House of Europe is an EU-funded programme fostering professional and creative exchange between Ukrainians and their colleagues in EU countries and the UK. The programme focuses on different professional fields: culture and creative industries, education and youth work, social entrepreneurship, and media.
This encompasses 20+ separate programme lines enabling to keep working despite the war, to carry out personal projects, or to enrol in courses, conferences, and internships in the EU and the UK. The programme funds cultural cooperation and literature translation between Ukraine and the EU and the UK, along with the revitalisation of cultural infrastructure. House of Europe supports the safeguarding of Ukrainian cultural heritage and the development of creative and educational start-ups. Various learning and matchmaking opportunities such as Digital Labs, workshops, discussions, conferences, and hackathons are offered.
This website, together with our social media channels, is more than a page about the House of Europe.
Our catalogue of opportunities unites fresh House of Europe open calls with grants, stipends, courses, residencies, and exchange opportunities from the EU and its Member States. Each week we pick the best offers from the avalanche of open calls to explain them in simple words.
We publish interviews with masterminds behind the awesome initiatives changing Ukraine in success stories and share lectures on project management, community management, and communications for cultural projects in our knowledge library.
We are convinced that we should go where our support and information are most needed: beyond the Kyiv bubble, out in the regions.
House of Europe comes with dedicated features reaching out to mid-sized and small cities. Partnering with local hubs, creative entrepreneurship in the regions is stimulated through the Pop-up Hub and House of Europe Festival, whereas our Mobile Pavilion sets the House of Europe concept on the move.
In times of war, safety is our priority. We have put the Mobile Pavilion on hold while looking for creative hubs with safe spaces to welcome guests at the House of Europe Festival.
House of Europe is funded by the European Union, represented by the European Union Delegation in Ukraine.
Implementation of the House of Europe programme is led by Goethe-Institut Ukraine. House of Europe cooperates closely with the EUNIC Cluster in Ukraine, which holds a permanent seat on the Advisory Board.
House of Europe was launched in 2019. EU visioned the programme as a pilot for the EU’s external cultural relations, serving as a platform for all EU opportunities.
Throughout the history of House of Europe, 40+ programmes were offered. We used to support creative businesses under Creative Business Academy, Creative Enterprise Ukraine, and Digital Labs: creative hub managers. Active youth could connect at Active Citizens Camps, European Youth Camps, and University Exchanges. 200 cultural managers from outside the Kyiv bubble graduated from Cultural Leadership Academy. We encouraged exchange between health professionals from the EU and Ukraine during online courses, study tours and Digital Labs: health professionals. Study tours and Digital Labs: social entrepreneurs were held, while curators, researchers, art critics, and managers of art residencies could grow professionally and network at Digital Labs: curators and managers of art residencies.
We were the first in Ukraine to offer support to culture in times of crisis – in the month after the lockdown hit, we issued emergency funds totalling EUR 800,000 and launched four dedicated programmes. House of Europe was a partner of EXTRA SOUND by the Ukrainian Institute, and of Ukrainian Literature: Rights On! held in cooperation with the International Book Arsenal Festival.
From 2019 to 2022, the programme was implemented by the Goethe-Institut Ukraine together with The British Council Ukraine, Institut français d’Ukraine and Czech Centres as Consortium Partners. Currently, the programme is led by Goethe-Institut Ukraine solely.
Before the launch of the House of Europe, the dialogue between EU and Ukrainian cultural professionals and organisations was fostered by the Culture Bridges programme.