Balkans Arts and Culture Fund (BAC)

Balkans Arts and Culture Fund - BAC is designed particularly for independent cultural organisations and artists from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia. Their socially relevant, responsible and change-oriented contemporary artistic and cultural projects are in the focus of BAC work. 

BAC aspires to advancing the independent cultural scene, while in the same time seeking a supportive environment to its growth. Specifically, BAC aims towards the following
  • broadened accessibility and participation of/to qualitative, innovative, engaging culture programmes; 
  • increased collaboration and long-term partnerships between independent cultural organisations in the region; 
  • increased cross-sectoral collaboration; and 
  • increased capacities of independent cultural actors.

Balkans Arts and Culture Fund (BAC) evolved from the Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture (BIFC), founded by the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) in 2006. ECF entrusted the management and ownership of the Fund to art∡ngle – Balkans | Culture | Development in 2013, when the Fund has relocated to the region and has become recognisable under its current name. art∡ngle manages the Fund from Sarajevo, Belgrade, and Skopje.

At present, BAC is financially supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), Amsterdam, and artngle - Balkans | Culture | Development.