ERA – LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey in cooperation with member organizations - Da Se Zna! and Come Out, as well as with Stichting Art 1 from the Netherlands, within the project “Youth Artivists for Change” awarded seven grants for LGBTI Arts projects.
ERA awarded seven grants to the young LGBTI people from Serbia, whom are expressing their activism through specific activities, as well as through the LGBTI arts and culture project and initiatives. All awarded projects are related to the film production, podcasts, storytelling, theater performance, DRAG culture and other art forms that candidates founded interesting and relevant.
Apart from distributing seven grants for LGBTI Arts projects, ERA will provide awarded grantees with a safe working space (IdeaLab in Belgrade and in Novi Sad) which is equipped for audio and video recording, as well as for montage and editing programmes and tools. Beside equipment all awarded grantees will be provided with mentoring during the preparation and implementation process of the projects.
The project “Youth Artivists for Change” is a creative alliance of five countries, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, the Netherlands and Serbia, and targets young people, aged 15-24, in the fields of film-making, storytelling, podcasting, youth advocacy, theatre and art in general. The alliance gathers 17 organisations and networks working in the fields of arts, culture, human/LGBTI rights, gender equality and youth work. The project, is an idea of Dutch organisation Stichting Art 1 and is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The implementing organisations for Serbia are ERA – LGBTI Equal Rights Association for the Western Balkans and Turkey, Da Se Zna and Come Out. ERA’s member organisations CEL Kosovo, LGBTI Support Center Macedonia, Subversive Front Macedonia, Women's Alliance in Macedonia and Open Mind Spectrum Albania are also partners for this project in the other three countries.