3.4.4 Direct professional co-operation
In the Czech Republic (CR), there are many projects that link various networks, governmental and non-governmental organisations, and institutions dealing with cultural heritage and individual cultural projects. Useful contacts abroad were established long before the CR joined the EU. Many organisations in the CR have been members of European networks like IETM since the 1990s.
There has been direct cooperation with foreign partners on hundreds of film, theatre, dance and music festivals and literary shows. The biggest and the most interesting events are often priority events of the Ministry of Culture (MC), like the International Film Festival Karlovy Vary, the International Festival for Children and Youth in Zlín, the International Theatre festival DIVADLO Plzeň, the International Music Festival Prague Spring, the International Dance Festival Tanec Praha, the Strings of Autumn Music Festival, the Colours of Ostrava Festival, the International Prague Writer's Festival and the International Folklore Festival in Strážnice.
Direct cultural cooperation is supported by grant programmes of the MC for cultural cooperation abroad but also by direct support from grant programmes for the support of theatre, dance, music, the visual arts, architecture and literature. Individual towns also provide grants; the majority of finances being provided by the capital city of Prague under its grant procedure. Visits of foreign artists to the Czech Republic are also supported by foreign cultural institutes and foreign representative bodies in the CR, such as the Czech-German Fund of the Future. The majority of such events combine financing from several sources. Financing from private sources is not very substantial outside the fields of classical music and film.