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EACEA National Policies Platform


8. Creativity and Culture

8.8 Synergies and partnerships

Last update: 30 March 2022
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  1. Synergies between public policies and programmes
  2. Partnerships between the culture and creative sectors, youth organisations and youth workers

Synergies between public policies and programmes

Policies/programmes/initiatives, their objectives and outcomes, and target groups

Partnership between cultural institutions in Romania are not guided by a national policy and specific target, but rather by tradition. In 2018, however, the the "Centenary” Programme 1918­2018 encouraged the development of new partnerships between cultural institutions and organisations.

In 2017-2020 the "Centenary Programme 1918-2018” was implemented to celebrate 100 years from the formation of the modern unitary national Romanian state. The "Centenary” Programme was a platform for a very large number of projects implemented in partnership by public institutions, especially central institutions, celebrating modernity in Romania in all fields: culture, education, technologies, society etc. In 2017 one of the funding programmes of the Ministry of Culture, the ACCES programme, was implemented under the "Centenary” label. Youth was not an explicit target group for the programme and participation to projects based on age has not been monitored.


Main lines of public funding

Public funding, especially state budget is the main funding source for cooperation initiatives in the field of culture with impact over the young people.


Partnerships between the culture and creative sectors, youth organisations and youth workers

Policies/programmes/initiatives, their objectives and outcomes, and target groups and main lines of public funding

Partnership between cultural institutions, schools and youth organisations are frequent at local level. However, they are not guided by a national policy, and they are not monitored and evaluated systematically.


Beside the state and local budgets, two main sources of funding are encouraging partnerships between the culture and creative sectors, youth organisations and youth workers in Romania, although none of them is directly targeting young people. The three programmes are:

  • The European programme: Creative Europe funded 14 projects promoted by Romanian organisations since 2014 with over 1,500,000 euro. No data or statistic is available on the involvement of young people in these projects.
  • The Programme Promotion of Diversity in Culture and Arts within European Cultural Heritage funded by the EEA Financial Mechanism for 2009-2014, funded 45 large projects and 36 small projects starting with 2009. No data or statistic is available on the involvement of young people in these projects.
  • In 2018 a new global grant for cultural projects, funded by the EEA Grants, has been launched in the area of culture, by the Ministry of Culture and National Identity. Projects started implementation in 2019, but many have been suspended in 2020.


Among the funded projects under the 2009-2014 EEA grants, the most important for young people are:

  • Carol Factory Halls, a pioneering project in Bucharest, a project discussing the issue of industrial spaces as a valuable component for the city and bringing to the front a new type of collaboration between the entrepreneurial sector and the cultural one, a cooperation to be sustainable and effective.
  • TiMAF Cultural Platform, the project aimed to widen the general access of the public of Cluj-Napoca in the cultural events of the International Festival of Music and Arts Transylvania – 2015, by increasing the understanding level of art, reducing the distance towards central cultural events by activation of public spaces from districts and increasing the public participation in multicultural events.
  • European Cultural Diversity Hub, a project creating a local structure, along with the Project Partners: Gilding Association of Sibiu, ASTRA National Museum Complex – Sibiu and Copșa Mică Municipality, that will guide, skill and assist the community in finding real solutions and sustainable revenue diversification in order to improve general life conditions
  • Multicultural centre Arts Citadel, a favorable environment for young people to practice their artistic skills, create valuable artistic products, and also organise events and exhibitions, thus aiming to promote multiculturalism. The events organised within the Centre or the ethnically diverse communities contributed to the development of intercultural dialogue, as a response to the need for social cohesion, antidiscrimination and acceptance of diversity. The project involved 105 young students and pupils studying in the fields of Arts, communication, journalism and letters who have been trained in multiculturalism, diversity and cultural management, and participated in Art workshops. 500 people attended the events and exhibitions: 300 at the 6 events organised within the Centre and 200 people at the events in the ethnically diverse communities with low access to cultural activities. The outcomes of the project are: 384 creative workshops, 2 drama plays, 2 audiovisual products, 40 traditional costumes, 12 visual arts products, 12 musical compositions and 6 public events.
  • - Art And Contemporany Culture For Communities. Since its establishment, the Paintbrush Factory – space for contemporary arts – has assumed an important role in the creative sector as a space of debate on relevant issues for the Romanian society and urban communities in Cluj, as a dynamic interdisciplinary platform of art production and cultural activities. Through, the cultural capital developed and promoted by the Paintbrush Factory extends in the direction of encouraging creativity in various artistic fields, including: contemporary theatre and dance, visual arts, mobility for young artists, cultural education and training, research and documentation of contemporary art.