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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TOWARDS THE FUTURE: Recommendations to the National Policy of Heritage Sector in Georgia

ICOMOS Georgia is pleased to announce that the publication 'National Policy of Heritage Sector in Georgia', elaborated and published within the project “Regional Co-operation for the Cultural Heritage Development”, is already available online.

The 'National Policy of Heritage Sector in Georgia' Publication will be presented during the Closing Event of the "Regional Cooperation for Cultural Heritage Development" Project that will take place in Tbilision on 28 November, 2014.

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Second Regional Conference of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme

"The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts – the Programme has laid the foundation for shared values across language barriers. It has established the essential basis for sustainable development by acknowledging and promoting respect for cultural diversity within community-based approaches. It has successfully demonstrated that CULTURE is a driver and also enabler for sustainable development that has the potential to contribute to societal challenges on a global scale." (abstract from the Joint Conference Position Statement)

On 05-07 November 2014 the RMCBU hold the Second Regional Conference of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme 'Facets of Culture in the Eastern Partnership: Achievements & Challenges' in Kyiv, Ukraine.

The Second Regional Conference of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme is the event that marked the end of the first phase of the EaP Culture Programme after four years of its implementation in the six countries of the Eastern Partnership: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. The Conference was attended by 134 Programme’s stakeholders who are closely related to culture and its development potential in the Eastern Partnership region and in the EU.

The Conference offered to the Programme’s stakeholders a moment of reflection and jointly working on a self-evaluation of the EaP Culture Programme. With the approach, that the Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts, the Conference tried to self-evaluate what the Programme has achieved as a whole and not that much looking at listing up all the many single achievements.

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Conference 'Creativity and Innovation as Motors for Economic Growth: the role of culture and territories'

Conference 'Creativity and Innovation as Motors for Economic Growth: The Role of Culture and Territories" is organised under the auspices of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and of the Italian Regions coordination in Brussels.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, Brussels, Belgium

Creativity and innovation represent a truly “new start for Europe” to relaunch the economy and society. Culture and Creative Industries (CCIs) have proved to be resilient to the crisis with innovative solutions contributing to growth and jobs. In this context, significant experiences have been carried out at regional and local level, where, to a large extent, CCIs are established and developed. These experiences need to be shared and strengthened at EU level in order to attract and increase investments, ensure synergies and measure the effective impact in the different economic sectors. Indeed, despite a new general awareness of the innovation potential of the sector, challenges such as a fragmented cultural market, access to finance and digital shift have to be overcome to truly exploit the economic potential of CCIs. Cultural policies need to be conceived as a stronger tool to raise awareness, among public audiences, about heritage and its economic potential. The establishment of a strategic informal platform gathering European regions, enterprises and networks can contribute to providing solutions to such challenges.

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Call for Proposals: EU boosts Territorial Cooperation between Armenia and Georgia

Territorial cooperation partners from Armenia and Georgia are invited to seek EU grants to address common development challenges in the bordering regions.

Local authorities, communities and civil society organisations from Shirak, Lori and Tavush regions of Armenia together with partners from Kvemo Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti regions of Georgia may apply for grants to implement joint cross border projects. Project proposals can be submitted, until 3rd of February, 2015, to the office of EaPTC Managing Authority South (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, 5 Elene Akhvlediani Agmarti, 0103 Tbilisi, Georgia).

Priority is given to joint projects aimed at enhancing regional competitiveness of agriculture and related sectors, raising touristic attractiveness of the border regions, solving cross-border environmental problems and enhancing local self-governance. Facilitation of multi-cultural dialogue and youth exchange across the border are likewise in focus of the Armenia-Georgia Territorial Cooperation Programme. The EU allocates 1.35 million EUR for the territorial cooperation between Armenia and Georgia.

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Photographers from the Eastern Partnership will study in a special online school

On October 15, 2014, an online photo school of the Eastern Partnership starts its work on the website www.photo-school.eu. Ninety photo amateurs from the Eastern Partnership countries were admitted to a free pilot course. In 2015 the school will offer paid courses.

The conception of the photo school was developed thanks to the project “SAY CHEESE!”. Its major goals are to foster intercultural dialogue and facilitate cooperation between photographers from the Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. The project is funded by the European Union within the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme.

Each of the six countries of the Eastern Partnership is represented by 15 photo amateurs in the first intake of the school. These 90 students received an opportunity to study at the school for free thanks to their works which were recognized as the best ones at the competition “Photoman” conducted in November 2013 - January 2014.

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Ragnar Siil: “We need to get people to understand the difference between the symptoms and the core problems”

In the course of 2014 the RMCBU received requests from the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia and from the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine to assist the authorities’ efforts to bring forth the reform of their national cultural policies.

While discussing the terms of the assistance with the ministries, the RMCBU underlined its understanding of the national cultural policy elaboration processes that were not that much about writing a document as much more about an inclusive process that would have to be launched in order to involving all relevant stakeholder groups of the countries. For a national policy to avoid to end as a piece of paper with no meaning but to have a strong ownership and support among key stakeholder groups, a large strategy debate would be necessary about the orientation that the culture sector shall take in order to strengthen its role and unleash the full potential of what culture can contribute to sustainable human, social and economic development of society.

The RMCBU then proposed a number of eligible international experts with a background in cultural policies and with relevant experience with cultural policy reforms in countries in transition from the Eastern and South Eastern Europe, among which one former minister and two former deputy ministers of culture. After the EC’s approval of the two assistance projects, a first set of expert consultation meetings in Georgia and Ukraine kicked off on 1st-4th of September with a visit of Mr. Luciano Gloor, RMCBU Team Leader, and Mr. Ragnar Siil from Estonia, the expert selected by the European Commission for this assignment to Georgia and Ukraine.

In order to document and communicate from the beginning on these two ground-breaking initiatives of policy reforms, the RMCBU arranged a post-meeting interview with Mr. Ragnar Siil. The interview with Ragnar offers not only an overview of the first results of the introductory round of meetings in Georgia and Ukraine but outlines also his ideas and views of next steps to be done as well as glimpses into Estonian experiences with sectorial culture policy reforms.

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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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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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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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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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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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