Tuesday, October 2, 2012
CONNECTED BY THE BORDER – Eastern Partnership cultural cooperation network building.
Trans Cultura Foundation (Poland) together with Workshops of Culture (Poland) and partners: GeoAIR (Georgia), Suburb Cultural Centre (Armenia), United Artits’ Club (Azerbaijan) organized study visits and a workshop session dedicated to the building of the new model of culture networking in Eastern Partnership and non – EU countries.
In 2011 Trans Culture Foundation, together with its partners from the EaP countries and financial support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland organized the first Eastern Partnership Culture Congress (EPCC) during which representatives of the cultural sectors from EaP and EU countries set the directions for cultural cooperation for the upcoming years and developed recommendations for EU policies.
This project was to prepare artists, culture managers, institutions and culture organizations from EaP countries for active participation in the second EPCC schedules for 2013 and to create a tool for building of a cultural cooperation network in Eastern Europe.
The aim of the project was reinforcement of culture and civil society’s role in building of friendly relations between the European Union and the Eastern Partnership countries and their mutual respect.
o Building a new model of network for cultural cooperation in Eastern Europe, aiming atintensification of contacts between cultural operators, NGOs, artists and managers of the EaP and the EU countries.
o Raising the level of knowledge and skills in modern culture management, education and cultural policies
o Building and strengthening the positive image of Eastern Europe in EU.
Participants of the project were representatives of opinion-forming cultural circles in the EaP countries: representatives of cultural institutions, NGOs, artists, animators, and managers of culture and arts, an academics interested in implementing projects of cultural cooperation with the Eastern Partnership and the European Union countries.
Networking Building Workshops / Study visits and meetings:
Tbilisi (Georgia) 8 - 11 October, 2012 –participating counties: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan.
workshop was dedicated to the issues such as: networking and partnership – what does it mean, what are the models of networking, study cases, models of networking for Eastern Partnership countries and non – EU countries. Building the new model of network cultural development in EaP countries, its mission and main goals and projects.
Study visits at art and culture institutions and organisations, meetings with artists, cultural and art managers of festivals, international projects and social activists aiming at familiarisation with the models in which the cultural activities function in the EaP countries, as well as establishing contacts with representatives of cultural communities in these countries.
Meetings dedicated to the Eastern Partnership Culture Congress' mission, results and future objectives, the European Union's foreign policy towards the Eastern Partnership, integration of the EaP and the EU countries, possibilities of participation in educational artistic, social and financial programs and EU mechanisms for the EaP citizens as well as the current situation of culture in the EaP countries.
Trans Culture Foundation (Poland)
The Workshops of Culture in Lublin (Poland)
GeoAIR (Georgia)
Suburb Cultural Centre (Armenia)
United Artits’ Club (Azerbaijan)
Lohvinau Publishing House (Belarus)
Young Artists Association “Oberliht” (Moldova)
“Dzyga” Art Association (Ukraine)
The project was co-financed by the Lublin City Council and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
Project coordinator: Agata Will
Georgian project coordinator: Sophia Lapiashvili.
For more information and activates in another partner city see the link
Marijana Cvetković Marković
Graduated from the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Belgrade (art history). Completed MA in management in culture and cultural policy at the University of Arts in Belgrade and Université Lyon 2 (France). Currently PhD candidate at the University of Arts in Belgrade (museum management and development). Attended numerous professional development programs and internships (Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Musée du Louvre, Paris, Central European University, Budapest, Università di Foggia). Initiated and realized various programmes and projects in the fields of cultural policy, international and Balkan cultural cooperation, contemporary dance and visual arts, museums.
Founder of Station Service for contemporary dance and Nomad Dance Academy, Balkan platform for development of contemporary dance and performing arts. Cultural activist at the independant cultural scenes of Belgrade and Serbia. Since 2009 teaches as guest lecturer and teaching assistant at the MA in cultural management and
cultural policy at the University of Arts in Belgrade (UNESCO Chair). Since 2011 teaches at MA in performance research programme at the same university (Erasmus Mundus Programme with Warwick University, UK, the University of Helsinki and the University of Amsterdam). Gives lectures and workshops on project management, regional cultural cooperation, museum management and cultural policy.Published numerous articles in various magazines and edited books (in English, Italian and Polish).
Kristina Kujundzic
Graduated from the Faculty of Natural Science at the University of Novi Sad. Completed MA in management in culture and cultural policy at the University of Arts in Belgrade and Université Lyon 2 (France). She was an Executive Director of the Young Researchers of Serbia as well as Voluntary Service and executive director of the Center for Youth Creativity in Belgrade. Currently special advisor for projects and cooperation with strategic partners at National Tourism Organization of Serbia and regional expert and consultant at Swiss Cultural Program in SEE and Ukraine – Swiss Cultural Programme in the Western Balkans, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Certificated expert of the Council of Europe for “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” in the framework of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Route (Luxembourg). Collaborator in trans-national project “Sustainable development of Pelagonia region, Macedonia and Pays de la baie du mont st Michel, Basse-Normandie, France” (Bitola, Macedonia / Caen, France. She is in decision making board of NOMAD Dance Academy and one of core member of the advocacy task force.