Between 1998 and 2005, I was commissioned by the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium) to work on a new programme to support community cultural action in South East Europe. Following a period of research into local heritage projects in Northern Europe, I drafted the guiding principles for the programme which was launched in Skopje (Macedonia) in March 2001. Over the next four years, and working with a consortium of local partners and foundations, the programme supported 140 community projects in Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Romania. The projects included festivals, local museums, performing arts, crafts, natural spaces and many other forms, mostly drawing on traditional culture. Most of it took place in remote areas, and most of the groups had never had any external support before. I worked on the training and support of the community groups and later on the evaluation of the programmes in each country and overall.
Reports on individual country evaluations can be downloaded here:
- Macedonia – Programme Report 2001-2003
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – Programme Report 2001-2005
- Romania – Programme Report 2001-2004
- Bulgaria – Programme Report 2002-2004
The final Living Heritage Report can be downloaded here: