"Skopje European Capital of Culture 2028".

Public Call for project ideas as an integral part of the BID BOOK application book

University Hall Skopje, as the holder of the project "Skopje European Capital of Culture 2028", invites all natural and legal persons (Non-Governmental Organizations, artists, cultural creators and experts, Public Institutions, National Institutions and all interested citizens) who gravitate to the territory of the city of Skopje, and the territory of the Skopje planning region, to apply to the published call for the collection of project ideas, which will be included in the application book BID BUK as the last stage of the candidacy of the city of Skopje for the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture - EPK 2028 .

As the capital of a country on the way to becoming a member of the European Union, we need to show Europe our cultural character and our rich cultural heritage shaped over the centuries through the intertwining and penetration of different ethnicities and cultures. The goal is to show the vibrant artistic potential of Skopje, as well as our vibrant and diverse cultural scene.

The motto of the application book for "Skopje European Capital of Culture 2028": "CULTURE OVER DIVISION" - CULTURE OVER DIVISION The conceptual idea is divided into four central themes, structured in the following four program directions:

Application conditions:

The proposed projects should contain a summary of 200 to 500 words, in the Macedonian language, with basic information about the project, so that you answer the key questions:

Project title, what topic is your project, what is the purpose of your project, why is it important for the topics you are dealing with, who is your target audience, how do you plan to realize your project, duration, budget specification and planned project partners (local, national, European, international), project manager.

Regarding the focus and goal of the project, we suggest following the following directions: innovative IT projects, audience development, education, strengthening of financial capacities (through processes of co-financing at the local, state, international level, sponsorships, donations), strengthening human capacities (through education and lifelong learning projects and involving as many local, regional and international artists and experts as possible in the project), volunteerism, participation, i.e. citizen participation, inclusiveness, through the collaboration of artists and experts at the local, regional and international level, as well as through the internationalization of the scene and residential programs.

It is important to note the following: if you submit applications with already existing programs, projects and events, with a certain tradition in maintaining them, realized by Public Institutions, Public Institutions and NGOs, they will not be supported in this Public Call.

The projects selected by the commission will be written in the application book Bid Book in the period until 2028.

The application deadline is June 20, 2023 by 3:00 p.m.

Applications should be sent electronically to the address: with indication: Public Call for project ideas as an integral part of the application book BID BOOK for the project "Skopje European Capital of Culture 2028".

Author: Kekenovska Lidija - Skopje