When do you plan to start the implementation of the selected projects?
Once the jury has reviewed all the projects at the end of January, we expect to be able to inform all of the selected projects by the beginning of February. Then we will set up a meeting with the individual project initiators, the production team and Manifesta 14’s Creative Mediator, Catherine Nichols. Once this meeting has taken place and an agreement has been signed by the necessary parties, participants are requested to start the implementation of the project. All selected project should be ready one week prior to the official opening of the biennial on July 22nd.

When will the selected projects be announced?
Manifesta 14 Prishtina aims to announce the selected projects by mid-February and at the latest by the beginning of March 2022. The winning projects will be made public together with other participants of the biennial once the production and finances are secured, through an announcement on Manifesta 14 Prishtina’s official networks. It is our aim to announce all the projects at the same time. However, this will depend on the individual status of each project.

What is the maximum number of projects that will be selected?
Manifesta 14 Prishtina aims to select and support 15 projects from Kosovo. All selected projects will be notified by email within two weeks after the jury selection. The non-selected projects will be notified during the same time period.

Can I apply with a performance or a one-day event or is it necessary for the proposal to last for the entire duration of the biennial?
Manifesta has a multi-layered programme of events and exhibitions, which takes place during the 100 days of the biennial. If the proposal is exhibition based, the proposed project must have the same duration as the biennial programme. Event based projects can have a different duration, but they must take place within the biennial period from the 22nd of July until the 30th of October 2022

Can anyone apply to this open call or must the applicants be from the cultural field?
Anyone is allowed to apply for the Open Call if they are from Kosovo or are based in Kosovo. Manifesta encourages people to apply from different fields (science, technology, urbanism, etc.) but it should link to the conceptual framework as highlighted within the call. You can apply as an individual, as a collective/group or as an organisation.

I am part of the Kosovar diaspora, can I apply?
Yes, all individuals who are originally from Kosovo or have a residence in Kosovo are eligible to apply.

Will Manifesta 14 Prishtina provide documentation of the selected projects?
Yes, Manifesta 14 Prishtina has professional staff that will document the entire biennial, including the selected projects of this Open Call. Every participant/collective will receive one copy of the publication produced by Manifesta 14 Prishtina and two installation shots of their work.

Given that the jury is foreign and composed of international figures, how will they be able to understand and evaluate the cultural and social context of the proposed projects?
All members of the jury are international cultural professionals who know the context of the Western Balkans. They have all had the opportunity to work in or with the region and are aware of the cultural, political and social context.

Do I need to apply in English or Albanian? Can it be in another language?
The applications submitted should preferably be in English, but applications in Albanian and Serbian will also be accepted.

Will Manifesta 14 Prishtina produce the works?
Manifesta 14 Prishtina will provide a production fund of 5000 euros as a financial support to produce the proposed works. Manifesta will also provide technical, logistical and curatorial support for the selected projects.

Will the selected projects be listed as participants of Manifesta 14 Prishtina?
Yes, the selected projects will be listed as participants of Manifesta 14 Prishtina and will be part of the programme curated by Manifesta 14’s Creative Mediator, Catherine Nichols. There will be no difference between the invited participants and those selected through the Open Call.

Can I propose my own venue?
You can propose projects that have a specific location, but only those projects that will be implemented within the city of Prishtina will be considered. However, it is preferable for the proposed projects to be located in one of the main venues of Manifesta 14, such as the Grand Hotel, the Brick Factory or the Hivzi Sylejmani Library.

Will Manifesta 14 Prishtina cover costs for venue, supervision, maintenance, etc.?
In addition to providing a fund of 5,000 euros for the production of the project, if the project is implemented within Manifesta 14 Prishtina venue, Manifesta will cover the costs of venue, invigilation and maintenance.

The details and conditions of this will be discussed case by case with each of the participants.

Do I need to be an artist to apply? Do I need to be an organisation to apply?
It is not necessary to be an artist to apply; you can belong to any fields or professions. It is also not necessary to be an organisation; you can be an individual, a collective or an institution. In this Open Call, the emphasis is on the project you propose, how relevant it is to the topics of the biennial and also to Prishtina and its social, cultural and urban context.

Can I apply with a project from outside Prishtina or outside of Kosovo?
Only projects that take place in Prishtina will be considered.  However, Manifesta 14 encourages projects from other Kosovar cities to also apply as long as the project can be implemented in Prishtina.

Can I apply even though my project exceeds the budget provided by Manifesta?
Yes, you can apply by presenting a detailed budget plan with a strategy for financing the rest of the project.

Is the jury’s decision on the selected projects final?
Yes. The decision of the jury is indisputable and irrevocable.

Is there a template or an application form to apply?
There is no application form to apply, each project should submit the required documents in PDF form.

Please include in your proposal:

Project description, 500 words maximum
Details of the project format, if it is a performance, video, event, exhibition, etc.
CV and Portfolio (or website) of previous work.
Detailed budget, including a financial plan for the project if it requires more than Manifesta’s funding contribution.
Applications should be submitted to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Application Open Call’.