Kaleidoscope (funding program)

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From 1996 to 1999, Kaleidoskop was an EU cultural promotion program that belonged to the same generation of programs as Raphael and Ariane and formed a joint project with them. The aim of the program was to promote artistic and cultural activities through European partnership projects.


The legal basis for Kaleidoskop was the Maastricht Treaty, which came into force in 1993 . Its aim was to promote European integration, and Article 128 enabled European institutions to work more closely together in the field of culture.

The funding measures

For the entire project period, 36.7 million euros were available. Of these funds, 518 projects were financed over the four years.

Goals and target groups

The aim of the Kaleidoscope program was to promote cultural and artistic activities through European cooperation, thereby promoting the spread of culture in Europe as well as promoting a better knowledge of European cultures. Above all, this should be done through partnership and innovative projects. In addition, artists and cultural actors should receive increased support through the program.

The program was aimed at cultural networks and partnerships consisting of collaborations between at least three member states and operating in the fields of performing arts, visual arts and applied arts.

Follow-up programs

At the beginning of 2000, the Kaleidoskop, Ariane and Raphael cultural funding programs were replaced by the Culture 2000 program . On January 1, 2007, the cultural promotion program Culture 2007–2013 started and will end on December 31, 2013.

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d Report on the implementation of the community programs Kaleidoskop, Ariane and Raphael. (PDF; 159 kB) Retrieved November 11, 2011 .
  2. Treaty on European Union of July 29, 1992, Article G, D 37 , accessed on November 11, 2011
  3. Culture 2007–2013. Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology , accessed on November 11, 2011 .