Global Cultural Relations Programme (GCRP) 2023

Deadline: 28 May 2023

Global Cultural Relations Programme (GCRP) 2023

The Global Cultural Relations Programme (GCRP) of the European Union is an initiative which, in line with the conclusions on culture in the context of the EU’s external relations, aims to reinforce the overall EU strategic approach in the field of international cultural relations, strengthen cultural relations between EU Member States, foster cultural diversity and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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. We’re 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.

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

Who can take part in the GCRP?

  • 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


  • Build your skills in interdisciplinary and cross-cultural collaborations through a carefully designed, innovative, and interactive learning programme
  • Network and collaborate with professionals from around the world, facing similar challenges and opportunities
  • Connect with young practitioners and change-makers working in the field of culture or in climate change to engage in peer-to-peer learning
  • Engage in in-depth discussions on the intersectionality of culture and climate change and environmental issues to identify strengths in bringing together the two sectors for potential future collaborations
  • Join the Cultural Relations Platform’s community of 220 GCRP alumni on a long-term basis.


  • 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.

How to apply

Find out more and apply HERE by midnight Central European Summer Time (CEST), Sunday 28 May 2023.

The read-only application form is also available to download in PDF hereApplications will only be accepted if submitted via the link above.

The application form must be completed in English. Applications submitted in another language will not be considered. Applications from those not working in the cultural and creative sectors or in climate change and environmental issues will not be considered.

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