UAE art scene through publications, grants, commissions and exhibitions, works in schools and universities to inspire and inform the next generation, and uses art to tackle social issues. Presenting the creativity of the UAE at home and abroad, ADMAF uses the visual arts to empower a nation and to secure a brighter future for its communities and its artists.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is one of the world’s leading private international philanthropic organizations, making grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and sports, and social welfare. The Foundation funds organizations and projects that are expected to achieve a broad, lasting and positive impact for society at large, and exhibit strong leadership and sound management.

Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie

The Dutch Fund for Cultural Participation is the national agency that promotes participation in the arts and culture by encouraging people to take an active part in artistic and cultural activities. They work closely with local authorities and provinces, provide funding to institutions, stimulate debate, initiate research, and facilitate knowledge-sharing in the field of cultural education, the amateur arts, and popular culture. Founded in 2008, they are based in Utrecht.

Landelijk Kennisinstituut Cultuureducatie en Amateurkunst

The National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA) is the Dutch knowledge platform for professionals and policymakers in cultural education and amateur arts. The centre contributes to the quality of both cultural practice and policy through knowledge exchange and research.

British Council

The British Council  is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. British Council is on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries, bringing international opportunity to life. Arts is a cornerstone of the British Council’s mission to build bridges of trust and understanding between peoples of the world.



Mimeta is a fund based in Kristiansand (Norway) and has been working within culture and development since 2006. Mimeta is involved in culture sector development in more than twenty countries in Africa, Asia and South-America and coordinates international co-productions and promotion of art and design towards Nordic audiences.



Stichting DOEN

The DOEN Foundation was established in 1991 by the Dutch Postcode Lottery. Annually, DOEN supports more than 200 initiatives characterised by an enterprising approach: people, organisations and enterprises that dare to take risks, that are creative and innovatory and thus effectively contribute to a better and cleaner world.

Auswärtiges Amt

With headquarters in Berlin and a network of 229 missions abroad, the Federal Foreign Office maintains Germany’s relations with other countries as well as with international and supra-national organizations. This work concerns much more than just political contacts among governments and parliaments. Because Germany and German society are enmeshed in ever-growing international networks, the Federal Foreign Office promotes intensive interaction and exchange with the world in the fields of business, culture, science and technology, the environment and development issues.

Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2028

In 2018, Leeuwarden (and Friesland) was European Capital of Culture. With a versatile programme of performances, exhibitions, festivals and projects, carried out by professionals and citizens, they are rightly proud of what has been achieved. No surprises there, the team wants to continue to offer the region a diverse cultural programme in the upcoming years, to further strengthen the Frisian culture, and their connections to Europe.

Rijeka 2020 LLC

In 2020, the city of Rijeka will be the first Croatian city to be European Capital of Culture. Organiser Rijeka 2020 LLC aims to reimagine the city of Rijeka, looking back at its industrial heritage to create an energetic and innovative future. The diverse programme of Rijeka 2020 will give the inhabitants of the city a common project to collaborate on.

Galway 2020

Galway 2020 represents the legacy of decades of artistic endeavour and investment in the culture of this place. It is a climax of everything that has gone before and a stepping-stone to a future that will leave an improved cultural infrastructure and heightened awareness of the role of culture in society; a society that appreciates the role of its artists and the possibilities that they bring. This exciting year provides extraordinary opportunities for local people to create and participate in something beyond their wildest expectations.

Eleusis 2021

Year 2021 marks the 200th anniversary of the Hellenic Revolution, which led to the establishment of the modern Greek state. Revolutions are times of transformation and transition. Eleusis and Europe touch on the two great transitions that radically transformed human living conditions and created new forms of organization and co-existence: the Agricultural and the Industrial Revolution. Today, both are faced with the challenge of a new transition, the need to redefine concepts such as development, social cohesion and, eventually, prosperity. The role of art and culture in this process is decisive, precisely because that is the function of the artist: to dress fantasy with shape and form, to transubstantiate possibility, to operate beyond the obvious. Art opens new roads and offers new prospects for the future.

Novi Sad 2021 is a platform for development of creative potentials of Novi Sad. This project should, above else, motivate and inspire both cultural workers and all citizens to re-examine current values and set new goals towards democratic cultural development of the city. Re-examination of modern identity of Novi Sad, revitalisation of cultural heritage, reconstruction of the existing and opening new spaces intended for culture, developing cultural participation of citizens, are just some of the principles of cultural development that will be adopted in following seven years.

Esch-zur-Alzette 2022

The goal of making our Capital of Culture year into a project where everyone gets involved does not stand in isolation. Quite the opposite. It includes embedding the still recent University in its regional context. It includes us developing concepts which link the past with the future for these old industrial lands which so characterise our region. It includes liberating culture from its confinement in institutions and giving it greater prominence in public spaces. It includes making positive use of the digitisation of our society. It includes driving forward professionalisation in the cultural sector. It includes having many dreams – and sharing them.

Kaunas 2022

At the beginning of 2017, Kaunas was awarded the title of the European Capital of Culture for 2022. Together with various cultural organisations, artists and creatives, we develop a vast, endless and borderless programme that we call the Contemporary Capital. The entire time remaining until 2022 is a common journey of Kaunas and Kaunas District from temporary to contemporary!

Veszprém-Balaton 2023

The joint bid of Veszprém Municipal City and the Balaton Region for European Capital of Culture 2023 aims to widen the selection of our cultural programmes, enhance their diversity, and highlight its specifically European nature, partly through international cooperation. We strive to provide better access to culture, create and invigorate culturally embedded communities in addition to boosting the performance of the cultural sector and  strengthening its ties to other spheres of life. A major target of ours is to further improve the international image of the city through culture.