2023 European Union (EU) Global Cultural Relations Programme for creative professionals (Fully Funded to Madrid in Spain)



The Global Cultural Relations Programme (GCRP), the Cultural Relations Platform’s flagship training programme, is a unique opportunity that brings together practitioners from around the world to create meaningful connections and discuss cross-cultural collaborations. ThE GCRP is announcing a shift in focus for the upcoming edition of GCRP. The past editions were tailored for cultural and creative professionals. For the 2023 edition of GCRP, the Cultural Relations Platform opens the programme also to participants working in the field of climate change and environmental issues.

Apply now for the opportunity to develop lifelong skills, increase your knowledge, build your international network, and engage in interdisciplinary cross-cultural collaboration.


This year the GCRP will take place in Madrid, Spain from 10 – 13 October 2023. The programme will be conducted in English.

  • Cultural and creative sector professionals
    * This includes but is not limited to:
    • Architecture
    • Audiovisual & Cinema
    • Books & Publishing
    • Cultural heritage
    • Cultural management
    • Design
    • Media
    • Music
    • Performing arts
    • Visual arts
  • Professionals working in the field of climate change and environmental issues
    * This includes but is not limited to:
    • Circular economy
    • Climate & health
    • Climate adaptation
    • Climate charities, campaigns & activist groups
    • Climate finance
    • Climate heritage
    • Climate justice
    • Climate law & policy
    • Climate mitigation
    • Environmental engineering
    • Geography (physical, human, environmental)
    • Indigenous groups & stewards of community-owned heritage
    • Loss and damage
    • Sustainable food systems


  • The Cultural Relations Platform is looking for 40 professionals and entrepreneurs working in the cultural and creative sectors OR in climate change and environmental issues. We give high priority to participants working in either of these two sectors.
  • You should be aged 25-39, with at least three years’ experience in international/cross-cultural collaboration.
  • You could work for a public, private or civil society organisation, or be a freelancer.
  • You will need to be able to commit to the programme throughout its duration from 10-13 October 2023 and allow time for travel to and from Madrid.


  • Early to mid-July: Selected participants are informed via email
  • September: Selected participants are announced online
  • Monday 9 October: Participants arrive in Madrid
  • Tuesday 10 October – Friday 13 October: Four full days of programming
  • Saturday 14 October: Participants departure from Madrid

For More Information:

Application Deadline: May 28th, 2023

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