About IRO

The International Resource Office (IRO) is a regional initiative aiming to assist Skåne’s cultural actors with support, tips and tailor-made advice on international cultural cooperation and EU support. The office is run by Trans Europe Halles with financial support from Region Skåne.

Starting in October 2015, Region Skåne has allocated SEK 500,000 to a regional resource that will encourage cultural actors to participate more widely in EU-funded cooperation projects.

Trans Europe Halles was awarded the contribution for efforts such as skills development, project development, international networking and support in the writing of applications for EU-funding.

There are several reasons for encouraging Skåne cultural actors to participate more widely in EU-funded cooperation projects. In part, such co-operation generally has a competence-enhancing and an operational development effect and, on the other hand, it leads to a larger proportion of EU-funds contributing to the development of Skåne. The initiative is a result of a dialogue between Kultur Skåne and a number of representatives of Skåne’s cultural life.

Trans Europe Halles’ unique position as an internationally active network with local and regional connection gives the resource office the opportunity to draw knowledge and expertise from a broad spectrum, as well as communicate international contacts and create new partnerships for Skåne’s cultural life.

IRO offers a variety of services, such as strategic planning, networking and partnership creation, advice on administrative procedures and practical tools for successful EU applications and project management.

We turn to those who:

  • Are developing an application and need guidance up until deadline
  • Are thinking about applying for EU-funds and want help in writing a good application
  • Have an idea that you want to develop but need assistance
  • Are seeking potential partners for international cooperation
  • Want to learn more about the different programmes and funding schemes available and how to best set up a strategy and develop a project

Under consultation you can read more about how we work and what services we offer.

IRO has received continued funding for 2018 from Region Skåne.

Our team

Our team helps Skåne-based cultural operators develop transnational projects, network internationally and access European funding opportunities.

IRO was established to build the capacities of the arts & culture operators to grow and work internationally: we are committed to provide methodologies, guidance and advice to help you develop your projects. We organize training, one-to-one consultation and info sessions to equip you with tools and knowledge. Whether you look at expanding your circle of partners or improve your project management skills, develop your understanding of EU funding schemes or already look at delivering strong application, don’t hesitate
to contact us.


Lina B. Frank – Partnership Manager

Lina is a producer, programmer/curator and arts consultant from Sweden who spent the last 20 years in the UK and now works internationally across Europe on cultural development and capacity building.

She work with International Networks, Performing Arts, Cross-disciplinary Arts
– with bold and brave people, explorers and visionaries at heart.
She is interested in how art can be used to facilitate democratic participation to challenge the status quo. Lina is specialist in artist and cultural development (particularly for Contemporary Circus Arts in European context) and artist-lead spaces, processes and organisations

In addition to working for Trans Europe Halles Lina is Network co-ordinator of Baltic Nordic Circus Network with 17 members in 7 of the Baltic and Nordic Countries as well as Co-Director of Circus City, Bristol’s Biennial Contemporary Circus Festival (UK). Lina is a member of Circostrada and FACE networks.

For IRO, Lina works with Yohann to plan and deliver events and training as well as all communication aspects of IRO.