Why specific support for cross-border projects?

The Hauts-de-France region has 548 km of common land and sea borders with Belgium and the United Kingdom. It is important to strengthen these ties of proximity notably through cross-border projects in all the competences of the ministry: Creation, Higher Education Culture, Cultural Action, Cultural and Creative Industries, Heritage... These projects can be supported by a grant from the Direction régionale des affaires culturelles (DRAC) of Hauts-de-France.

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What is support for international and/or cross-border cultural actions?

Support for international and/or cross-border cultural actions makes it possible to set up transnational cultural actions with border regions.

The Hauts-de-France region has strong and obvious links with Belgium and the United Kingdom, the most immediate neighbours. For a long time, there have been cultural structures cooperating - particularly in the field of performing arts and visual arts - involving the mobility of artists and companies, heritage and landscape continuities (fortified cities, the presence of water, canals and rivers, maritime facades...), the absence of natural "barrier" borders ("flat country") and common languages (French with Walloons and the two regional languages, Picard and Flamand Occidental, also cross-border), and many other geographical evidences have enabled many transnational projects. Yet it is necessary to reaffirm that culture is a form of "soft power'(strategy of influence to promote peaceful relations) which could strengthen greater European integration of our territories and better dialogues between its inhabitants and cultural actors. The European Union encourages the necessary cross-border cooperation, notably through Interreg projects (30% of Europeans live in these territories which have a strong development potential).

The Hauts-de-France region is particularly concerned by cultural cooperation with Belgium and Great Britain, with whom it shares borders. A precise strategy has thus been defined by the DRAC, primarily concerning three types of requests:

  1. Support for projects of foreign artists or collectives received in the region
  2. Cross-border cooperation involving bi- or tri-national partners
  3. Support for projects which are or may be included in future European programmes (Interreg VI/ Microprojects) including seed funding or third-party resources (to formalize applications and temporarily strengthen existing engineering teams or through third-party resources, consulting and co-development)

Projects for the benefit of Ukrainian artists are also concerned.

Objectives of the approach

The main objective is to bring about transnational cultural projects in particular with neighbouring countries.

These projects allow territorial connections (sometimes difficulties find solutions by sharing them, especially in rural territories), the mobility of audiences, good practices but also simply a better knowledge of the neighbor’s culture that should facilitate other projects, etc.

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Examples of projects previously supported

A question?

If you have any questions about support for international and/or cross-border cultural actions, please contact:

Direction régionale des affaires culturelles (DRAC) Hauts-de-France
International and cross-border cultural cooperation
06 30 55 09 98
3 Rue du Lombard, 59800 Lille