Voices Of Culture is a structured dialogue between the cultural sector in the European Union and the European Commission. It provides a platform for civil society representatives of the cultural sector to give input to the European Commission on a range of topics.

The third topic of Voices of Culture 2021-2023 will generate project ideas and policy recommendations for the cultural and creative sectors and decision-makers on the topic of the role of the cultural and creative sectors in improving the mental health of young people. This Voices Of Culture topic is taking place in the context of the European Year of Youth 2022.

How it works
Successful applicants will be invited to a Brainstorming Meeting at Goethe-Institut Brussels on 4-5 October 2022 and to a Dialogue Meeting at Goethe-Institut Brussels on 8 December 2022 to share their input on several areas of discussion:

  • Evidence on the contribution of the cultural and creative sectors to improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people, at national and international level.
  • Synergies with other policy fields (health, education, social welfare etc) to maximize results.
  • Examples of interventions where there is robust evidence of successful outcomes, particularly for disadvantaged young people. Conditions for success of such interventions.

Voices of Culture participants will write a Brainstorming Report after the Brainstorming Meeting. In this report, the results of the discussion between participants at the Brainstorming Meeting will be expressed. This report will then be presented by participants to the European Commission at the Dialogue Meeting.

Voices Of Culture will provide travel, accommodation and catering for participants during meetings.

Who can participate? 
The call is open to representatives of the cultural and creative sectors and other sectors (professional organisations, cultural institutions, non-governmental organisations, European networks, foundations, private organisations etc.) with relevant expertise on the topic Youth, Mental Health and Culture who would like to contribute to discussions with the European Commission. Organisations applying must be based in one of the 27 EU Member States.

How to apply
The application form can be downloaded from https://voicesofculture.eu/call-for-applicants/

Applicants are asked to read the framework paper which will form the basis of the discussion before filling out the application: https://voicesofculture.eu/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/VoC-YMH-14-6-2022.pdf

Application deadline: 13 July 2022
Announcement of results: 20 July 2022



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