Many cultural NGOs as well as professional associations of artists and cultural workers participate in numerous international projects, different types of professional cooperation and are members of international professional organisations and/or international cultural networks. The interest of cultural operators and artists in participating in various international networks continues to be ever growing and more visible. E.g. several Croatian theatres are members of the European Theatre Convention. Croatian artists participated in platforms and networks supported by the Culture and the Creative Europe programmes. Croatian cultural institutions, NGOs, experts and centres / sections (Croatian national committee of ICOM, Croatian sections of AICA, UNIMA, ASSITEJ, IDEA, DACI, C.I.O.F.F., Croatian centre for PEN, ITI etc.) are active participants of international NGOs in the field of culture and the arts.
Some important multilateral co-operation projects, coordinated or supported by the Ministry of Culture and Media, include:
- the Regional Programme for Cultural and Natural Heritage in South East Europe (RPSEE), a joint activity of the Council of Europe and Southeastern European governments;
- “Ljubljana Process II – Rehabilitating our Common Heritage”, supported by the European Commission and the Council of Europe.
- Vukovar-Vučedol-Ilok: Research, Reconstruction, Revitalisation (Ministry of Culture and Media / Council of Europe Development Bank);
- cooperation within the Adriatic Ionian Basin (Project on Cultural Routes);
- cooperation within the Alps-Adriatic Working Community;
- participation in the TRADUKI Network – European Network for the Promotion of Literature and Books; and
- participation in the Roberto Cimetta Fund dedicated to the mobility of artists and cultural managers.
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 Media and local communities.