The Creative Producers programme in the Western Balkans is entering a new phase, with successfully selected participants and their exciting projects which will be taking place this spring and summer in Serbia!

Creative Producers is a professional development and funding opportunity for emerging producers in the Western Balkans aiming to enhance their skills and capacity, build new networks, and contribute to co-production. It is envisioned to help create a sustainable creative sector community rooted locally but connected internationally who understand everything from creative vision and technical challenges to budgets, logistics and audiences.

The programme was launched as an open call for applications in November 2021, after which 14 successful candidates from the region were selected to take part in what came next: two weeks of online development workshops facilitated by Curated Place, a Manchester-based arts-led creative production company, which led the participants through the process of designing their creative projects. Among other valuable knowhow, the participants were given guidance on how to clearly communicate their ideas, make practical delivery considerations around where, when and how those ideas would happen and – crucially – how to determine their target audiences. 

Having successfully completed this phase in February 2022, the producers all gave their final pitch to the programme team and were given the green light and funds to begin the project inception stage – with dates and logistics firmly in place. 

A total of 14 projects will be kicking off in late spring and running throughout the summer period in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia.

The successful applicants from Serbia will be organising three exciting public events between June and September, starting with an extravagant two-day drag festival in June titled “DRAGOSLAVIA X LIVE” in Belgrade, which will gather the LGBTQ+ and drag king and queen scene from the region, produced by Andrej Ostroški aka Dekadenca; then, the topic of collective trauma in relation to war conflict shall be tackled in June through an immersive theatre experience titled “Home is where we feel fine” designed by Uroš Ranković; and finally, Ksenija Đurović and Nađa Marjanović shall bring forth a UK play titled “LOVE” by Alexander Zeldin in conjunction with the 56th edition of the BITEF Theatre festival in September.

Our up-and-coming creative producers have it all – inspiring and fresh ideas coupled with the energetic drive to execute them, all of which is sure to appeal to diverse audiences hungry for memorable and engaging experiences this season!