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How is Photography Developing in the Eastern Partnership region? Find an Answer in a New Magazine!

On April 27, the magazine “Eastern Partnership Photography” was published online, thanks to the project “SAY CHEESE!”. In addition to spectacular photos from the countries of the region and stories behind the shootings, the magazine also provides some advice how to present such photos to the public and sell them through photo stocks, where to find inspiration, and how to master photo skills.

Going through the magazine’s pages, a reader can enjoy photos made by the winners of the six national contests “My Country in the Eastern Partnership” and learn how these photographers found accidentally or chose deliberately topics and heroes for the pictures. The authors of the photos from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine reveal such details with candor.

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Information note to partners: Introduction of the new Eastern Partnership Culture Programme

A new EU-funded Eastern Partnership Culture Programme is being implemented by the British Council in association with Goethe-Institut, National Centre for Culture in Poland and Soros Foundation Moldova. The programme, with focal points in each of the countries, will run for three years in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

The Eastern Partnership Culture Programme will focus on creative and culture industries, cultural policy development, fostering cross sectorial collaboration in culture and involving Eastern Partnership countries in increased international culture cooperation.

The programme leaders are Terry Sandell, Capacity Development Specialist, Tim Williams, Creative and Cultural Sectors Specialist and Anastasiya Nurzhynska, Information and Communication Specialist. The team will work with country coordinators and be supported by short-term national and international experts.

The Programme runs from February 2015 to January 2018.

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A Good Bye from the RMCBU Team

Dear friends,

With the 31 March 2015 the “Regional Monitoring and Capacity Building Unit” project under the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme has reached its end and it`s time for us to say good-bye.

We would like to thank all of our friends and colleagues, partners, supporters, participants, service-providers, and everybody in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine that belongs to the arts and culture sector or that have an interest in the arts and culture sector and that supported, contributed or participated in the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme since its beginning until today.

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RMCBU: Let’s talk figures for once

We have mostly been talking content over the last four years; allow us to talk a bit of figures related to our communication tools on the occasion of the end of the RMCBU project.

The figures illustrate the attention that the EaP Culture Programme has received in the EaP countries, but also in Europe and even all across the planet.

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The euoreastculture.eu website after 31 March 2015

Starting from the 1st of April, the Programme FB page will be managed by the new team of the new phase of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme. Enjoy the new opportunities!

The Programme website of the first programme phase run by the RMCBU will continue to be available with all documents and materials produced by the RMCBU within the last four years. There will be some last documents that will be published in the coming weeks, essentially the updating annexes to our Country Base-Line Reports on Trends of the Culture Sector and Cultural Policies and some documents from grant projects that are not ready yet.

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The RMCBU presents the 2nd extended edition of the MANUAL “CULTURE STRATEGY ELABORATION versus PROJECT MANAGEMENT”.

The Manual “CULTURE STRATEGY ELABORATION versus PROJECT MANAGEMENT” has been developed as a practical guide for reinforcing strategic planning, no matter whether by authorities or civil society, as an indispensable component for development processes in culture and society at large. It is oriented to state and non-state actors (policy makers, civil servants, state/communal officers, public and private managers, NGOs, professional groups, private sector operators, etc.) in the EaP countries operating in the culture related sectors. It should interest those who actually or potentially are interested in identifying and contributing to the long term future perspectives and in achieving sustainable results from cultural development.

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PROJECT SAY CHEESE! APPROACHES ITS CULMINATION

In the middle of March, the last classes were conducted at the online photo school of the Eastern Partnership. And in a few weeks, at the end of the spring and the beginning of the summer, seminars, business forums for photographers, and exhibitions “We are the Eastern Partnership” will be mounted in the Eastern Partnership countries.

The EU-funded project SAY CHEESE! aims to develop and promote the so-called thematic photography of the Eastern Partnership that reflects the uniqueness and diversity of the nature and culture of the six countries comprising the region: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

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EU Delegation to Ukraine - Call for Expression of Interest: Support to Civil Society in Working on Human Rights and Democratisation in Ukraine

The European Union (EU) seeks to identify relevant and effective project proposals to provide immediate support to civil society initiatives aimed at consolidation of democracy and the rule of law and strengthening the respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms in Ukraine. This initiative is part of the EU’s long-term support for human rights and democracy worldwide, and activities in these areas are supported through a number of instruments. The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR
The overall objective of the EIDHR in Ukraine is to strengthen the role of Ukrainian civil society in promoting human rights, gender equality and democratic reform, in facilitating the peaceful conciliation of group interests, and in consolidating political participation and representation.

The deadline for submission of expressions of interest is 6 April 2015 at 23:59 Kyiv time.

The overall indicative amount made available under this call for expression of interest is €2 000 000. Any grant requested under this call for expression of interest is expected to fall between €50 000 and €300 000.

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International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) - 6th Call: Apply Now!

On 30 January 2015 the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) launched its sixth call for funding requests and its new On-line Application Platform.

Since 2010, the IFCD is providing around USD 5.3 million in funding for 78 projects in 48 developing countries, covering a wide range of areas.

Public authorities/institutions and NGOs from developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention, as well as international NGOs are all eligible to apply (ALL EaP COUNTRIES ARE ELIGIBLE)

Key information:

  • All applicants are to submit their applications by 15 April 2015, midnight CET to the IFCD On-line Application Platform.
  • Applications from public authorities/institutions and local NGOs will undergo a pre-selection process conducted by National Commissions for UNESCO by 15 May 2015, midnight CET.

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Eastern Partnership Youth Regional Unit (EPYRU) - Free Distance Learning Platform, new module released

The third module of the EPYRU on-line Distance Learning Platform is now live! It addresses the vital topic of involving representatives of civil society, including youth, in designing, implementing and evaluating youth policy in the Eastern Partnership region. Together with the two other modules, on evidence based youth policy and cross-sectoral approach to youth policy, this constitutes a unique resource on youth policy development. In Russian, it’s absolutely free, and all are welcome to subscribe and participate. New users register here now to particpate in the Platform!

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Designing Georgian Cultural Strategy: People. Process. Priorities - Kick-Off Conference, January 30, 2015

The Government of Georgia has initiated the process of laying foundation for the new national cultural strategy until 2025. The Kick-Off Conference 'Designing Georgian Cultural Strategy: People. Process. Priorities', to be organized on January 30th at Tbilisi Marriott Hotel, will be the launching event of the process that aims to: informing about the planned cultural strategy elaboration process;sharing good practices and inspirational cases from other countries for the effectiveness of good strategy elaboration; building awareness on the process to be engaged and introducing the Roadmap for the Culture 2025 strategy; starting mapping the core problems and brainstorming possible solutions.

Deadline for submission of registration forms is 27 January, 18:00.

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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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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 f?r 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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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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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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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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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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