PRACTICS: the project

Moving culture

PRACTICS. See Mobile See Practical is a 3-year project coordinated by the Finnish Theatre Information Centre which joined forces with ten other cultural organisations from six EU-countries with the aim to facilitate the provision of information about EU cross-border mobility in the cultural sector.

The project will develop so-called PRACTICS Infopoints which are conceived as “EU Cultural Mobility Contact Points” and piloted in four EU-countries: Belgium, Spain, Wales and the Netherlands. Their task will be to offer relevant and user-friendly information to:

A. foreign cultural workers who want to work in the countries in which the PRACTICS Infopoints are based

B. national cultural workers who want to work in another EU-country

PRACTICS is funded with support from the European Commission. This site reflects the views only of the project partners, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Practics... in practice

The objective of the PRACTICS Infopoints is to offer cultural professionals concrete administrative support in order to help them overcome obstacles in perusing an international career. This involves answering questions, providing handbooks and advising on legal, fiscal and social issues. The PRACTICS Infopoints offer concrete toolkits to artists and cultural workers wanting to be mobile. By doing so the PRACTICS Infopoints aim to stimulate mobility between EU countries.

In addition, the project will conduct research in Finland and Italy to find out how such a PRACTICS Infopoint could be set up there in the future. It will offer training in issues related to mobility and promote coordination and networking  within the cultural sector. The project partners will engage in the exchange of staff and thus enhance their capacity to support mobility beyond the duration of the project.

On the basis of the concrete piloting and mapping cases the project will identify key mobility stimulators and formulate recommendations for overcoming obstacles to mobility and for continuing the PRACTICS Infopoint-network in the future.

History and background

PRACTICS follows from a project called “Mobile.Home” initiated in 2006 which resulted in a study “Impediments to Mobility in the EU Live Performance Sector and on Possible Solutions”. It seeks to facilitate the provision of information, exchange best practices and support EU cross-border mobility in the cultural sector.

Cross-border mobility of artists and other cultural professionals is not only one of the objectives of the European Union’s Culture programme but also a priority on the European Commission’s agenda. Therefore, in June 2008, the European Commission published a call for proposals for ”Networking of existing structures supporting mobility in different cultural sectors”. Four pilot projects were selected under this call, one of which is PRACTICS – See Mobile See Practical.