Cultural focus: ARMENIA

In our Culture Focus: Armenia we would like to present Armenian folk dances and Karin Ensemble which introduce these dances to the international audience. We are going solve a riddle of ancient Armenian stone crosses khachkars, attend Golden Apricot International Film Festival and learn the history of Armenian photography through the lens of our camera.

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FIRST AID TO CULTURAL HERITAGE IN TIMES OF CRISIS Сourse Announcement

CULTURE CANNOT WAIT! International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property annouces a new course "First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis" aiming to equip participants with necessary skills and knowledge to provide timely response in emergency situations. The training identifies areas of joint programming between culture and humanitarian sectors to make certain that the affected communities participate in their own recovery. Developing cost effective strategies for risk reduction and disaster preparedness of cultural heritage forms a core component of the training.

The course invites the participation of professionals working in the fields of cultural heritage and humanitarian assistance. It is aimed at professionals working within a variety of sectors: cultural and humanitarian aid organizations; libraries, museums, archives, sites; departments of antiquities or archaeology; religious and community centres, etc.

Dates: 30 March-24 April 2015; Four week course

Application deadline: 22 September, 2014

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Eastern Partnership Culture Programme holds its 2nd Culture Policy Exchange Workshop of 2014 in Baku to promote policy reforms in the EaP region and discuss cultural strategies of Azerbaijan

Today, 21st of July 2014, the Regional Monitoring and Capacity Building Unit (RMCBU) of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan holds in Baku the Open Session Cultural Strategy of Azerbaijan: How Strategy Shapes Cultural Projects, how Projects Impact on Strategy’ (with a focus on Cultural Industries, Cultural Tourism and Digitalisation of Culture).

This event is a part of the Cultural Policy Exchange Workshop ‘THE STRATEGY BEHIND THE PRACTICE: Approaches to Drive Change for a Better Future’ organized in Baku by the RMCBU as a part of its Workshop Cycle 2014 for all six EaP countries (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus,, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine) organised with a common goal to promote policy reforms and modernization at government level, strengthen ‘professionalization’ of the culture sector in the partner countries and contribute to information, experience and best practice exchange among culture actors in the EaP region and between the region and the EU. The Workshop Cycle 2014 aims at deepening of strategic thinking and approaches to strategy and policy development, including elaboration of implementation plans for strategies and policies. It is also an effort to identify possible Eastern Partnership-wide joint strategies based on common needs of the EaP region and to promote public-private partnership between national stakeholders in the EaP countries.

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New Teachers' Manual “Introducing Young People to the Protection of Heritage Sites and Historic Cities” developed and presented by the project "Regional Cooperation for Cultural Heritage Development" in Georgia

On June 27th the EU EaP Culture Programme funded project "Regional Cooperation for Cultural Heritage Development" finalized one of its activity components – awareness raising on cultural heritage - with the event of a presentation of a teachers’ manual developed within the project.

The Georgian version of Teachers' Manual developed by UNESCO and ICCROM – “Introducing Young People to the Protection of Heritage Sites and Historic Cities” was regarded as a useful additional resource for teachers of secondary schools of Georgia by the Ministry of Education and Sciences of Georgia. It is the first of its kind manual dealing with heritage protection and management issues which is available in print for all schools.

The Teachers' Manual is available in Georgian language in our Database of Grant Projects`Deliverables & Results.


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Photo Competition: 'Put your project in the picture'

On the occasion of EU Cooperation Day 2014, 21 September, the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre, in cooperation with INTERACT ENPI, invites all EU funded projects implemented in the EU Neighbourhood to submit their best photo describing how they are making a difference.

As a reward, the two winning projects, one for the East and one for the South, will have their picture displayed in the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre photo exhibition, "Faces of the Neighbourhood”, in Brussels (Belgium) and/or Milan (Italy). The Faces of the Neighbourhood exhibition will show the human face of EU cooperation with its Southern and Eastern Neighbours, illustrating concrete activities that derive from a major EU external relation policy.

The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2014. Applicants must use the submission form online.


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Join the global campaign calling for culture to be included in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals

Declaration on the Inclusion of Culture in the Sustainable Development Goals, 1 May 2014

www.culture2015goal.net

Call on governments and policymakers defining the post-2015 UN Development Agenda to ensure that targets and indicators on culture be included as part of the Sustainable Development Goals

Why is this important?

Global expenditure on development over the next 15 years will be defined by the final goal document to be agreed by UN Member States in coming months. If culture is not mentioned, it will be extremely difficult for countries to elaborate policies and provide funds for projects that rely on culture’s role as a driver and an enabler of sustainable development. ‘Culture’ was completely absent from the Millennium Development Goals document. Don’t let this happen again.

Why is this urgent?

The UN’s Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/owg.html holds working sessions to draft a list of goals, targets and indicators. Culture is again almost absent. The OWG’s draft of the SDGs will be finalized in July 2014.

Please act now and help raise awareness of the UN’s Member States of culture’s vital contribution to sustainable development.

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The project “SAY CHEESE!” invites to take part in the national photo contests “My Country in the Eastern Partnership”

On May 28, 2014 national photo contests, having one common name “My Country in the Eastern Partnership”, start in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. They will become an opportunity for photo amateurs and professionals to demonstrate fresh views of life in the six countries of the Eastern Partnership. The submission of works ends on June 30. The best ones will be included in a joint photo album and appear on display at several exhibitions. Besides, winners of the contests will be able to improve their skills through participation in international photo plein airs.

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Contest for the Best Projects of Cross-Border Cooperation

Contest for the Best Projects of Cross-Border Cooperation organized under the Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress is designed for all creative entities without any legal limitations, including cultural institutions, non-governmental organizations, informal artistic groups, individuals, local authorities, business entities, both from the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries.

The main objective of this contest is to develop cross-border cooperation and to exchange good practices and experiences in the field of project initiatives of development nature implemented in the area of Eastern Europe. During the preparation of contest assumptions the organisers were following the rules of openness, equality and availability towards all of the submitters regardless of their forms of activity, country or range of taking action and status of the entity entering the contest.

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International NGO Summer School 2-5 September 2014, ARKUTINO, Bulgaria

The Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law (BCNL) has the pleasure of inviting you to an INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL FOR NGOs. The Summer School will take place on 2-5 September 2014 in Arkutino, Bulgaria at the Black Sea Coast (50 km south of Burgas). 

The summer school is intended for people working in NGOs and young people interested to acquire practical information and skills regarding the operation of NGOs.

The summer school will cover topics related to important areas of NGO operation and development. You may find more information on the topics in the agenda of the summer school.

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Mobile Photo Exhibition ‘Richness in Diversity’ travels through the Kyiv Oblast

Mobile photo exhibition ‘Richness in Diversity’ has started in ten communities of Kyiv oblast – Borodyanka, Dryzhnya, Novyy Korogod, Ivankiv, Sukachi, Radynka, Semypolki, Kalynivka, Fursy with the final destination in Velyka Berezyanka community – and will last till July 17, 2014. The photo exhibition is organized by GURT Resource Centre and supported by the European Union within Eastern Pertnership Culture Programme.

Mobile photo exhibition ‘Richness in Diversity’ provides an opportunity to feel the community life through the lens of amateur photographers who were awarded within International Photo Contest ‘Diversity in My Community’. The organizers received more than 200 photos from all over Ukraine and Armenia to participate in the contest that shows an increased public interest in the issues of cultural diversity.

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Joint Statement by CENN and ICOMOS regarding environmental, cultural and social impacts of mining activities at the Madneuli and Sakdrisi deposits

In most cases mining entails a high risk of negative impacts on natural and social environments. Developing countries with weak legislative basis, institutional set-up and negligible involvement of public in the development priority setting are especially vulnerable to these negative impacts. Environmental damage caused by mining and its activities is significant and depends on a number of factors. The state will most probably induce results that hamper long-term economic development such as post-mining environmental restoration costs that considerably exceed revenues from improperly planned and designed industry activities.

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National Committee ICOM Moldova Project "Capacity Building of Cultural Heritage Protection in Times of Emergency"

National Committee ICOM Moldova Project

Capacity Building of Cultural Heritage Protection in Times of Emergency

March, 31 – April, 6 2014

Chişinău, Republic of Moldova

During 31 March-6 April 2014 at the National Art Museum of Moldova there took place the training course Capacity Building of Cultural Heritage Protection in Emergency Situations designed for museum personnel and specialists working in the field of cultural heritage. The main aim of the project was to contribute to the protection of cultural heritage in Moldova.

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Archil Khetaguri: “CinéDOC-Tbilisi” will be the first documentary festival in the Caucasus region and hopefully one of the most welcoming festivals you’ve ever attended”.

In October 2013 “CinéDOC-Tbilisi”, the 1st International Documentary Film Festival in the Caucasus, took place in Tbilisi for the first time.

Our local correspondent, Lika MOSHIASHVILI, made an interview with Archil KHETAGURI, Director of “CinéDOC-Tbilisi”, Founder of “Noosfera Foundation“ and Film Director, and talked with him about his impressions from the 1st International Documentary Film Festival, future plans, challenges of the documentary film sector in Georgia and many more. Read the interview with Archil KHETAGURI in our Cultural focus: GEORGIA in English, Russian and Georgian languages.

Archil Khetaguri: “CinéDOC-Tbilisi” will be the first documentary festival in the Caucasus region and hopefully one of the most welcoming festivals you’ve ever attended”.

არჩილ ხეთაგური: ,,ვიმედოვნებთ რომ, “CinéDOC-Tbilisi” - პირველი საერთაშორისო დოკუმენტური კინოფესტივალი სამხრეთ კავკასიაში, ერთ-ერთი ყველაზე სტუმართმოყვარე ფესტივალი გახდება, რომელსაც ოდესმე დაესწრებით.“

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SAVE THE DATE! The Second Regional Conference of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme, 5-7 November 2014

Reserve in your calendars the dates of the upcoming Second Regional Conference of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme, which will be held in Ukraine between 05 and 07 November 2014. The conference will allow for evaluating and discussing the results and achievements of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme and its granted projects that have been delivered in the first phase of the programme 2011-2014.

It will be a perfect time for all our 15 grant projects and the RMCBU to get together and to share gained experiences and lessons learnt, as well as visions on future steps of our diversely but common efforts to bring culture to the place it deserves and to make it play the role it should for the sustainable development of our societies.

Please subscribe to our newsletter to keep updated about our future events or/and register in the Database to get full access to all Programme materials and documents.

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New Finnish Study reveals huge economic impact of museums

The study finds that museums increase the regional economy by 32-49 euros per visitor.

The study, Economic impact of museums, is based on data gathered from over 6,000 questionnaires, which were distributed between May and September 2013 in 120 museums in Finland.

According to the study's findings, which looked at the economic impact of museums upon their operational environment, museums generate significant money flow to their respective regions. When taking total revenue into account, the new study reveals that hundreds of millions are generated, and in essence, this includes export revenue because spending by foreign visitors can be regarded as an export of sorts.

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Questionnaire on Administrative and Legal Framework Conditions for the Culture Sector

Dear Colleagues,

Through the following questionnaire the RMCBU is collecting information about the framework administrative and legal working conditions for culture sector actors in the six EaP countries. A lot is being talked about policies and strategies but seldom enough the focus is on the administrative and legal working conditions. We know from many colleagues how they often have to struggle with administration and legal procedure but there is a lack of data regarding such issues. By identifying with your help which main issues, once solved, would substantially improve the working conditions for culture actors, we want to create the factual basis for an open and public exchange on these working conditions and for lobbying authorities with solutions and improvements.

We will appreciate if you spend some of your time to fill your answers in to the section with the legal status that best corresponds to your/your organisations situation.

Questionnaire on Administrative and Legal Framework Conditions for the Culture Sector

Анкета для выяснения административных и правовых рамочных условий деятельности культурного сектора

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.

Best regards,

RMCBU Team

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Guidebook on Informal Communication Tools for Community Development

This guidebook to informal communication tools for communities and neighbourhoods is a result of collaboration of InterContext learning partnership, which bought together practitioners, working in the fields of neighbourhood management and civic and cultural education. Five NGO’s from Portugal, Latvia, Germany, Lithuania and France share their experience in developing and applying communication tools, which foster citizen participation and cooperation and promote change.

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INTERACT: Inspiring Creativity - Promoting Culture and Creative Industries across Europe

Between 2007 and 2013 European countries spent more than 6 billion EUR on supporting cooperation among EU countries in the areas of culture, creativity or creative industries. This cooperation encompasses not only European programmes dedicated to supporting European creativity and culture, but structural funds and more specifically funds for cooperation between European counties.

The new publication "Inspiring Creativity - Promoting Culture and Creative Industries across Europe" released by INTERACT Point Vienna aims to draw a picture of the inspirational and informative
role of the culture and creative industries in Europe and in European Territorial Cooperation (ETC), in particular. In these pages, you will find information on major trends in the field of CCI in Europe and in European Structural Funds and on the types of CCI projects and project activities that are frequent in ETC, including statistics and examples of successful cooperation projects.

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"History Education Beyond Borders. How can we Share our Cultural Heritage?" EUROCLIO Annual Conference, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia, 31 March - 6 April 2014

UROCLIO is calling you to register in its Spring Annual Conference which will take place this time in the heart of Balkans, city of Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia between 31 March-6 April 2014.

The 21st Annual Conference is expected to be one of the most significant events in the history of EUROCLIO Annual Conferences. It is the first time, history associations of Western Balkans are united to host an international conference on history education where they warmly welcome you to join!

You are invited to come and experience a professional training course with around 200 history, heritage, citizenship educators from all over Europe and beyond, explore rich & challenging history of Balkans, engage yourself in important discussions around multiperspective approach to History and Heritage in Republic of Macedonia and History Education beyond Borders in Europe and the World and address the shared and layered heritage around Ohrid locally and in the wider region. …and this is not all!!!

Deadline for registrations is January 1, 2014.

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Documentary Films in Schools: a new handbook for Armenian schools, recommended by the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Education and Science is available for teachers!

The new handbook "Teaching through documentary film" for Armenian schools, recommended by the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Education and Science is available for teachers!

In the framework of CAUCADOC, Armenian and Georgian pilot secondary schools are provided with a toolkit containing a methodological guide for teachers, 5 documentary films chosen specifically for young people, and tools for interactive activities (role games and quizzes, sample work sheets etc.). To date, 15 schools in Armenia and 35 schools in Georgia use the methodology.

So far, there are 5 films approved and used in Georgian schools. Two more toolkits are under preparation, one for Armenia and one for Georgia.

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Culture Events in EaP Countries: share your events with us!

Dear Friends! We have opened a new section Culture Events in EaP Countries on our website (see the NEWS in the menu), where we publish announcements about festivals, exhibitions and other culture events to be held in the EaP countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine).

If you have information about forthcoming events in one of the EaP countries please share it with us! The most interesting events will be also promoted through our Facebook page.

To publish announcements about future culture events in your country on the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme website please go to the Share Event under the NEWS Section. You can also send us information about events in EaP countries to

You can also publish your announcement in the Russian language.

Thank you for sharing your news!

RMCBU Team

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CAUCADOC launches online catalogue for documentary films and projects produced in South Caucasus

CAUCADOC launches an online catalogue for the documentary films and projects produced in South Caucasus since 2007.

The Catalogue will serve as an unique database and a resource for documentary filmmakers, production companies, both local and international broadcasters and festivals. It will contribute to the exchange, networking and co-production in the documentary field within the South Caucasus and beyond.

In order to appear in the catalogue, CAUCADOC invites documentary filmmakers to submit creative films and projects, with no fixed length, produced within the last 5 years in the South Caucasus. Deadline for application is September 20, 2013.

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The first Eastern Partnership Ministerial Conference on Culture reaffirms the role of culture in human and socio-economic development, as well as in political reforms

On 27-28 June 2013 the first Eastern Partnership Ministerial Conference on Culture was held in Tbilisi with the participation of Androulla Vassiliu, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

The conference, hosted by the Government of Georgia, gathered several Ministers from Eastern Partnership countries and the EU, representatives of local and regional authorities, of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, as well as other civil society stakeholders.

The Ministers and Heads of delegations participating in the first Eastern Partnership Ministerial Conference on Culture adopted the Tbilisi Declaration.

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Culture is what makes us different and united - Luciano Gloor, RMCBU Team Leader, in the interview to the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre

For some, “culture” is the “high culture” that is celebrated in theatres, operas and museums, a luxury amusement reserved to intellectual elites; for others, it is the heritage of the past on which national identity is based. Culture is much more: it encompasses all aspects of human expression and thus of all of our lives – language, contemporary creation in literature, music, visual art, or fashion, customs and traditions, moral values, social conventions, gender roles, etc. That is why culture is not just “culture”. It plays multiple roles in social and human development, for social inclusion and conflict prevention, and in economic development, as well.

The European Commission promotes cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, culture as a catalyst for creativity and innovation and culture as part of the EU's international relations. This is why the EU funded the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme, explains Luciano Gloor, team leader of the supporting unit of the programme, in an exclusive interview with the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre.

This is part of “The People behind the Projects”, a series of interviews with people involved in the Neighbourhood. (EU Neighbourhood Info)

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The RMCBU creates a platform for public dialogue and exchange on cultural policy matters of the Eastern Partnership countries

The Regional Monitoring and Capacity Building Unit (RMCBU) of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme is publishing the Regional Research Report on Cultural Policies and Trends of the Eastern Partnership Countries and the Analytical Base-line Reports on the Culture Sector and Cultural Policy of the six EaP countries.

Three of the reports are arleady available online! Please, register on our website to download the reports and make your comments. If you are already registered, please sign in to get an access to the reports. The reports will be published one by one in the course of the next couple of weeks and accompanied by non-official translations to national languages (the six Base-line Reports) and Russian (the Regional Research Report).

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Eastern Partnership Culture Programme

Strengthening capacities in the cultural sector

The Eastern Partnership recognises the value of cultural cooperation and inter-cultural dialogue as an integral part of all external policies and has underlined the importance of cultural cooperation in addressing political processes and challenges (EU Presidency Conclusions of the European Council of June 2008, paragraph 78).

Therefore the Eastern Partnership has called for a specific Eastern Partnership Culture Programme that will strengthen the capacity of the cultural sector in the region and enhance the role of culture as a force for reform, promotion of tolerance, and social cohesion.

The Programme provides both technical assistance to address specific priority needs of public institutions and the region's cultural sector, and grants to civil society cultural organisations – profit and non-profit - and national and local institutions for regional cooperation projects. The Programme will encompass the entire cultural sector, including cinema and the audiovisual sector, contemporary arts, tangible and intangible heritage, as well as support to heritage conservation projects.

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Regional Monitoring and Capacity Building Unit

Reinforcing the capacities of national authorities

Regional Monitoring and Capacity Building Unit (RMCBU) covers all partner countries – taking into account the country specific needs - to ensure “local” ownership and long-term impact of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme, with the following main outputs:

  • Capacity building to public institutions and other cultural sector actors of the partner countries;
  • Coaching, monitoring and coordination of the projects selected through the call for proposals;
  • Collection and dissemination of results.
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