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Project "Caucasus Cultural Initiatives Network (CAUCULT)"



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Duration: 36 months

STATUS: Completed

PROJECT CONCEPT

CAUCULT is an international, intercultural project promoting local culture-related initiatives that support ethnic, religious and cultural diversity across the South Caucasus.

The unique cultural diversity has been the strength of the region throughout its history and resulted in an amazingly wide range of cultural expressions. Wars and conflicts of the past decades cast a shadow on the beauty and strength of this unique feature of the Caucasus.

The aim of the CAUCULT Project is to rediscover the cultural diversity in the Caucasus as a key to a creative, progressive and prosperous development of the region. Project activities have been focussed on activating communi­ties in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia and empowering them through art events as well as encouraging a mutual and vivid dialogue between various stakeholders representing different cultural backgrounds.

Central locations of the project activities have been Gyumri, Goris and Vanadzor (Armenia), Quba, Lankaran and Zaqatala (Azerbaijan) as well as Alaverdi plus Kvemo Kartli, Adjara and Samtskhe-Javakheti areas in Georgia. In order to create tighter links between these provinces and national capitals and to support mutual acknowledgement, Baku, Tbilisi and Yerevan have been also included in the project. Project partner countries, Austria and Lithuania, assisted in fostering international connections, particularly, with EU member states.

OBJECTIVES & EXPECTED RESULTS/ACTIVITIES:

The main objective of the CAUCULT project is to contribute to the creation of a vivid political and social environment which is conducive to the strengthening of inclusive societies that are aware of the benefits of cultural diversity in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. This objective will be achieved by empowering the countries’ social and cultural actors who serve as cornerstones for sustainable economic, social and human development in this region.

By means of a variety of targeted measures for capacity building, community art development, targeted media work and the promotion of inclusive cultural policies the project will:

  • Support the active participation of citizens, especially groups with badly recognized ethnic and cultural backgrounds, in cultural activities;
  • Establish strong, inclusive and sustainable networks of cultural actors from different areas in order to actively promote cultural diversity;
  • Enhance a structured and skilful intercultural dialogue between all relevant stakeholders in order to ensure greater respect for and more appreciation of cultural diversity.
Main Activities:
  • Setting up Culture Initiatives Network in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, and its promotion;
  • "Community Art Development" activities empowering the communities with self-organised Community Art events;
  • Carrying out training in culture management and feeding results into national festivals focused on culture diversity;
  • Policy recommendations for cultural diversity;
  • Study visits to Austria and Lithuania

Participating countries:

    Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Lithuania

    Lead Partner:

    • INTERCULTURELLES ZENTRUM (Austria)

    Other Partners:

    • International Center for Intercultural Research, Learning and Dialogue (Armenia)
    • YUVA Humanitarian Center (Azerbaijan)
    • CAUCASIAN HOUSE Cultural Relations Center (Georgia)
    • Academy for Peace and Development (Georgia)
    • ANEL Association for Non-Formal Education in Lithuania (Lithuania)