3.4.4 Direct professional co-operation
Some important multilateral co-operation projects, coordinated or supported by the Ministry of Culture, include:
The interest of cultural operators and artists for participation in various international networks is ever growing and ever more visible. Several Croatian theatres are members of the European Theatre Convention. Croatian artists participated in platforms and networks supported by the Culture programme (i.e. Triathlon Network, project SEAS, Gemine Muse, EuMCAT, TRANSART, X-OP, W-EST_WHERE, etc.). Croatian cultural institutions, NGOs, experts and centres / sections (Croatian national committee ICOM, Croatian sections of AICA, UNIMA, ASSITEJ, IDEA, DACI, C.I.O.F.F., Croatian centre PEN, ITI etc.) are active participants of international NGOs in the field of culture and the arts. Following the election of the Croatian delegate as the Secretary General of ASSITEJ International in 2008, Zagreb became the headquarters of ASSITEJ International, an important organisation promoting the work of theatre for children and youth. The Centre for Dramatic Art (CDU) was the organiser of the 15th Performance Studies International Conference in Zagreb in June 2009. In 2012, the IETM-international network for contemporary performing arts, in cooperation with the NGOs "Drugo more" and "Domino", held its meeting in Rijeka and Zagreb. While it is still difficult to obtain extra-budgetary funds for cultural cooperation projects and networking in Croatia, financial support is mostly provided by the Ministry of Culture and local communities.