Monday, May 20, 2013
Cultural Policy Public discussion on recent reforms in Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia
G.Chubinashvili National Research Center for Georgian Art History and Heritage Preservation.  
In the frame of SPACES project GeoAIR organized a public meeting-discussion regarding cultural policy. Namely, about the changes, work and programs in last six months at the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia.
The following themes were discussed:
·      rethinking the function of the Ministry of Culture
·      institution of  recommendations council
·      presentation of  new  staff
·      the priorities and strategies of the Ministry
·      discussion of existing problems in several cultural sphere
·      goal of international programs
·      criteria for choosing supported projects

The meeting was moderated by Sophia Kilasonia- Art historian, journalist

Theona Dolenjashvili- advisor of the Minister of Culture and Monument Protection
Badri Bagration-Gruzinski – Daputy Minister of Culture and Monument protection (Current Events and Regional Programs Division)
Lali Pertenava – Art historian, member of the ccommittee for international projects
Levan Avalishvili -  IDFI (Institute for Development of Freedom of Information - had of board / project director)

The discussion was realized in the frame of the EU project SPACES. The SPACES project is financed by the European Union through the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme.