Interfolk - Institute for Civil Society

Legal Type
Private non-profit and non-governmental association
Year of registration
2008
Geography
International
Interfolk, Institute for Civil Society is a Danish non-profit association and private research institute, founded in 2008. The aim is to promote humanistic and democratic learning capacities in a civil society context. The activities of Interfolk include research, surveys, development and exchange projects, courses, seminars, debate activities and other cultural activities - in a Danish, Nordic and European context. Interfolk’s main area of project activity is in adult education, arts and culture and promotion of the learning capacity in the civil society sector. Interfolk has since 2008 been coordinator for 4 Danish development projects, 11 Nordic projects supported by Nordplus Adult, Culture Point Nord as well as the Nordic Council of Ministers NGO programme for the Baltic Sea region and the open programme for cooperation with Russian NGOs; and 12 EU projects supported by the former Grundtvig programme and current Erasmus+ programme and the Creative Europe programme. All these Nordic and EU programme can to some extent include cooperation with Russian NGOs. Below three typical projects are presented.

Field of Work

Target Group

Type of Activities

International Projects

GUIDE – Culture Guides for marginalised social groups
The EU states have as a main cultural policy goal to promote art and culture to the entire population, but are confronted with the recurring problem of large residual groups of non-users, especially among social marginalised. The partnership, including five national umbrellas for voluntary arts and culture, intends to provide new “culture guide services”, where volunteers can act as guides by introducing and helping marginalised social groups to participate in local art and culture activities.
LEVER – Voluntary culture as leverage of cross-cultural activities in sparsely populated areas with an added value for democratic participation and community bonding.
See www.culture-lever.net : During the last years, we have seen more political and public interest for reviving the rural and sparsely populated areas in the Baltic Sea Region. We intend to develop new methods and approaches to revive the areas and secure sustainability by applying the ”citizen help citizen” or “peer to peer approach”, where civil society associations and their volunteers from the cross-cultural sector of amateur arts, voluntary culture, heritage and cultural centres are engaged to provide available and involving arts and culture activities with an added value for civic and democratic participation and community bonding. The partnership circle includes six national/regional associations from Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Belarus that is active in the field of voluntary culture and liberal adult education.
SPAR – Develop curricula and training programmes for culture volunteers
See www.sparproject.eu : The aim is to improve the competences of the voluntary associations and their volunteers to provide enlivening arts and culture opportunities in the sparsely populated communities with an added value for civic and democratic participation, community bonding and local identity. The objectives are 1) To develop innovative ways of outreach to Citizens engaged in arts and culture to become re-sourceful culture volunteers. 2) To develop high quality courses tailored to these groups on how to organise cultural activities with an added community value. 3) To develop the competences and skills of the voluntary associations to support volunteering and cooperation with stakeholders. 4) To develop appropriate methods to assess the involved knowledge, skills and attitudes to fulfil such demanding voluntary work.

Project Ideas

Target group
BRIDGING - The idea is to bridge social capital and strengthen inclusion, cohesion and trust in and between our communities by compiling new participatory and co-creative culture activities, including Nordic - Russian cross-border approaches.
Field of work
Culture and Art; School and Education; Support and Capacity Building
Role of Partner
To provide at least two of the following activities: To complete small thematic state of the arts surveys in your field; to compile good practice and innovative approaches for compendia; to initiate pilot activities; to provide short training events.
Preferred Countries
Possible 2-3 Russian partners and 2-3 Nordic partners and maybe 1-2 Baltic partners.
Target group
CO-CREATION - The idea is by exchange of experiences, pilot work and training events to promote new forms of cross-sector cooperation between culture associations, local culture institutions, local schools and culture departments of the municipalities.
Field of work
Culture and Art; School and Education; Support and Capacity Building
Role of Partner
To provide at least two of the following activities: To complete small thematic surveys in your field; to compile good practice and innovative approaches for compendia; to initiate pilot activities; or to provide short training events.
Preferred Countries
Possible 2-3 Russian partners and 2-3 Nordic partners and maybe 1-2 Baltic partners.

Interesed In

Field of work
Target Group
Type of Activities

Find a Partner by: