What Is BICCED
The Balkan Initiative for Cultural Cooperation, Exchange and Development (BICCED) is a project funded by the Swiss Cultural Programme in the Western Balkans (SCP). The project is implemented by the Balkan Investigative Regional Reporting Network – BIRN and SEEcult.org, portal for the South-East European culture. Within the BIRN network, participation is taken by BIRN Serbia, BIRN Kosovo, BIRN Macedonia and editor/trainer in Albania, along with central network organisation, the lead partner.
- Improve journalists’ skills in analytical reporting on issues in the sphere of cultural policy and cooperation.
Activities are grouped around participating journalists, media and culture organisations, as well as government representatives, and are implemented through research, training, publishing, public debates, capacity building, and the creation of annual award for a project that contributes to cultural cooperation in the region. Two events will be organised as an opening and closing event.
Ten journalists will be selected each year to participate in the project. They will receive training (both at an initial workshops and on-the-job) from BIRN's experienced editorial team and will participate in the production of articles on cultural policy, which will be published on a dedicated culture section of BIRN's Balkan Insight web site and distributed via a monthly newsletter.
Editorial output will be also translated into all of the languages of the region and disseminated to the more than 90 media outlets across the Balkans that already re-publish BIRN output, as well as all other interested media.
Through a constant supply of objective, balanced and accurate reporting on aspects of cultural policy and other related themes (human resources in culture, transfer of ownership, heritage, tourist potential of culture, etc.), the policymakers in-country and within institutions abroad will be in a better position to create policies that expedite the region’s European-oriented transition.
Cultural organisations and experts will have a chance to gain better insight into the state of cultural policies and practice in the region, as well as to exchange opinions, practices and experiences in the field of cultural policy.