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Eastern Partnership Ministerial Conference on Culture, 28 June 2013, Tbilisi, Georgia
The very first Eastern Partnership Ministerial Conference on Culture will take place on 28 June 2013 in Tbilisi, Georgia. This high level event will represent an important milestone in the cultural dimension of the Eastern Partnership, should be able to give guidance for future work and should provide an occasion for a mid-term assessment of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme.
A limited number of places are now opened up for online registration.
Costs related to travel and accommodation are not covered.
Please note that your registration can be considered valid only if you receive an official letter of confirmation by 14th June. Only this confirmation letter will give you an access to the Conference.
Conservation of Archaeological Sites, with special focus on Rehabilitation of Acropolis, Athens - International Seminar took place in Tbilisi on 30-31 May 2013
On 30-31 May, 2013, International Seminar: "Conservation of Archaeological Sites, with special focus on Rehabilitation of Acropolis, Athens” was held in Tbilisi, as a 4th Capacity Building event, within the framework of the Programme – Regional Co-operation for Cultural Heritage Development funded by European Union.
The seminar was designed for young professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine. Mrs. Lena Lambrinou, Architect-Archaeologist, Service for the Acropolis Monuments Restoration of Greek Ministry of Education & Culture lead the Seminar as Key Note Speaker.
Culture by touch: opening of the first interactive exhibition
The idea of the Project was inspired by the story of Olga Skorokhodova, who was born in the village of Bilozerka. She was a world-wide teacher, scientist-defectologist, author of several scientific and literary works, and she was blind and deaf. Her main book “How I perceive and imagine outward things” (1947) deals with Olga’s own experience of visiting museums (perception of objects by touch, by smell) which is interesting not only to persons suffering from vision defects but also to ordinary people. However the concept of Culture by Touch consists not only in popularization of O. Skorokhodova’s personality but also in embodiment of her ideas in practice – through the prism of contemporaneity, certainly. These are, foremost, interactive actions during which visitors become not only an audience but also take part in quizzes, art events, create decorative-artistic objects, cognize history of their land in a playing method, cognize the special world of people with the special needs.
The local authorities from Ukraine and Armenia agreed to cooperate contributing to the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme
Olexander Polishchuk, Head of Ivankiv was impressed by the hospitality and friendliness of the Armenian side. "I have discovered Armenia from a new positive point of view. Yerevan looks comfortable to live in, but the life in province is rather roughing and requires significant state support. It is rather pleasant to know that such support is real and provided to the social, housing and other areas of remote regions functioning. Armenian experience of building communities is significantly useful to us."
The Armyanskiy Bazar has been revived in Armyansk
The event was organised in the framework of the small-cale Project Armenian Bazaar in the Museum that received financing from the New Breath of Culture: Fill Heritage with Life of Arts Project.
Eastern Partnership photographer in figures: EU project SAY CHEESE has published the results of the online survey
The Best Heritage Crafts from South Caucasus CONTEST
The Project "Strengthening Creative Industries in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia: Heritage Crafts – Common Platform for Development" announces the exhibition/contest “The Best Heritage Crafts from South Caucasus”.
The aim of the contest is to reveal the Market Oriented Heritage Crafts Products with Export Potential, which at the same time maintain their links with traditions.
The deadline for the submission of applications is July 15, 2013.
Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress: Contest for the best projects of cross-border cooperation
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. One main prize in each of the seven categories (good governance, civil society, culture, tourism, education, Corporate Social Responsibility, social innovations) will be awarded in the Contest together with honourable mentions.
The deadline for submitting projects is 14 June 2013.
European Commission launches new call for proposals for Civil Society and Local Authorities in Ukraine
The global objective of this call for proposals is to promote an inclusive and empowered society in Ukraine by strengthening civil society's capacities to promote national reform and increase public accountability and by supporting local authorities to reinforce governance and improve citizens' access to public services. Within this global objective, the call is divided into three lots with the specific objectives listed below. Each project proposal must clearly belong to one of the three lots and address at least one of the respective objectives.
The overall indicative budget for all three lots of this call for proposals is € 3,044,000. Individual grants are expected to range from € 200 000 to € 400 000 for Lot 1 and from € 100 000 to € 300 000 for Lots 2 or 3. The planned duration of a project shall be between 24 and 48 months.
The deadline for the submission of concept notes in English is 17 June 2013.
Celebrate Europe Day in EaP Countries
On 9 May 2013 Europe celebrated the 63rd anniversary of the Schuman Declaration (read more).
The European External Action Service (EEAS) will be joining the other European Institutions throughout the month of May to celebrate Europe Day worldwide. EU Delegations will be leading a range of different events in their host countries on the theme of Europe in the World. Lectures, competitions, film festivals and other events organised by the EU Delegations in cooperation with Member States’ embassies will demonstrate the best the EU has to offer.
We did our best to collect information about the events and activities devoted to the Europe Day Celebration and organized by the EU Delegations in EaP countries:
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Support to Local Initiatives on Regional and Rural Development in Azerbaijan
The global objective of this call for proposals for the Republic of Azerbaijan is to contribute to the reduction of regional socio-economic disparities and to the diversification of the economy by creating conditions for balanced and sustainable economic development across all regions of Azerbaijan.
Deadline: 16 July 2013
Information session will be held to explain the call in detail and answer questions. Please check the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan for more information.
Invitation to apply for the 5th meeting of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum on 4-5 October 2013, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Submissions of expressions of interest should be completed in English or Russian and sent before midnight CET, 19 May 2013.
EU Announces a New Call for Proposals to Support Ukraine’s Regional Development Policy
Through the call for proposals regional and local authorities shall be provided with an additional budget to implement priorities and objectives as defined in the regional development strategies of their respective regions.
The action will be implemented through two lots of different scope at the oblast and rayon/municipality levels respectively:
- Lot 1 To alleviate regional disparities through targeting the least developed regions of Ukraine
- Lot 2 To promote sustainable rural development
The Delegation of the EU to Ukraine will organise a number of information events to promote the Call in the regions of Ukraine in May 2013.
The first Eastern Partnership Ministerial Conference on Culture: 27-28 June 2013, Tbilisi
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The very first Eastern Partnership Ministerial Conference on Culture is foreseen to take place on 27-28 June 2013 in Tbilisi, Georgia. This high level event will represent an important milestone in the cultural dimension of the Eastern Partnership, should be able to give guidance for future work and should provide an occasion for a mid-term assessment of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme.
A limited number of places will be opened up for online registration in a few weeks' time. Further information will follow shortly.
Call for Conference Papers: International conference “Notion of Culture as a Force for Economic Growth; New Approach for South Caucasus”, September 26-28, 2013, Tbilisi Georgia
Although the concept of culture for economic development has been internationally accepted, it is still relatively new approach for the South Caucasus Countries, though the potential of the field is promising. The international conference “Notion of Culture as a Force for Economic Growth; New Approach for South Caucasus”, aims to introduce the notion of “culture economics” for South Caucasus Countries, to share Western professional experience and to raise public awareness on the perspectives of culture-economy integrated approach.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is June 15, 2013
The RMCBU creates a platform for public dialogue and exchange on cultural policy matters of the Eastern Partnership 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).
International photo contest “Diversity in my Community” for Ukraine and Armenia. Deadline: 1 June 2013
GURT Resource Centre (Ukraine) in partnership with Civil Development and Partnership Foundation (Armenia) and NGO Center Civil Society Development NGO (Armenia) announces International photo contest “Diversity in my Community” within the Project “Equal opportunities for national minorities and disadvantaged groups in realizing cultural rights: richness through diversity” financed by European Commission under the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme.
The goal of this Contest is to reflect and raise awareness of the importance of cultural diversity in local community development in Ukraine and Armenia.
First Regional Conference of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme reconfirms the impending need for a wider recognition of culture’s growing importance for sustainable development
On 08-09 October 2012 the First Regional Conference of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme took place in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The First Regional Conference launched the debate on culture policies in the six countries of the Eastern Partnership region and brought together over one hundred participants from the EU and six Eastern Partnership countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine representing Ministries of Culture of six countries, European Commission, Council of Europe, European Cultural Foundation, Culture Action Europe, civil society organisations, cultural industries and cultural actors.
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.
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.