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Greece/ 8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers  

8.1.2 Special artists funds

There are several sectoral artists’ support programmes and schemes. More specifically:

  • The Greek Film Centre supports international co-productions of feature films in which a Greek producer is a minor partner with a participation of at least 10%. The condition is that the film should either be shot in Greece or with the participation of Greek artists and or technicians or production laboratories.
  • The National Book Centre of Greece holds a "writers in residence" grant programme where incoming writers are hosted at the House of Literature on the Aegean island of Paros. The Greek authors’ abroad scheme offers Greek authors the opportunity to travel abroad for promotional activities and work presentations upon invitation from publishers, universities, cultural associations etc.; and, the Greek authors’ visits to bookshops nationwide project supports events where authors visit bookshops especially in the periphery to present their work.
  • Athens System is a scheme promoted by the UNESCO Hellenic Centre of the International Theatre Institute, aiming to enhance the communication between the Greek and the international theatre scene, either by supporting Greek theatre production presentations abroad or by inviting international critics, festivals and venue directors and programmers to attend shows in Greece. The initiative started as a pilot project in 2007, and is supported by an online application and selection procedure since 2011.
  • The Onassis Foundation provides scholarships and research grants for all artistic disciplines.  Special attention is given to Greeks living abroad.
  • The Ioannis Costopoulos Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation provide support to non- profit projects that either promote Greek culture abroad or facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships as effective means for serving the public good.
  • Foreign Cultural Institutes in Greece (especially the British Council, the Fullbright Foundation and the Goethe Institut) provide scholarships or travel grants to Greek artists or arts researchers.
  • ECOSE (European Cultural Organisation Social Education), a cultural and educational NGO, has been the leading partner in a Mobility project supported by the European Commission called Art Farers, aimed at supporting transnational mobility initiatives in the field of culture and among artists.
  • The European Animation Centre supports South Eastern European cooperation by establishing the BALKANIMA prize, the AnimArt annual internships, the participation of Serbian and Turkish citizens or residents to the AnimArt workshops, and the AnimFest.
  • The Mediterranean Film Institute provides scholarships for screenwriters and producers to facilitate participation in screenwriting workshops that take place in Greece.
  • The European Cultural Centre of Delphi (ECCD) provides events participation grants and scholarships to young artists and students, especially during the annual International Meeting on Ancient Drama.

Chapter published: 14-08-2015

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