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Brussels, 2 September 2002

224 European cultural projects to be funded in 2002 under the Culture 2000 programme

The 224 selected projects, most of which focus on the visual arts, the priority field in 2002, will share more than 33 million euro in funding. 28 European countries are taking part in Culture 2000 (2000-2004), which, this year, is helping more than 750 cultural operators to work together on projects with a European dimension.

“This year, we will be arriving at the halfway point of Culture 2000, the success of which in cultural circles cannot be denied. In 2002, we have received more than 430 applications to take part in the programme, and I would like to emphasise the quality of the projects eventually chosen. Every year, Culture 2000 demonstrates that the European Union's cultural activities meet a real demand for our cultural diversity and common heritage to be developed and for European cultural creation projects to be supported,” said Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Education and Culture.

In 2002, the programme is supporting projects in all artistic fields, cultural heritage, books, reading and translation. Of the 224 projects selected, 119 concern the visual arts, the priority this year. In 2003, the priority will be the performing arts, and then heritage in 2004, the last year of the current programme.

Culture 2000 supports not only annual but also multiannual cooperation projects, thus promoting the formation of European cultural networks. 200 annual projects have been selected, to a total of around 17.7 million euro, as well as 24 multiannual cooperation projects (focusing on the visual arts, performing arts, cultural heritage, books and reading) to a total of around 15.7 million euro. Moreover, Culture 2000 will be earmarking some 150 000 euro for the organisation and award of a European prize for the conservation and development of cultural heritage.

Annual cooperation projects in 2002

These projects must involve at least three co-organisers in the countries taking part in the programme. The 200 projects selected under this action break down as follows:

  • Visual arts:       100 projects

  • Visual arts in third countries:   2 projects

  • Performing arts:      20 projects

  • Cultural heritage:      19 projects

  • Books and reading:     8 projects

  • Translation:       48 projects (more than 200 books)

  • Cultural heritage laboratories:  3 projects

Multiannual cooperation projects

These projects must involve at least five co-organisers in the countries taking part in the programme. The 24 projects selected break down as follows:

  • Visual arts:       17 projects

  • Performing arts:      3 projects

  • Cultural heritage:      2 projects

  • Books and reading:     2 projects.

The European Capitals of Culture in 2002, Bruges and Salamanca, have already received almost 125 000 euro each for preparatory activities, and an additional 375 000 euro has been earmarked for each of them for activities taking place this year. Another 125 000 euro has been earmarked for the 2003 Capital of Culture, Graz, for cultural events to take place next year.

28 participating countries

In addition to the fifteen Member States of the EU and the EEA countries, nine central and eastern European accession candidate countries (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia) are participating in the programme for the second time in 2002, and Slovenia is taking part for the first time. More than 115 organisations from these countries will be participating as leading partners and/or co-organisers in the selected projects, up almost 50 % compared to last year. Cyprus and Malta will be joining up in 2003. Culture 2000 also promotes cooperation with cultural operators in third countries. For example, the projects selected this year include an international contemporary art exhibition organised by the Belgrade Cultural Centre, in cooperation with Greek and German operators.

A list and a description of the projects for which a contract has already been signed are available from the Spokesman's Office and on the Culture 2000 programme website at:

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