Circle Dance. Illustration ©Erica Brisson
Circle Dance. Illustration ©Erica Brisson

Why Tandem?

Tandem is a cultural collaboration programme that strengthens civil society in Europe and neighbouring regions.

Tandem is 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 Sofia 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.

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.

Sea of people, Drawing by Erica Brisson 2015

How does it work?

What happens once you're selected as a Tandem participant? Learn more about how partnerships take shape within the programme.
A room full of people. Illustration ©Erica Brisson

Is Tandem for me?

Are you thinking of applying for Tandem? Find out about what we look for in a Tandem participant.
Partners & Funders

Find out more about Partners & Funders behind Tandem.

The Tandem Programme was co-created by the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam) and MitOst e.V. (Berlin) in 2011 and has so far supported collaborations between over 500 cultural managers coming from ca. 35 countries in wider Europe.


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