What is TANDEM?

TANDEM is an exchange programme that assists cultural organisations in developing long-term working relationships, knowledge development and networking opportunities with project partners from Europe and beyond. The aim of the programme is to connect and inspire cultural managers by supporting the sharing of knowledge and experience across geographical and cultural borders. 

How does it work?

During the programme, two cultural managers from different localities team up to be a ‘tandem’ (as in the bicycle for two). Tandem partners make working visits to each others’ offices and work on an artistic co-production. Throughout the year, the Tandem group meets for networking, workshops and mentoring.At the end of the project there is a final presentation and the opportunity to connect to the growing pan-European Tandem network. 

Why do we do it?

TANDEM feeds into a variety of objectives – from facilitating creative innovation to nurturing local cultural change-makers. Our main goals are:

  • Promoting innovative artistic expression, both locally and on a transnational level
  • Increasing the development of new, long-term creative partnerships
  • Developing new professional skills, empathy and breaking through prevailing stereotypes, through ‘real-life’ experiences and language.

Working with new organisations and in new localities provides inspiring learning experiences. Our vision is to see networks of creative communities and cultural change makers emerge from this programme and support the impact they make. 

If you want to know more about the TANDEM projects, please check the TANDEM programme pages and visit the media & archive section, where you can find publications and videos of the various projects and co-productions.

The programme was co-created by European Cultural Foundation and MitOst e.V. in 2010 and has so far supported the professional development of over 120 cultural managers coming from ca. 35 countries in wider Europe.