European Cultural and Employability Exchange

Call for Participants

Peshkar are seeking 8 young people aged 18-25 who live in the Greater Manchester boroughs of Oldham, Rochdale, Tameside, Bolton or Bury to take part in an International exchange project exploring employability skills and opportunities for work and to build transferable skills in the cultural sector.
Participants will take part in a 5 day residency in Oldham, Greater Manchester, followed by a 5 day residency in Belgrade, Serbia. This exchange will also include participant groups from Serbia, North Macedonia and Bosnia.
During the residency, participants will take part in a range of activities looking at increasing confidence, building employability skills and cultural capital. This will include developing communication skills, meeting professionals and spending time working on their own piece of creative work.
All travel and accommodation while in Serbia will be covered by the project; participants will be home-based during the UK part of the programme.
You will need a valid passport to take part in this project, however we are able to support you to obtain one.
Participants should not be in full time employment, education or training at the time of application and for the duration of the programme. Those currently working 25 hours or more are ineligible to apply. You must be available for the full duration of both residencies.
At least half of these places will be reserved for young people from Global Majority backgrounds.
The residency in the UK will take place 13th -20th June 2022.
The exchange to Serbia will take place 4th-11th July 2022.
Following on from the residency, there will also be an opportunity to take up a freelance contract with Peshkar to deliver a creative and cultural project with young people in your local area based on the skills that have been developed in the programme.
To apply to take part in this project, please send an expression of interest in either written, audio or video format to answering the following questions: 

  • Tell us a bit about yourself; what are your likes and dislikes, where are you from etc.?

  • What was the last piece of art that you saw, visited or listened to that inspired you? It could be a film, a book, an album, a song, a painting, a photograph…

  • What attracts you to this project and what steps have you taken on your journey so far that have got you here? You might want to tell us about school, college courses etc. 

The deadline for applications to this programme is 5pm Friday 6th May. If you have any questions please contact