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About READ

Regional Network for Cultural Diversity  

The EU funded project  Reagional Network for Cultural Diversity aims to promote intercultural reading skills and democratic values through reading culture and the handling of supra-regional high-quality literary works. 

About READ
READ 2021 - Our impact

Baseline assessment of the project READ

READ Residency program 2022

The open Call for author in residence program in five countries aims to provide the authors from North Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Albania and Turkey the opportunity to get to know the literary, artistic and cultural scene in the region and to support the regional diffusion of literary work from the target countries. At the same time, the local audience will be given a unique opportunity to be introduced to the work of the selected artists.

Regional Network for Cultural Diversity was delighted to receive over 74 applications from artists from the Western Balkan and Turkey for the 2022 READ Residency Program. The independent residency team (committee) of professionals was tasked with the difficult decision of choosing among the many talented applicants.

The 2022 Residency Program begins in May and will run through the end of December. Authors will produce work that will be presented during the festivals as well as library bus and the regional literature magazines. In addition to writing and translating, authors will be expected to contribute to workshops, deliver presentation and take active part in the work of festivals.

The Open Call is published in English, as English is the official language of the READ Residency Programe.


Regional and local writers, translators, playwrights, poets, illustrators, graphic novel artists, comic book writers and cultural journalists are invited to apply for the READ residency program, to spend time and reflect upon reconciliation and cultural diversity. We are welcoming both young and emerging authors as well as established and experienced ones. Eligible will be those, who have published at least two books/ works of their own or at least two translations.
The applicants must be residents of one of the following countries: North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Albania or Kosovo.    

Our goal is to give the READ artists-in-residence the opportunity to develop a project over a fixed period of time, and to reflect and consolidate their artistic practice in the specific context. Creative and innovative project ideas, as well as works dealing with contemporary and relevant topics will be given a priority.
The resident authors are expected to spend their time in residence productively. Besides working on the proposed project, they are expected to entirely complete one shorter work (text, essay, poem, short story, article, comic), related to the general topic "United in diversity" contributing to reconciliation and intercultural tolerance. In addition to writing, creating and/or translating, they will be expected to contribute to workshops, deliver presentations (some of which may be part of the mobile library tour), take active part in the literary festivals and project networking activities, have public reading sessions and so forth. 
The READ residency grant will include:

- one-month stay in fully equipped apartment;
- travel costs (up to 250 EUR)
- stipend in the amount of 1,350 EUR (gross)
- involvement in the literary festivals in the partner countries and project networking activities
- translation of one text/ work produced during the residency in the local language and/or in English 
- opportunities to participate in the city’s literary life, arrange contacts with local authors, give interviews for the media, document the work created during the residency, and promote the work on a website and social media channels.

The resident authors will be hosted by the partner organizations in the 5 countries. Each partner organization will host 2 resident authors per year, so in total 10 residency grants are planned for 2022. Each residency duration will be up to 1 month. 
The application should be submitted through our application platform (https://rb.gy/d1zd7l) and it must include:

1. CV of the applicant
2. Portfolio of completed projects (please submit min. 2 examples of work, relevant to the project you would like to develop)
3. Motivation letter (1 page) showing interest in the residency, networking and other project activities, indicating the preferred period for the residency
4. Description of the project (max.1 page) to be undertaken during the one-month residence.

The application should be sent in English.

Deadline for applications is 31.03.2022.
For authors from Albania: instituti.libri.promocioni@gmail.com
For authors from Kosovo: info@qendra.org
For authors from North Macedonia: lojaculture@gmail.com
For authors from Serbia: office@krokodil.rs
For authors from Turkey: info@itef.com.tr

For additional information, please contact us via email: READ-residency@goethe.de  
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!!!Open call!!!

Open Call for Sub-Grants

In the frame of the Civil Society Capacity Support, once per year for a total duration of three years, an open call for proposals will be published for financial support to third parties. Civil Society Organizations from North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Serbia and Turkey can apply for innovative multilingual and intercultural projects. The organizations can apply for support in the area of translation, publication, and/or promotion of works in order to increase access and awareness of literature beyond the national context. Approximately 40 multilingual projects will receive direct financial support. Intercultural project, from the other side, can apply with innovative projects that focus on promoting literature, reading and cultural diversity. Preference will be given to youth organizations. A total of at least 50 projects will be supported over the period of three years.

The public calls will be published integrally, one annual call for all Partner countries, in order to encourage regional partnership. Sub-grantees can apply for financial support in the local language or English. The application procedure will be easily accessible by organizations with limited managerial and administrative capacities. The applying process is implemented through Goethe-Institut application portal (GAP).

Tutorial Goethe Application Portal

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Third Open call for multilingual projects 2022-2023

The Open Call 3 - Support of multilingual projects in five countries - aims to support the regional diffusion of literary works from target countries. The purpose of this effort is expected to be for translation, in combination with presentation and promotion of regional literature. The support from this project will supplement and significantly scale-up the inter-regional translation of authors from the targeted countries.

Deadline for applying: 31st of October, 2022, till 23:59 CET (midnight)

The maximum amount of support for this call is 2.500€ per grant.

The Action should cover costs related to translation, design and print, and promotion of regional literature.
    READ Open call Multi 2022 ©READ READ Open call Multi 2022


READ on wheels

The Project aims to promote intercultural literacy and democratic values through reading culture and exposure to interregional qualitative literary works. It addresses the local schools and libraries and the audiences in 5 countries, exposed to works of authors and cultures of neighboring countries.

There are multiple studies on how literary works can benefit and advance intercultural understanding. One claim is that literature could direct readers to all those who are in one way or another different from the readers themselves, and hence encourage inter- and intracultural awareness. According to Wasikiewicz-Firlej “works of literature enable the reader to observe the world from multifarious perspectives and cherish the diversity of individual perception. The power of literature lies in its unique ability to deeply involve the reader both at a cognitive, as well as emotional level.”  This is crucial for the process of reconciliation, understood as a process of recognizing, accepting and empathizing with the other.

"READ on wheels" is a regional mobile library stocked with books and other content from the project partners countries. The multicultural and multilingual mobile library will tour through North Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Albania and Turkey during a period of three years, with special focus on targeting schools and libraries. The concept of mobile library is based on Goethe-Institut’s long-standing experience with running library and culture buses across countries including but not limited to France, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Belarus, etc. The goal of the mobile library is to provide access to reading and cultural activity to young people in small and hard-to-reach communities where such opportunities are either rare or completely non-existent. At the same time it will provide selected titles and writes from the region and Turkey. The in-country content will be in the local/national languages spoken in that country. In order to address the shortcoming of translated regional literature, the project will invest significant resources in translating works from authors from the region into the languages of the target countries.

  • READ on wheels ©Goethe Institut

  • READ on wheels Foto: ©Kristina Velkovska, GI Skopje

  • READ on wheels Foto: ©Kristina Velkovska, GI Skopje

  • READ on wheels Foto: ©Kristina Velkovska, GI Skopje

  • READ on wheels Foto: ©Kristina Velkovska, GI Skopje

  • READ on wheels Foto: ©Kristina Velkovska, GI Skopje

In order to reach the goals, "READ on wheels", is specially designed and well equipped minibus to visit more than 100 communities in North Macedonia in the flowing 12 months. The mobile furniture will be used to set up open-air library spaces where activities with local beneficiaries can be organized. The open-air space is especially convenient and needed in communities where suitable venues are not available. This in particular includes cooperation with schools and libraries, however the visits will also be extend to child, youth, and community centers, local civil society organizations, cultural operators, such as local festivals, local amateur theaters, local writers and artists and so forth.
In the frames of the “READ on wheels” Tour, following activities are planned:
- storytelling workshops
- presentation of new writers/authors
- creative writing workshops
- translation workshops
- illustration workshops
- children workshops
- book rental
- lectures and debates
- movie screenings
- theatre plays.

Literature Festivals

A key vehicle for the project effort for promoting cross-cultural cooperation in the region is the support to literature festivals in the 5 target countries. The project supports existing literary festivals which are run by the project partners. The project partners: Association Krokodil (Serbia), Instituti i Librit dhe i Promocionit (Albania), Istanbul International Literature Festival-ITEF (Turkey), Quendra Multimedia (Kosovo), and CBC Loja (North Macedonia) are established cultural actors in their respective countries and regionally, and they are all involved in organization of literary events and festivals. The annual festivals run by the project partners will be supported for 2 editions (years), by the project. 

FESTIVAL KROKODIL   17-19 June 2022
Tirana Gate 2022            October 2022
polip – International Literature Festival, Edition XII  13-15 May 2022
Istanbul International Literature Festival-ITEF     6-10 June 2022
Watch Through North Macedonia    September 2022