Overseas Countries
and Territories Association

Archipel.eu – Culture project OCTs & ORs

Archipel.eu is an EU co-funded pilot programme that will create funding opportunities for artists and cultural organisations from the OCTs and the ORs. The programme will benefit from EU funds to finance cultural projects. There will be three main thematic calls that will be launched in October 2021.

Archipel-eu is a pilot programme dedicated to promoting and supporting the culture in the Overseas Countries and Territories and the Outermost Regions, created by the Institut français, OCTA and APCA (Agência de Promoção da Cultura Atlântica), co-financed by the European Union.

The project Archipel-eu was selected in response to the call “Pilot project for the safeguard and promotion of culture in the Outermost regions and the Overseas Countries and Territories”, launched in September 2020 by the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO).

Archipel-eu aims to test, over a 24-month period, a direct financial support scheme for cultural professionals, artists, groups of artists, cultural organisations and institutions, residing in the 22 Outermost Regions and the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union, i.e. 9 ORs and 13 OCTs.

The main objectives of the programme are to:

  • Contribute to safeguarding, promoting and supporting intangible cultural heritage, local knowledge, popular arts and practices as well as ancestral and indigenous cultures.
  • Improve cultural dialogue and exchanges amongst ORs and OCTs and across the EU.
  • Disseminate cultural and creative works from overseas cultures, through mobility including virtual projects.

Key facts of the programme

The Archipel-eu programme will be officially launched on the 13 October – through a virtual event, which will be advertised as soon as possible. The three main calls for applicants of the programme will be announced during the launch event.

Scheme 1

Fund for the Preservation and Valorisation of Overseas Cultures – from 13 October 2021 to 13 February 2022 (16 weeks).

The Fund will support physical and virtual activities around intangible cultural heritage, carried by cultural organizations and cultural institutions. 

Scheme 2

Mobility fund, Fund for exchange and cooperation projects – from 13 October 2021 to 1 December 2021 (7 weeks). The first call will support 22 mobilities for individuals, artists and culture professionals.

A second call to finance the creation of professional cultural networks will take place in the first semester of 2022.

Scheme 3

The Archipel.eu Collection – from 13 October to 13 January (12 weeks).

To support the dissemination of small artistic, physical or digital forms around heritage and contemporary creation.

Relevance of programme for OCTs

The latest Report on the participation of the OCTs in EU programmes shows that OCTs have not been involved in cultural projects financed by the European Union, mainly via their dedicated programme Creative Europe.

In this context, Archipel-eu aims to bridge the gap by creating tailored project opportunities for the cultural sectors of the Overseas territories, both the OCTs and the Outermost Regions.


How is the programme managed ?

The Archipel-eu pilot programme is managed by a consortium lead by the Institut français, with OCTA and APCA as partners. The project is managed jointly by the partners.

In particular, the project submission will be done via the system put in place by the Institut français – detailed information will be included on the calls.

OCTA will provide dedicated assistance to applicants from the OCTs, as well as organised dedicated webinars to support and navigate the application process to submit a successful application.