Cultural focus: AZERBAIJAN

Mədəni aspektlər: Azərbaycan

While working on Culture Focus – Azerbaijan, our journalist Nika Musavi talked about culture to Esmer Abdullayeva, an art critic, culture activist and art curator at Icheri Sheher Traditional Art Centre, and discussed book publishing business with Shakhbaz Khudaogly, Managing Director at Qanun Publishing House. She also presented materials on mobile exhibition of contemporary Azerbaijani art, experimental ballet performance and street theatre pursuing both cultural and social goals.
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Eastern Partnership Culture Programme launches a new Cycle of Culture Policy Exchange Workshops to promote policy reforms in the EaP region

Between 10-13 April 2014 the Regional Monitoring and Capacity Building Unit (RMCBU) of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme will hold its 1st Culture Policy Exchange Workshop of the Cycle 2014 in Dilijan, ARMENIA for 47 culture professionals from the six EaP countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine).

The Cultural Policy Exchange Workshop Cycle 2014 “Implementation Tools & Approaches to Policy Reforms” is a follow-up to the workshops held in 2013 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 exchange of information, experience, and best practices among culture actors at regional level and with the EU.

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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,


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Open Call: Book Platform Events Participation Grants

The Book Platform project announces its Events Participation Grants that are designed for a wide range of people working in the book sector: cultural managers, publishers, writers, translators, literary agents, etc. The Grants scheme aims at supporting sustainable international working contacts and exchange of book professionals from Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine with colleagues from the EU countries as well as from the countries of the Eastern Neighborhood. The grants scheme is part of the Book Platform project funded by the European Union in the framework of the EuroEast Culture Programme.
The grants scheme has limited resources and is opened between 21st October 2012 and March 2014 (final reporting date).  

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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!


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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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