4Cs: From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture supported by the European Commission in the frame of Creative Europe – Culture Sub-programme.

Europe: a site of hospitality and conviviality is one of the headlines of 4Cs: From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture, a European Cooperation project which has been awarded a Grant of approximately 1.8 million euros by the European Commission through Creative Europe – Culture Sub-programme.

Coordinated by the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, 4Cs aims to explore how art and culture can constitute powerful resources to address the subject of conflict. A major focus will be on training and education. The programme will include exhibitions, artistic residencies, film screenings, mediation labs, workshops, conferences, publications, an online platform and a Summer School. These will be the means by which new audiences will be brought together in intercultural dialogue and collaboration, mutual recognition and equal participation. The programme will include a response to the challenges of migration, security, and freedom of expression.

The European Commission praised the project particularly for the quality of the partnership, with a team combining theory and practice, and its intent to foster citizenship in the EU.

Eight partners from eight different countries (Portugal; Sweden; Germany; UK; Spain; Lithuania; Denmark; and France) will work together in this project, which will be active from July 2017 to July 2021: the School of Human Sciences and The Lisbon Consortium at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa; Tensta Konsthall; SAVVY Contemporary – Laboratory of Form-Ideas; Royal College of Art; Fundació Antoni Tápies; Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts; Museet for Samtidskunst; and ENSAD, as well as a series of associate partners including Culture+Conflict; MIMA; Klaipėda University; Gulbenkian Foundation; Rua das Gaivotas 6; Plataforma de Apoio aos Refugiados; PEROU, and Refugees at home.