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European Platforms for the promotion of emerging artists

The 16 platforms highlight emerging European artists and their work throughout Europe and the world.

As part of the Creative Europe programme, the European Union is co-financing 16 European platforms for the period 2021-2023. These platforms implement projects to increase the visibility and circulation of emerging European artists and their work, to develop both their careers and their talent.


The European Union has set up the "European platforms for the promotion of emerging artists". They are intended to be an essential instrument for developing the careers of emerging talents and improving their working conditions.

These platforms work in partnership with member organisations, each of which receives a grant to set up a common artistic programme as well as a branding strategy.

The platforms provide tailor-made responses to the needs and challenges of emerging talent, offering them targeted professional opportunities in terms of mobility, training, incubation and development, as well as remuneration.

Like all other Creative Europe projects, the platforms also work on priorities such as inclusion and the European Green Deal, youth, skills, resilience and the recovery of the cultural and creative sectors after the Covid crisis, or more recently: support for Ukraine.

They work not only to improve the working conditions and careers of artists, but also to strengthen solidarity, participation and access to culture, social cohesion, and the promotion of creation and cultural diversity, as well as the EU’s fundamental values.

Creative Europe Platforms

Aerowaves is a hub for dance discovery in Europe. It identifies the most promising new work of emerging dance artists and promotes it through cross-border performances. Aerowaves’ network of partners in 33 countries enables younger choreographers to bring new dance to new audiences.

  • D.ID Dance Identity, Austria
  • Derida Dance Centre / Artlink Foundation, Bulgaria
  • Croatian Cultural Centre Rijeka / HKD, Croatia
  • Fzagreb Dance Company, Croatia
  • Dance House Lemesos, Cyprus
  • Tanec Praha, Czechia
  • Bora Bora, Denmark
  • Dansehallerne, Denmark
  • La Briqueterie Centre De Developpement Fr Choregraphique, France
  • Staatstheater Darmstadt, Germany
  • Tanzhaus nrw, Germany
  • Dance Cultural Centre Unitiva, Greece
  • Dance Limerick, Ireland
  • Firkin Crane, Ireland
  • Comune di Bassano del Grappa / Operaestate Veneto Festival, Italy
  • Fondazione Romaeuropa, Italy
  • Lithuanian Dance Information Centre, Lithuania
  • TROIS C-L, Luxembourg
  • Stichting International Choreographic Arts / ICK, Netherlands
  • Stichting Dansateliers, Netherlands
  • Dansens Hus, Norway
  • The Centre for Culture in Lublin, Poland
  • Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Portugal
  • National Centre for Dance Bucharest / CNDB, Romania
  • Institution Student Cultural Centre Novi Sad / SKCNS, Serbia
  • Bratislava in Movement Association / BMA, Slovakia
  • EN-KNAP Productions, Slovenia
  • Mercat de les Flors, Spain
  • Stiftelsen Dansens Hus, Sweden
  • All Ukrainian Association Contemporary Dance Platform, Ukraine


Across Europe, Circusnext Platform members identify, select and support contemporary circus emerging authors with the most unique writings and present their works to their audiences.

  • Centre International des Arts en Mouvement, France
  • La Grainerie, France
  • La Brèche, Pôle National Cirque Normandie, France
  • Cirkorama- Association For The Promotion Of Culture And Arts In Everyday Life, Croatia
  • Association for culture and sport Positive force, Croatia
  • Kulturverein Tollhaus e.V., Germany
  • Berlin Circus Production – Hilliger Koelbel GbR, Germany
  • Stichting Briantelli/Festival Circolo, Netherlands
  • Teatronas, Lithuania
  • VSIA "Rigas cirks", Latvia
  • Teatro da Didascália, Portugal
  • UP - Circus & Performing Arts, Belgium
  • Latitude 50 (A.S.B.L), Belgium
  • Teatro Instabile di Aosta soc. coop., Italy
  • CIRQUEON z.ú., Czechia
  • Stiftung für die deutsch-französische kulturelle Zusammenarbeit, Germany
  • vzw PERPLX, Belgium
  • Cirkusfera association, Serbia
  • Consorci Mercat de les Flors, Spain
  • Upplev Botkyrka AB/Subtopia, Sweden
  • Cirko - Center for New Circus, Finland
  • Associació de Professionals de Circ de Catalunya - La Central del Circ, Spain
  • Associazione Sarabanda Impresa Sociale, Italy

Distributed Design Platform

The Distributed Design Platform acts as an exchange and networking hub for the emerging field of Distributed Design. It nurtures and promotes the connection between designers, makers, and emerging digital and local markets.

  • Ars Longa, France
  • Pakhuis De Zwijger, Netherlands
  • Happylab, Austria
  • Polimi, Italy
  • Organosi Gia Tin Erevna Tin Tekmiriosi Kai Tin Proothisi Ton O  - P2p, Greece
  • Re:Publica, Germany
  • Design Society Fond, Denmark
  • Asociacion Cultural Open Your Kolektiboa, Spain
  • Knowledge Center Of Vestmannaeyjar Iceland, Iceland
  • Fabrikációs Laboratórium Kft., Hungary
  • Maker, Denmark
  • Instituto Politecnico De Lisboa, Portugal
  • Opendot, Italy
  • Sa Fab City Foundation, Estonia
  • Muzej Za Arhitekturo In Oblikovanje – Mao, Slovenia
  • Design And Crafts Council Ireland -Dcci., Ireland

European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists

The European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists - EFFEA is an initiative of the European Festivals Association that offers emerging artists a platform to develop their career on an international level through festivals.


  • Festival Hub - Croatian Composers Society, Croatia
  • Festival Hub - PLMF Arts Management, Estonia
  • Festival Hub - France Festival, France
  • Festival Hub – Festivalfriends, Germany
  • Festival Hub - Stichting Caucasus Foundation, Georgia
  • Festival Hub - Summa Artium Kultúra Támogató Nonprofit Kft., Hungary
  • Festival Hub - Association of Irish Festival Events, Ireland
  • Festival Hub – ItaliaFestival, Italy
  • Festival Hub - ARC Research and Consultancy Ltd., Malta
  • Festival Hub - Asociația Centrul Cultural Clujean, Romania
  • Festival Hub – ArtLink, Serbia
  • Festival Hub - Sweden Festivals, Sweden
  • Festival Hub - Development Centre "Democracy through Culture", Ukraine

European Media Art Platform

The European Media Art Platform (EMAP), initiated by Werkleitz and co-funded by Creative Europe since 2018, is a consortium of 15 leading European media art organisations specialised in Digital and Media Art, Bio Art and Robotic Art.

  • Antre Peaux, France
  • Ars Electronica, Austria
  • GNRation, Portugal
  • iMAL, Belgium
  • Impakt, Netherlands
  • Kersnikova Institute (Kapelica Gallery), Slovenia
  • Kontejner, Croatia
  • LABoral, Spain
  • M-Cult, Finland
  • NeMe, Cyprus
  • Onassis Stegi, Greece
  • RIXC, Latvia
  • WRO Art Center, Poland
  • Silent Green Culture Quarter, Germany
  • CIKE, Slovenia

ESNS Exchange

ESNS Exchange brings European export offices, festivals, media partners, and other stakeholders together. The platform is coordinated by ESNS, the largest European music showcase festival, and conference dedicated to European pop music. All platform members collaborate to bring European programming of emerging artists to music audiences in Europe and beyond.

  • Centre national de la musique (CNM), France
  • VI.BE, Belgium
  • Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies (ICEC), Spain
  • Initiative Musik, Germany
  • Music Information Center Austria (MICA), Austria
  • Music Finland, Finland
  • Kultur LX, Luxembourg
  • Music Norway, Norway
  • Wallonie Bruxelles Musiques (WBM), Belgium
  • Why Portugal (AMAEI), Portugal
  • Music Estonia, Estonia
  • SoundCzech, Czechia
  • LaLa Slovak Music Export, Slovakia
  • Italia Music Export, Italy
  • MXD- Music Export Denmark, Denmark
  • Lithuanian music business association, Lithuania
  • Music Export Greece, Greece
  • SIGIC/ Music Slovenia, Slovenia
  • Dutch Music Export, The Netherlands
  • Music Export Ukraine, Ukraine


The FEDORA Platform is committed to supporting and contributing to the future of opera and dance in Europe. FEDORA encourages emerging artists to renew these genres, thus making opera and dance more accessible, while fostering the emergence of new business models.

  • Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie/ De Munt, Belgium
  • Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Belgium
  • Stara Zagora State Opera, Bulgaria
  • Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc Rijeka, Croatia
  • Národní divadlo Brno, Czechia
  • Prague National Theatre, Czechia
  • Finnish National Opera and Ballet, Finland
  • Festival d'Aix, France
  • Opéra de Lille, France
  • Opéra national de Paris, France
  • Opéra Orchestre National de Montpellier Occitanie, France
  • Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg, Germany
  • Freunde und Förderer der Staatsoper Unter den Linden e.V., Germany
  • Nationaltheater Mannheim, Germany
  • Oper Leipzig, Germany, Germany
  • Staatsoper Hannover, Germany
  • Theater Magdeburg, Germany
  • Greek National Opera, Greece
  • Irish National Opera, Ireland
  • Fondazione Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Italy
  • Fondazione Teatro Massimo Palermo, Italy
  • Teatro Regio di Parma, Italy
  • Teatro Sociale di Como, Italy
  • Dutch National Opera & Ballet, The Netherlands
  • O. Festival for Opera.Music.Theatre, The Netherlands
  • World Opera Lab, The Netherlands
  • Poznań Opera House, Poland
  • Ópera do Castelo, Portugal
  • Teatro Real, Spain
  • Royal Swedish Opera, Sweden


FUTURES is the European Platform for Contemporary Photography that provides long-term support to emerging artists by creating unprecedented opportunities for success through exhibitions, publications, education, promotion and access to international networks.

  • Fondazione Camera - Centro Italiano Per La Fotografia, Italy
  • Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center Nonprofit Limited, Hungary
  • Photo Ireland Festival Limited, Ireland
  • Fundacja Edukacji Wizualnej, Poland
  • Deichtorhallen Hamburg Gmbh, Germany
  • Photo Romania, Romania
  • Fundacion Contemporanea, Spain
  • AG/Culturele Instellingen Antwerpen, Belgium
  • Copenhagen Photo Festival, Denmark
  • Void O.E., Greece
  • Centre Photographique Rouen Normandie, France
  • Stiftelsen Fotogalleriet, Norway
  • Fotografska Udruga Organ Vida, Croatia
  • Stichting FOTODOK, Netherlands
  • Biedriba ISSP, Latvia
  • Plataforma Fotografia Ci.Clo, Portugal
  • Fotograf 07, Czechia
  • Der Greif E.V., Germany


LINA, the European architecture platform, is a network connecting prominent cultural players with emerging practitioners and thinkers in architecture. Its goal is to steer the architectural sector towards sustainable, circular and clean practices, to link the existing efforts into a united LINA Architecture Programme, and highlight new and emerging voices, giving them an international platform.

  • Društvo arhitekata Istre (DAI-SAI), Croatia
  • Forecast/Skills e.V., Germany
  • Luma Arles SAS, France
  • Theatrum Mundi Europe, France
  • Beta – Timișoara Architecture Biennial, Romania
  • Copenhagen Architecture Festival, Denmark
  • DPR-Barcelona, Spain
  • Eesti Arhitektuurimuuseum, Estonia
  • Haus der Architektur Graz, Austria
  • Irish Architecture Foundation, Ireland
  • Fondazione MAXXI, Italy
  • Oslo Arkitekturtriennale, Norway
  • Tbilisi Architecture Biennial, Georgia
  • Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Architektūros fondas, Lithuania
  • Belgrade International Architecture Week, Serbia
  • Dani arhitekture Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kosovo Architecture Foundation, Kosovo
  • VI PER Gallery, Czechia
  • Architectuul, Netherlands
  • Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Spain
  • Stichting Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Universiteti Barleti Tirana, Albania
  • Technische Universität Wien, Austria
  • ETSAM, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain


Liveurope is a pan-European initiative supporting concert venues in their efforts to promote European music diversity.

  • A38, Hungary
  • Blå, Norway
  • Debaser, Sweden
  • FZW, Germany
  • Kino Šiška, Slovenia
  • l'Aéronef, France
  • Melkweg, Netherlands
  • MKC, North Macedonia
  • Močvara, Croatia
  • Musicbox, Portugal
  • Nova Cvernovka, Slovakia
  • Palác Akropolis, Czechia
  • Posthof, Austria
  • Sveta Baar, Estonia
  • Rockhal, Luxembourg
  • Sala Apolo, Spain
  • Santeria Toscana 31, Italy
  • Stodola, Poland
  • VEGA, Denmark
  • Principal Theater, Greece

Magic Carpets

By enhancing cultural accessibility, cultural activism and participation “Magic Carpets” accelerates creative collaborations between international and local emerging artists, emerging curators, local communities and different European cultural organizations to highlight local specificities using storytelling practices.

  • Ideias Emergentes – Produção Cultural, CRL, Portugal
  • NGO Jam Factory Art Centre, Ukraine
  • Lab852 d.o.o. za promidžbu, Croatia
  • Latitudo Srl, Italy
  • Finan5 META Cultural Foundation, Romania
  • New Theatre Institute of Latvia, Latvia
  • Novo Kulturno Naselje, Serbia
  • OPENART, Örebro Kommun, Sweden
  • Verein Zur Förderung Der Alltagskultur, Austria
  • Sihtasutus Tartu 2024, Estonia
  • Tbilisi International Photo Festival, Georgia
  • Trempolino, France
  • Wrocławski Instytut Kultury, Poland


Music Cultural Heritage Talent (MERITA) is an online and offline platform that increases the visibility and circulation of professional young European string quartets while promoting the European cultural heritage.

  • Comitato Amur, Italy
  • European Historic Houses, Belgium
  • EuAbout Lab ASBL, Belgium
  • ProQuartet – Centre européen de musique de chambre, France
  • Theocharakis Foundation, Greece
  • Stichting Strijkkwartet Biennale Amsterdam (String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam), Netherlands
  • Europa Nostra, Netherlands
  • Traces&Dreams, Sweden
  • Lofoten Internasjonale Kammermusikkfest (Lofoten Festival), Norway
  • University of Arts of Tirana, Albania
  • QEndra Event, Albania
  • Julian Cochran Foundation (JCF), Poland
  • Beogradska Umetnička Nova Teritorija (BUNT), Serbia
  • Kolarac - Zadužbina Ilije M. Kolarca (Kolarac Foundation), Serbia
  • Cadenza Arts Management Ltd. (New Millennium International Chamber Music Festival), Hungary
  • Experimenta - Associação para a Promoção do Design e Cultura de Projecto, Portugal


SHAPE+ is a new European platform for innovative music and audiovisual art co-financed by the Creative Europe programme. SHAPE+ fosters exceptional emerging talent, connecting them to local communities and audiences through collaborative residencies with multiple artistic outcomes, commissioned artworks, as well as one-off presentations and performances.

  • Skanu Mezs, Latvia
  • Les Siestes Electroniques, France
  • Schiev, Belgium
  • ORF / musikprotokoll, Austria
  • Rokolectiv, Romania
  • disk / CTM Festival, Germany
  • Fundacja Tone / Unsound, Poland
  • Inkonst / Intonal, Sweden
  • Ultrahang / UH, Hungary
  • Kultura Medialna / Construction Festival, Ukraine
  • MoTA / Sonica, Slovenia
  • Threes Production / Terraforma, Italy

Theatre in Palm

12 partners from all around Europe collaborate in providing various opportunities for emerging theatre artists co-operation, resilience, career development and internationalization. Theatre In Palm: You vibrate, the universe resonates!

  • Intercut Productions, Sweden
  • Fondazione E35 per la progettazione internazionale, Italy
  • Smashing times Theatre Company, Ireland
  • Lemongrass Communications S.L., Spain
  • JAIT – International Theatre, Portugal
  • Stichting ZID, Netherlands
  • Institute of Support and Studies on Entrepreneurship, Social Development and Cohesion Cube Non-Profit Organisation, Greece
  • European Theatre and Film Institute, Belgium
  • Cyprus Theatre Organization, Cyprus
  • Homemade Culture, Romania
  • OECON GROUP Bulgaria, Bulgaria


The UPBEAT Platform is a financial and networking support system for European showcase festivals, dedicated to fostering a forward-thinking, diverse, and sustainable world music industry. With UPBEAT’s help, platform member festivals can invite emerging world music artists, organise professional and networking events and reach their sustainability goals.


  • Password Production Ltd, North Macedonia
  • Piranha Arts AG, Germay
  • Amity o.z., Slovakia
  • VŠĮ Saulės Muzika, Lithuania
  • Associazione Culturale Folkgiornale, Italy
  • Colour Production, spol. s r.o, Czechia
  • A to Z Foundation, Bulgaria
  • Shiftworks OÜ, Estonia
  • Muziekpublique, Belgium
  • Asociatia Kalotaszeg Nte, Romania
  • Mmvv, Spain
  • Centrum Kultury i Sztuki im.Ady Sari W Starym Sączu, Poland
  • Wien macht Kultur, Austria


Versopolis is a platform with the vision of creating opportunities for emerging European poets, building bridges between cultures and languages, celebrating poetry and connecting poets and associations around the world.

  • Ars Poetica, Slovakia
  • Circolo Dei Viaggiatori Nel Tiempo, Italy
  • Littfest, Sweden
  • Instytut Kultury Mieskiej, Poland
  • Poetninis Druskininkai Ruduo, Lithuania
  • Poeziecentrum, Belgium
  • SKUD “Ivan Goran Kovačič”, Croatia
  • Unabhängiges Literaturhaus Nö, Austria
  • Verein zür Förderung Des Hausacher Leselenzes, Germany
  • Associacion Cultural Libre expresions Artistica, Spain
  • The Munster Literary Centre, Ireland
  • Association for Literary Prague, Czechia
  • Nuoren Voiman Liitto ry, Finland
  • L N Ideogramma Limited, Cyprus
  • Poets' Circle, Greece
  • Alexandre Cortez Pinto (A Palavra), Portugal
  • LiteraturHaus, Denmark
  • Society of Hungarian Authors, Hungary
  • Literaturbrücke Berlin e.V (Haus für Poesie), Germany
  • Institut de Cultura de Barcelona, Spain
  • Association Libre Culture, France
  • Society for the Support of Punctum magazine, Latvia


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