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Call for Expression of Interest to participate in the Cultural Policy Exchange Workshop Cycle 2014 of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme
The Regional Monitoring and Capacity Building Unit (RMCBU) of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme launches a Call for Expression of interest to participate in the Cultural Policy Exchange Workshop Cycle 2014 ‘Implementation Tools and Approaches to Policy Reforms’. During the three workshops participants will work on their policy or strategy concepts. As lasts year Workshop Cycle, the Workshop Cycle 2014 is dedicated to the elaboration of cultural strategies and policies and will deepen strategic thinking and approaches on strategy and policy development.
In addition, the Workshop Cycle 2014 will include the elaboration of implementation plans for these strategy and policy concepts. Specific attention will be given to identifying Eastern-Partnership-wide joint implementation strategies based on common needs of the EaP countries. Another topic that will be addressed concerns the need for sector/sub-sector and profession related alliance and lobby group building. Culture policy reforms imply change and the workshops will study the management of change processes as well as operational aspects of implementation planning. The target groups of these workshops are culture actors and stakeholders from national, regional (oblast) and local authorities, public and private cultural institutions and civil society of the Eastern Partnership countries. The workshops will provide cultural leadership for about forty authority representatives, professionals, artists, and managers from the EaP countries and will facilitate the creation of an international network of culture actors in and beyond the context of the EaP Culture Programme.
Deadline for submissions is Saturday, 1st March 2014, 24:00 EET, Kyiv time (time stamp of e-mail sent).
EU supports documentary filmmaking: CAUCADOC Closing Event
Closing event of the EU funded CAUCADOC project will be organized in Yerevan (Armenia) on February 18, 2014 at 17:30 at AEON club (address: Teryan street 13A).
During the past two years CAUCADOC supported documentary filmmaking through residential workshops dedicated to the development of creative documentary films from the South Caucasus, a series of master classes and lectures at partnering major film festivals and a series of debates focusing on key issues related to audiovisual industry in the region. CAUCADOC also promotes using documentary films for raising awareness on crucial social topics, such as human rights, conflict mediation, democracy values and civic engagement.
CAUCADOC supported small documentary film festivals in remote areas throughout South Caucasus and provides teachers with interactive educational methodology based on documentary films, assisting them to teach effectively about these complex topics.
Crosswalk of Solidarity - Start-up festival in Batumi
Key Dialogue Workers from Adjara region: Levan Khujadze, Sophiko Pataraia, Lamzira Apakidze and Megi Kobaladze organized the Start-up festival "Crosswalk of Solidarity" and painted the colourful passage on crossroad between N. Baratashvili and M. Abashidze streets in Batumi.
"The goal of the event is to raise awareness and to protect the rights of pedestrians. his passage could serve as a symbol for free movement, more progress and respect to each other" - said one of the organizers Levan Khujadze .
Winners of the Eastern Partnership photo contest “Photoman-2013” announced
Second Call for proposals within the project “Cultural development is the source for prosperity of community”: NGOs from the South-Eastern Ukraine and Western Georgia are invited
NGOs from the South-Eastern Ukraine (Donetsk and Kherson region) and Western Georgia (Adjara, Imereti and Samegrelo) are invited to apply for the Second Call for proposals within the project “Cultural development is the source for prosperity of community”.
The purpose of the Call is to support local cultural initiatives promoting the development of the cultural sector in small towns and rural areas, to increase the attractiveness of cultural institutions for local residents and increase cooperation between cultural institutions and community organizations to meet the cultural needs of the citizens.
The overall indicative amount made available under this Call for Proposals for Ukraine and Georgia is 13,000.00 EUR. Any grant requested under this Call must fall up to UAH 10,000 for Ukraine, or GEL 2,000 for Georgia.
The deadline for the submission of the proposals is 18:00 (Kyiv time) 14 February 2014.
Questionnaire on Administrative and Legal Framework Conditions for the Culture Sector
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.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.
Open Call: Book Platform Events Participation Grants
The grants scheme has limited resources and is opened between 21st October 2012 and March 2014 (final reporting date).
Guidebook on Informal Communication Tools for Community Development
INTERACT: Inspiring Creativity - Promoting Culture and Creative Industries across Europe
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.
"History Education Beyond Borders. How can we Share our Cultural Heritage?" EUROCLIO Annual Conference, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia, 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.
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.
Culture Events in EaP Countries: share your events with us!
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.
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CAUCADOC launches online catalogue for documentary films and projects produced in South Caucasus
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.
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
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.
Culture is what makes us different and united - Luciano Gloor, RMCBU Team Leader, in the interview to the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre
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)
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).
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.