The aim of the new programme is to give artists and cultural actors new opportunities to engage in wide transnational collaborations and long-term networks that extend beyond the Nordic region. Unlike the Fund's other programmes, there is no criteria for collaboration between the Nordic countries. On the contrary, we aim to support projects that cannot be implemented in the Nordic Region alone.
Transcending cultural, geographical and disciplinary boundaries
With Globus the Nordic Culture Fund wants to meet the increasing need for artists to act across borders and to foster genuine exchange in complex and rapidly changing global environments. The intention is to meet artists where they are and support them with trust and willingness to take risks.
Since the foundation of the Nordic Culture Fund in 1966, we have seen how art and culture can help to transcend borders and reduce gaps between people. Today, our surroundings are increasingly influenced by global upheavals and uncertainties. These trends directly impact the arts and the cultural sector, challenging but also offering the arts and culture the opportunity to take on a transformative role and to see beyond established categories. With the Globus Call we want to strengthen the transnational character of arts and culture and contribute to their ability to create ties across diverse contexts, says Benny Marcel, director of the Nordic Culture Fund.
The Globus programme will support artistic and cultural collaborations and projects that aim in their practice to transcend cultural, social, historical, geographical and disciplinary boundaries. The programme hereby encourages the building of cross-cutting collaborations and networks, which seek new perspectives through transcultural and -local exchange and develop dialogue across different contexts.
The programme is open to projects that work experimentally in its approaches and methods, and strive to explore interactions between the local and the global.
Projects must be grounded in artistic and/or cultural practices but are welcome to include other professional fields and traditions.
Nordic relevance through network and exchange
Through Globus the Fund wants to unfold a more spacious and inclusive understanding of relevance in a Nordic context. Here the Nordic is not defined as a collaboration between nation states but as a notion or context that transcends borders and whose content and relevance might be explored and developed through artistic and cultural encounters within and around the world.
The project should have a clear link and/or relation to the Nordic region in terms of partners, themes or activities, but must not be able to be developed in the Nordic Region alone.
The Fund will also facilitate a network and dialogue between all the selected projects in the programme. This includes the development of structures and online forums to enable exchange and knowledge sharing across the involved actors as well as between the individual projects and the Fund.