The countries of the Eastern Partnership are a culturally pulsating region

The Creative Europe Desk – Culture, in collaboration with the Arts and Theatre Institute and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech republic welcome representatives of leading cultural institutions in the framework of the EU Eastern Partnership Programme. The official opening of the event will be attended by Ragnar Siil, member of the EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme team and a leading expert on cultural policy and creative industries, and by Radek Špicar, Vice-President of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic.

The study tour organized as a part of the Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme, will focus on strengthening cultural and creative fields, expanding international cooperation, and establishing new contacts. The 26 participating managers, students and journalists from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine can look forward to an intense programme whose main goal is to foster contacts between cultural organizations from the participating countries and organizations in the Czech Republic and to introduce the guests to the Czech cultural and creative scene. Besides lectures and workshops, the participants will also attend tours and meetings with representatives of selected institutions, including Karlin Barracks, Creative Prague (KREP), DOX – Centre for Contemporary Art, MeetFactory, Archa Theatre, Jatka 78, University of West Bohemia, DEPO2015 and Moving Station in Pilsen; they can  also visit the Innovation Expo. The participants of the  the study tour include representatives of heritage institutions, educational institutions and public administration, as well as managers from various artistic fields, for example  Anton Ovchinnikov, the artistic director of Ukraine’s Zelyonka Festival of Contemporary Dance, Zviad Eliziani, the manager of Batumi Art-House Argani/BIAFF Film Festival (Batumi, Georgia), and Sergiu Cumatrenco Jr., Moldovan film producer and director of the Youbesc Creative Institute (Dax Tandem). They will be joined by four  winners of the TeamLAB student competition, which brings together members of various professions with the aim of developing creative projects and products.

At the opening reception, the Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme was presented by Ragnar Siil (Estonia),  the programme coordinator and a leading expert in the field of cultural policy and creative industries with more than ten years of experience in the governmental, non-profit, and private sectors. Ragnar Siil, former First Deputy Minister of Culture for Arts in his home country, today heads the Creativity Lab – an expert company providing consultancy services in the field of cultural policy and creative economy.

“The countries of the Eastern Partnership are a culturally pulsating region. There are many examples here of remarkable creativity and innovative approaches. What cultural institutions in these countries need most is to be integrated into Europe’s cultural networks and to engage in partnerships with colleagues from the EU. This meeting with our colleagues from the east is an excellent opportunity for Czech cultural representatives as well,” said Ragnar Siil in confirming the importance of the programme.

The main goal of the Eastern Partnership is to lay the foundations for strengthening political ties and foster further economic integration between the EU and its six partner countries. The Eastern Partnership Programme, which is being realized in 2014–20 as part of the European Neighbourhood Policy, includes six post-Soviet countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. The Eastern Partnership Programme has been launched in 2009 in order to promote political, social, and economic reform efforts in these countries, with the aim of improving democratization and rule of law, energy security, environmental protection, and economic and social development. 

The official welcoming reception for all participants of the study tour took placež in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic on Monday, May 22, 2017, at the Czernin Palace, with the participation of Jakub Dürr, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Affairs and Petra Smolíková, Deputy Minister of Culture for Legislation  and International Relations.



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Published date: May 23, 2017

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